Yellow Brick Education
Yellow Brick Education is an academic consultant and specialist private tutoring service supporting learners and educational institutions with learners who have any/all/ a range of Special Educational Needs (SEN). I was able to include themes of the Wizard of Oz and still manage to keep a formal approach to a companies learning outcomes. I designed a poster as the main source of advertisement and then created logos, background designs and small character illustrations to be used throughout the website.
Below: Draft composition and initial colour scheme for the Yellow Brick website.
Heriot Hott Sauce
Above: Facebook Cover Photo for the Facebook Page, Heriot Hott Sauce.
Heriot Hott Sauce is a start up company based in Edinburgh, UK. The brief was to illustrate a set of flavoured hot sauces based on a character called Professor Heriot in his lab/sauce creation space. Heriot Hott has drawn inspiration and aspects from Heriot Watt University and George Heriot and James Watt. The Facebook Cover Photo used above has accents of the Heriot Watt Building as Professor Hott's throne.
George Heriot was a Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist from the 17th Century. James Watt was a Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist who improved on Thomas Newcomen's 1712 Newcomen steam engine with his Watt steam engine in 1776. Both were innovators within their own line of work. The premise of the brief was to create a character with a similar personality to that of James and George, head-strong and bold. Someone who instills the idea of a crafter/creator.
Above: Hand-Drawn Typographic Logos in various colours based on the Hot Sauce flavours.
Below: Advertisements and social media posters for each Hot Sauce bottle.
Below: Draft compositions for the final illustrations and colour palette.
Mission Gou Possible
This project was part of an online Competition for DJ Peggy Gou. The concept was to design a Peggy Gou themed Christmas Greetings Card that she could send to her fans. My illustration was my response to a nativity themed party hosted by Peggy Gou. It featured themes such as Giraffes (the sheep) and drag queen dancers (the three wise men) which are part of her brand and identity.
Single Print Commissions
These are sets of solo illustration commissions by private clients. Some feature themes and personal interests, some feature events and places they have visited.
The Big Trunk Trail 2021
Over 30 giant elephants will form the biggest and most unique outdoor public art event Luton’s ever seen. These stunning sculptures will trumpet along the free, fun and family-friendly art trail around Luton’s key landmarks, streets and open spaces, bringing together the community for one unforgettable jumbo event.
Smaller sculptures – adopted and decorated by schools, colleges and community groups – will also be displayed as part of the big adventure.
The Big Trunk Trail will bring together communities and visitors. Trail explorers young and old will have fun rediscovering Luton, learning about the artwork and spending time together.
Join the herd, get outdoors, walk more and #SpotTheElephant. Share your stories on social media via @bigtrunktrailand download The Big Trunk Trail app (launching 2021) for even more fun!
And after entertaining and bringing people together, the legacy of The Big Trunk Trail continues as many of the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Keech Hospice Care.
Above and Left: My final draft submission for the Trunk Trail 2021
Painting the sculpture will begin in April 2021
EVOLVE Calendar 2021
As part of an Edinburgh College of Art graduate project, 12 students were involved in the creation and design of the 2021 Evolve Calendar. The theme was dream life and I was given the month April. My illustration involved myself overlooking a wet and gloomy Manchester in my dream apartment with my pet Easter bunny and baby chicks.
Below: Illustrated submission for the month April for the Evolve 2021 Calendar.
Below: Final product of the 2021 Evolve Calendar sold online and on Etsy
Below: Initial Sketch of the illustration for April
SADGRADS is an online Instagram page created by a former ECA graduate. The page was to be used as a way to feature young and upcoming artists from the UK, graduating around the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading on from this, they managed to create two zines, which feature my degree show work.
Below: Graduate work and profile featured in the SADGRADS Zine 2020.
ALT-D is a collective of students whose core aim was to create an alternative 2020 online graduate showcase for the Edinburgh College of Art students. They held a gallery exhibition near the Scottish Boarders, showcased our work on Billboards in Edinburgh and created a zine sold online and now featured in the Tate Gallery's archives.
Above: The ALT-D Zine featuring my 2-page graphic novel and profile illustration.
Below: A closer look into the 2-page centrefold graphic novel I designed and created for the ALT-D Zine.
