Monday, November 15, 2010

onedotzero_cascade 2010

In October I was hand-picked to attend the onedotzero_cascade educational workshop in London as part of the 'Adventures in Motion' festival.

"This year the onedotzero_adventures in motion festival theme takes a utopian approach. In the past, mankind’s visions of the future were largely optimistic. The future was going to be a wonderful place, full of bright, new ideas and technology benefiting social harmony. Now, a decade into the 21st century, we find there is a propensity for doom and gloom. onedotzero wants the theme of utopia to bring a sense of adventure, hope and positivity about our future world to this years cascade project and onedotzero_adventures in motion festival."

I worked as part of a group of ten, with designers of different disciplines such as copyrighters, interactive and motion designers.  The week was really challenging but it was good to take part and work with talented people of different disiplines.  In November we went back to do our presentation at the BFI as part of the 'Adventures in Motion' festival - sadly I was only able to attend one other event during my short stay - 'Cityscapes', but it was great to see inspiring digital work and it definitely has made me want to do some work and do a film/animation project.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Quote for September

"I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things.  Thats my intent."

- Saul Bass

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Monday, September 06, 2010

Current Inspiration: Mexican Day of the Dead/Mike Giant

 Hoping to work on my own illustrated version of that tattoo staple - the sugar skull.  I love tattoo art and Mexican Day of the Dead imagery, particularly the intricacy of sugar skulls.  I'm going to attempt to hand -draw them first, before taking them into illustrator.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Decorated City

I was in Berlin for a week and instead of tourist snaps I took pictures of the street art that covers the city.  Scrawls, stencils, tags, paintings, posters and stickers cover every area of the city- which is great, after all why keep all the art indoors in a gallery?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Current Inspiration: Blexbolex

Just a short post about what I'm currently looking at/jealous of.  Currently loving the work of French Illustrator Blexbolex whose work I came across in Germany.  His work is simple, graphic-style screenprints with a childlike quality about them.  Sadly for me, he doesn't have much of an online presence but heres a link to an article from one of my favourite websites 'Grain Edit'.  Anyhoo I recommend his book 'L'imaginier des gens'

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amelia's Magazine

Two images I did for online art/music/fashion magazine 'Amelia's Magazine.'  I did them short-notice in around 2 hours.  The illustrations were for a review for a recent gig by acoustic/folk bands 'Peggy Sue' and 'The First-Aid Kit'.  I decided to listen to their music and illustrate the vibe of both the bands. 

 I want to do a lot more collage,using old magazine/books in the future rather than Photoshop (which I used for these).  Old books from charity shops make amazing sketchbooks!

Monday, July 05, 2010

RGU Article

Thursday, 01 July, 2010

Jill PattersonA visual communication student from Ellon has been highly commended in the BP Design Award at Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art Degree Show, sponsored by BP.

Jill Patterson (23) was presented with a certificate and cheque for £250 by Tim Smith, Vice President Communication and External Affairs for BP Scotland, at the opening night of the Degree Show on Friday 18 June.
For her final-year project, entitled ‘An Illustrated A-Z of British Fears', Jill has explored the negative power of newspaper headlines in the UK and the way they influence people's opinions, creating a visual alphabet with each letter representing an issue high on the social agenda, for example A - alcohol, D - drugs etc.
Using a combination of print techniques and digital technology, Jill experimented by hand-printing various texts and colours, including black and white newsprint, and then scanning them into a computer to make the final illustrations, creating ‘hand-made' graphic designs.
Jill drew inspiration from broadsheets and magazines such as the New Scientist, echoing the designs often used in editorial and opinion articles to represent a certain issue.
Jill explains, "People are often afraid of things simply because of the media. I wanted to use the visual alphabet to represent both real and irrational fears of UK citizens. Editorial features in broadsheets such as the Guardian often use various illustrated images in place of photographs to highlight a social issue in Britain in the same style as my alphabet."
Jill is set to graduate in July with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Illustrated Fears (Part III)


Illustrated Fears (Part II)


Catholic Church


Police Brutality


Illustrated Fears (Part I)

Religious Fundamentalism



Finally to upload selected illustrations from my main project from 4th year.

From my degree show statement:

"My main project is a collection of 26 editorial-style illustrations entitled ‘An Illustrated A-Z of British Fears’. This idea came from looking at the negative power of newspaper headlines and the way they can influence people’s opinions and the way in which they view the world. I have chosen to illustrate a variety of ‘fears’ that are featured in the press from the irrational to the real."

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