Know Your Allies

The idea of a placement is that you get hands on experience in a real work environment. Though this perhaps could mean that there are no safety nets, you are also open to a lot of helpful people, but you need to learn who they are. In my placement so far, I have found that just because someone had a specific job title and you are an intern, it doesn’t mean that they (a) have the time to explain something or (b) are good at explaining things.

I have learnt a lot in the past few months but the biggest thing I have learnt so far, is who to go to if I need a hand in a specific field. Inside the office, there are specific people that are available to me when I need to ask questions. Though I have almost two full notebooks already of ‘how to’s’, ‘advice’ and ‘reminders’ it is clear that by the time I get back to university I will be better at asking for help.

As an independent and proud person, I have always struggled to ask for help, but here, there isn’t much of an option. Though I do some research outside of the work place, an internship is for asking questions, learning and applying knowledge. Perhaps the main focus of an internship is not necessarily teaching someone skills, but perhaps it is more for encouraging and learning how to apply skills as well as learning being a humbling experience.

By asking questions, you not only learn how to do things, but you can also build key relationships with members of staff. Here at BWAR, I have manages to gain a lot of insight in not only how apps and websites are built, but also a lot outside of my field. On a daily basis, I not only deal with customers, but I can also be learning about how to adjust simple CSS and so on.

The staff here are encouraging and understand that everything is a learning curve. Everyone here has multiple job roles and can do many diverse jobs in one day. From tech support to app creation, there is a lot that each member of staff can do. This also means that should one individual be busy, as this is a quick paced environment and also only a small business, someone else can help me. Though I am still learning, I aspire to be like them. A diverse job role, such as this one can aide in future prospects.

With no two days being the same, the learning potential here does not have a limit as such, the limit is merely in what questions I ask. As the weeks go on, I know that I will never stop learning, whether it is the meaning of key words or how to deal with an awkward customer.

Dark Tales

The story of Alice in Wonderland is one that has been told and retold, with each take getting more insane. The actual book is very dark and so I decided to make a final outcome to reflect on that.

The story is about being thrown into the rabbit hole and the fall you get when you start to mix reality with te impossible. Though the book may have been based on drug use, I wanted to create an outcome that highlights the key audience: “The parent’s of”.

Not many people still dream when they get older, all they see, or remember is darkness. Therefore, I have made all of the illustrations in this style. Please find below the hare and the hatter. You may need to tilt your screens, but look hard and be pulled down the rabbit hole…

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Alice In Wonderland Cover (wo sticker)

Hare Development

After looking into the styles of illustration I have researched in my mood board and deliberations of my initial idea, I decided to create a cross over between the adult and child appropriate sketches. The hare I drew for the adult side of the book, is age appropriate for children. With this in mind I attempted to work on different styles I could develop him into, after deciding he would fit best on the cover.

The cover for a children’s book needs to entice and being that the hare was the reason why Alice fell down the rabbit hole, not just LSD as childhood spoilers suggest, he would be the perfect character to entice an audience.


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Music Is Life

In relation to the TED Talks presentation on classical music, I also decided to experiment with the relation between life and music. I took readings whilst playing piano of a piece I composed and layered them with the audio waves of the piece to have these experimental outcomes:

Music Speaks Louder

Whilst waiting for the dancer’s to finish recording their part for my animation, I started to experiment into some alternative ideas. One of the main ideas, along a similar track, came from watching this TED Talks video:

Classical music, although perhaps isn’t dying, it is becoming a very ancient music form. In saying this, music is starting to become more stripped back to like it’s ancestors, in classics, for example All of me by John Legend and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be. Learning a musical instrument, is still pushed in the education system, but some children choose to ignore it’s benefits. It has been proven that people who are good at music tend to be more sociable and are good at maths and logic problems.

Music can be very beneficial and so, I came up with the idea of creating little adverts to try and make music “cool”.

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Doodles To Learn

After my recent blog posts in regards to my brief titled: Conversation and my self directed learning. I have decided to combine the two for the sake of this brief. With thanks to Digital Tutors, I am slowly going through some tutorials to aid me in making these new compositions.

My initial sketch:

Passion Dance

Editing with Photoshop (Rough copy):


I will now be converting this to an Illustrator file and working through the tutorials to recreate something similar to the Sherlock Holmes credit sequence.

Layers And Masks

Cabinet of Curiosity (Final)
Cabinet of Curiosity (Final)

Using my Cabinet of Curiosity image I created as an example, I’d like to talk about layers and masks.

Using layers can be advantageous in many respects. Using layers can not only help with adding depth to an image, but it can also help arrange an image, and edit specific points without damaging the rest of the image. Blending options can help the piece look more natural, in the image above, I used the blending options to merge the multiple layers in a more natural progression. If it weren’t for these layering options, not only would the image look like it wasn’t on a grunge styled paper, but also, the images of my late grandparents would not look like one image, and the blending watercolour effect better myself and my father and my grandparents would look unnatural. The idea of good graphic design, was once said, to make things look and feel as natural as possible.

Using masks instead of deleting parts of an image can also be advantageous. If you were to delete parts of an image, you would never get it back properly. By using masks, if you make a mistake, or choose to feather the image slightly, it is easy to modify. Using masks can also help you work in textures, for example the water colour effect in my image.

From the photoshop tutorials, I have learnt that layers are vital and using masks instead of deleting an image are very advantageous. I hope it will prove to help in the future, and not just for this specific project.

Self Directed Learning

I think it’s always good to learn tips and tricks outside of university as well as in lessons. Self directed learning can help you in your own projects as well as aid in your own work. Here is a piece I created with the help of an online tutorials.


Interesting Self Tutorial

I found an article online, after looking up some tutorials I needed to catch up on. The article listed the things that magazines do to make models look “better”. With the use of some tutorials from the university and my own tutorials, and trial and error, I tried to edit a model in the ways the industry would. Please find below, the original image, a progression and the final piece. I would like to point out that I do not agree with the over use of Photoshop in magazines but I am merely learning about it.