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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.9: Using Black and White.

Produce a line visual around one of these words:

  • Sea
  • Extraordinary
  • Building
  • Journey

For this task, I decided to produce a line visual around the word building. For the drawing I created, I decided to portray an old, rural style house that reminded me of one I used to see all the time when I was younger. It also replicated the style of a line drawing successfully.

I was unable to scan the image in, in order for it to fit into A3, as my printer is not adequate to facilitate this; so I scanned the image to fit into A4.

Using the invert function on my computer which turned the black lines to white, and the white background to black, I noticed that this function created an eerie, dark atmosphere and actually gave the character-filled house a different perspective.

Analysing the image that I had created and the affect that had arisen from using the invert function, allowed me to decided on how to collage certain parts of the black copy onto the white. My final decision was to keep this quite simple and minimalistic. Noting that an ‘eerie, dark atmosphere’ had appeared from creating the second image, I decided to place darkness where there should be light. For example, as seen in my final image below; where there would be light appearing from the door, windows and street lamp, I have portrayed darkness.




The focus in this final image now lies with the fact that something has changed the ‘norm’. Typically, this image; before the use of the invert function, would have displayed evidently where light should be coming from. However to adjust this, I completely flipped it, and created darkness where there should be light.

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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.8: A subjective drawing.

SUBJECTIVE: Based on, or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions.

Pick an object and write a list of a series of words to describe it.


  • Compact
  • Digital
  • Hard
  • Matte
  • Photographic
  • Exposure
  • Polaroid
  • Retro
  • Simple
  • Bulky
  • Vintage
  • Old-fashioned
  • Film
  • Old
  • Special
  • Emulsion
  • Filter
  • Black & White

Choose one word from the list you have created.


  • Explore visually and make a moodboard.

'Vintage' - Moodboard



Above is the finished image of my ‘vintage camera’. Firstly I drew the camera on a piece of plain sketch paper, in pencil to get practice the idea of the vintage style I wanted. Once I had aligned everything correctly and was happy, I started to think about what I wanted to produce my final image on. ‘Vintage’ was my centre point – my focus; so I completed a google search which provoked some ideas, and then rummaged through a few of my own things to see if anything popped up. I found a book from the 1960s that my mum had given me and it was perfect. I traced my original drawing of the camera over two pages inside the book and instantly I was pleased with the outcome. I then thought about colours and materials to emphasise the adjective I had chosen, and my starting point was to draw over the pencil line drawing with a ‘sepia’ coloured pen which was successful. I found bits of paper to see if anything would complement my drawing, and I used a blue vintage patterned paper which I felt resembled some of the patterns I had noticed within my moodboard. I also used a handmade Indian paper which contains cotton fibres and flower petals and this added subtle colours giving the desired effect. In terms of ‘filling’ my image, I didn’t physically add much at all, as I felt the text from the vintage book gave an instant fill that I didn’t want to cover, or destroy. Lastly, I used a method which I think is so effective and creative, so I thoroughly enjoyed adding it to my work… Tea Staining. The method can be so versatile amongst various tasks and projects, but most successfully in making something look old, or vintage.

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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.7: An objective drawing.

OBJECTIVE: Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions.

Select an item:

  • Shoe
  • Umbrella
  • Pair of trousers
  • Pair of glasses
  • Hat

As seen above, I have made the decision to choose the item: “Shoe”. I am a shoe lover, in particular trainers, I love various styles and materials so this was an intriguing and enjoyable item for me to conduct an objective drawing on.

Before exploring my shoe visually, I had to decide what shoe I was going to choose. After looking through my collection, I decided on an Adidas pair that i own as they are slightly different and provide lots of different materials and aspects. I took one shoe from the pair and began to analyse it. Various textures were present with this shoe. A stitched material providing a sock like feel as you slide it on, as well as rubber components and a soft strap which pulls over the top. This shoe is of top comfort and provides a sturdy base which is visually exciting due to the dotted pattern and striped indents towards the heel end of the shoe.

I initially drew my shoe in pencil on a sheet of A4 fine grain cartridge paper (acid free and 160gsm). I created an outline which was fairly simple, although creating the right shape for the back of the shoe took a few attempts. My next task was to focus on the lines needed to create sections within the shoe and to also add pattern to create texture and the correct visuals.

