Terry Winters

Monday 29th October 2018

To gain some inspiration for my project I decided to look at another artist. I found Terry Winters’ name on the reading list and instantly I was intrigued by his work. 

Terry Winters was born in 1949 and is an American painter and printmaker. 

Morula III 1983-4

This piece by Winters is a lithograph. ‘Morula’ means ‘a brief delay’ or ‘black’ in Latin. In the Oxford English Dictionary, morula also means a ‘fungus excrescence’. The meaning of the word to me leaves the piece open to interpretation as it leaves the piece feeling quite ambiguous. In an interview in 1985, Winters said that the ‘sexuality of the image is important’. According to Tate online (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/winters-morula-iii-p77063), he chose a Latin word as it ‘described the mulberry forms’ and ‘would be more evocative than a factual description’. I feel that the artist determines the importance of a title, as I feel that often it is up to the audience’s interpretation. 

I picked out this image by Winters as I was drawn to the layers and the texture of the spheres. I like the colour palette used in the piece, the tones are very cool and fresh looking. I feel that the negative space works really well, where there is a dark focus where the spheres are, and where there is white space. I feel that because there are grey marks on the white background, the background is broken up slightly, making it less harsh.  If there were more spheres I feel that the image would feel too overpowering. 


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Untitled (2015)

This piece is another black and white image that caught my attention. Winters created this piece using graphite on paper. I really like the layers of the piece, the irregular squares on the white background with the grey shapes layered on top. I feel that the piece is rather unusual, as when most people create a pattern using shapes, the pattern is often neat and regular. However Winters creates the impression that this piece was created quickly, with energy rather than precision. Furthermore because there are marks on the page from where the graphite has smudged, it portrays the idea that Winters was not aiming for a perfect precise piece, otherwise he would have rubbed off the marks. I like this as I feel that the piece is more organic and raw, sometimes I feel that creating something with pure energy and not worrying about the mess can be a healthy and refreshing approach to creating art. Aiming for a perfect finish can sometimes tarnish the piece. I also like how the grey layer is almost broken up, the piece itself appears unfinished as Winters has stopped the pattern and the grey layer on the top left side of the piece. I feel that this again adds more interest to the piece as the negative space allows the eye to rest and focus on all of the other shapes on the page. 


After looking at Winters’ work I feel that it will be a lot less stressful creating outcomes for my Act 1 project. I feel that by looking at an artist who is not afraid to create an outcome that is not hyper real/perfect/clean etc, I should not have the stress of creating an image that is perfect. 



Mark Making Workshop – Part 2

Friday 2nd November

After we had completed our 8 illustrations for Task 5, we returned to the studio ready for another workshop. Working on the other side of our piece, we were told to get our materials ready and to find a space where we could work. Maisie called out a number and we had to create an image using the word relating to that number on our list. We only had a short space of time to create the image and we had to work quickly. Again our drawings had to be lateral not literal!

12. Clinical. My first word was ‘clinical’. Instantly I started to think about hospitals, and used things like grey and black. Then I thought about the physical aspects of hospitals and things like blood and tears came to mind. Hospitals are very emotional and messy places – I tried to emulate this in my work. I also used the colour green as whenever I think about hospitals it makes me feel sick. A lot of people in waiting rooms often have an uneasy feeling in their stomach whether they are the patient or the relative. 

72. Intervention. 

‘Intervention’ was an interesting word to draw. I thought how an intervention is almost something that interrupts and this is what I tried to portray in my drawing. I used brush pens in an interesting way, by closing my eyes and drawing out what I felt when I heard this word in my brain. The pink and red marks are bursting out of the green, portraying how they are taking over and interrupting the tranquility of the green space. 

91. Portrayal.

This was quite a hard word for me to draw. I tried to draw out my mood, and for some reason I linked the word to showing people how you feel about them. Therefore the colour pink and peach stood out to me and I ended up drawing with my mouth as I wanted to draw in a different way to I usually do. 

66. Empty

I quite liked illustrating this word. The word empty does not always mean there is literally nothing there, it can be a feeling or another way of saying there is something lacking. I used tape to fill up the space, however I still think the page looks ’empty’ as the tape is not serving a purpose or adding much to the big space in the middle of the circle. To me the word is quite negative, and I wanted to show this by using dark colours. 


