Further Development

I really like the brush strokes on the legs and arms although this detail would be nearly impossible to replicate in paper cut, unless I find a way to combine both images without it looking obvious. My images have been strongly influenced by German Expressionism in particular Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. These films are both black and white and silent, with a lot of warped imagery, high contrasting tones, angular and elongated figures.


The illustrations below remind me more of children’s book illustrations, which isn’t a bad thing, in fact to represent the Rippers story in a child’s book could be interesting in terms of finding appropriate images to mirror a horrific subject.


My research has been strongly historical based this last week, I really need to know the story of Jack and the other characters before I can start on the images. 

It was a quote from Arthur Morrison’s Tales of Mean Streets that first promoted imagery into my head.

‘An evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things’

I thought this was such an intense sentence of such rich image and mood setting words, especially the last three words, human creeping things.
Its almost as if he is unsure to call them humans by adding the word ‘things’ at the end as if they have de-humanised themselves, after all its not usual for a human to creep, there is something eery about the position of a creeping body that I want to capture in my images.

The images bellow was my first sketch.
I wanted to use pastels because it is such a loose medium and full of texture. It is also remnant in appearance of the soot and grim of london.
I tried to capture the shape that first came to my head when I read that reference to human creeping things, an almost animal like creature but on its hind legs as if human.



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

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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.