Below: My illustrations featured next to an article on ALT-D. The article didn't paint our project or ethos in a very good light and saw it as a negative reaction to our Universities attempt at an online degree show. However, I believe our response was only a positive outlook on the current pandemic we were in. We were expecting a degree show, discussions with employers and prospect of a future. ALT-D was a response created from the opportunity we were given. My design of a 2 page graphic novel was to tell the story of how the collective was formed in its true image.
Below: My degree show work featured on a billboard in Edinburgh.
Below: Advertisement in Edinburgh for the ALT-D exhibition held at Zembla Gallery.
ID[E]A 1K Followers Mix
Below: Illustration featured as the Artwork Album Cover for DJ ID[E]A's '1K Followers Mix' on Soundcloud.
Below: Artwork featured on the Soundcloud page. Access it at - https://soundcloud.com/idea_dnb/1k-mix?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=0
Below: Draft Sketches used before submission
RAWKUS Street Dance Society
RAWKUS Street Dance Society is a collective of dancers at Loughborough University. They hold classes specified to certain dance styles such as popping and locking, waacking and hip hop. They came to me to design a poster that they could use as advertisement for their Welcome Week and for future competitions and projects. The size was to be A0 and be big enough to attach to a rolling poster frame.
Below: Draft compotsitions for the RAWKUS A0 Illustrated Poster.
SZENTEK 'We Will Dance Again' Event
SZENTEK has been a client I have worked with numerous times to raise money for local charities in and around Scotland. For the live streaming event hosted back in July 2020, in collaboration with ASHA Soundsystem and EH-FM Radio Station, Summerhall, a group of artists were chosen to create postcards for a charity of our choice. I chose to use ASHA's slogan 'Young lovers unite against hate and fascism' as the basis for my illustrations in order to raise funds for the Black Lives Matter UK organisation.
"Due to recent events and global outcry of racism shown to numerous black communities globally such as Belly Mujinga and George Flloyd, I wanted to create these illustrations. They include themes and topics to do with the BLM protests that have been happening globally.
'We Will Dance Again' is in response to the upcoming event on EHFM: a radio DJ broadcasting to people during a time of isolation during COVID 19.
Young Lovers Unite' shows a group of people protesting for the BLM movement, showing that ASHA and the community that represents EH-FM and Szentek all host the same values and core beliefs against racism. In order to love one another and come together as a society, we must speak out against injustice."
The aim of my work is evident in my final project CLUBLAND. Community projects and events have always been an integral part in how dance styles have formed. I wanted my work to be this binding factor by making you want to get up and dance. A place to twerk, pop, lock, twist, groove and move.
The dance matt consists of 9 squares, jigsaw pieces put together to form one foam dance mat with a printed illustration onto vinyl and attached to the foam. There are 8 forms of dance styles. From top right to bottom left the styles are breaking, popping, vogueing/waacking, locking, house style, twerking/dancehall, new jack swing and krumping.
The purpose of this illustrated installation is to make you move, be silly and dance to the music. To change your style of dancing based on the shuffling of a playlist or your interaction with the mat or others around you. The playlist is consisting of a historical range of club classic music chosen from Spotify and created by me:
From club-goers to dance choreographers, from dance beginners to complete amateurs this illustration is for the people, young and old. There are no expectations. My aim was to make people feel comfortable being silly in front of one another and dancing.
CLUBLAND : The Boombox
The boombox is designed to hold my archive and portfolio in. Over the year I have collected a substantial amount of historical research into groups and organisations formed from the workings of dance. My archive is an annotated review of the information I collected in my sketchbooks. My portfolio is a reaction to this research. All the illustrations I have crafted and produced by being inspired from the community culture in nightclubs, events, classes, festivals etc. I wanted to use a vinyl case and create a flat illustrated boombox design to attached around it. I enjoy the concept of a dance matt being inspired by the cardboard matts from hip hop/breakdancing images and a boombox sitting on the side as a music aid to the dancing. I felt that while people were dancing to the music, others could go through the case and browse my work, much like you would go through vinyls, pulling out discs and comparing opinions.
The People of the Boiler Room
Boiler Room is a music broadcaster based in London, UK. It commission’s and live stream's music sessions around the world. It has hosted shows in around 100 cities worldwide including London, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Krakow, Tokyo, Sydney, Lima and Los Angeles. The company focuses on electronic music but also plays garage, techno and dub extended (grime, hip hop, classical and jazz) sets.
“The artists are, after all, the sole attraction at Boiler Room: attendees are positioned behind the decks in a bedroom DJ style set up so that the selector is always the main figure in view.”
