Draw It, Line It, Colour It, Refine It:

I am currently in the final 3-4 weeks of my Final Major Project, the terrifying count down to Hand-In has begun, but let’s not focus on that.

My children’s recipe book is going to be based around the narrative of Astrid and Max cooking in their kitchen, with the children reading encouraged to cook along with them. For more on narrative recipes, click here.

Each book contains three recipes that follow an ingredient theme, the book that I am striving to complete for my Final Major Project is based around Strawberries (other books may be based around bananas, nuts, grapefruit etc). Each recipe is made up from eight steps, so in total that is 24 illustrations, excluding front and back covers and and other illustrations for preparation pages, parents sections etc.

Drawing the 24 steps was a process that took me quite a while, making the characters look engaged and the same throughout was the toughest challenge. After this it was the linework that needed to be completed; this stage allows me to refine the drawings on Adobe Illustrator, make them look more real and fix any mistakes. Finishing this, the final stage is adding colour to the characters and composition on Adobe Photoshop - the longest stage of them all. Above you can see the development of this composition from the initial to final stages.

Making An Online Portfolio, True To My Brand:

An online portfolio isn’t just a showcase of an artist’s work, but it is an extension of the artist’s personality and style through a space on the internet. This was confirmed to me through the several portfolio studies that I have produced over recent weeks.

In previous attempts, I have focused on the same image-based theme that I wanted to go for, with menus, logos and text placed on top of the images that built the site. Before these trials, I had created a brand for myself (see link), with a clear-cut colour scheme and logo - the sites that I was making did not mirror the branding, instead the logo was placed on as an afterthought.

I have been complimented on the colour scheme for my brand, and I thought, why not have my brand as the centre of the site, and not images that tend to become distracting. Hence, the creation of the site featured above.

Reverting back to my branding allowed me to use League Gothic and Quicksand for the site, although I started with Sorts Mill Goudy for the body text.

Thankfully, I have been able to implement jQuery into my site, and some examples of illustration can be accompanied by step-by-step process from sketch to final rendered piece through the help of a fading slideshow bit of code. This was a great victory for me, as I find programming the hardest part of making a site.

Although the site is still sliced in Adobe Photoshop, I feel that now it looks less so than before. My previous builds were clunky in nature, and looked amateurish in comparison to this site. Although I still have quite a way to go until I have completed my site, this is positive progress in what I feel is the correct direction.

Psychedelicious - Sam Bartlett
Psychedelic Delicious. It took me a long time, but I’ve made the decision never to listen to the octopus on top of my head ever again.
An illustrative piece of work, created by myself; all hand drawn and coloured on Photoshop CS4. Interpret it how you will.

Psychedelicious - Sam Bartlett

Psychedelic Delicious. It took me a long time, but I’ve made the decision never to listen to the octopus on top of my head ever again.

An illustrative piece of work, created by myself; all hand drawn and coloured on Photoshop CS4. Interpret it how you will.