Archives for the month of: February, 2013

If i’m honest I have never been a fan of comics or graphic novels, aside from the amazing and huge variety of imagery I have never enjoyed the classic comic layout or speech bubble way of narration, so I hit a decision with my own publication.
Do I stick to the conventional stereotype of comics and graphic novels or do I find a successful way to communicate my story using alternate arrangement of type and image.


Starting research for my publication project ‘true stories’ 
Jack the Ripper has always been an interest of mine but something I have never looked into so seemed perfect to be the topic of this next project!
I’m really excited for the dark and rich imagery i’ll be creating, still using my paper cut and photography style, which will be a huge contrast to my cute otters in my last project.

Booked my ticket to london dungeons and loaded up 4od with ripper street, all I need now is a cup of coffee and a chocolate digestive and im away…






My final poster is a controversial fact,

It takes 25 otters to make a fur coat

I think this is almost the most important poster and possibly the hardest to convey.
My idea was to keep a consistent background so they still sit as a set and construct a coat out of otter and have it floating on the water.

To highlight the somber nature of the fact I wanted to keep the background rather still and dead so ive not included any fish or swimming otters but instead the grape vines from my first poster.



So this is the coat, I wanted to keep to using only 25 otters but this proved to be really difficult but I am really happy with my final design.
From a distance it appears to be just a coat until you get up close and see the outlines which I think is quite a shocking image as a fur coat doesnt always highlight the shapes of the animals so I guess its almost an out of sight out of mind situation. 


I finally added a layer of background colour and used the eraser tool to leave what looks like water on top of parts of the coat.
I then added bubbles to appear as if the coat is drowning under the water.

The final addition was my idea of blood oozing from the coat to highlight (to me personally) the brutally of wearing fur.
I achieved this by taking photographs of ink in water which was really fun to do, I recommend giving it a go the shapes are beautiful.


Okay so I was hoping to blog my project as I went along but you know how it is when a deadline is approaching and you go into your own world. So basically I ran out of time to blog…


My ‘amazing’ poster



After constructing my otters I decided to break up the brown with a lighter face shape, which would also highlight the hand rendered detail.
The example above was my first test but it is possible too much especially as my female otter wont have the same shape on her face.


These are my chosen shapes for the faces, the only thing I have noticed is to be consistent  with my previous poster the nose would have to be a paper cut shape.



As you can see from this images the colours of the otters is changed (this wasnt intentional but due to my scanner changing the colours) but this does actually make the detail more visible.


The most important element of the poster, the holding hands. This proved to be rather difficult but I think my final attempt does look like the paws are holding each other.


I finally made the male otter slightly darker to show a bit of contrast between the two paws and tah dah, two otters holding hands:)

In addition I hope to make some valentines cards in the same design for valentines day next year.

These are beautiful, definitely hits the inspiration nerve.

Project Fairytale

little red riding hood griottes.fr_5

The title of this blog should explain why I felt the sudden urge to share these images with all of you. They are the result of the patience and creativity of Emilie and Aurélie who combined their love for graphic design, food and beautiful photos into a “fairytale project”.

I hope you like this as much as I did!





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My next poster is an amazing fact.
Otters hold hands when sleeping so they dont drift away, this is such a cute fact so I intend to add an element of cuteness to the poster.

I have started off with my background layer of fish to remain consistent to the previous poster. This is quite a dominant background so I wont need to add too many elements.

I have also added some lilly pads to be a sort of special edition to this poster so there is some difference between my first.


Unfortunately I managed to loose this post somewhere in cyber space so im going to do my best to remember what I put.

My initial otter had more of a sailors hat, but to make it more relevant I have chosen to use a typical fisherman’s hat as otters are amazing at fishing.
I still intend to add a pipe as I think it will add some charm to his character


Just from uploading now I have noticed a few alterations I need to make.
The water ring layer needs to sit behind the hat and the string of the hat needs to curve around the otters mouth.


This is just an experiment at the moment in an attempt to add more detail.
In order for this to work better I will need to have the detail to fit the shape of the mustache and lower the transparency for it to be a bit more subtle.


The detail of his face is taken from some initial drawings I first made of otters, I love the rawness of the lines against the solid shapes which will add some nice detail only visible when you get up close to the image.

Overview on my current stage

My poster has developed a lot since my last post.
I added a few more details to my otter, fur a new hat and details to his face.
The background environment has also undergone more detail, I took photographs of grape vines which look like weeds and also a few more fish around the otters.
I still want to add detail to his beard and possibly bubbles around the otters to give them a sense of movement.

The type I chose is still my hand painted type, which I have scanned in and manipulated to make a dense colour, this was not my initial plan, I wanted to have the change in tones made by the water colour but it didnt work as well as i thought.
I am torn between a solid white and a lowered transparency so the images behind are visible slightly.
I will try another version with the solid white and some fish over the top.