I completely disagree with this statement. The online videos seem to attract an enormous amount of comments giving opinions on people in the crowds reacting to the music and dancing comically. The audience’s reaction is just as important as the DJ. It is why people want to watch. The dancing is a response and is something of enjoyment and freedom. The carefree attitude people find when they are in the moment.
I made a fold out a3 risograph poster as a result of my findings. I also gained a lot of my information and illustrations by watching the livestreams and the ‘People of the Boiler Room’ YouTube videos. It was only a matter of narrowing down who deserved to be in the book. The front cover I wanted to be a big crowd, everyone together to state the fact that these shows are about that very thing, and that inside, you would have selective individuals and the oddly satisfying and funny things they do at the events.
Off of the Wall
I edited and designed this animation on Procreate. It is a rotoscope animation taken from the recordings of Emma Ready, a breakdancer in Edinburgh at the Room2move gym where the 'Break in Burgh' group rehearse every week.
SZENTEK, the events team, came to me stating that they wanted to make t-shirts with my dance designs to sell on Everpress, and to raise money for charity. The designs had to be creative, appealing design to be sold on Everpress to raise more money for Szentek’s charity campaign and to further promote the brand and events. The design had to be cool, modern and evoking what Szentek events stand for – good music, inclusivity, breaking boundaries. Not overly detailed, not gendered, can be very colourful or more overstated (they encourage this). I had to think about the colour of the t-shirt and whether I would want it short or long sleeved. There was a lot to consider and develop with this project - size of files, colour of t-shirts, colour of the illustrations, arrangement on the t-shirt. We created a long and a short sleeve t-shirts with 3 illustrated designs.
As a fourth year class, we wanted to raise money at the Bookmarks Fair 2020 for our upcoming D&AD exhibition in Summer 2020. Our decision was to create a selection of a5 prints consisting of illustrative responses to a selection of ABBA songs. I chose ‘Dancing Queen’ as I felt it was the right subject matter for what I had recently been researching with. I also liked how the idea of a Queen could be spun into something empowering and feministic. I liked the concept of symmetry in dance and body positions. I wanted to take the idea of a strong, individualised set of women who believe that they are ‘queens’ in their own right. I also liked how ABBA as a band wore similar colours and dressed as a group when performing. I changed the lyrics to ‘You can twerk, you can grind, having the time of your life! See that girl, buss it down on the scene, diggin’ the dancing queen.’ I felt that these lyrics were more appropriate for the modern woman of today. Combining dance styles, such as twerking and grinding, to a 70’s original song with visuals that represent the hip hop/dancehall culture is a crossover I think that works admirably.
Thursday Dub Club
Hometown Promotional Soundsystem play at events throughout Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. They are a Soundsystem-run reggae/dancehall events team. They messaged me in December about creating a poster for their night at Bongo in Edinburgh.
The brief was as follows:
Soundsystem / Reggae / Vibes / Warmth / Scotland / Jamaica / Movement
Thursday Dub Club (Big at the top of the poster)
With Hometown Promotion Soundsystem
Sippa Seb, James Bond, Welshy and MC Campeazi
Thursday 30th January 2020
The Bongo Club
£5 all night
Reggae / Dancehall / Rub a Dub / Roots
The March Poster was for a Wee Dub Festival event that was Hometown Promotion Soundsystem battling against Crucial Roots Soundsystem.
A Night on the Cowgate
These hand drawn prints, sold in a5 and a4, were a response to my research of observational drawing in nightclubs. The 3 illustrations are of Mash House, Bongo and Sneaky Petes in Edinburgh and feature the DJ’s, bars and crowd that feature in these compositions. I wanted to give the people in this community a visual representation of the places they love going to.
I wanted to go in and see what happens behind the voice of a Radio Station. I attended the LUNCH show at EH-FM which was on for 4 hours which was really exciting to see. There were 4 people playing back to back records and creating a feel-good playlist for their listeners. The interaction they have behind the voice recording is something I wanted to capture. That not only are you dancing along at home but so are the DJ’s and people in the studio. There were weird phrases being thrown around in discussion such as “Sip It Up people!” and “It’s so hard cause you think of one tune and end up playing ten” and “shall we talk a wee bit of shite before we get into the songs?” I loved watching a group of people in a tiny room, who somewhat seem shy and anxious when playing to a crowd, jump about throwing shapes and wiggling their bodies in the air because no one is looking at them. Through this day, I met a lot of artists and it was also a way of social networking and seeing if anyone wanted work or advertisement produced for them. I met the people from Thursday Dub Club through this.
