Saturday, 27 April 2013

Hawkwood Book Cover Competition

My book jacket design for the book 'The Strange Encounter of Sally Shakespeare and Toby Tinker'.

Painted with gouache and edited on Photoshop. The most challenging part was fitting such a long title into the space, not only on the front cover but also the spine, whilst leaving room for the Hawkwood company logo at the bottom. 

I collaged relevant elements including phonetic cards, toy clocks and school equipment; exercise books and prefect badge into the background of the boiler room (mentioned in the story). The text is handwritten, the names are supposed to appear as though they have been written by the characters themselves in chalk on a blackboard. 

Unfortunately due to a coffee spillage on my laptop, I have lost the original file for this with its layers, so I will have to re-do it in a different editing software (if I get the time!)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Lord of the Flies Book Jackets

My book jackets for the Lord of the Flies. The first is aimed for an audience between 9 and 12 years old, although the book is not initially intended for such a young audience, I wanted to produce work for different audiences to show a range across my FMP. 

The second is for 13-17 year olds, particularly teenage boys because the story is about a group of boys around the age of 12 that get stranded on an island after their plane crashes. The 'Lord of the Flies' refers to a dead pig's head on a stick that attracts flies, which in the cover for 9-12 year olds I felt was important to show because they might have trouble understanding it.

In both I have painted all the elements using gouache and then collaged different elements using Photoshop. I have used relevant images from the book such as the conch shell for the background and the spectacles that get broken trying to make a fire. 

I might change some aspects of these covers, but these are the final thumbnails.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Cartoon for Crosslincs

Above is my cartoon created for Crosslincs newspaper (issue 38), that was published not long ago. This is my first publication and it was amazing to pick up a copy and see my work inside!

I was asked to create a cartoon about Lent that would be witty and humorous. I missed the deadline for applying for creating cartoons for them a while ago because of being busy with work, however, they hadn't published any since so I got in touch and was pleased they were enthusiastic about having a cartoon in the newspaper again.

The newspaper is a bi-monthly religious newspaper based in Lincolnshire and the surrounding area.

Cartoon painted using gouache and details in ink.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Wind In The Willows Penguin Comp

So I decided at the last minute that I wanted to enter the Penguin Design Award this year.

I had an idea in mind so the past few days I've been painting and creating this. I chose Mr. Toad standing in front of Toad Hall because in the book he stands as the main character that can teach children about morals, since he represents rebellion and he is conceited. 

He is also the most fun to attempt to illustrate! I gave him a monocle so that I could reflect in it the motor car he desires, and it shows that that is all he sees. His bow tie has been incorporated with a steering wheel and goggles he wears to drive the motor car. His buttons are a mixture of wheels and headlights.

Materials include gouache and inks.

Size = 278mm x 178mm