Extended Art and Design: Vis Comms


Hannah Alfrey

Legendary creatures have often been incorporated into heraldry and architectural decoration. This is particularly the case with those symbolizing great strength or other powers. In contemporary times, many legendary creatures appear prominently in fantasy fiction. These creatures are often claimed to have supernatural powers or knowledge or to guard some object of great value. 

Mythical creatures have been part of human culture throughout the ages and across all parts of the world. They are not just the “talking” creatures, animals able to communicate using language and also rather clever, as in Aesop’s fables. Mythical creatures are in themselves beyond normal reality, often composites of existing animals or animals and humans. 

Caitlyn Bowker

Part of my ‘journey’ to overcome dyslexia has been writing a story. This started as quick little descriptions and scenes and eventually developed into a full story.  

I decided to use this as the basis of my FMP, imagining quite child-focused illustrations.  

A full analysis of my text and deep, sustained research into the teen-fiction genre, however, led me on a different path. 

My initial reaction to recognizing my narrative as teen fiction rather than children’s fiction was that I would have to adapt it into a graphic novel, if I wanted to create illustrations. The work of the Folio Society mad me realized that readers of books such as War HorseNoughts & Crosses and Sophie’s Worldenjoy full page illustrations accompanying the text. 

I set myself the challenge of working in watercolour or inks, but had to admit after some tests that the experimental way I enjoy working and find most successful is digital. 

Lockdown has meant I was not able to plan my work to include a printed book, but the work will continue and that will be the eventual outcome.

Lewis Edwards

As an artist, I work hard to develop illustrations that are presented exactly how I envision them during the creative process. Part of my process before I begin working is to take several photographs of myself and/or others to gather reference material for my ever-growing portfolio of expressions, posture and form which I can use to help me in areas I find difficult and later recycle and adapt to other projects. I rarely deviate too far from my original vision for a piece, but I like to try new techniques regularly and occasionally experiment with different medias though the latter is a recent development. 

For my FMP I challenged myself to create my first short illustration-focused comic book in a professional quality using techniques and formats I’ve researched and taken from bestselling books. I chose to adapt a music video rather than create my own narrative, due to it being my first tactically-planned and executed attempt and wanting to focus my efforts and attention on the art, research and quality of the project rather than creating commentary. I believe this effectively worked out in my favour and the experience has provided me with a new lens to view my creative process through. 

Lewis Forrest

The theme of my Project has been influenced by not being able to go out for months because of the virus. As being limited on where to go and things to do, having a garden made lockdown easier for me and it inspired me to make something to go into the garden that would last a number of years. I decided to design and create a high-quality bird table. I used this FMP to concentrate on my practical skills because it kept me focused during lockdown. With lockdown and only being able to work from home with no workshop made this project much harder but made me much better problem solver and made me realise at what a high standard I can workvisited various places to collect research in the form of taking photographs of different bird tables of all different designs and sizes. This then gave me different ideas on how to design my own and the different practical skills I could use. To draw out my design, I decided to use a 3D CAD software called sketchup, this was useful because I had a visual representation on what it was going to look like throughout and helped me plan each stage throughout the project. 

Kami Hall

I have found the lockdown periods boring more than anything and as a person who naturally draws and creates, I have found those two aspects of my character have been hard at work. 

But I have noticed that regarding the subject matter, following a brief has not been as important as usual – it’s the actual process that provides the satisfaction. 

I seem to choose techniques that follow a repetitive process. This would be very obvious if I was sewing or knitting, but I would say that the creation of digital work, particularly if I am creating several versions of a decided theme, is a definite set of technique procedures, varying only slightly, that are repeated. The work is never gestural or expressive, but limited, focused and complementary.  

This has been my theme in my illustrations – the people and the objects involved in making and marking as a mindful exercise.

Alexander Healy

For my FMP, I was inspired by The Rolling Stones and their album, Exile on Main Street. This inspired me, as this album cover shows a collage of so-called ‘circus freaks’ which then inspired me to create work inspired by them. I used appropriation in this project to create Illustrations inspired by these ‘circus freaks’, incorporated ‘found’ images of the Rolling Stones and utilised different physical and digital methods to distort and change them. I then presented the illustrations I had created in this project within a zine.

To do this, I had found already existing images which I then developed using paint, embroidery, collage, typography and distorted digitally. This was inspired by multiple artists such as Andy Warhol, Hannah Hoch and Rossana Taormina. I took inspiration from their work and used this to create a variety of designs using digital and
hand-rendered techniques. I was able to successfully communicate my concept of body altering and distortion throughout my work due to the mediums and techniques I had used. This then led me to creating a successful
20-page zine.