In and Out
I felt that if I was going to develop an understanding for the connection between dance and illustration I needed to experiment with movement. This was a reflective project I wanted to do for the development of my portfolio.
I drew a character in blue that would stand out against its background. I wanted her to jump and dance about across the screen from left to right. This project was completely hand drawn, frame by frame and edited on Photoshop.
Hearing Aid Magazine
This magazine is about an insight into music culture. It provides reviews, articles, news etc. on popular and independent music genres and styles allowing you to read about the things you enjoy and develop a learning for this particular subject. My illustration response was about what the magazine means to me.
These illustrations were featured in issue 16 of Hearing Aid Magazine as a full bleed, double page spread. The first illustration is an eruption of musical imagery exploding and swirling in motion all leading into an ear. The second illustration features a person preferably in their teens/early 20’s lying on the carpet listening to music, with the cord making up the silhouette of an ear shape with vinyl CD’s and homely possessions scattered around the room.
COLOUR and SOUND Exhibition
This selection of hand drawings were made as a response to the words COLOUR and SOUND as part of the northstreet.collective exhibition held at the Greenhouse Café in Leith, Edinburgh. I exhibited six illustrations, including the Miss World screenprint and sold prints of these illustrations on the night. I also aimed to rearrange my exhibited piece in a random selection. I displayed the head panel at the top, the feet in the middle section and the waist at the bottom. I enjoyed how my work was situated above vinyl records, meaning that when people were talking about my work, the subject led onto the music they liked, and people could share common ground between one another. The opening night also featured painters and fashion designers selling hand crafted leather coats. Some of the people attending lead magazine publishing companies for their university and worked in events teams. It was a positive way to talk to people and network amongst music orientated groups. During the exhibition, live artists also played a range of instruments. The after party was held at Mash House, Edinburgh and hosted 4 featured DJ’s. It was overall an enjoyable and exciting event to be a part of.
Attending clubs, events and meeting people has allowed me to produce a collection of observational and live drawings. Miss World was just the beginning to these illustrations. The nightclubs in Edinburgh have allowed me to record the vibrancy and bustling energy found in the colourful crowds I witnessed throughout the weeks. The break dance sessions are where I saw a woman, Emma Ready and a group of dancers come together to practise and celebrate the style and range of talent they all possess which has also had an effect on my other projects such as animating and my dance mat. Live drawing has proven to be very important to me. Not only have I seen these range of people in action, but I have also been able to talk to them one-on-one and understand the types of communities that surround our social environments here in the UK. They all obtain the same ethos and that is to keep active and social with one another. Now, more so than ever, has proven to be important with the current climate we find ourselves in as a society. Surrounding themselves with people who enjoy similar interests and want to spend time being active together. The information and research gathered from these social settings are proving to be beneficial to reminding people of the importance of social interaction for our mental and physical health.
A lot of these illustrations were a way of me understanding how to develop future projects, compositionally and due to subject matter. They aren’t final pieces, more developing sketches. However, some drawings, when taken more time and thought upon, proved to work successfully as final pieces. The Jazz Bar sessions, where I have seen the roaring University Jazz Orchestra and the fresh funk sounds of Tinderbox. The wide range of instruments and voices give a real eclectic and sentiment to both groups. You could feel the rhythmic sounds bouncing of the walls and dancing among their players.
I started the year contacting The Miss World all female DJ collective of Edinburgh. They grace the clubs with their disco tunes and entertaining persona. They are basically Edinburgh’s answer to a disco destiny’s child! An all-female DJ Collective and are residents at Sneaky Pete’s, Paradise Palms and EH-FM in Edinburgh. Guest DJ’s have included Logic1000, Peach, Nina Las Vegas and Sara Wild. They describe themselves as a musical beauty pageant of all sounds and genres. Their main DJ’s are Aphid and Emily, who founded and still work under the collective name. It seems that from discussing music and events with them, that women in the music industry is of great importance to them. They enjoy playing disco, funk and soul music for people. Seeing as they are so evident amongst the young people’s crowd of Scotland, I wanted to make prints that honour these two girls. Something that people could admire. Almost like merchandise that not only promotes them but also sells to their audience.
As a result, I made an a4 response hand drawn illustration to watching them play live events and a set of A2 coloured paper screen-prints.