Alternative ideas for presentation of final piece

Before printing out my final outcome for exhibition I considered alternate ideas of presenting my work. this gave me the opportunity to see which which compositions will make my work stand out the most. Below is some rough sketches of ideas on how I intended to experiment presenting my work.


After coming up with a number of compositions I decided to create them digitally on Photoshop with the designs I intended to use. This technique was very useful as I was able to quickly scan through the designs and pick which one I liked, or get opinion from other students.

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This design above would be printed out A0 however the piece itself would be slightly smaller due to the narrow overall shape of the design. The spacing between the designs would be approximately 2cm which is enough to clearly separate them giving it a broad boarder. I this this layout is effective as you can recognise that the three strips are completely separate but all compliment each other in making it one piece as a whole.

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The design above is again going to be A0 in size. The strips will be a slightly smaller size in comparison to the previous ones due to the larger number of strips. The width between the designs will be slightly smaller, again due to the overall piece being busier and fuller than the previous one. The only problem that might occur in this composition is that it may not appear as eye catching due to it holding so much detail, I think the limited amount of strips might be more successful as you dot have as much to look at all at once.comp 3

The piece above will be printed out in three different sections all sized A1, I chose A1 rather than A0 this time due to  the amount of wall space that it would take up which again could be a problem, A0 would be far too big and it wouldn’t allow much space for other students. however, I do really like this composition as it coveys more of a story or a narrative to the work and allows the observer o follow the work more closely.comp 4

This design above is another piece sized A0, it will appear slightly smaller than the others due to there being no width or boarder between each design. It will also fit nicely in the exhibition because of its size. I do admire the piece without a boarder because it feels as if the piece is just one as a whole, where as sometimes when adding a frame of boarder between each design it can perhaps single out one form another.

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The final presentation idea above is sized A0 with a width of 10cm between each strip. This piece would be a lot bigger and taller in size in comparison to all the other designs. I like this arrangement because although the whole piece is one as itself, it also has three different sections that tell their own stories. The only aspect of this composition I can see being problem is that although the designs are effective far apart from each other, they could also seem bit lost and separated which is what I don’t want to suggest, I want all of the designs to compliment and work together.



After finishing A-level I knew I wasn’t ready to go straight to university so by doing a foundation course I was given the opportunity to find my feet and explore my creative skills. From this course I was able to find my strength in Illustration, which has a broad occurrence throughout my time at Blackburn.

A theme of ‘Café Cultures’ has run throughout my final project, which has lead me up to my final piece, consisting of a visual reality of individuals in a variety of atmospheres. When creating my final outcome for exhibition I had to consider what was actually relevant to my theme and how I would represent the varied cultures in cafes, this developed my skills as a working practitioner as I felt as if my work was fully my own and I was extending my skills in developing my thought processes. I first decided that initially I would base my final outcome on my research of individuals in cafes, which involved observational sketches, photographs and written conversations, illustrating the true meaning of scene. When it came to composition I initially wanted to create a book, A5 size, with a range of different pages comparing my research, however, I decided that this wasn’t what I wanted to show in exhibition, and that I wanted something more simple and on a bigger scale so that you can see it without having to look into it like book, and so therefor I then had the idea of creating a ‘comic strip’ like illustration A0 size, which consists of different sections with each one representing a different café within a different location. One section may seem busier and fuller than other sections due to its representation of a lively atmosphere where another part will have limited detail and the simplicity of it signifies a quiet and subtle atmosphere within the café, which subsequently provides the audience with a insight to café cultures.

I was highly influenced with the Comic strip composition idea by an artist named Rupert Smissen, a particular illustration of his involved a similar composition of three strips. The illustrations he had used were observational sketches, which share great similarities with my designs involving the observation of individuals. My initial idea was to create one long illustration, however after looking at Smissen’s work I decided that the piece would look more full and visually appealing. With the designs all blocked together I feel like the piece becomes a narrative and allows the reader to have a better understanding of my work, so this is what I began to work on, trying out different combinations of strips that I had created and fitting them all together. At times this process became difficult as I wanted my final outcome to involve three completely different pieces, however due to creating a number of

Final piece hung in Exhibition.