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Pencil Drawing

Finally, after completing the objective drawing of a shoe in pencil, I decided to go over the design in a Black Fine-liner. I used various size pens such as 0.5, 0.2, 0.1 and 0.05. My chosen pen was a water and fade proof, pigment ink ‘Uni Pin’ Fine-liner.

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Black Fine-Liner Drawing

When creating this objective drawing, i had to remember that scale was important, as well as all the elements involved with the shoe, including texture. Analysing my shoe, I noted the dotted pattern on the sole of the shoe which was also visible around the side of the shoe, for this I recreated the dot work with a Fine-liner size of 0.1, I needed the dot work to convey an almost ‘grainy’ effect, and I think this shows well. The design of this shoe is meant for serious comfort, so the sole, although rubber, is extremely sturdy and substantial. Towards the heel end of the shoe, is the most chunky part of the shoe, and it also rises up above the sole, part way up the back of the shoe – protecting your heel. This section of the shoe has lined indents which are slightly darker to the rest of that component, I have demonstrated this creating sections and filling them with a thicker sized Black Fine-liner. I used a 0.5 Fine-liner for the outline of the shoe and a 0.2 for the dividing lines within the shoe. I created the strap which wraps over the shoe – arguably the most simple aspect of the shoe which also hides the laces. I shaded this part lightly with a 0.05 Fine-liner to block the section, but not to darken it too much as this would not represent the shoe accurately. I did the same for the toe section of the shoe on top. All other details of the shoe in my drawing replicate that of my shoe, darkened in areas appropriate and shaped in the correct manner. The most significant part of this shoe to me, is the ‘sock-like’ aspect. The main reason I love these shoes is due to the fact that the main role they are supposed to play, they do – effortlessly. Comfort. The comfort of this shoe is next to none, and I think the biggest contribution to this is the brilliantly constructed design of the shoe, in particular how they have used material for the section around the ankle, top of the foot and for the ‘tongue’ of the shoe. It is a knitted soft material, so this has been designed using mark-making techniques with a 0.1 Fine-liner. To create the ‘stitch’ and ‘knitted’ affect was difficult, but after some trial and error with types of mark-making, I came to a decision that I was pleased with.




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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.6: Exploring Drawing and Painting.

Create a sketchbook with different kinds of coloured and textured papers. Use a variety of surfaces and collect the sheets together. Collect a range of drawing implements and force yourself to put familiar materials to one side and explore unchartered territories. Draw your chosen object on each of the sheets using a different drawing material throughout. Practice using the same media in different ways and at different scales. Explore cross-hatching, stippling, splattering, smudging and dry brush work. Investigate the properties of mixed media; see which marks work together or not and how marks can be altered.

The object that I decided to draw for this exercise was my glasses. I found this quite a versatile and enjoyable object to sketch and the shapes and dimensions were not too intricate, but still engaging to the eye.

Firstly, I used pencil and sketchbook paper and did a simple drawing. I then repeated this, but explored the technique of cross hatching. I like this effect, and have used this previously when completing the “History of Illustration” exercise, however – I did find this effect difficult with my chosen object as there was not much space and I found it more tricky to complete the technique in a refined place.



I purchased a pack of different coloured linen card, and used a light blue sheet for my next couple of drawings. The drawing implement I used was a felt tip, well several from a childs pack – Dark Blue, Yellow and Red. I decided to create one in red with some dot work (stippling) a yellow one with a ‘dash’ affect (stippling) and one in dark blue with a block coloured frame. Why do kids felt tips run out so quickly?! The felt tips were successful on the linen card, and considering the card is textured, I was surprised at how smoothly the pen ran along the card.


Next, I used some crayons and coloured in my pair of glasses on a pearlescent, glossy envelope. I used several different coloured crayons and I like the visual that this has created. However, using crayons on this type of material was not easy. I think this is due to the gloss on the envelope. I had to press and shade quite hard to get the colour to show, and even then – the outcome wasn’t bold.

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Different colour crayons on a pearlescent envelope

I then selected one coloured crayon, my chosen selection was red. i decided to use the red crayon, a this colour – in my opinion, is bold and statement. I had purchased a pack of all sorts of different handmade Indian papers. These papers were fascinating and SO creative, and I had never seen anything like them before. I used the red crayon on a handmade Indian paper with cotton fibres. The crayon worked well on this texture and I like the addition of the cotton fibres that can be seen through the paper.

