Monday, 3 December 2012

Rebirth



New drawing, I'm quite pleased how this one turned out. I have been trying to experiment with my drawings recently by layering them up a bit, and trying to make them have the messy/precise feel that the monoprints seem to get. Anyway, this drawing kinda leads on to a personal project I am working on at the moment.

Sacrifice iii


Although I like this drawing, I think he looks a little bit too happy maybe? Might redo him later!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Updates

Thought I should probably put an update on as I haven't blogged in ages... oops! We have moved and settled into our new place now (pictures to follow maybe?) and its so nice to have a full house, we have a spare room which we have set up into a proper studio which is the best ever.

I have been crazy busy working on commissions, and also this :



I have been having fun bleaching/dying clothes in my spare time, and started putting them on ebay. Its sort of just an enjoyable little side project from my illustration at the moment :)

Anyway, i'll try and have a big scanning session soon and put lots of new stuff up. But for now i'll leave you with this picture of me visiting a badass castle. Pro tip: if you ever visit a castle, don't wear platform shoes.




Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sacrifices

Drawings done for a personal project about Religious Beliefs. Chickens, Sheep, Lambs and Goats were / are the most commonly used animals for Religious Sacrifices. 

I thought it was interesting that in one way you could think that as they are being killed, the animals are 'worthless' - although I also read that often in killing the animals, the humans sins were wiped away and they were given a clean slate, so in another way you could think that in believing that the animals are of the highest importance... it made me think of Jesus in Christianity dying for the peoples sins. Therefore I wanted to depict the animals in the elaborate headdresses and jewellery, reminiscent of an important religious deity. 



Saturday, 25 August 2012

Team GB

Did this a little while ago but forgot to post it! An illustration of Team GB's Zoe Smith for Amelia's Magazine. (If you are wondering about the McD's, I saw on her twitter that she celebrated afterwards by going out for a Big Mac, which I thought was fab!)

Plus I got a lovely response from her on twitter :)


Monday, 23 July 2012

Other Self.

Here are a couple of quick A3 development prints, done for a diptych which will be double the size. These are part of a personal project that I have been working on about beliefs and rituals - more to follow soon!



And heres the two side by side, so you can see how the final will look:


Also here is a drawing from my sketchbook, another plan for a print I'm working on for this same project. I'm not sure I will be able to layer up this many colours, so I may end up laying a few of the flat colours down first with pen, then printing on top.
I have been scanning it in in stages, just because I thought it might be interesting to show more of the process.




Friday, 20 July 2012

Amelia's Magazine D&AD Review

I'm pleased to say my Monoprints were featured by Amelia's Magazine in the Best of D&AD New Blood Review for Illustration & Graphics Design Graduates!



A couple more Portraits.

Here are two more portraits I have been working on, both done in watercolour and ink.

This first one is of a little Dachshund, I really like her expression here.


This second one, done for a friend, is of her hamster Bovril who sadly passed away recently. I chose to paint mainly in brown ink rather than black, in order to give a softer look.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Woof Woof

While I was finishing off all my uni work, a list of portrait commissions had built up. I have been working my way through them now I have a little more free time.

Here a drawing I finished off a couple of days ago.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Development Prints

Here are two development prints of the same image, done for a new project I'm working on. I was experimenting with using different colours / mixing the colours differently, and adding in different elements.



Overall I prefered the first print in terms of the overall image, although I prefered the purple / green mixed up in the second.

Updates

Uni is finished now, and I'm pleased to say I will be graduating with a First Class Honours Degree! For anyone that couldn't make our degree show, you can still have a look at all the graduates' work on the official Westminster Illustration website.

I will also be exhibiting at D&AD's New Blood exhibition, so if you're around London's Old Spitalfields Market next week, pop in and say hi!

Anyway, I have been working on a new project although still have to do loads of scanning. In the meantime, here are a few sketchbook pages.




More Scissorhands sketches.

Only just realised I never shared these drawings from my sketchbook, which I did when I was working on the Scissorhands poster and looking at memorable scenes. Although I didn't use them in the final design, I still thought they were quite nice, particularly the sequential strip on the left.


Monday, 4 June 2012

Edward Scissorhands Alternative Movie Poster

I decided to enter London Print Clubs competition 'Blisters - The Directors Cut' to produce an alternative movie poster of my favourite film, Edward Scissorhands.

The thing I really wanted to capture was the emotion in the film, the isolation and sadness of the character. Whenever I see the film I always feel really sorry for Edward, as he is very naive and never purposely does anything wrong, yet still ends up being hated and chased at the end of the film. The community seem to use him as a scapegoat whenever they cause anything to go wrong, and would rather see him as a monster than the kind person he is.

Anyway below is my final image, which I chose as I felt it captured the emotion that I wanted. I drew the hands as if they are the viewers own, in order to make it more personal to them, and stuck to just a simple black and white. I used the metaphor of the hands being cut to symbolise the community hurting him, but also the 'disability' he has with his hands. Finally, the brief didn't allow the use of the films title, so instead I chose the line 'you can't touch anything without destroying it' which I felt sums up the film perfectly.


Below is also another poster I produced and quite liked, although I rejected it as I felt it didn't have the sadness in it that the first has.


Thursday, 31 May 2012

IDENTITY



My Graduate Degree Show IDENTITY is next week, at P3 Gallery over at Baker Street. Anyone who lives in London should definitely try and make it!

Also check out our Westminster Illustration Blog

Friday, 4 May 2012

More drawings

More pages from my sketchbook... Edward Scissorhands drawings.




Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mr Scissorhands

Sketchbook page. I'm squeezing in one last project before our uni deadline in a couple of weeks.


Gothic Summer

And heres the final design!


I also had a go at quickly adding some colour to the design... here is a close up of the skull.


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

T-Shirt Roughs

I am planning on entering Ohh Deer's t-shirt competition, here are some roughs I quickly sketched out last night.




When I read the brief all I could think about is how much I dislike summer, mainly because I can't cope with the heat and sun which always manages to make me feel really sick and lightheaded. This therefore causes me to spend most of the summer inside in the darkest (and coolest) rooms I can find, and when I do go out making sure I'm covered up and sporting a massive black hat, its almost like I go back in time to my 14 year old goth self. Therefore all I could think about was something kinda gothic trying to be summery, hence the skulls made out of sunflowers.

So there you go! (end of boring story about myself)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Development Stuff

Here are a few collages that weren't used, and a few bits of development work that I did for the Triumph brief. 





Free Giveaway!





Hey everyone, I’m giving away a free pair of my Gold Filled ‘Woof Woof’ Stud Earrings! 

All you have to do to be entered to win is simply head over to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EmmaBlackArt), like and share the giveaway post, and like my page if you haven’t already :)

You can enter until (next Tuesday) the 24th April 2012, 12pm. The winner will be picked via a random number selection and notified, and the earrings posted off for free!



Good Luck!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Triumph Final Artwork

I haven't updated in about a month as my macbook completely broke and had to be sent away to be repaired, which of course put me behind with my work. Thankfully I still managed to complete my triumph project and get it all sent off just in the nick of time before the deadline!


Anyway, here are the three pieces of final artwork I produced :






As you can see, quite a jump from the last stuff I was uploading. This is because in between I did a load of development work, which i'll share just as soon as I get round to sorting it out and scanning it in :)
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