When printing out my final piece for exhibition I had some thoughts regarding composition and the arrangement of my illustrations. I wanted it to stand out and look as best as possible so I had two options that I could carry out. The first options to slice the 3 sections apart and single them out from one another, but not too much that they are lost from the illustration as a whole, this way the piece would be slightly space out and would appear slightly bigger, filling bit more wall space. The second option was to just keep it as a whole which made it appear more smaller, however this is the option I decided to go for as the piece is initially one illustration and each of the sections accompany each other within making it one piece. There was another option I could go for and that was lining each section next to each other rather than below one another but this wasn’t really  great option as it would take up a large amount of wall space.


Continue working with strip format.

Over the past couple of days I have been working on more illustration strips in preperation for my final piece for exhibition. Here are them below:

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This illustration is the first one I created and I am quite happy with the outcome. The atmosphere I was trying to convey in this illustration was that it was qiuet and peacful but busy enough for me to gather a good lot of research, the colour scheme I have picked out for this illustration is limited

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I have put together this illustration basing it on a busy and bubbly atmosphere. The establishment I had visited to gather this research from, was Starbucks in Bolton, it included lots of individuals chatting quite loudly which is shown through the bright bursts of colours and typography. The overlapping of some of the illustrations convey the movemnt of the individuals, meaning that people where constantly walking in and out, but staying long enough to have drinks and food. I involved myself in this illustration quite clearly because of my very pleasant experience at this cafe where I had a long chat with the person who was serving me, he was extreamly bubbly and polite.

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The colour scheme in the illustration above is dull and kept to an extreamly limited colour palette due to the almost emptiness of the cafe. I had visited this cafe at around 2pm on a monday in bolton, when most likely students would be in college/university and people would be still in work. The pure emptiness to the right of the illustration provides the reader an insight into how the cafe looked like at this specific time. The overlapping again of the illustration demonstrates the movement of the people, they are slightly more overlapped than the previous illustration due to the quickness of their depature. I noticed that people were wuite arrogant and rude as to why I have provided illustrations who arent making eyecontact and just keeping themsleves to themsleves.

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This illustration above is possibly my favourite and I am quite certain I will involve it in my final outcome for exhibition, mainly because of how visualy appealing it looks. I used another simple colour palette to portray the quietness of my visit, yet the cafe was fairly busy which explains the use of multiple illustrations of people. This cafe visit was at Rhode Island in Blackburn and in their cafe they have a wall holding dozens of mugs, which is why I had included illustrations of tea cups and mugs in the background of this illustration. I also think the mugs help represent the theme of cafe cultures.

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This illustration is another bright and bubbly piece with lots going on. I added typogrpahy to this piece to alert the viewer of the conversations and communication with the staff. I think the business of the illustration can be abit overpowering so this piece I will most likely not include in my final outcome.

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The main aspect of this illustration that I find most appealing is the use of line work and layers of illustrations, I think it really helps provde a time lapse style of work and show movement within the cafe.

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This illustration realistially speaks for itself, the ‘unsocial’ typography in the background assists the illustrations of individuals being unsocial. Again with another dull colour plaette due to the lack of communication going on in the cafe.

Illustration strips, idea for final outcome.

When creating my strips of illustrations I kept in mind artist Wesley Burt, who had produced a similar format of work: landscape strips of illustrations. I admired the way it formed a narrative and allowed the audinece to follow some sort of story so I began to work in that way and produce a number of designs on Photoshop.

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My designs consist of all the practical work I had created and the particular establishment that i was studying I would portray it in the form of illustrations e.g a busy full illustration with bursts of coulour would comvey the atmoshpere was lively and enjoyable as shown in the third illustration down, and then in comparrison a simple illustration with a limited colour palette would suggest that the atmosphere would be quiet or unsociable wth not much going on as shown in the last illustration. I also tried to show the reader a little bit about the personalities of the people by adding typography but in some cases it was quite difficult to gather the infomation I needed due to the loudness of the area.

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At the moment I would like to do something similar for exhibition, I originally wanted to create a small book or guide, however I belive that something more simple and on a bigger scale would be more eye catching in comparrison to a small book.

Rupert Smissen

I came across this piece of work created by Rupert Smissen through Pinterest and it initially remind me of my observational sketches whilst in the cafes, as all of the people in the work seem unaware that they have been photographed/drawn which gives a realistic effect. I particualrly like the composition of the work and how it is landscape which is something I would like to explore perhaps on different scales, I also admire the basic line based illustrations with also slightly more detailed illustrations.

This illustration layout is something I would like to explore and experiment with towards the end of this project, I intend to keep this in mind for when it comes to thinking about my final outcome.