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Red crayon on handmade indian paper with cotton fibres

Another of the papers contained real flowers. For this I selected a blue crayon as I felt it complimented the colours of the flowers successfully, and my overall outcome proves this. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these handmade Indian papers, and I am aiming to create more work with these textured papers.

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Blue crayon on handmade indian papers with real flowers

I have used acrylic paint before, and it is a material I enjoy working with. However, when I think about the tasks I have completed on images I have created with acrylic – they have normally been large scale abstract designs. Firstly I created the glasses with a mixture of blue, white & grey acrylic paint, and I applied this onto canvas. This wasn’t as successful as I would have liked it to be. I think this may be due to the size of brush and palette knives I used, and also because the size in which I tried to portray the image – (the canvas was postcard size).

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Blue, White & Grey acrylic paint on canvas

I then had a large A3 sheet of acrylic paper and decided to adjust the scale of my chosen object. I completed this in black acrylic paint and with my paint brush I created a ‘dry brush effect’. I haven’t noticed how this effect can work before, but now understanding its meaning and how it can be conveyed, I think it can look extremely affective – especially on a textured paper.

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Black acrylic paint on acrylic paper with dry brush effect

Tipex – normally used as a form of eraser, I thought could be an effective material to use, as long as on a darker background, so would still be visible. I decided to use Tipex on brown Kraft paper. It worked well, and although my final image wasn’t overly neat, the Tipex flowed well on this material, and I don’t think this would have been as successful on a more ‘rough’ texture.

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Tipex on Kraft paper

Black fine-liner — My FAVOURITE drawing implement to use! When collecting all the materials for this exercise; it was obvious that a black fine-liner would be one of my choices, but I did deliberate several times on what surface to produce my object in fine-liner on. I had a pad of small, blue, square, patterned swatch paper and really liked the idea of the colour black in thin lines standing out on this background. Completing this, I am pleased with its success, and I also like that I didn’t include the whole object as I feel it gave a different view of scale and dimension. I visually enjoy how the blue/grey floral pattern comes through the image as this gives my drawing another aspect to enjoy.

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Black fine-liner on small, squared, patterned swatch paper

My wife and I put flowers regularly in little mason jars that we had made for our wedding, and recently we had bought some beautiful flowers. Some time had gone, so they needed to be replaced. This is when I realised that I could use the petals as part of this exercise. The thought of this was far easier than the building of it. I did not glue the petals down, but placed them… thinking now that glue would have probably been a wise choice. This process became frustrating after many attempts to put certain petals back into places that they had slid/moved from. On the other hand, I have found this image to be visually engaging and pleasing to the eye. I love how the petals produce their own individual style and texture and I enjoy what they bring to my object.

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Real flower petals

Lastly, I removed a sheet of glass from an old photo frame and used a black Sharpie to draw my image. I ‘stippled’ the arms of the glasses and blocked out the main frame. The contrast of detail between the two worked really well and I am pleased with the outcome. I am also pleased with how well the Sharpie worked on glass. My experience from using glass has taught me that no pen will work successfully unless a Sharpie or an alternative ‘glass appropriate’ pen.

Black sharpie and stippling effect on glass

Completing a small analysis after this exercise, I have come to the realisation that ‘stippling’ works successfully with blocked out colour, especially with darker colours and shades; such as Black. I have learnt what drawing implements work on what textures and have noticed that although some may work, they are more difficult to combine and produce. I have also learnt to think ‘outside the box’ and look at ‘real life’ when thinking about what to incorporate in my work – as seen with the flower petals.



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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.5: Using reference.

Collect as much reference as you can find for the 1950s period. Catalogue the information you find according to these categories:

  • People and costume
  • Architecture and interiors
  • Art – painting, drawing sculpture
  • Graphic design – posters, books, typography
  • Advertising
  • Transport
  • Film and TV
  • Surface pattern and decoration

I completed this part of the task by creating eight different boards on Pinterest, and I pinned a large variety of images relevant to each category to the individual board – as seen below.

People and Costume of the 1950s:

It is to be noted that costume of the 1950s wasn’t hugely varied – appearance was quite similar between females, and similarly with males. All dresses that females wore were of a similar style, but all remained below the knee, however sometimes were only just above (covering) the breasts. Menswear was normally quite smart consisting of a shirt with a waistcoat-style jumper over the top and a tie. Alternatively leather jackets were also a big factor within costume for men in the 1950s. People in the 1950s collated to be quite a few well established and worldwide familiar faces, such as: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. Analysing People and Costume of the 1950s allowed me to understand and come to the realisation that the 50s is quite a memorable era.