44. Frost

For this word I used fine liner and brush pen. Although it is cliche I thought of water and how it is frozen, hence why I used different shades and thicknesses of blue. Also I used pen to create small shapes that were all individual, portraying how frost and frozen water is all different shapes and textures even though it is one thing. I did not feel very inspired by this word even though I had used it before in my A4 doodle page.

2. Reduce

For this drawing I just thought about how an image could literally reduce and disappear. To get an interesting layer of colour going I used more than one brush pen at a time so there would be some fluid marks in my piece. I quite like how vibrant this piece is as the colours pop well together.

70. Corporate

This was another word I had already drawn in my A4 piece and my interepretation was different, but still a tiny bit similar. I used pencil, brush pen and black pen to create this piece. I do not like the word at all, and therefore I put quite a lot of energy into the movement that I was using with the tools. I also used the colour I hate the most – grey. I think that it represents the word well as it is such word with connotations of monotony and boredom. 

21. Bleak

Again I had already used this and I wanted to interpret it slightly differently. Instead of using just grey I used pale and dark lines. The thin lines portray how the word ‘bleak’ is not very promising. There is no hope when you hear the word, and there is a sense of nothingness. I think this drawing is ok but I would’ve liked to interpret a word that I had not used already – just so there is a bit of variety. 



I liked this exercise however I think it was slightly monotonous, as I had already used the words before a few times, and the process is similar to what I had produced earlier on in the other tasks. However I think it has made me think again more laterally about my work, and to consider different methods of drawing. 

Mark Making Workshop – Part 1

Friday 2nd November

This morning the whole group came together for an initial workshop. We were briefed on Monday to bring interesting materials like natural sponges, something we could use as a stencil, found objects, all black  analogue materials. I brought natural sponges, pencils, markers, black ink and a long fan paintbrush. 

We were all positioned around a long piece of paper stretching over many tables. Instructions were shown on the board and we had to create an image using the instruction as a guideline. With each illustration we moved forward afterwards. I found this exercise really fun as it was not serious, and it tried to make us think about interesting ways to create images. 

Some of the instructions that I have picked out:

  • A drawing with one eye closed
  • A drawing with both eyes closed.
  • A drawing that ‘comes and goes’.
  • A drawing using your non dominant hand. 

‘A drawing that comes and goes’ – paint and then taking it away with the masking tape. 


‘A sleepy drawing’ – lazily dragging the back end of a fan brush onto the wet paint. 


‘An energetic drawing’ – Using 3 different colours and creating lots of different shapes and lines. 

Selection of images:

Here are a selection of images that I either drew myself, or found really interesting. I found it quite amusing how one end of the table was really dark as no one had colour, the middle tables had used purple and orange paint, and the end tables were a complete colour explosion. I love the different textures that were produced in this session. I think that the layering of materials is really effective, for example where people have layered coloured paint onto the paper and drawn with charcoal on top. By the end of the session I was finding it hard to draw on certain places as they were either wet, or completely black. Where there were wet surfaces I ended up using the wrong end of my paintbrush to take away the paint to create a drawing.

I also ended up using quite a lot of masking tape, painting over it and peeling it away to get an interesting effect. White pen came in handy also when I decided to draw on top of dark patches. 

I enjoyed the workshop as it was a chance to interact with my peers and let loose with materials that we would not usually use! 

Task 5 – Experimental Mark Making

Friday 2nd November

Today’s task was based around experimental mark making. We had one hour to complete the following: 

Each piece of work we produced from the list had to link to one of our words from our extraction sheet. The aim of the task was not to be literally or representative but instead to consider ‘mood, atmosphere, texture, tone, mark, rhythm etc.’

Task 1: Create a drawing that is the opposite to your word (invert it, consider the autonyms)

Task 2: Create a drawing with a stencil
Task 3: Take a photograph (printed and mounted onto the page)

Task 4: Create a drawing with masking tape.
Task 5: Find a texture rubbing (Crayon, charcoal, chalk)
Task 6: A found item collage (flyer, newspaper, postcard)
Task 7: A typography rubbing (Crayon, charcoal, chalk)
Task 8: A tear drawing (ripped paper)


First half of page – although we drew on A2 paper I could only scan up to A3 and therefore my page is in two sections. 

