Monday, 22 February 2016

Illustration Project - WEEK 1.

Quentin Blake
  • Research into Quentin Blake's illustration (print out several examples of his work and include personal analysis of his technique, background information and at least one visual response).

Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson
    Research into at least 2 Films that are based on works by Roald Dahl. Again include vital information: director, year made, lead actors, some personal written response and good images from the film. It is particularly valuable to find "behind the scenes" information about the making of these films, for example storyboards and Artist's visualisations.
  • Photoshoot storyboarding for 3 scenes from your chosen Roald Dahl story with annotation.                                                                Carefully read some specific scenes from your chosen story, photocopy these sections (say 2/3 pages of text for each scene selected) and go through with a highlighter picking out key aspects to consider for your photoshoot (these could be descriptions of locations, characters, or action). Then use your analysis of the text to complete at least 3 pages of storyboards with annotation, also include breakdown of requirements for your shoot/s (models, location, props, make up, lighting etc.).
  • Examples of good existing storyboards presented in your sketchbook with some analysis (e.g. work by Josh Sheppard).
    You should be aiming to prepare for photoshoots either on location over the weekend or in the studio at the early next week. Book your studio times well in advance and get technical help from Ben [Photography Technician] to use the studio lights properly.

    New Project - Illustration

    BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design
    1stYear Project Brief

    “It’s Illustration Dahling!"

    James Carver-Grenside - Matilda
    Specialism: Photography & Illustration

    TIME: 7 Weeks

    UNIT 38 – Mixed Media Image Making
    Target criteria
    Use experimental and non-traditional graphic media techniques and processes
    Use mixed media in producing graphic image outcomes
    Select reproduction techniques towards graphic image outcomes.
    Explore coherently, experimental and non-traditional graphic media
    Design an effective graphic media product which uses experimental and non-traditional graphic media practices
    Explain, with reference to well-chosen examples, reproduction techniques used towards graphic image outcomes.
    Explore independently, diverse experimental and non-traditional graphic media
    Design an innovative graphic media product independently, which uses experimental and non-traditional graphic media practices
    Evaluate, with reference to detailed examples, reproduction techniques used towards graphic image outcomes.
    UNIT 48 – Narrative Image Making
    Target criteria
    Investigate relevant examples of narrative imagery
    Review the processes used in illustrating narratives
    Develop ideas for narrative imagery in response to given themes
    Present narrative imagery
    Apply detailed investigations to inform narrative image making responses
    Analyse the processes used in illustrating narratives
    Develop coherent ideas for narrative imagery using effective visual language
    Concisely present resolved narrative imagery
    Integrate in-depth investigations and evaluation with development of innovative narrative image making responses
    Present diverse imaginative outcomes which demonstrate skilful narrative image making

    In this project you will be responding to a piece of narrative text (selected from the works of Roald Dahl), initially through photography, which will give you the imagery to develop towards making illustrations in a range of media.
    The final objective is to produce a book of your illustrations alongside text from your selected story. Your final images could depict a sequence of events or you may wish to  portray several different scenes from the same book.

    WEEK ONE: Research and Storyboards
    In the first week of the project you will need to select and familiarise yourself with a book by Roald Dahl, many of you will know these stories well, but refreshing your memory through some reading will help you to visualise characters and scenes more effectively.
    A full list of Roald Dahl’s work can be found online at but here are a few you may want to consider:

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, The Magic Finger.

    As soon as you have selected your text you need to start shortlisting scenes that interest you in terms of developing photographic and illustrational work. Choose at least 3 separate scenes. Now you need to deconstruct these scenes …what do they include in terms of characters? Props? Costume? Location? Make Up?

    You need to consider all these things carefully as you will be need to be resourceful and prepared in order to get as good a photoshoot as possible. To help you prepare for this you need to complete several pages of storyboarding for your shoot.
    Remember your final illustrations need to be placed alongside specific sections of text, so it is important that you recreate events from the story in your Photoshoot.

    Simple Storyboard

    Use your storyboards to work out shot composition, use of props and location, camera angles and lighting. A good storyboard usually combines visuals with thoughtful annotation. Find some good examples of these online and include them in your sketchbook with some analysis on why they work well.
    Remember a storyboard should be a functional tool that helps you resolve potential problems and prepare effectively, if it also includes strong drawing and good layout that is a real bonus. You may also find making some lists of props, models, costume, make up and locations required is helpful to your planning. Think ahead, if you need to book studio time then do this in advance (use photography if possible, otherwise a small space exists within the Art department).
    This week you should also look at how others have responded the work of Roald Dahl, this will involve collecting imagery and analysing Quentin Blake’s original illustrations and 2 films that interpret Roald Dahl's stories such as Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. You should also find and analyse 2 existing storyboards, try looking at Josh Sheppard's work at

    WEEK 2: Photography
    This week you need to carry out your photoshoot(s). Remember the imagery generated from this shoot will be sustaining your work for the next 6 weeks. If you get fantastic photos you are already a huge step down the road towards a successful project, poor or limited imagery will make the next 6 weeks a real struggle.
    Consider every aspect of your photos and be resourceful. If you have ambitious ideas about location shoots make every effort to carry them out, if you need time away from the college campus to do this, then this can be arranged, but staff must know of your plans in advance.
    Use your storyboards for inspiration and direct your models to get the shots you need, don’t forget that dramatic lighting and camera angles can help create powerful imagery.
    Take lots of photos and print off contact sheets for your sketchbook. Select your favourite 12 images to start your illustrations from and print these out at A5 or A4. You may need to tweak your selected images with Photoshop to ensure you have optimum colour, definition and contrast.
    Alongside your photography you need to research at least 2 photographers who explore narrative or fantastical themes through their work. Some good examples of this are James Carver-Grenside, Ruven Afanador, Viona Ielegems and Annie Liebovitz.