Architecture and Interiors of the 1950s:

I have found the architecture from the 50s to be concise, lined and sharp. This is also noticeable when observing the interiors from the 1950s, for example: if you look at a ‘typical’ 1950s style living room, you can see the sharp lines of chair legs, or the legs on tables, cabinets, cupboards etc. The sofas are low to the ground and pastel colour seem to be apparent throughout. Another key feature of 1950s interior is the bold, patterned (sometimes shocking) wallpaper.

Art – Paintings, Drawings & Sculptures of the 1950s:

As seen below, sculptures were quite prominent in the 1950s and very unique. I have found when studying paintings, drawings and sculptures that each of these categories are kept simple – they are not particularly refined. They are kept simple, and in this day an age would probably be classed as amateur.

Graphic Design – Posters, Books and Typography of the 1950s:

Typography in the 1950s was obviously not as developed as it is today, so the variety of fonts and typography is not large. However, considering this – the typography used is still  eye catching and engaging. Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie are two popular names, that still today are ever as popular. Posters in the 1950s tended to include women in ‘skimpy’ outfits and looking provocative. If these posters were to be released now, in the 21st century, it wouldn’t be long until they would be taken down/removed.

Advertising in the 1950s:

Controversial. The advertising from 1950 is quite simple and very vintage looking, but extremely controversial. All advertisements featured women in a typical ‘housewife’ outfit, and even the text was stereotypically sexist at times, for example – the advertisement for the company “Hoover” which conveniently sold hoovers, consisted of a slogan which says: “She’ll be happier with a hoover”.

Transport of the 1950s:

Transport of the 1950s, I have noticed, is very rounded. The wheels are larger than what is seen today and the body shape of the cars are very much rounded in shape.

Film and TV of the 1950s:

TV programmes such as ‘Andy Pandy’, ‘Looney Tunes’ and ‘The Honeymooners’ were some of the most popular television programmes of this era. Films such as ‘Singin in the rain’, ‘The prince and the showgirl’ and ‘Rebel without a cause’ were among the many successful films of this era. Among all of these, Disney produced some of their biggest success films in the 1950s. These included: ‘Bambi’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Alice in wonderland’.

Surface Pattern and Decoration in the 1950s:

Wallpapers were a stand out feature of the 1950s and these were so eye catching due to the quirky patterns presented on them. Colours seemed to remain pastel, or quite dull, with the occasion bold print. Lines were a common aspect as well as slightly rounded shapes.

The 1950s:

Controversial, bold, quirky and memorable are four words that I would use to sum p the 1950s. The 1950s allowed the entrance of new possibilities for creativeness after the deprivation felt during the Second World War. A few key aspects to reflect on are the open plan living rooms with more design-led furniture, fitted kitchens and televisions – more apparent in the homes of those who could afford them. The 1950s was a decade of change and due to the advancement of processes in manufacturing and new materials like plastic being developed – there was at last an optimistic view of the future. You could say that design was almost reinvented, or revitalised – in particular within the home environment: allowing appliances that saved time become more common. The American diner culture became more popular and widespread and enabled a new sense of style, fashion and individuality to be embraced and engaged with. Disney introduced films such as ‘Bambi’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’, not known to them, but films that would revolutionise a new generation and introduce a new enjoyment and attachment for children. Cigarettes were seen as ‘glamourous’ in the 50s and as read on a poster for cigarettes: “even doctors smoke camel cigarettes”. Adverts were directed towards the stereotyping of women presenting them in provocative and controversial ways and labelling them as the ‘home keepers’ and hinting at men working. Looking into the ‘interior’ art world, Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning influenced the early decade, whereas Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko influenced later on. 1950s was the era that Pop Art was born. Interior design was a key factor, and straight lines, minimalism and unexpected colours like pastels were prominent. ‘Mid century modern’ was in full effect in the 1950s and fitted kitchens and open plan living rooms were introduced. The conservative party was the main attraction in the 1950s when it came to prime ministers. These people consisted of Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan. Other memorable moments from the 1950s included: The football world cup in Brazil, Roger Bannisters record breaking mile, Florence Chadwick swimming the English Channel, the civil rights movement and the soviet union launched ‘Sputnik’. Overall, and after analysing and observing aspects of the 1950s, innovation and change were key in helping re-establish after the Second World War.

