Reportage – Norwich

26 Jul

Here are various drawings of Norwich, experimenting with different drawing techniques and media. A great warm-up exercise to drawing anything slightly daunting is to try out ‘conscious reflex drawing’, in other words, drawing without looking at the paper. That’s right, not even once. No cheaty. The idea is that you concentrate more on the shapes and textures of what you are drawing, rather than worrying about how good or accurate your drawing looks. I did a tiny experiment where I drew the same thing 4 times over, without looking at the paper, to see if it would improve; here are the results:








4What I love most about doing these type of drawings is, is that it’s always different, and exciting to see how each one will turn out. Overall though, this was my best result:


Mixed media

The following images were not my favourite from the project, but they seemed to be the favourite out of all my work from an exhibition that I was involved in. These were created in a university workshop where I had two days to create a book with 12 pages. I haven’t included all of the, but these in my opinion, were the best of the lot. They are a mixture of photographs and my own drawing; using pastels, pen, ect.

The Norwich Assembly House

assembly house

The Castle Mall

castle mall

The Cathedral




The Market


Timber Hill

timber hill


Drawing buildings was not in my level of normal comfort I am used too, so I experimented with many different ways of drawings buildings as much as possible, here are a few of my favourite examples:

church brownjarroldsnorwich bus stationmillenium pencil

castle mall water colour

norwich bush brown


Drawing these statues I felt was a big eureka moment for me; I loved the style of how I drew them. I think I have a slight obsession with pastels and ink.

single lioncan't remember what this is calledman looking downangel like statuecupidy statuefacebook coverFinal pieces

For my final pieces of this reportage project, I brought all of the different elements together into one paper-city image.

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image 1


Lamb to the slaughter

24 Jul

The following images are from a project brief I was given at University in my 2nd year. The brief was to create 4 inside illustrations and a front cover for a book from a story of our choice. I chose Lamb to the Slaughter.

The main part that stood out to me in ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ was Mary Maloney’s sudden mood changes. There were 4 major emotional changes throughout the story, and I felt that these four moods were appropriate to concentrate on because I had to design four final inside illustrations. But I did not fully worry about the final pieces until the last week, where I eventually brought all my varied body of work together.

fulll body front cover

This is from one of the workshops, where we were given 3 hours to create a life-size character from our chosen story, because I had chosen to concentrate on the psychological state of Mary, it was the obvious choice to go with her. I used my finger prints for the whole piece. I think the end result made her look quite distorted and creepy, which suited the overall mood I was trying to create. I have edited this photograph to make her more out of focus and blurry.


collage natural paper


old dirty paper

jammed paper collageThis collage is a result from my printer jamming and goes to show that even mistakes can be still made into something. Don’t waste anything, horde everything, but don’t let your hording habit get the best of you… to the point where you keep all your rubbish thinking, “I could use this cardboard box for something later, in five years”. But still, keep your mistakes or unfortunate mishaps.

woman with mask collage



Creating collages from existing images is a really helpful and quick way to experiment with ideas and compositions. I always like to work with collages before I go onto doing my final images; it’s a great warm-up to doing any type of work.

Lino Printing


crowsThe bad printing was intentional for this project. It makes a repeat pattern look more interesting, rather than every lino print turning out perfect. Sometimes perfection can be boring.

Final Illustrations

Mary starts off as a happy housewife, to heartbroken, to a murderer and then a grieving but manipulative widow. I took all Mary’s emotions into consideration and imagined what colours and objects would represent them. I researched the different colours that are associated with the moods, and found objects that represented things such as death, for example, a clock or hourglass. From this research I made myself visual references, where I drew all of the different objects in my sketchbook. This helped me in a way that I could keep referring back to these images to make sure I would not forget or miss out anything.

