Lincoln Illustration Show 2011

Obviously for much of the past month or two I, like many other students across the country, have been very wrapped up in my degree show work. I have been trying to get around the rest of Lincoln’s degree show’s however even though I can’t afford to go too far afield to the ones hosted at other universities and yesterday I decided to make the hike up the hill to see the Illustration degree.

Now I have a huge soft spot for the illustration bunch having been one of them for the first semester of university before deciding that my skills would be better suited down in Graphic Design. I didn’t miss climbing up that godforsaken hill however!

First off here’s some work by the extremely talented manga artist Jade Sarson. Jade’s created some great comics including the ongoing Cafe Suada which I will be featuring in a later blog post.

These pieces by Danni Thompson are really striking with their strong use of colour.

Mitch Allenden is a fantastic illustrator and probably the only guy I’d let design a tattoo for me at the moment. His work is fantastically detailed and just a little eerie.

Joshua Jones has a fantastic ability to paint, and his book cover made me giggle just a little bit too.

Beautiful childrens book style illustration by Gareth Burgess.

This pattern by Sarah Austin would make a great wallpaper that I’m sure many of us would gladly use. Greatly eyecatching and quite different from anything else I’d seen at the show.

These characters  by Sally Townsend are so sweet and almost geometric in their appearances.

Gorgeous texture and detail in this piece by Rick Frateriggo.

A very bold style here from Angelica Howe. Myself and Mat could see her work being animated beautifully.

Some work for the YCN Glayva brief here from Emma Cadaverous.

Now I’m very fussy when it comes to greetings cards (I hate receiving most of them because they’re so ugly and look like they’be been designed for a 10 year old from the ’80’s) but these cards by Aimee Mappley are so delicate looking and cute. And who can resist that adorable bird?

As well as 2D work the illustration show featured a lot of 3D illustrations as well, including this Princess and the Pea piece by Natalie Lambert.  The fabrics used to create the multiple layers of the bed gorgeous and this piece was great fun to photograph.

Speaking of fun, me and Mat certainly had a good giggle at Rebecca Tovey‘s board with her prop moustaches and glasses. A designers dream!

These charming creatures were all knitted by the very talented Sarah Powell, a fellow joint honours student who decided to take her skills the opposite way to mine. Looks like it worked out great for her!

I was lucky enough to see these pieces by Cat Hughston before I went up to see the degree show, but they were so amazing to see in real life, the amount of detail in such a small piece of craft! Each box that these illustrations were contained within was only around the height and width of an a4 piece of paper!

Steph Yeung is another ex joint honours student that I had the honour of working with during my first year and I still have a card that she gave me featuring her miniscule delicate illustrations. Her work was so beautifully and uniquely arranged for her show as well!

These absolutely breathtaking models are by Poppy Iddon. They’re definitely a piece that you need to see in real life to truly appreciate, although they reproduce really well in photographs as well. A very Coraline feel to the whole piece.

So there you go, a whistle-stop tour to 2011’s Illustration Degree show at the University of Lincoln. I can’t stress any more that if you can you should get yourself to Lincoln, up Steep Hill and see it in real life, it’s just too good to miss out on and it’s around for the next two days.

Obviously I couldn’t feature every member of the class here (sorting out the photographs and web links for the ones I did was time consuming enough!) but you can see some work from everybody in this year’s class here.


Letter From YCN

As I mentioned a few posts back, I recently found out that I’d been commended for my YCN entry into the Fedrigoni brief. I’ve been watching my post like a hawk for the past few days and today I received this beauty. I had to photograph the envelop before I’d even opened it as I knew I’d end up damaging it and it was too pretty not to get a record of.

Fedrigoni don’t give hugely detailed feedback, but it had me grinning after the horrible grilling that I got from the ISTD for my entry this year. I can’t wait to head down to London for the awards ceremony, I’m thinking of making a short holiday out of it with Mat and filling the time gallery hopping.

Hello from Show Elleven

As I’m sure many of you already know, it’s degree show season across the UK at the moment and Lincoln is no exception. This year’s Graphic Design show is here and its LOUD!

For our business cards we were given restrictions this year- we had to create something which was based around a sound effect that we felt reflected us in some way. The vast array of work that people created for these was great- you can see how varied we’ve all become as designers.

For my own card I chose the Japanese onomatopoeia of kiri-kiri which is the sound of a pen scratching on paper, something which is always happening for me whether its illustrating, writing or mapping out ideas.

The show had a great feeling of unification, everything fits together beautifully and even the building has been painted to help showcase things and create an easy system of navigation.

  And now for the bit that everyone is waiting for, some examples of the work that are available at Show Elleven.

Firstly, some work from down in the Illustration section, which is where my first piece of work was situated.