Now make an illustration of someone sitting in a chair surrounded by typical artefacts to give a teenager an idea of the 1950s:


I definitely spent too much time being frustrated at how to curate everything for this illustration, and not wanting to fall behind, made this stressful. However, I have tried my best to reflect the 1950’s for a teenager, and I did this in a sketch/graphics style using illustrator and photoshop. The wallpaper I created to represent the patterned wallpaper that was prominent in the era and I made it bright to portray this correctly. I did a few rough sketches before the woman I chose was created. I based the chair on a 1950s style chair I had in my old house and based the hoover on the visual image I had of a 1950s ‘hoover’ hoover that I found in my current loft. I included other key furniture elements, such as the TV and Vinyl player too. I created a collage aspect by using already existing images from the 50s, such as a cigarette poster, to represent the popularity of cigarettes in that era, a film poster, portraying the provocative, controversial view of women on posters and the type of film that surrounded the 50s. Finally I placed another ‘photo’ on the living room wall which is of Marilyn Monroe – a key icon of the 1950s in a pop art style which was established in this era. My final image was fully created on Photoshop, a new experience for me – so not the most perfect image I have ever created.

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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.4: Making a moodboard.

The purpose for this exercise was to choose one of the words from the previous exercise and create a moodboard on a large sheet and to expand on the themes and ideas that I had already identified.

I needed to collect swatches of colour and texture or create my own to establish a palette of colours and repertoire of marks. It was also mentioned to Google some of the words and see what came from this and either print off or draw from some of the images that emerged. Also, to go through other books or magazines and take snippets of images, which have associations with my words and theme. Assemble these elements on my large sheet was the next step.

It is to be noted from the exercise brief: ‘You are not creating a piece that is a designed artefact in its own right. You don’t have to include words but may want to selectively incorporate some words into your moodboards as an aide-memoire. If you organise your content according to visual connections you may find that links and some nice surprises emerge This should lead to you being able to recognise or establish a hierarchy within your content’.


Starting this exercise, I decided to choose the word that I had used in the previous exercise: ‘Travel’. I began by completing a google search of the word ‘Travel’; and selecting the images file, I started to browse what pictures came up. I was pleased with the images that appeared from this search, as well as surprised with the vast amount of different topics connected to travel that arose. I printed various images off from this google search and out these aside. I then purchased a magazine; suitably named ‘Travel’ – a costly purchase of £4.20… FOR A MAGAZINE! Anyway, when I started to flick through to see what this magazine had to offer, the price wasn’t so bad, and by the end of tearing out pages for the irrelevant pile and keeping the images from pages for my ‘good to use’ pile – the substantial amount I had retrieved made it worth the while. At the end of this stage, I had a good amount of images related to my title. I was pleased, and found this starting point successful. I had managed to collect images referencing maps, animals, buildings, scenery, transport, roads, globes and signage.

Colour Palettes:

Colour palettes I found relatable from an online search:

Colour palettes created myself using lego bricks:

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I purchased two A3 ‘West Foam’ boards to complete this task on, and I progressed from my first step, by laying out all of the images I had collated, onto these boards to get an idea of colours, presentation and layout. Following this, I noticed that my boards looked messy and unstructured, and this would produce an unsuccessful result. Referring back to a few notes from the exercise brief: “You are not creating a piece that is a designed artefact in its own right” – This assisted my understanding that it didn’t need to be perfect, and if you analyse mood boards, they are normally fairly scattered and random. However, it was this point: “organise your content according to visual connections” that helped my development the most. From this information, I categorised my images into sections and topics. I then placed them in a grouped form onto the boards. At first this was unsuccessful as the boards were slightly unbalanced, but moving some topics onto the other board helped give a clear layout and visual engagement.

The physical aspect. Next I had to become more hands-on with this exercise – in terms of how I fixed these images to the boards and anything else I could incorporate. I decided to first look at the topic for which I had most images – maps. I placed them together on one side of the board and then came to a bit of a halt. How could I reinforce and convey the meaning of maps, and could I do this by including a different texture? After some time thinking, I remembered back to when I have travelled and been on holiday and also memories from when I was a child and would fix a map to the wall and place pins on places that I had visited and connect these using string. That was it! This idea reminds me of ‘classic’ travel and the traditional aspect to it was intensely engaging. I used gold, round, flat-headed pins to fix the images and I created a random, zig-zag affect with the string and it looked marvellous! I loved the different textures and the affect it produced. I am extremely proud of this aspect and I think it is really successful and a key part to my overall image.

