Thursday, 14 March 2013

Illustrations for the HEFCE

I've recently been working on a series of illustrations for the HEFCE. They are for a report about the changes in funding for higher education and how this has impacted students and higher education institutions. To create the front cover I first painted the background and built up layers of textures which I then scanned. I worked on the photographs individually in Photoshop and combined them with the painting, different textures, snippets of student bank statements and text to create a busy, expressive and textural image.

This is the front cover:

These are the illustrations for the dividing sections within the publication:

I wanted to give the images of the student figures a screen printed effect with some of the figures more prominent than others. Some of the images are quite subtle, ambiguous and are suggestions of shapes which are then over layered with textures and paint.

As you can see from the images below, I experimented with different compositions and colours in Photoshop for each illustration. I think I had about 12 versions for this particular image before deciding!:

To view the Illustrations within the full report visit the HEFCE website.
Click on each individual strip below to see the full illustrations, Which is your favourite?

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sewing projects

Just thought I'd share a few of my latest sewing creations:
The Crazy crocodile I made for my 2 year old nephew, it's my first attempt at patch working!: 
Pretty hearts filled with lavender from my garden which were perfect christmas gifts for friends and family:
My monkey friend who sits on my desk:
A card I made:

This was my first attempt at making a Teddy bear, I made this before I had my sewing machine so it is all hand stitched:

I made this little rabbit for a friends baby, cute: