Post by Bethany Lord, third year BA (Hons) Illustration
For my final major project, I have been looking at the concept of ‘looking down’ and ‘a birds-eye view’. I wanted to look at different locations and places as well as things, patterns and textures.
Everything is viewed differently when you look down on it and I wanted to explore and create illustrations around this. Things can be viewed in a different way. I wanted to explore how things like people and objects can engage with these locations and how they change a location.
I also wanted to explore and experiment with colours and how this can show different things such as seasons, moods, places and time of day. I wanted to be able to relate this to current trends, and what I am interested in so I can develop my previous specialist practice further.
I have taken photos for my primary research in places such as Kew and drawn from these as well as reference material online. I have used Procreate on my iPad to create these images after sketching them in pencil to create digitally colourful pieces that I think are really successful. These images will finally develop into a colourful children’s book, looking at the theme ‘water’.
A key practitioner who has inspired my work so far is the Illustrator Joanne Ho, because of her swimming paintings, all from up above. The way she uses colour within her imagery and the simplicity of shapes to represent objects, has inspired my practice. Another practitioner who has inspired me is photographer Gray Malin.
He shoots aerial birds eye views of beaches and landscapes across the world. The simple shapes of things from above create patterns and textures and he captures this in a single image. These are three of my favourite images I’ve created so far.