My aim for this project was to communicate the idea of ‘circus freaks’ and to raise awareness of them while also raising awareness of people with deformities and how they are treated within society.

Simbi Junon Sulaiman

I have spent this academic year on an ambitious mission. I set myself the target of getting into Central St Martin’s college to study graphic design. I, like many young black British people, also had another matter on my mind. I had to ask myself where I stood and what I felt as a Nigerian British girl. How could I communicate this, when I was still finding out myself? That was the problem to solve and I feel I must have made a good attempt as I will be going off to CSM in September. 

During the period of FMP, I developed my research while still finishing off my portfolio, so within the timescale I completed a range of work that explored what it feels to be a young black girl in Britain, the ambitions of young people of colour, our heroes and aspirations, the impact of the pandemic on mental health, a multi-cultural examination of typography and all this culminated in a project that takes a curious approach to Face Blindness.  

Emma Swinbourne

My work explores Wales and its importance to everyone living there. Having been here for several years on holiday, I want to express why I like visiting this country so much. And, by doing this, I aim to show all the different places you can visit. 

My ideal audience for this project is people who want to go somewhere different on holiday. In my opinion, Wales fits the bill perfectly, due to its many unique, fascinating and historic locations – all of which I was keen to incorporate into my work. This process was important in my project, because I wanted to show the creative process from beginning to end.

Killian Crossan Wale

This body of work explores a world within a world that blends magical, mythical creatures with familiarised human forms, seen in everyday settings. 

I have chosen a style of artistic presentation that I am passionate about which is comic book/graphic novel/story board format. However, within the development of the project I have explored a range of styles and skills to further enhance my artistic range and ability. 

When pondering on this theme a phrase that I find conjures inspiration and images in my head is the famous quote from author, Arthur C. Clarke, who states: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” 

I have experimented and explored a familiar world that the audience will relate to, where mythical creatures take on personas the reader can identify with. 

Within the theme, I have brought to life familiar mythical creatures such as The Loch Ness Monster, The Kracken, Bigfoot and a host of other diverse creatures from folklore, presenting them in an innovative, exciting manner.  

Beth Williams

Throughout the course, I have developed a range of digital skills and techniques through my use of the Adobe suite. These are skills which I applied to my year two FMP, based around the theme of Juxtaposition- juxtaposing the narrative of The Queen’s Gambit with the concept of chess being a manifestation of human nature and social hierarchy. Throughout this project, I took inspiration from a range of artists such as Andy Warhol and Loui Jover to develop illustrative collages and graphic designs, which I presented in my own magazine and zine. 

My aim for this project was to create digital illustrations and graphics, which communicated not only my concept but also the concept of familiarity to my audience, allowing them to see themselves or situations relevant to their lives within my work.  Shown within my digital collages, created using Illustrator and Photoshop – combining my illustrations inspired by the incomplete portraiture style of Sam Green and the collage style of Loui Jover to create a series of collages based around the main characters of the show. Utilising my ability to address my concept, retaining control through chess and manifesting their demons of addiction or trauma into the game. This allowed me to address societal issues such as mental health and addiction alongside the powerful control of chess – the hierarchy of chess. Visually exploring the idea of ‘It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it.’ To inform and support the development of my collage series. 

Alongside my illustrations, I also worked with photography and typography inspired by Andy Warhol’s Stills. This allowed me to juxtapose the modernity of my peers with the 50s and 60s time of the show to create simple yet visually interesting pages for my magazine. 

Aiden Whitehouse

A comprehensive, environmentally-based project that has links to tradition and the aesthetics behind packaging design.  

Initial ideas for this project came from the book ‘How to wrap five eggs’ which celebrates traditional, sustainable Japanese packaging, known to be innovative and aesthetically pleasing.  

The message is one that cannot be ignored –  the need for a modern society to be a sustainable society. The fact that 70% of pollution is plastic-based packaging spurs me on to not only consider aesthetic challenges in my work, but to be attentive to the materials on which my designs are printed. Graphic designers must learn and communicate the efficacy of packaging and product materials that are sustainable and eco-aware, such as non-carbon based plant ingredients, algae, seaweed and fungi – materials that have always been used in Japan. 

My course has not only given me the opportunity to expand my design knowledge but develop a social and political point of view, which I have used as source material for my ideas throughout this year.