Task 1: My first word was ‘hell’. I inverted this to ‘heaven’ and tried to make an image that emulated this. I used gouache, and natural sponges to create heavenly clouds. Whenever I think of the word ‘heaven’ I think of wings and angels, therefore I used a small brush to create a feathery effect. I quite like how it has turned out as it is not a literal obvious representation but I tried to portray the ‘mood’ of heaven by carefully picking my colours.

Task 3: The next task I completed was 3. I did not wanted to complete the tasks in order as I did not want a rigid structure. This was inspired by the word ‘scratchy’. I went into the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre and came across this vegetable in Tesco. I was drawn to its strange texture and decided that it fit perfectly with my word. Also, I thought that up close it looked rather strange, and I wanted to capture that.

Task 5: Here is the texture rubbing that I created. Again I used the word ‘hell’ as I really did not like this task and the word summed up my poor mood. I really don’t like this piece. I tried hard to create a good rubbing within the time that we had however I could not find anything interesting. Therefore I settled with the bumpy metal surfaces around LCC. I used charcoal and added some pastel over the top to make it more colourful. 

Task 2: Here I created a drawing using a stencil. The stencil that I found was an old piece of plastic used to hold thread. I thought it was an unusual shape as it looked a lot like a cog. My word was ‘flood’. I thought about how mechanics often go wrong and cause thing s to leak, and I thought my little cog stencil would fit well here. I used brush pens and gouache to portray a watery effect. I quite like this as I think my word, object and image are really well linked. 



Second half of page

Task 8 – This task was a ‘tear drawing’. I used paper that I had in my bag and tore it up. My word was ’empty’. I thought for some reason about how words can also be empty. Someone can say something and it can be completely meaningless, and this is what I tried to portray in my drawing. I quite like this one as the coloured paper and black gouache contrast massively. I think I have used negative space interestingly here.

Task 7 – Task 7 asked us to create a ‘typography rubbing’. I went around LCC and found signs that I rubbed over with charcoal. I linked this word to ‘bleak’ as I thought that the colours I was using were dull and depressing. I also found some lettering on the floor of LCC that I stuck to my illustration. Amongst the dingy charcoal rubbings the letters look lost, just like the words that are not quite legible that I created using charcoal. I do like this piece as it is minimalistic and the word ties in well with it. 

Task 6: This collage was used using leaflets that I found in the typo cafe. I used the word ‘mental’ as my inspiration. The loud colours that I found in the leaflets resonated with me and I thought how strange I looked walking around Elephant and Castle taking pictures of Cassava (the tree like vegetable from Tesco) and rubbing the floor with charcoal. It also portrayed the stress that I felt of making 8 images in an hour and scrapping the idea of making something look aesthetically pleasing. 

Task 4: My last piece was based around the word ‘haze’. I used masking tape to create the image. Instead of sticking masking tape to the page, I decided to actually use it in the process of creating the image. I stuck down the tape and painting reds, yellows and oranges on top – colours I accosiate with the word haze. I then tore away the masking tape (like I did in the morning’s workshop) and I revealed a white space. I like the use of negative space here. 


Task 4 – Part 2

Thursday 8th November

After creating a body of work using the words from my extraction sheet I decided I wanted to experiment more with more materials. Therefore I decided to pick more words out using the task sheet and create a more varied selection of illustrations.

28. Nosebleed:

This is my interpretation of the word ‘Nosebleed’. Instead of literally drawing blood coming out of a nose I wanted to be more lateral, and steer from the previous illustration that I had made. Instead to challenge myself, I wanted to think more textually about how a nosebleed feels as well as what it looks like. I started off with a blank piece of paper and some felt. I thought that this could portray the tissue in an interesting way, as felt itself is soft to touch just like tissue. Then I used gouache and mixed it with some water to spread out the ‘blood’. I thought about how blood seeps into the fibers of the tissue and spreads out as it is a liquid. I added little glitter starts and circles because I wanted to represent the ‘fizziness’ of a nosebleed, how it feels like you have bubbles in your nose as it is such an odd feeling. I quite like how this piece is really strange and ‘out there’, as I usually do not work like this. It make me think about sense and feeling not just of what it looks like. 


