It‘s a sketchbook and my learning diary

Category: Study Life

Some reflections on the AIMS for Design Studio

♦ What professional skills do you need to develop this semester?

In my illustration, the overall story structure and the storytelling of the visual images is something I am not very good at the moment, including the pacing of some of the story developments. Whether the illustration is created as a storybook or not, the narrative nature of the subject is still the core and first step in the creation. I want my work to be more readable, which is difficult and challenging because it involves another area of expertise, literature, prose or poetry. I will refer to the structure of some short stories or essays, and I will also try to write a short story myself.


♦ What technical skills do you need to develop this semester?

I will still be doing most of my work by hand-painted creation this term, having been more used to mixed-media painting. I have been working with watercolour, coloured pencils and pencils, but recently I have been experimenting with new materials such as soft pastel and crayon in my life sketches and I have been surprised by how much I have enjoyed working with them.


♦ What creative skills do you need to develop this semester?

I wanted to try some special compositional forms based on the theme to break the conventional picture perspective and create something as playful as possible based on the theme of the project.


♦  What does it mean to propose, justify and undertake an advanced illustration project?

I believe that advanced illustration projects, which incorporate both simple and complex touches, the dots and lines between images and text, are the visual space that illustrators need to develop. Undertaking an advanced illustration project means that the creator needs to have researched and thought about the narrative, the visuals, the audience, and even the format of the product launch and sales scenarios. What creators need to have is the ability to synthesize the creative process, not just the ability to draw a good picture.

Good work speaks for itself and the viewer’s eye is guided. The creator needs to build a coherent picture that resonates with the viewer, and the character or atmosphere that connects with the character will naturally be drawn in.


♦ How can you resolve an illustration project this semester?

♦ How can you manage and structure an illustration project this semester?

♦  What are the critical aims, objectives and methods relevant to your work and proposed projects?

I have put these three questions together to answer.

In the second term I will embark on a fuller and more in-depth project which is an extension of the first term’s ‘Auld Lang Syne music illustration’, a story about Scottish culture and emotion, and a story about friendship, and I will create A picture book with 10-15 illustrations. This term I will be working on the story idea, sketching the images (characters, scenes, colour scheme), experimenting with different painting techniques and deciding on a final approach, and finally completing 3-5 complete images. I think there is a good chance that this project will be part of my final project.

I made an initial time plan ——
Background research and story structure: 4 weeks
Characters and sketches: 4 weeks
Part of the complete picture: 4 weeks


Illustration Mini-exhibition ✨

The second semester has begun!


image 1 My works

For the exhibition, I have chosen to showcase my handmade illustration book Autumn is a Tree.

Books, poetry, and illustration to input the reader an integrated experience of what it is like to read. Stroking the rough bark of the tree and opening the pages, reading and perceiving the text and illustrations through sight and touch, it is as if I am standing next to the tree and the faint smell of plants on the pages is like a botanical soup made by my grandmother in the kitchen. I will continue to use multi-sensory thinking in my future work to explore more effective ways of conveying information and emotion.


image 2 Vicky’s works

Vicky’s work has a very strong visual language and an artist’s own style. I think she breaks the boundary between illustration and pure art, building a strong narrative mood through the different states/expressions of the characters, etc. The audience for the work I think is more female, as they are more equipped with sensual and delicate emotions, and Vicky’s work is more suitable for entering exhibition spaces or illustrating magazines and poetry.


image 3 Ellie’s works

Ellie’s illustrations are very natural and relaxing, and you can feel through the images that the artist loves life and nature. The images have a fresh, beautiful, lived-in feel to them.
I think that a walk or a trip will bring more inspiration to this artist, and there are bound to be some surprises with more different perspectives. You could also try to add 1-2 more mediums to the painting process, such as pastels and colored pencils to enrich the detail and readability of the images.

Illustrators such as Kirsten Sims, Daniela Sosa, and Liana Jegers are recommended to follow their work.






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