At this point, I had come to the conclusion that I was going to mainly concentrate on the pies. I had originally begun drawing the pies because I thought they were a stereotypical object that could be associated with a 1950’s housewife. While the man is at work, the wife stays at home, while all she can do is make the house tidy and make dinner for her husband. The pies are now the main aspect of my illustrations, where the pies change in each image that relates to her moods. The first pie is perfect, to show when she is happy. Second is the Autopsy pie, when her husband leaves her. The third pie is much messier, where she has tried to put the pie together, representing that once she has killed her husband she instantly tries to fix the problem. The last pie is nothing more than an empty pie dish, which relates to the detectives eating the leg of lamb. I think it was a subtle way to show this event in the book without giving anything away to the reader.

illustration 1 correct size

Mary Maloney starts off as a happy, content housewife. She obviously loves her husband, waiting for him to come home from work, checking the clock every now and then. She is pregnant. It describes that once her husband arrives home that she sunbathes in his warm male glow. So from what seems a normal woman, who is content with her relationship, no sign of miss trust or worry quickly changes once he tells her he wants to leave her.

illustration 2

From being happy, she quickly turns into a heartbroken, confused and in denial woman. Instead of accepting what has just happened, she instead denies it all, thinking that it never actually happened, telling herself that maybe if she ignored it, it would all go away. She also explains how she cannot feel anything, not even the floor.

illustration 3

Once she kills her husband, without even a moment of consideration, she is surprisingly calm. She talks herself in the mirror to make sure she sounds okay, planning to carry on as normal, as if her husband isn’t dead, that she will go to the shops and he will be home, waiting for her. She knows what the punishment for murder is, and she is using the detective skills she learned from her husband to avoid this.

illustration 4

Returning home, she then turns again, into an emotional wife, who has just lost her husband, grieving over him (even though she killed him) and remembering all the old love she once had for him. She finishes off being quite a manipulative and persuasive, fooling the police and detectives that she is innocent of the crime. In the end, she is free.


Jack and the Beanstalk

21 Jul

The following set of images were from my first year at University. The project brief was to create a flat pack theatre from a selection of existing stories, and I chose Jack and the Beanstalk. This was the first time I had worked 3D in this form and it made me realise how much I enjoy collage. I learned so much from this project, mainly how much I love to change a character and interpret a story in my own way. The most successful part of this project were my character designs, but I feel like there is something within what I have done here and I will definitely bring it further and maybe create it into a book and definitely exaggerate the eerieness of the characters and surroundings. Jack is a character that suffers from multiple personalities, one side being innocent and paranoid, the other being the devil tempting him, or rather telling him, to do the things that his paranoia holds him back from.  I realised from this project that I also enjoy creating textures, mainly with pastels, and I think its important as an artist to quickly realise your own development and unique style, so that it can keep on growing and changing. Hope you enjoy.


There was once a boy called Jack. I guess you could say Jack was not like normal boys. He had two sides to him, two heads even, which would cause him to end up arguing with himself. One side was not the adventurous type; scared of almost everything, he would rather stay safe indoors assured nothing would harm him.  The other side had a very cocky attitude, nothing could phase him. This would inevitably lead them to argue endlessly. To avoid confusion we’ll name one Jack 1 and Jack 2. He lived with his mother and they lived in a small house far away from any large city. They were a poor family. Their most valuable possession is their cow. But one day the cow suddenly stopped producing milk.

Mother – “Jack, take the cow to the market, make sure you sell her for a good price”

Jack 1- “Alone? I hate walking through the woods”

Mother- “You’ll be fine, I’m busy doing work and we really need the money”


So Jack left with the cow to sell him at the Market. He hated walking through the woods in the dark. It always seemed dark. He felt as though he was constantly being stared at. A Strange Man was standing in the distance. Jack 1 one felt a bit nervous as he walked towards him.

Strange Man- “I’ll buy that cow for a good price. I have 5 magical beans. When you grow them they will be worth much more than any money you could ever earn in your life time”

Jack 1- “Erm, I’m not sure, my Mother will not be happy if I don’t return without any money. How can I trust them?”