89. Petal

My next word was ‘petal’. This illustration came out quite abstract again, I wanted to work with strange materials rather than just paper. I grabbed a crunchy see through plastic wallet and stuffed it with cotton wool. I topped it with gouache raindrops and specks of colour. I thought about the delicacy of a petal, and how fragile the inside contents is of a flower, and how the surface does its best to protect it. The illustrations on top portray things like the pigment of the petal and the dew drops you find on flowers in the spring. I did not think too deeply whilst making this 3D illustration, I just sat down and thought that was the best way of creating a petal without being literal. petal

90. Pressure:

This piece was more ambiguous. I used little water when I applied the gouache and used large heavy strokes whilst applying the paint. I thought about what the word means to me, and the emotions I feel that relate to the word. I used a mixture of colour in this piece, and all the colours used are quite loud. I suppose that is how I see ‘pressure’, loud thoughts that impose on your brain and pressure is something that cannot be ignored. I suppose that is why I used such bold colours. 


79. Spirit

This piece is ‘spirit’. I used glossy blue and pink paint and a large brush. I also mixed in a bit of red gouache to make a darker undertone. I love this piece for some reason as I think that it encapsulates the freedom and ethereal – ness of the word ‘spirit’. I used calm colours that I thought looked sort of heavenly. I think using the large brush and applying long smooth strokes really gave a good effect. 


54. Sinkhole

This piece is inspired by the word ‘sinkhole’. I thought about the idea of a hole but not an obvious hole. I cut into the brown paper, layered pink underneath and painted with gouache on top. I thought about how the actual hole is dark and dingy and how the surface is lighter. It is hard to explain this piece as I did not plan it I just created based off of instinct. 


94. Annoying

This piece is supposed to represent the word ‘annoying’. I used two brush pens at a time attaching one to another. My base colour was red, and I made the other colours ‘follow around the red’. I worked quite maniacally, and drew out as if I was frustrated at something. I quite like how the pens layer, creating different colours when they are placed on top of each other. I used black fine liner to draw over what I had drawn with the brush pens. I thought that a black scribble would be a good way to let out any annoyances I had, applying a lot of pressure to the page and not thinking about which direction the pen was going in.




The first word I picked out was ‘tranquility’. Instantly I associated this word with calm images like waves, the colour blue and smooth strokes. I think this is because I find the colour blue quite neutral, and relaxing. I used gouache and some water to create this piece. I was really delicate with my brush strokes, I applied the paint quite randomly to the paper as I thought about waves crashing in different directions. I also flicked the paint from the paintbrush onto the canvas to portray the spray that is created through waves crashing against each other. I quite like how this piece has turned out as I do think it is quite relaxing. I had never worked with gouache before so I also had fun experimenting with that specific medium. 



Whilst creating this illustration I thought more about texture rather than the form of the drawing. Using the glitter glue I thought about creating a surface that was tactile and ‘felt crunchy’. By sprinkling chunky glitter on top of the glitter glue I was able to make the texture even more hard and rough. I really like how this piece has turned out, even though I think it looks like a brillo pad, I think it definitely fits the caption of ‘crunchy’. The word is often associated with food, however I think that it can also refer to a texture and how something feels. 

Crunchy55. Childhood:

This I feel was a rather abstract concept. The whole point of this exercise was to use different materials and experiment, therefore I thought using a material like plastic could be a fun experiment. I used gouache on top of the plastic and I painted with my hands and with a sponge – things that I used to do when I was young. I also used vivid, primary colours (except green) in this piece to convey a childish mindset. I quite liked trying out another surface to work on (rather than just using paper). I think that I will definitely experiment with plastic in the future. 


66. Empty:

This is probably my favourite piece that I created. I actually did not make this piece intentionally. Instead it was the piece of paper under the pieces that I was working on. When I was making my other pieces, this caught all of the paint and exess. I looked at this and thought it fitted well with the word ’empty’ as I had no intention of creating this piece, and my intention for this work was ’empty’. I added on a few other details just to add to the page however I think leaving a lot of white is effective here. 



My Box

Friday 9th November

Here are some photographs of my box that I took on Friday. Whilst decorating my box I thought about how I wanted my box to be just as vibrant as the contents.

I went with a blue and red theme for my outside as it is a colour combination I’m really interested in at the moment. I thought the Pom poms and glitter reflected the child like illustrations and felt models I had in my box.

Overall I have really enjoyed this project and I think that it has definitely opened up my senses when it comes to drawing. Mark making and thinking about different ways to create work has opened up my mind and forced me out of my usual habits. Which I think has changed my outlook completely.

