Targets following Group Crit

I think that my targets now after the group crit is to:

  • Read thoroughly the feedback my peers have given me and work towards it
  • Start researching more artists
  • Make some more visits to different locations such as Blackburn and Manchester within the next few days
  • Collect more research: Photographs, observational drawings, written research
  • Start thinking about working with different materials such as prints (dry point and mono)
  • Start thinking about my exhibition space
  • Move out of my sketch book, think about scale and composition



Jason Ratliff



I stumbled across illustrator/Artist Jason Ratliff after scrolling through the related posts from Agata Wierzbicka. The main aspect that instantly stood out from Ratliff’s work was the mixed media style behind the illustration I find that the basic illustration contrasts effectively with the bright colours in the backdrop of the image. In some cases Ratliff works in a similar style to Wierzbicka as they both share the similarity of only illustrating the skin of the portrait, and I think that this technique is very effective in providing a form of expression.


I collected some pieces of work of Ratliffs which look very visual appealing and are different in forms of composition, as they are in the format of a sketch book and work very well. I also like the simplicity of Ratliff’s work  – whilst only using a limited colour palette, Ratliff creates such a simple piece however includes lots of detail and again the contrast makes it a very visually appealing piece of work which is something I would like to experiment with.


Proposal: Final Draft

My previous project “inspired by”, was based on a starting point of memory, the visual response I developed signifies the distortion of memory, both over time and the nature of personal memory and was inspired by the online and physical collection held by the Victoria and Albert museum, I successfully incorporated some personal aspects of my life, including events from childhood and my relationship with other family members. I explored different ways to investigate this theme, and experimented with a range of media and techniques in order to propose aesthetic outcomes. I revisited the earliest part of the course and extended the skills I developed across the workshops and experimented with printing, drawing and created mixed media collages. To further develop and reinforce the theme I also used fragments and pixels in my drawings and incorporated digital pieces which are intended to further develop the original theme into representing memory loss over a period of time. I believe that my printing skills have developed significantly and have massively improved from this project, therefore I wish to continue and stretch these skills further for unit 7.

My main focus of my Unit 7 final major project is to base it on the course in which I have applied for – Illustration. My aim is to record the cafe culture in different environments, basing my primary research in the trendy Northern quarter in Manchester and then in comparison, areas facing austerity such as Blackburn and Bolton and explore the difference through illustration. I will aim is to visit as many  cafes as possible and record my findings primarily through sketching and photography and intend to explore a variety of techniques whether that is extending my skills with printing and drawing, or visiting completely new techniques. Some initial ideas for approaching this project include observational drawings of people in the cafe (whilst in the cafe), time lapse video’s, photographs of the same area at different times so I am then able to transfer the images on acetate and overlap them to provide another time lapse style piece of work, I wish to create different compositions of the atmosphere with all the variety of different techniques whilst including typography with the conversations which I will have gathered from the different locations. I wish to explore different forms of bookmaking in this project where I can present my illustrative findings.

I will work closely to a work plan whilst keeping a journal of what I intend to do for the day/week, this will help me keep up to date and encourage me to keep producing work every day, it will also help me to keep organised and on track. Whilst having tutors and students constantly around me, this will help provide regular group crits where I can get feedback on the work I am creating. I will be making a constant reflection of work on my blog which will help me realise my problems and how I have responded to the them. I will produce a final evaluation on completion of the project where I will be evaluating the outcome against my original intentions.

My initial research will be collected from the cafes itself where I can record conversations and sketch the general atmosphere to then work with further digitally. I have already began to look at a range of artist through websites such as Pinterest.

Neasden Control Centre. Hand drawn diagram editorial illustration. Available: Last accessed 15th March 2016.

Neasden Control Centre. (2015). Editorial illustration The Guardian Review Literary Quiz cover. Available: Last accessed 22nd March 2016.

Pinterest . (2016). FMP. Available: Last accessed 22nd March 2016.

Jason Ratliff. Sketch book vol. 1. Available: Last accessed 24th March 2016.

Agata Wierzbicka. Silence. Available: Last accessed 24th March 2016.

Karen white . Book making techniques and ideas. Available: Last accessed 29th March 2016.

Group Crit

Today the vis comm pathway and I had our first group crit for FMP. It was interesting to see what other students have chosen to do. I found that a large amount wanted to carry on from the previous unit where as I had completely changed from unit 5 and wanted to start with a completely new project. At this point not a lot of work had been created as a lot of us had been gathering research so it was really helpful for us to give feedback and suggest ideas on what we could do and where we could go from this point on. As we went round and spoke about our ideas we were all jotting down some feedback for the speaker so that they could then go away and reflect on it.

I received some really positive feedback and suggestions and was also given some artists too look at. I feel like now I have a lot of work to be getting on with and need to think and reflect on what has been said by the other students. The group crit was very positive and was a very relax atmosphere so it was nice to see everyone was comfortable about talking about their work and also comfortable about receiving feedback.

My next step from here is to continue gathering research and visiting cafes to extend my research. I’m hoping to do this within the next week and travel down to manchester.From my images I also wish to start creating some prints  and digital collages so I can start putting my book/guide together which will start revealing the comparisons in ‘Cafe Cultures’.


Agata Wierzbicka: Experimental work

I decided to experiment in a similar style to Agata Wierzbicka to gain bit more texture in my work as my illustrations were beginning to appear slightly flat. I first of all drew the illustration out in fine liner where I could then use acrylic paint to fill into the skin of the portrait. I think this technique is successful as it isn’t as time consuming as I would have thought it would be, due to the painting in such small areas.

I feel that with the small areas of colour and slight texture it gives the portrait more expression and meaning whilst black and white fine liner illustrations can be very flat and boring which then appear repetitive. I would like to revisit this technique again where I can experiment on different scales with different portraits and compositions which will then perhaps be a little more time consuming which is something to think about.