- The making of an illustrated book.
- Project Proposal Content:
I would like to work in the process of making an illustrated book since this was one of the main goals I had when decided to study illustration at university.
- Definition of the project and intentions:
I first looked for a story to illustrate with the theme of “Local Universe” in different books such as Jack London. Then I realized that I would prefer to work for someone I can talk to about her/his work. This, I think, would be more realistic as what is going to happen if I end working as an illustrator. After reading some stories I decided to work in an old one my mum wrote many years ago. I have adapted with her permission to our “Local Universe”. This was very easy to do as there’s only one reference to a particular place in the whole narrative.
- Detail of the theme/subject to investigate visually:
The theme is about a girl who finds herself having to choose between ordinary life and magic life.
The work of text and image. Narrative supported by illustrations.
- Starting point must be VISUALLY exciting and the project realistic and clear.
- Context and audience:
- Potential areas of developing my practice:
Book Illustration for children and adult.
- Identification of audience and the primary purpose of the project work:
This project has the main purpose of a learning outcome and use it after university as a content for my portfolio which I hope I can present when looking for commissions of illustration.
- Research Sources:
- Where to find and original and secondary visual research. Research must show breadth and depth:
This is an area I feel really confident because there is nothing I like more than looking at other artist’s work. Actually there are moments I need to stop myself from over doing this because it can steal time from my own production. I am going to start with the French illustrator Aurelia Fronty. This is the starting thread. One illustrator takes me always to another and another and so on. I’m excited to think about this “journey”.
- Learning Methodology:
- How I will begin to generate visual ideas and to develop work for my project. Acquisition of new knowledge and weaknesses:
For me the real science of a good outcome is the use of sketchbooks with hours in the studio. Looking into other works is also essential, but as I said in the previous point, there’s a moment to stop doing it to really connect with my own style without having “too much” influence from the outside but new perspectives of work, colours, methods, shapes… Fortunately I count on the guidance of my tutors for this last project at university.
- Exploration of new media, materials, technologies, and why is appropriate to my project, theme, practice:
I am going to work in colour for this project. Not sure yet if is going to be gouache (which is absolutely new for me), watercolour, colour pencil or acrylics. All this will be revealed by itself after the stage of research and primary sketching. I’m excited to learn new ways of illustration in my last part of university.
I will edit all images in Photoshop and take it to InDesign when putting all together as a book as I think these two are the best programs when working in book illustration.
- Identification of the need of new skills and the support I will need for this:
I consider myself at the very beginning of illustration and I will be able to spot some lack of skills. I am sure Emily would be able to support me finding many more and new ways to solve problems. I feel she has an eagle eye to spot design problems in any image and she would be really valuable for this. And I don’t mean she is the best of all my tutors, it’s just I had the chance to share with her my work more than with the rest of the team and learned a lot with the way she critic my work and my class peers. Also I am curious to learn from our new tutor Rachel Gannon and love her work, so I am sure I will be able too to gain some insights.
- Work assessment:
At the end of this project I would like to use this experience to be able to illustrate a book (layout, fonts, style, choosing of appropriate printing method…) and be self-confident that I can do it by myself without the help of university.
The intention is to submit a book that I can also show as a professional illustrator outside university.