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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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Price Cuppa Revisit – 3D

A while back I decided to redo my Pricey Cuppa illustration but made it from paper instead of using an actual cup and saucer. At the time I was really happy with the piece but felt compared to my latest work it looked a bit out of place so I decided to redo it one final time. This time I wanted to make the cup out of 3-dimensional paper rather than mount the paper onto a piece of paper and use shadows to cast the illustration of it being a 3D piece.
To give the cup a paper feel I decided to use sharp edges and give the cup a pentagon
shape, I felt this added a nice touch and stepped away from the realistic original. Using a printed out pentagon I used this as my guide to create the cups shape and placed a carefully cut piece of mount board at the bottom to make sure that it kept its shape when I started gluing it all together.

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Once together I decided to cut individual strips of paper for each of the pentagon’s angles cut them too long on purpose so I could fold them over the edges which gave a nice smooth, slightly rounded edge to the lip of the cup.

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I then worked on the handle of the cup which I decided to cut from foamboard first and then cover in paper so that it wasn’t too fiddly yet still gave the impression that it was made from paper alone. This worked perfectly and also gave the handle some strength rather than created the small handle out of paper. The handle was then carefully stuck onto the side of the cup making sure it was in the centre and that the top of the handle came to the same height as the top of the cup.

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The contents of the mug was created using another pentagon piece of foamboard which was then covered in brown tea like card. To bring this pentagon to the top of the cup I just used a stack of cut foamboard which was stuck to the top of the foam board at the bottom of the cup and the bottom of tea coloured pentagon. The price tag was simply made from cut coloured card and I used string that was threaded through make it look like it was coming from a teabag inside the cup.

Using a larger pentagon I created the plate which was simply cut out foamboard once again covered in paper to give the effect that it was 3-dimensional paper.

I also decided to create 2 biscuits just to add to the final illustration. These were made from foamboard covered in coloured card and to add the biscuit texture I scored the bordering piece of paper and used a small needed to create the holes in the biscuits. I tried to make them look as realistic as possible and think it adds nicely to the cup and saucer.

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Below is the final illustration which I photographed and edited on Photoshop. I looked at already existing photos of cups of tea as well as playing around with different coloured paper to decide on the background to use. Although the blue background is quite bright I think it works to push the cup out and make it pop from the page. I believe this version is my strongest yet and would be the best option to use with the original article as its eye catching and the overall quality of the image is better.

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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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Expanding my online presence

Online presence is becoming one of the most important factors to get yourself and your work noticed and I thought it would be a good idea to expand on my online presence so I can cover more of the internet and stand a better chance of being discovered. I already have my website at http://www.jamiewindsor.co.uk but without people actually knowing about me this site probably would never be visited unless I started to connect it to social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Over the past month I’ve been setting up social media accounts on some of the biggest name websites out there that I feel could really help get my work to as many people as possible. I’ve currently got my own website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an instagram, a linkedin account and a pinterest page, all of which I update with different images and information depending on what kind of platform they are, I’ve also made sure to link them all up together.

Each social media platform offers different ways to engage with the audience. For example I’m using Twitter to post small single sentence updates on what I’m currently up to, instagram I’ve used to post images of work in progress as well as finished pieces, linkedin I’ve used mainly to connect myself up to friends, potential clients and art directors, pinterest I’m using mainly post my own work and find inspiration and Facebook I have used in the same way I’m using twitter to keep people up to date. So far I’ve managed to gain quite a few new followers and have also spoke to a few potential clients.

I think social media is an extremely powerful tool if used correctly and I must make sure to keep them up to date and current with what I’m doing at the moment. A dormant page wouldn’t look good and could potentially cause me to miss an opportunity.

I’ve posted all of my social media account below so if you like you can give me a follow.

Like me on Facebook

Follow me on Twitter

Check me out on Instagram

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Find me on Pinterest

For my online portfolio check out my website at www.jamiewindsor.co.uk

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Editing my work

Something that was brought up when I was talking to my tutors is the fact that I need to show that my work can be changed and manipulated after I’ve created it. This is extremely important in editorial work because the original idea can go through lots of stages before the client is finally happy.