Although I did experiment with things that I enjoy like making little magazines etc, I also tried a lot of different methods like using materials in a certain way, ie. felt.

I am proud of what I have achieved with Act 1 and I definitely want to bring this energy with me when I go into Act 2.

Task 6 – Taxonomy

Monday 5th November

Today’s task was based around the word ‘taxonomy’. 

Taxonomy Definition: from Greek taxis, meaning arrangement or division, and nomos, meaning law — is the science of classification according to a predetermined system, with the resulting catalog used to provide a conceptual framework for discussion, analysis or information retrieval.

The task for today was to look around the V&A, and find 5 things to draw that inspire me. However, our drawings were not supposed to be literal, but lateral. Also, using our word extraction sheet we were to align five words to the five items we picked. The whole point of the exercise was to be relatively conceptual, and the words were supposed to help de-contextualise and re- imagine the work. 

Initial Results:

Initially this is what I came up with at the V&A. Initially I was drawn to the objects themselves, and the words that I picked fit the mood of the object.

Narcissus – Valerio Cioli 1560 (artist and date ambiguous)

The first drawing was based on Valerio Cioli’s (potentially by him) Narcissus. The story of Narcissus is according to Greek Mythology, he fell in love with his own reflection. Reading the caption, I was more drawn to the back of the sculpture than the front. I think this is because I thought it was more ambiguous and his pose is unusual. Instantly the word ‘restless’ came to mind. I think that the word gives a different perspective of the sculpture and portrays the subject in a different light. 

Wig worn by Vivien Leigh in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ – 1951

The second drawing I did was of Vivien Leigh’s wig from ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. As a fan of the play/film I was drawn to the wig. Initially I thought it was rather strange to see it on its own out of context. Looking at my word list I thought about my feelings towards the wig and ‘clinical’ summed it up well. I thought that without someone wearing it and the character of Blanche Dubois bringing it to life it looked a bit limp and lifeless. I tried to emulate this in the way that I drew the wig. 

Doll’s House – Jessie M. King – 1912

The last image I picked out before I changed my mind about the work I was creating was Jessie M. King’s Doll’s House. Although I did not write the work underneath the word that resonated with me for this piece was ‘bleak’. I chose bleak because I compared the toys of the modern age to the early 20th century. Thinking about how privileged modern children are compared to those in the early 20th century who would be lucky to have a toy like this.


A Change Of Heart:

After looking around the V&A and creating my images, I thought about how literal I was being with my art. Thinking back to Monday and Friday and the workshops I had relating to mark making I decided to make my work more abstract. I thought that would be more of a challenge than to literally draw what I was seeing. I don’t usually work in an abstract manner. Looking around further I posed the question to myself – how does this piece of work make me feel? After all I thought that is a key motivation to create work – to provoke thought. So whilst creating my 5 illustrations I decided to think more about thought and emotion and MARK MAKING. 

Images that I used for my illustrations:

These are pictures of the objects that I drew at the V&A

(In order):

  1. Wig worn by Vivien Leigh in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ – 1951
  2. St John The Baptist – August Rodin (1879 – 1890)
  3. Star Trap – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London (1800-1900)
  4. Diadem with 5 cameos of Medusa, Zeus, Pan, Dionysus and Mother Earth – Jaques – Ambroise Olivieras (Paris 1808)

Last attempt:


Portrayal – Inspired by Vivien Leigh’s wig, I thought about how instead of using ‘clinical’ how a wig can be used as a disguise. Looking at the black mannequin head as a central focus point I thought about the lines of hair that individually make up an item used for ‘portrayal’. 

Reduce – Based on the St John The Baptist sculpture I thought about the form of the sculpture without looking at the context. Looking at the sculpture as just a body rather than a person whilst drawing I squinted so I could focus on the form and not the character of the sculpture. Using line I tried to portray this within my drawing. 

Exit – Based on the Star Trap – I created this illustration thinking of the danger of this contraption. On stage this ‘trap’ was used to surprise audiences when an actor would emerge suddenly. However, this contraption appeared dangerous to me. What if they didn’t make the jump? Looking at the trap whilst drawing I tried to emphasise the danger of the trap by repeating the spikes. 

