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?

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