I would say that I’m getting quite good at editing but I haven’t really shown that in my online portfolio as I do most of the editing before I finally upload my work. To show clients that I can edit my work and change aspects easily I’ve started to add different versions of the same illustration to my website, these range from simple colour changes to image manipulations. It doesn’t take me too long and looks good in my portfolio as it puts clients mind at ease that if needed they can change aspects of my work without too much trouble.

As example of my editing is shown below.

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Backgrounds

One of my main struggles when it comes to illustrating my ideas is what colour background to use. I find sometimes that my background can take away from the piece of work I’m trying to show but I also feel like having a plain white background can sometimes be boring and won’t work as well as a coloured background could. An example of this would be a piece I’m working on at the moment which is about space, I felt like a black background would look too dark when placed behind the planets so I chose to go with a white background and use small yellow stars to empathize the fact that the piece was set in space. Once I had completed most of the work I felt like the background didn’t really work as expected and unfortunately didn’t quite now what to try. Below is the mentioned unedited piece with the white background.

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Luckily I’ve gotten quite good at Photoshop over the last year and can change the background without too many problems but I’m still not sure what to change it too. I feel looking at other artists work as well as a colour wheel could help me to choose colours that not only work well together but help make my work stand out and fit well in the page.

I also believe that making quite sketches of my work using different colours could really help me find what colours would work best. I tend to get fixated on a certain idea and just run with it, it’s not too much of a problem because I can edit it afterwards but it would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to edit it so much at the end.

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Super simple animation

As I’m planning on bringing some life to my illustrations I played around with stop animation using my DSLR camera. The animation is super simple but came out quite nicely and has a few different moving objects. I believe this amount of movement is probably the most I would consider and in fact believe in later pieces I’ll probably just add very subtle movement to the illustration just to give it a hint of life.

The animation below is to represent the malware problem that the Google Chrome browser has been having. It’s no where near as complete as I’d like it to be but for my first attempt with my own setup I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The white definitely need to be whiter test time but at least the colours stayed the same with each take.

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Expanding my skills

Recently I contacted Kyle Bean one of favourite illustrators asking for advice on what I should be doing in my final year at university. He was extremely helpful and gave me a few pointers and ideas that I’m working on. One of the main pieces of advice he gave me was that I should expand my skills as much as possible and be flexible in my approach so that I can appeal to more employers, being a good at paper crafting is one thing but I need my work to stand out from the others.

I’ve recently bought a DSLR camera which I not only intend on using to take professional photos of my still work but also use it to create a few stop animation pieces. Although paper is a main focus of my work I intend on offering more than just still paper illustrations and work with animated clips as well. Over the past few months I’ve tried to focus my efforts on just paper craft work which has been great but as Kyle suggested I can’t just keep all my eggs in one basket. As well as animation I intend on bringing objects back into my work when I feel they are necessary such as when I made the price cuppa piece a while ago. This piece still had a paper element being the teabag tag but the use of the cup I feel looked better than using a paper crafted cup which I did attempt.

 

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Plan of action

The final year of my illustration course has started to get very close to an end and I have a very busy couple of months ahead of me. To keep me working hard I’d devised a simple plan of action that will hopefully give me targets to aim for each week.

My first goal is to design and create two new pieces of artwork each one with at least one being a response to an editorial article. The editorial article will be chosen by myself from a website or newspaper and will be something that I feel would suit my quirky and playful style of working well.

In the next few weeks I will start to plan out my mock viva ready for me to present it on the week starting 20th March. As well as planning out my mock viva I’m going to start thinking up ideas for my final show display and research into already existing shows and how they displayed their work.

With all new work being created every week I will have to make sure that my website is up to date and ready to be sent out as my online portfolio to potential employers. So far my website is looking good but as my work improves I will have to select which pieces I feel represent me and my work best.

During the holidays I would like to start to really push my work out there and contact as many potential employers as possible. I plan on sending a personalised letter with a keep sake and an invitation to the final show. I may be lucky enough to find some sort of work experience during the holiday which would be a great opportunity to see what it’s like to  work as an illustrator.

As well as promoting my work I’d also like to continue to improve my paper cut and photoshop skills as well as start learn more animation software techniques. It would be great to be able to bring my work alive with small animations that really make my work catch people’s attention.

It’s going to be a very busy few months but hopefully it’ll all be worth it in the end!

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