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Next, my task was to position one of my favourite images – and the title for my project: ‘Travel’. I was impressed by this image, as the word had been created by aspects that make up travel. I had already decided that this image needed to be central, so this is where I placed it. I then cut out one of the road images to enhance the shape, and it fit perfectly around the title giving it depth and visual impression. On this same board, I incorporated other road images, transport, scenery, signage and a globe. I used various different materials, such as: Pen, pencil, acrylic paint and ink. I also included texture, which I struggled with to start with, but benefited from. However, already having string,  I began to think about how I could best utilise this to create a visually stimulating image.

I visited Cardiff bay to check out ‘The Great Brick Safari’ exhibition which was a collection of giant animals made out of lego bricks. You can see about this trip in my exhibition section. The elephant, for example took 1,600 hours to build, stood at 2.5 metres tall and weighed in at 1.5 tonnes, also consisted of 271,739 lego bricks. Then it hit me… INSPIRATION! How successful would using lego bricks as an alternative texture work for my mood board? As a lego lover, I have a box full of bricks that were sat right in front of me.

To view my images from ‘The Great Brick Safari’


Within my moodboard, I included a few images of long winding or straight/flat roads – something you can envision in the outback, Australia. I scooped out a load of lego bricks, at random – all different colours, heights, width and shape. This allowed me to create a varied dimension and good texture. I tried my best to select colours that were close to the grey road and sandy desert colours. I essentially expanded the pictures out by using lego bricks. The idea was more successful than I originally thought it would be, however, scooping the bricks out at random didn’t give me a set of colours that would be consistent, so if I was to repeat this stage, I would focus on the colours.

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I have noticed after the completion of this moodboard that a running, common colour present in images of ‘Travel’ is Blue. I think this is because Blue is a familiar colour to everyone worldwide and is also associated with many ‘Travel’ aspects. Water is a common factor when people think about ‘Travel’, so branching off of water would be Blue. Below is my first completed moodboard:

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Due to the fact that I found and collected so many images for my title, I decided to create another moodboard and see if I could present it slightly different, and potentially incorporate different aspects to create depth, dimension and an alternative visually stimulating board. The images I had collated for this board were a mixture of animals, culture, buildings and transport. Firstly I assembled the animal images on the board, and used pins to fix them down to continue the ‘pre-travel’ planning affect I was trying to create. The tear out image of Giraffes enabled me to continue the giraffe body and pattern which was something I hadn’t yet tested. To extend and give an alternate view to my Zebra image, I decided to create the stand out appearance of a Zebra using string and Black ink. I glued string onto the board to create those famous stripes, and then I used Windsor & Newton black ink to colour the strings, and then the white board intercepted the gaps to allow the affect to be visualised.

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I only included a few images of transport, aside from the plane that I created out of  string and coloured with ink on my first board – the only images of transport I included, were also of the same type/style of transport: Caravans and Campervans. Looking back, I am disappointed with this choice I made, as transport is such a huge aspect of Travel and I can now think of many interesting ideas I could have made from this. However, I loved the images of the transport that I did include, as I feel they give a real insight to the scene that is set. I drew a rough outline of a caravan/campervan, keeping it really simple I just used black and ultramarine blue ink to add colour. If I was to change this at all, I think I may have added some forestry style trees, perhaps a fire and I would have splashed watercolour on the image to give it a more abstract feel, and I also think these points would have created a scene, as the print offs do.

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An obvious characteristic of the title ‘Travel’ is the remarkable culture that exists around the world. My images which reference this topic consisted of food, people and places. My aim was to include a texture which would be symbolic of ‘Culture’. The process of thinking of what would symbolise Culture in a justifying way took a while, and in the meantime, I started to create a few buildings out of lego to portray my section of places and buildings. Eventually, after looking through a few of my cupboards, I found some spice packets. This idea, although seemingly random, and to start with questionably not suitable – actually gives my topic a distinguished, resourceful and authentic appeal. The texture of the spices, the variance in colour and the smell to me represented Culture in a beautifully inventive and unique visionary format. The success from the use of spices made my decision when including it to expand the colours, alongside ink of the elephant image.

