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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.



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.


Im really excited by this project.

The Facts – trivial, amazing and controversial
Topic – otters
Media – paper cut



-Trivial, the hairy nosed otter

This is very early days there is a lot I want to add and change

I think my type needs to be a lot more playful and free, possible hand type or what i can only explain as tooth past type (I know what I mean :P) fluid, bold and white.

As these posters will be A2 I want to add elements of detail which will stop the poster from looking too shape based, a few more layers of texture in the water and some reeds or something in the river.

In the process of making him a fisher mans pipe and hat, how cute…