    WEEK 3 and 4: Drawing
    Through weeks 3 and 4 we will be concentrating on making a range of good drawings from your photographic source imagery. We want to see you explore drawing more thoroughly than you have done before: sustained studies, quick sketches and experimentation with a range of media.
    Research 2 Artists/Illustrators whose work is focussed on strong drawing technique for example David Foldvari, Esra Roise, Hope Gangloff, Emily Gravett.

    WEEK 5 and 6: Printmaking and Mixed Media Experimentation
    Some time will be focussed on producing strong monoprints and relief (gold card) prints from your photos. We will then use the work you have generated to this point in the project to experiment with a mixed media approach. Use the photocopier, drawn elements, text, image transfer, photomontage, collage, printmaking, paint, acetates, photoshop etc. to come up with some inventive responses.
    Research the work of at least 2 of the following illustrators to gain ideas for ways of applying a mixed media approach Eduardo Recife, Martin O’Neill, Tim Marrs, Dave McKean, Nazario Graziano, Oliver Jeffers.

    WEEK 7: Selection, Presentation and Evaluation.
    In the final week of the project you will select, scan and save your best work from the preceding weeks then compose these images alongside original text from your story. You will need to make a small investment (approx. £10 - £15) at this stage to upload your images onto an online book provider (such as Snapfish, Mixbook, Shutterfly or Blurb) and order a hard copy. 
    You should complete your project with a word-processed evaluation of 600 – 800 words (further guidance for this will be given out).

    A full detailed list will be given towards the conclusion of the project, but the following will all be required:
    1 (or more) Sketchbooks with all the relevant research, storyboards, photography, drawing, printmaking and mixed media work.
    A suitably bound and presented final book of illustrations.
    A word-processed Evaluation of 600-800 words.

    REFERENCES: See the text in the brief. Use the internet, use the library, use your imaginations!

    Term 2 Reflection Guidance

    PART 1. Reflecting on Progress: 

    When writing your reflections you should be considering the work we have completed since the last review – the Fashion and Architecture Projects.

    ·        In which of the two projects do you think you produced stronger work? Explain why you feel you were successful, look at the list of skills below and mention the areas in which you feel you performed well. 
    ·        Identify 2 aspects of your work/approach where you feel like a change would benefit your progress. Be honest and try to choose the things that will make the greatest impact on your future projects. 

    Some areas you might consider discussing in relation to the previous 2 points: 

    Self-Management Skills:
    ·        Attendance.
    ·        Preparation for lessons (making sure you have all the right equipment and are aware of what you will be doing and mentally prepared).
    ·        Focus in the studio and use of lesson times.
    ·        Enthusiasm and positivity about the work set.
    ·        Ability to complete private study at College (and at home).
    ·        Your time management skills (keeping up and meeting deadlines).
    ·        Avoiding distractions (phone/social media etc.), and using time productively.
    ·        Getting the balance right between College work and outside College commitments.

    Subject Specific Skills: 
    ·        Observational drawing. 
    ·        Research. 
    ·        Presenting and talking about your own work.
    ·        Willingness to experiment and take risks. 
    ·        Presentation of your sketchbooks. 
    ·        Ambition and sophistication of your outcomes. 
    ·        Use of IT, including subject specific software (e.g. PhotoShop). 

    Having thought about the strengths and weaknesses of your approach you should now identify at least 2 specific actions/targets that will help you to improve.

    For example:
    ·        “No unauthorized absences and arrive to all lessons on time”
    ·        “Cut down hours in part time job to allow more time for College work”
    ·        “Keep phone off in lessons and limit my time on social media to 2 hours a day”
    ·        “Take more care over my sketchbook layout, keep pages visually busy and consider title fonts carefully”
    ·        “Make the effort to analyse Artist’s work in my own words, commenting on technique, mood, line, colour in depth and explaining links to my own work”

    Talk about any new skills/techniques you have learnt in the last 2 projects.
    Are these skills that you are likely to use again?
    These might include: 

    ·        Creating and delivering a Presentation. 
    ·        Compiling Moodboards. 
    ·        Fashion Illustration. 
    ·        Garment construction techniques. 
    ·        Arranging a photoshoot. 
    ·        Mixed media collage. 
    ·        Paint transfer. 
    ·        Using PhotoShop.
    ·        Planning and completing an independent piece of work.

    PART 2. Looking Ahead:

    Have you decided what area of Art and Design you want to specialise in next year?
    What draws you towards this area?
    If you are not clear on your direction next year mention areas you are considering and ones you know are not in the running. 
    Some of the main areas you should consider are: 

    • Fashion Design/Styling/Marketing 
    • Texile Design (Print/Constructed/Interior) 
    • Fine Art (Sculpture/Painting/Print/New Media) 
    • Illustration 
    • Animation 
    • Photography 
    • Graphic Design 
    • 3D Design (Product/Furniture/3D crafts etc.) 

    Thinking ahead explain what you think your next step will be after Alton College (e.g. University, Apprenticeship, Employment).
    Identify what practical actions you are taking/planning to help you towards your goals.

    For example:
    ·        “Go to the Surrey UCAS fair, collect prospectuses, shortlist 5 University courses to visit and research when their open days are”.

    ·        “Book appointment with the College careers advisor and find out about employment and apprenticeship opportunities in creative areas”.