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The remaining two topics of my moodboard are buildings and scenery. To convey the meanings of how these topics are relevant to ‘Travel’, I decided to keep it simple, but textured by using lego. For scenery, I built a simple flower, and I created two colourful buildings to go with my other topic. Below is my second completed moodboard:

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Coursework, Part 2. Illustration 1 – Exercise 2.3: Turning words into pictures.

Choose a word from the list below, and draw everything that comes to mind:

  • Childhood
  • Wild
  • Exotic
  • Fashion
  • Destruction
  • Travel
  • Kitchen

Have a broad range of materials to hand during your visual brainstorm. Add swatches of colour and texture associated with your chosen word. Deconstruct your word into its constituent parts, if required. Be conscious of the details and qualities of each subject or object you draw to communicate its qualities and function.

Choose a word from the list…


I began by thinking about the different ways in which a word can be interpreted. Travel has been a big, significant part of my life. This is the reason for choosing ‘Travel’ from the list – I believed out of all the words, this is the one that I would be able to delve into more and have a wider varied knowledge about, and things associated with it.

Its funny, yet strange, how I can know so much about something, someone, or a topic – yet when requested to write everything down that I can possibly think of regarding it and associated with it – my mind goes blank. The first image I put to paper was of a camera. It was only after the process of thinking about what to draw and eventually putting this to paper, that I came to the realisation about the length of time this took. Therefore, I decided to create a spider diagram before I continued. WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS TO START WITH?! I have learnt now, from the previous exercise where I gained knowledge about spider diagrams and visual brainstorming, as well as trying to begin this task without doing one, that they make a significant difference. My mind, which was originally like a sheet of blank white paper, was now piling up a good selection of ideas. I wanted my perception of travel to be varied, and not necessarily so specific and obvious – I did not want a black & white thought process. Completing a spider diagram assisted in the development of this exercise. During this process, I thought about the different types of travel, what each of these would require, and/or involve as well as the obvious – transport.

First draft of Spider diagram

My first Spider Diagram was not massively successful, but it was a good start. I had 6 pointers branching off from my topic, but after I had analysed these in more detail, I realised that I could then develop this diagram to branch off more ideas from the original points.

Final Spider diagram

My final Spider Diagram gave me more scope in visualising the end result/outcome. I was pleased with the secondary branches I had developed from my original ideas, as this allowed me to connect more with the exercise and enabled me to engage with what I was trying to achieve.

I then transformed that diagram into a series of images connected to my thoughts. This exercise also allowed me to experiment with different materials, which was slightly nerve wrecking, as I most certainly normally stick in my comfort zone and use the familial’s. Below is the overall piece in pencil before I transformed them with alternative materials.


I used the style of a road to spell out the word ‘Travel’ itself, as I wanted even the title to represent and be involved within the page. To create this part of my final piece, I decided to use pencil and tipex. I outlined the writing in pencil and then lightly shaded the inner parts of each letter lightly in pencil to then use tipex to create the road markings. I was pleased with my idea for this, however, I found the tipex a little temperamental and at times frustratingly difficult to convey what I wanted correctly.


As I mentioned previously, my knowledge and experience of travel is good; therefore, the ideas that I had come up with, may have been slightly unfamiliar, or not an initial thought for others. I included more technical, in depth items that are linked to Travel, such as signage – but not a typical road sign. For example: ‘Route’. All of my images, although may not be a preferred choice for someone else thinking about things linked to the word I had chosen; all said ‘Travel’ to me.

Signpost in watercolour.
Sign in soft pastels.
route 66
‘Route 66’ sign in watercolour.

Analysing the three images above ‘signs’ – I am most pleased with the ‘LETS GO’ sign. For this image, I used soft pastels. I have never used this material before and found it difficult. Firstly because of sensory reasons – I find certain things completely teeth gritting to handle, and similarly to most things when you are first using them, or trying them out, they don’t always go to plan, but by the end of it, I loved the affect they created.  I wasn’t overly impressed with my however, the two ‘sign’ images I created, as a perfectionist they are too messy and not perfect. However, I know ‘perfect’ wasn’t the aim of this task. I think next time, I would attempt to mess around with a few ideas so that they can look more creative and affective like my ‘route’ sign.