This pretty hand drawn pattern was created by Louisa Bessalah. Link

These gorgeously detailed animals were dotted all around the studio and were painstakingly designed by Katy Bowman. Link

This little bulldog and all of his animal friends were also dotted around the studio, all of the showing off their Ted Baker watches to anyone who walked by. Alice Smith Link

The range of work and the variety of sizes all next to each other work brilliantly. Shown here in the foreground is work by Fleur Vos. Link

This bold and colourful piece to depict colour blindness types is by Emma Wilson. Link

Typographic Poster by Jake Townsend Link and fold down Metamorphosis book by Jennie Plant. Link

This extremely unique illustration/infographic depicts all the beats and pitches of different musical instruments in two songs by the Black Mages. Designed by Mathew McGinlay. Link

As well as printed work on the walls we also had a selection of 3D work throughout the show. Shown here is Hannah Rhodes monsterous Tuborg bottles. Link

These colourful bottles for Boost energy drinks were designed by Hollie Allott. Link

These gorgeous geometric books to showcase the story of Flatland were created by  Taran Uppal. Link

Hand crafted mask to showcase Fedrigoni papers. Again, created by Fleur Vos (Link above)

Extremely cutesy cutlery and a whole new font courtesy of Ben Neale. Link

This handcrafted typography was created by Matt Young, and can be seen within the pages of his book. Link

To keep on the theme of typography, here is Charlotte Middleton’s vinyl wall art. Link

These interesting screen printed posters were created by steak loving Alex Scott. Link

When I first saw this panel of Nicola Ackroyd’s scale exhibition I thought it looked like a huge pile of books. The sheer patience in this piece is amazing. Link

A crazy breakdown of text from patterns into anarchy by Ric Gravina. Link

A selection of typography work including Anna Sangha Link (foreground) and Daniel Firth. Link

Striking and bold typography by Katie Fisher. Link

These intriguing designs have been masterminded by Matt Crowe. Link

An array of covers for the Puffin and Penguin competitions of this year are also being showcased. Unfortunately we didn’t win with any of them, but there’s some stunning designs that should have gone further in the competition.

Throughout our three years at Lincoln we’ve created a lot of publications of various shapes, sizes and contents. Here are some examples of the ones which are on display at Show Elleven, although they are far from the only ones.

There’s plenty more to see at Show Elleven and you can’t get the feel for books, posters and instillation while they’re just on your screen, so if you’re in the East Midlands area and you’ve got yourself a few hours spare pop down between now and Friday 17th to see our work. More details can be found here. And as for my own work in the show? That can be found in a previous blog post here.

Promotional Book

As part of our degree show this year we all had to create a book to showcase some of the work that we have created and to talk about ourselves a little.  I chose to focus on the fact that I am a very visual designer as I do a lot of illustration and photography, and also that the end result isn’t the entirety of what we do,  the failures and the ideas are just as much an important part and they’re not something that we often get to show to people.

Originally the book that I created just had a blank cover with some text, but due to an unfortunate problem with a fellow classmate’s work looking too similar for comfort I decided to make a handmade cover which featured some of my illustration. Here’s some shots of the cover, which I finished last night.

And a closer shot of the actual artwork:

The book is currently on display at our degree show, Show Elleven. If you’re in the Lincoln area you should pop in.

Setting Up For Show Elleven

I feel really bad for having neglected my blog for so long, but so much has been happening that I just haven’t found the time to do any blogging past the 140 characters of microblogging that Twitter offers.

University is now almost at an end now, third year did go just as fast as Barrie said it would and its almost terrifying to think that for now at least I’m pretty much done with education.

I won’t waste peoples time by posting loads of entries about all the work that I’ve done in the past year, as you can view my website for that in case you’ve not yet visited, but I will be using this blog now as a way of keeping people up to date with general life, and work that I am doing right now.

Anyway, on with current life and we’ve spent the last month getting work ready for hand in and putting together our degree show. This has proved to be a challenging but hugely rewarding task which has kept a fair few of us in the studio all day painting, hanging work and even picking blutack off all the walls of a room (that was  a fairly tedious task!)

The theme of the show for this year has been sounds, as we may be quite a small year group but we sure as hell make a lot of noise (both physically and with the way we create our work). To fit with this theme we all had to choose a sound effect that we felt reflected ourselves in some way and create a design based around that sound. I chose kiri-kiri which is a Japanese sound effect used for the sound of pens scratching on paper, something that I felt reflected quite a lot on the way that I work while doing my illustrations.

Show Elleven is going to be a much more open plan and area focused show than has been created in Lincoln before. Gone are the days of everyone having their own board to do what they want to with and instead everyone had to submit their two favourite pieces of work to a committee to be vetted for the show. I managed to get both of the pieces of work that I submitted in, the first being my ISTD Flatland book and the second being some large format illustration.

The work featured within Show Elleven is hugely varied and these photos don’t do it justice (especially as we’d yet to hoover up at this point). I’d urge everyone who’s gonna be near Lincoln between the 6th and the 17th of June to pop in and have a browse, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the Show Elleven website for more details.

Here’s a sneak peak of the illustration that I have featured. Again, the images don’t do it justice and the large image of the geisha’s is the original and is a tactile piece. Having not worked that large since my college life drawing lessons it was a nice change.

Look forward to lots more updates now I get back into the swing of things. I’ll be off to Wisby Nature Park at some point this week to shoot an entry into a photography competition.

Dissertation- starting points

Uni required us to choose the subjects for our dissertations recently, and to write a proposal ready for the actual dissertation next year (scary to think that its headed to that time already!) For mine I have chosen to look at Japanese street fashion- something that has fascinated me for years now.


I’ve started collecting resources for this already, but was wondering if you wonderful guys and girls could point me in the direction of any valuable sources I could be missing out on?


Pictogram Posters

a2 posters used to show the juxtaposed words “shout happily”, “eat angrily” and “speak peacefully” All 3 were produced by hand, using  a combination of chalks, collage,fineliner and a little bit of photoshop editing afterwards..