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Working with The Philosophers Magazine

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working with The Philosophers Magazine to create two illustrations for one of their articles in their latest publication. It’s been a really eye opening and enjoyable experience and because freelance illustration is what I would love to end up doing it’s been invaluable.

I believe I worked with my client professionally and if anything may have asked too many questions but I put that down to the fact that this was the first time I had done anything like this. I started by reading through the article that was sent to me and sketching out rough ideas ranging from the more obvious illustrations to more cleverly crafted pieces that weren’t so clear but worked with the text. After coming up with a range of sketches I sent them over to allow my client to look through and pick out which they felt worked best, once feedback was received I worked on my sketch to show a more refined piece.

As I had the time I agreed to create a second illustration that was once again adapted from my initial sketches. It was great to work with the client to work towards an illustration that they were happy with, usually I just make illustrations that I like but it was nice for me to have to adapt my work to suit someone else’s needs.

The second illustration I made with the 4 dice went through more stages until a final outcome was decided on. My client liked the idea of the 4 dice with maths symbols and wanted me to play around with different compositions so do to this I made the dice and took photos of different compositions and sent them 4 that I felt worked best. A composition was then picked and I took the image into Photoshop to make some final edits before finally sending over the 2 finished illustrations.

As well as making the illustrations I had to make sure the dimensions and resolutions was correct which was easy enough to do but was also something that I’d never really had to consider before.

They have been kind enough to send me a copy of the magazine that will have my illustrations printed in and I’m excited to see my work. The whole experience has been great and I’ve really enjoyed myself, hopefully this is just the start.

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Background Colour Research

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been researching into colour combinations and colour theory. I’ve never been very good with choosing the right colours for backgrounds and wanted to learn more about colour so I had a better understanding of which colours work well with each other. As well as looking at lots of different colour schemes and researching into colour theory I also looked at the work of some of my favourite artists to see how they choose background colours.

Something that I saw a lot was the use of light pastel colours for the background which caused the focus to be on the illustration. I feel some of the backgrounds I’ve chosen in some of my past work mould into my illustration causing it to get lost and fall back rather than jump out from the page and catch the attention of the audition. To test out the pastel background idea I chose to use a pastel blue in my newest piece to see how it worked and I’m very happy with the results. Although I kept to a bright background by choosing a slightly lighter pastel shade I think it’s really helped to keep the focus on the main work. With future work I’ll try out more pastel colours and see how they work and hopefully they’ll have the same effect.

As well as choosing to stick with pastel backgrounds I’ve decided to choose a colour scheme for backgrounds so my illustrations all work together when placed side by side. Over time I will change the colour scheme to keep my work looking fresh but for now I think sticking with this particular fixed colour scheme will help bring all of my work together.

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