Friday, 21 November 2008

Super MAssive Blog Update part 2: MA Illustration

So, I'm doing an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, which is a lot of fun. Here's some of the work I've done so far as part of my course:

Alphabet letter:
We've started a group project among everyone on my course, where we each take a letter of the alphabet and illustrate it in whatever style we wanted. I signed up to do K, and after making up a list of words beginning with K, I decided to use Koalas as my main theme, and draw a load of koalas doing things beginning with K...

For the record, the list of things beginning with K is:
  • koala
  • karate
  • kimono
  • kite-flying
  • karaoke
  • kipping
  • Special K (okay, maybe a bit of a cheat, but it was a good image...), and
  • Kiss (as in the make-up clad rock band)
  • I also used a kitchen for the background setting, and also drew koala'sknitting and knife-throwing, but they wouldn't fit into the final composition...

I scanned all the individual images, and then coloured them in Photoshop and arranged the final composition. I enjoyed doing this, and might actually create an entire alphabet as one of my side-projects during the course... watch this space!


I took a series of Dreamweaver courses to learn how to create my own website using tables. I really enjoyed it, so much so that I've now gone into full-geek mode and am learning how to create my site using html and css. Here are some screen grabs of how my site is currently looking, before I've carried out the coding, but it's close to how I want it to look. As soon as I'm done learning html, I'll be buying a domain and putting it live, until then have a look at this:

My home page - I created the lettering by hand...

About me - I made a cartoon of myself to introduce myself. (when you're in a section, the text becomes black)

Sample gallery page - the images all fall from a set drop point, and the arrows at the top enable you to move forward and back...

Contacts page – I created three illustrations for my postal address, mobile number and email address.

Drawing A Lecture:

This week's exhibition is being curated by Digital Arts, and the subject is "Drawing A Lecture. I decided to scan all of my extremely extensive (ahem) notes from our Wednesday morning lectures, and then create a collage of sorts in Photoshop, adding drop-shadows to layer the individual pages, like so...

Lucky that I often use different coloured pens when making "notes", and also that I pay such close attention to what is being said... (ahem!)

I'll be attempting to keep this blog updated more regularly from now on, so stayed tuned for updates... probably...


  1. LOVE the website stuff, P!

    Handmade type, it's totes your hallmark, innit. I also love the contact illos, you go to such trouble!

    Can't wait until it goes live.

  2. Hey! That's the longest post I've ever seen!!! :D
    How is it going with the site? did u start doing it in HTML already?