Monday, 2 April 2012

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Today's Experiment

Hope everyone had a great first day of spring! Here is a little something I made today :) Just experimenting with photographing 3D media instead of digital collaging. I think it’s worked pretty well and will definitely be using this approach a lot more from now on!

Monday, 19 March 2012


Just updated my Youtube channel. It is piss poor at the moment as there is only one video but I hope to try showcasing my projects in video presentation form very soon! I will also be working on animation. Stay tuned!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Random Update

Just a random update..I've not posted here in a while! This is because I have a sudden fear of my work being pinched! Especially as I'm working on a lot of competition briefs at the moment!

So just a quick push for anyone who hasn't visited me on the old social networks yet...

I'm on Facebook :

And Twitter:

I'm on Facebook the most so constant updates on there, but this blog is where you'll find more information about each project I work on as it's just a place for me to ramble on and analyse my work processes etc! Stop by and say hello any time ^-^

Sunday, 11 March 2012

YCN Update

Some developments with this project; I decided to go with a black and white theme throughout my designs, with hints of red to compliment the logo. Here are the results along with mock-ups of tent cards:

Friday, 9 March 2012

A little dancer from 1926..

Here is a sneaky peek at my entry for the "Secret London" competition! A slight development on my character style; adding in detailed hands and using textured paper instead for the arms and legs. The dress tassels took ages! But I think it's paid off as it adds more detail to the character. I'm absolutely in love with this one and would go as far as saying it's the piece of work I'm the most proud of over anything I've ever done!

Won't be uploading the final until I've's a secret remember ^_^

Monday, 27 February 2012

Rough Character Concepts Framed and Ready to Display!

I've framed the initial 3D character concepts I made and they will hopefully be displayed by Wednesday. They will be displayed at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design near the Vis Com office! Check it out if you're about!

Circus Work!

Here is a peek at some developments in some of the pages I've worked on so far:

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Circus Characters So Far!

So the past two days I've really concentrated on my children's book idea. Here are the characters I have designed so far..I'm rather chuffed with them actually! There's probably not a lot I will change when I get round to producing the finished book; just neat them up and alter positions if needed! I hope I've communicated the personality of the characters..any feedback is welcome :)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Vaudeville Update: Character Design

Possibly my favourite character to date! I had loads of fun creating him and think he will look great on the poster design I have in mind.

YCN Update

Third tent card design..not sure about this one!?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Collaborative Project: Salem Church

As part of my final uni project, I'm collaborating with my friend Luke who studies Interior Design/Architecture at Leeds College of Art. Basically He's redesigning the old Salem Church building in Leeds and turning it into a theatre. The aim of the venue would be to act as a platform for emerging and well-known artists to showcase their talents, much like old vaudeville shows. Artists could include singers and musicians, comedians, dancers etc..mostly avante-garde styles that you wouldn't necessarily normally see.

Anyway..I've been asked to produce a poster and flyers to advertise a potential event at the venue to help back up the design. I'm in love with this era of entertainment and victorian advertising so the posters will be heavily influenced by this. As I love to work in 3D, my initial idea is to create a piece that looks similar to victorian puppet theatres:

Here are my rough sketches!

Very excited about this project! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

YCN: Idea Development

I decided to change the words on this design...I'm not sure whether it looks right so will await feedback! I also created a mock up of how it might look as an A4 tent card:

YCN: Introducing Type

Just experimenting with a simple background and type. I really like the idea of using these retro fonts to compliment the image..not sure about all the sparkles! Might take some out as I feel it slightly alters the legibility of it..?

Monday, 13 February 2012

YCN - Triumph

I've just started working on the YCN brief set by Triumph; to design a piece of communication that promotes their bra fitting service. I'm actually loving this brief! 

This is just a quick mess around with an initial idea for imagery..
Triumph seem to really pride themselves on the history of their company so I'd like to show quite a retro look to the work..

I'm going to have a play around with other characters that communicate the different products they offer - not just the kinky stuff! - but the practical casual products too..

These characters are inspired by the benefits of having a bra fitting, this one is;
 "Improve your overall body shape"

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

More Editorial Practice

More editorial practice using an article from Cosmopolitan magazine, found at

Editorial Practice

Just a quick editorial practice using a previously published article. Felt like I'd lost my groove! So this is just to get me in the zone again :)

Article found at

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Current state of my Black Swan editorial after undergoing a few changes and tweaks:

Think I might experiment with backgrounds a bit more..

Black Swan

This brief is a nightmare! I already posted an illustration I did for this, but after checking out some of the competition they all looked extremely similar, so I wanted to try and come up with something more conceptual for it. Today has been stressful :'( I've had a few strong ideas, but when it came to executing it, it was a struggle to do a decent job and make it fit on the page as the magazine is a really awkward size!! It's a real shame because I was excited about doing this idea and now I just want to get the brief over with! 

Anyway, I've started messing around with a different idea but I'm not sure how far it will go. I'm finding this really difficult as the cover requires a "portrait" of the main character and I'm definitely not used to working like this...waaaaaaaah! :'(
So far..

I was looking a Dadaism so it's mostly influenced by that..the white swan's body is made up of quotes from the film and the black swan's body is the sheet music for Swan Lake and that's about as deep as it's really rough and shit at the moment but hopefully it'll develop and I'll get something decent out of it..

Now time for a filthy pizza to cheer me up, diets are for losers :(

Friday, 27 January 2012

Rough Character Design: The Acrobats

More roughs for my circus storybook..
 Think these need a bit more detail but can't put my finger on what's missing! 

Rough Character Design: The Ringmaster

Here is my first rough character design for a picture book I'm working on about the circus..

I think he's kinda cute! The final designs will of course have a lot more detail and generally better put together but you get the idea.

Not a lot of inspiration needed to create this character as I went for the stereotypical costume! I was slightly inspired by Harold Zidler from Moulin Rouge though...I love that movie!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Penguin Design Awards

This year's Puffin children's book brief is to design the front cover for Grimm's Fairy Tales.. Here's what I've been working on today; a cover based on The Frog Prince.

Not sure about it as of yet! I'm going to have a bash at doing some more designs based on different Grimm's Tales and see which one I like best at the end! 
Feedback is always welcome!

D&AD Competition Brief

Yesterday I began working on the D&AD illustration brief; to design the front cover for "Little White Lies," an independent film magazine. The brief was to illustrate one of their top rated films of 2011: Drive, Black Swan, The Tree of Life, Super 8, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

I chose Black Swan, and came up with this:

It's a lot different from my other work as the cover had to feature the main character..I'm not sure I'm happy about how fashion-y it's turned out but I think it works better this way rather than my usual style. I also kept with using textures by using real feathers in there..

Monday, 9 January 2012


Venetian (2011)

I love venetian masks especially these ones with the long noses! I love the mystery that masks hold; and looking at these beautiful venetian masks I often imagine romantic characters and the stories behind them 

Day of the Dead

A new illustration inspired by the "Day of the Dead"

I have been meaning to do something inspired by this Mexican festival for a while this is my first attempt! However, I'm hoping to read more into the subject and perhaps so some more work like this at some point!


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Hi my name is Chloe, 21, currently based in Birmingham and studying Illustration at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.