Jack 2- “Oh come on, you heard what he said? And plus, I can’t be bothered to stroll all the way to the Market, let’s make the trade and go”


Jack decided to trade the beans for the cow. A face came closer to Jack and presented the beans with his mouth. He took the beans and left.


Mother- ” You’re back quick?”

Jack 1- “I… I traded the cow for these beans. The man said that when they grow we can earn more money than we could possibly imagine…”

The Mother screamed in anger.

Mother- “I told you to come back with enough money for us to live! What are we going to do now?”

Jack 2- “Didn’t you listen? These beans will make us rich.”

Mother- “Shut up you stupid little boy, go to bed now, without dinner.”


Over night the beans grew faster than the eye could see.  Reaching into somewhere of the unknown.

The next morning Jack woke up and peered out of the window. Before his eyes stood the ginormous beanstalk.  Jack was stunned.

Jack 2- “Ha, see I told you those beans would be good.”

Jack gulped.

They stood looking up at the looming beanstalk. It was nothing Jack had ever seen before.

Jack 2- “I wonder where it leads too. We should climb it and find out. I bet there’s treasure up there.”

Jack 1- “Are you sure? We don’t know what’s up there. It could be dangerous”

Jack 2- “Don’t be a pussy. We’re going.”

So he climbed up the beanstalk and it felt as though the hands were pushing him up, as if to make sure he would not stop and change his mind. Ahead of them he saw a portal, which is where the beanstalk lead. He had no choice to go back now, he was sucked through before he could realise.


Before him stood a castle. It looked threatening with those eyes that stared straight at him wherever he went.

Jack 1- “Why are those eyes watching us?”

Jack 2- “I don’t care, let’s explore.”

As he explored Jack felt more and more like there was someone beyond those eyes watching him. But still he walked and entered the castle.


He found himself in an eerie room. As he looked at the strange collection of objects in the room he felt his back quiver and his hair stand on end. In the corner of the room was a goose.

Goose- “Hey kid, get me out of here and each egg I lay will earn you endless amounts of gold. I can’t escape from here by myself, I’m too slow.”


Before Jack could answer a little boy appeared.

Slave 731- “Hello, what’s your name? My name is slave 731. Can we play a game?”

Jack gulped. The boy’s voice sounded ghost-like and distant. It shook shivers down his spine. He knew it would be a good idea to take the goose. He couldn’t afford to lose out on such an opportunity. And he could prove his mother wrong.

Jack 1- “My… My name is Jack. Would you like to play hide and seek? You hide and I’ll seek.”

Slave 731- “Okay, but don’t you dare think about stealing that goose while I hide. He will not be pleased.”


Jack 2- “Yeah, sure. Now go hide and I’ll count to 100. 1… 2… 3…”

Jack carried on counting to 100 while the little boy went to hide. He crept over to the goose and picked it up under his other arm.

Goose – “Quick run! The boy can never leave this room. He’s cursed to stay in this room for eternity as the Giant’s slave.”

Slave 731- “Noooo, don’t go. Stay and play with me forever!”

The boy’s voice echoed throughout the whole castle.


The Giant entered the room.

Giant – ” Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum,

Whoever is here must be dumb,

Be he alive or be he dead,

I can assure there will be bloodshed.”


Jack heard the Giant’s voice booming from the castle. He quickly ran and climbed up the beanstalk. The hands forced him up faster and faster. Up ahead he saw the portal closing. Before he knew it he was sucked through and then he was gone.


Jack fell onto the floor with a hard thump. He looked up the beanstalk and saw that the portal had closed.

Goose – “Thanks a lot. That room was boring… And that boy really creeped me out.”

From then on the Goose laid eggs that earned Jack and his Mother more money than they could ever imagine. Jack would no longer experience the feeling of fear and paranoia, forever live in eternal riches, and be happy with the knowledge that he proved his Mother wrong. He still argues with himself though.


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