The five images above, all have one common denominator. This common occurrence is the use of ‘Uni Pin – FINE LINE’ black pen. These pens are my absolute favourite material to work with, so creating these images were enjoyable. I used a thicker black sharpie pen to create the abstract lines beneath the camera, and I believe this made the camera visually striking and gave the image depth. I used the technique of pointillism for the word hotel and this is a technique that I would like to try out more in future exercises and potentially assignments. I did however, find the image of the word ‘Hotel’ that I formed disappointing as I think I could have potentially drawn a hotel within the word to produce a more creative and attracting image. I was also disappointed with the image of the ticket as I felt it had no ‘life’ to it. I view it as it could not be on the page, and whoever were to view it before and after removing it – wouldn’t notice. This could potentially have been rectified if I had given it a more abstract affect. Pencil and pen did not work for this image, so if I was to do this again, I would most likely splash watercolour to brighten it up and bring it to life on the page. I found my drawings of the globe and car successful and the tool in which I used was a big contribution to their success. The fine, precise lines are satisfying to the eye and compliment the purpose of each image very well. I also feel the messages that each of these images convey would not look as successful in a different material. If I was to improve either of these images, I think a splash of blue and green watercolour would be appropriate and in reference to the car – I wouldn’t change the colour or material, but potentially the scene. I think positioning the car in a queue would be successful in looking visually engaging and in portraying and conveying the message successfully.

I am fairly pleased with all six images above, but there are three that I thought were successful and three that I felt could’ve done with significant improvement. The image I created to relate to ‘currency’ was a dollar sign. Again, I used the technique of pointillism, but I used a red Stabilo felt tip. I think the felt tip pen was the main problem with this image as it wasn’t the correct material to use – knowing this now I have completed the image, I would not use it again for small detail on a small image. I used soft pastels again for the palm tree this time, as from using it previously, I thought the texture would give the palm tree the desired affect. I appreciated the textured affect, however I did not like how the pastels blended together to produce an image that looked blurred. Next time, I would probably still use pastels, but find some that aren’t as chunky and had more of a pencil style nib. The plane – I deliberated many times with what to do with this image and I think I over worked it. It started just being a pencil drawing and then I outlined the plane in black pen. My deliberation started here, as to whether I should leave it in pen, or incorporate something else as well. I decided to mix and blend blue and white acrylic paints and gently swirl it around the plane. My thought process for this was to try and create the weather and motion of a plane in air and to start with when I added a little bit it looked creative and suitable, but then I kept adding to it and overcrowding the image which ended up ruining the picture – in my opinion. I have learnt from this to pause more, think and not over do it when it can look successful with not too much added to it. Now onto three of my favourite drawings from my final image: ‘Mountains’, ‘Postcard’ and ‘Suitcase’. The mountains, as you can see I created with acrylic paints. I used palette knives to mix blues and white and spread these to create a water scene at the base of the mountains. I then created a dripping snow affect at the top of the mountains and used grey to add colour diversity and outline. This image as a whole I find visually engaging and the affect I created with the water looks 3d and the mixture of colours is satisfying and successful. The postcard, I first drew up lightly in pencil, and then splashed purple and yellow watercolours in an abstract way to bring the postcard to life. Any lines that were left visible I drew over in black pen to make them stand out more. This image is bright and colourful and I feel it really portrays the message of a postcard successfully – the brightness and contrast of colours used convey a positive vibe, which to me represents what a postcard is about. I contemplated many ways on how to present the suitcase. I drew the suitcase in an old-fashioned/traditional style so wanted to use a material that would complement this successfully. This is when I thought back to a previous exercise I had completed in part 1. I remembered a material and technique I had used to convey the message of something being old and vintage and straight away came to the realisation that this would be perfect. Tea Staining! What a classic, brilliant way of giving character to a piece of work, and what a successful, engaging perception this gave to my image! I am especially proud of the suitcase as it also made me think, and the thought process did not come straight away. This enabled and allowed me to think back, look and reflect on previous work and this was a positive advancement.

Overall, I am happy with how my final page turned out, and I think I included an expansive view of ‘Travel’, but reflecting and analysing my work, I could have filled my page up more with different textures, or travel items; compared to flat items and drawings. For example, instead of drawing the aeroplane, I could have made a mini paper aeroplane out of a different coloured paper, tracing paper, felt etc and stuck this down to add different material, a 3d affect and more texture.