Shimmer – For me, this word really resonated with the diadem. In person the necklace is unbelievably extravagant. The green and reflection of the jasper and agate in the darkness of the V&A stayed in my eyes after like when you look at a bright light and close your eyes. I tried to emulate the different shapes in the necklace using different shades of green and using different marks. 

Limit – I found this box so intruiging. Each peephole showed a different scenario, and this one particularly stood out for me. I liked how the red really contrasted against the grey/mirrored background. The word limit stuck with me – the limit of colour, the restrictions of the actual space being a box. Whilst drawing this I stuck to a limited colour palette, and tried to emulate the rigit nature of the box using small strong marks. 



Handing In!

Friday 9th November

Today we handed in our work along with everybody else’s boxes. We all set up our boxes on the tables in the studio. I was relieved to be finished with the box and its contents as I had put a LOT of energy into creating work for the project and I was proud of what I had produced. 

Also I was so intrigued about other people’s work, as even though we all study Illustration, all of our ideas and outcomes are so different. I enjoyed having a look at other people’s work. I was interested to see what containers people chose to put their work in. I particularly liked whoever chose a pizza box as it made me laugh, and I would have never of thought of using one. Some people had used cardboard boxes and others made their boxes. I found Jace’s work interesting as he used one long scroll of paper and created all of the work on that one piece. This really interested me as it completely changed the experience of looking at lots of different pieces of art if they are all on one piece of paper. Instead of a collection it was harder to differentiate what was what which made it good! I found his response refreshing.

I received some feedback from my peers who said they liked how I had made felt versions of my illustrations. I definitely enjoyed making the felt illustrations as I have never sewn properly before and it was an experience. 


My box and other people’s boxes


Jace’s Scroll







Task 4 – Automatic Writing Sheet and Outcomes

Monday 29th October

Today we completed our first task for Act 1. The whole point of the session was to draw words from our brain subconsciously in order to complete a list. We had 20 minutes to think of 96 words to fill our sheet up with.

The idea of the ‘Extraction Sheet’ was to not think hard about what we were doing, but to literally pull out words to use as a basis for our illustrations. In our briefing for Act 1 we were reminded that as illustrators we can be ‘creatures of habit’. I think that can be an issue with creating outcomes, sometimes I do settle for methods that I know I am good at. The project’s aim is to ‘destabilize’ and ‘untangle the reasons for working in a certain way.’  I definitely feel that this project will help me to engage with new ways of working. 

Automatic Writing List: 

Here is the list of words that I picked from my brain during the 20 minutes we had to complete the task. I find my words extremely random. I think that some of them link together, like heaven and hell, how and why etc. Some of the words now I think about it came from conversations I’ve had with people, things I have read and said. I found it interesting how the brain stores so much and you can blurt it out on a piece of paper. 


After completing the task we were sent off with Task 4. This involved taking the words we had written, and to portray them through an illustration. HOWEVERwe were not interpreting the words literally. Instead I interpreted my words laterally. This meant that I was thinking about the textures, emotions the words provoked, the associations I had with the words etc. I did not draw figuratively, but instead completely in an abstract manner.

I had not done anything like this before, and I was extremely curious as to how my work would turn out. Whilst creating my illustrations I did not plan things out, but worked with the materials I had at the time and worked with a fast pace. 

Instructions we had to follow (picking out a few words for each task):

1. Illustrate all the words with 5 letters
2. Illustrate the words with 8 letters
3. Illustrate the words that make you angry or upset
4. Illustrate the words you hate
5. Illustrate the words beginning with K, T or L
6. Illustrate words that you resonate with
7. Illustrate the adjectives (doing words)
8. Illustrate the words that make you think of the colour green, use a
different shade of green for each word
9. Illustrate the words that make you think of home
10. Illustrate the words that are objects
11. Illustrate the words that are surreal

First Outcome: 

After the first task was set I completed this piece in the library. Going through the task sheet I used felt pens, pencil and fine liners to complete one big collection of illustrations. I am really pleased with this piece as I have never drawn in such an abstract manner. Whilst creating this piece I thought hard about the emotion and images in my head that each word provoked. Thinking about things like texture and mood, I tried to emulate these associations I had through my mark making. Each little doodle was a completely separate word, and I used each mini task within the main task to create the overall image. 


Mini Mag!

After creating this piece I was very intruiged with my own outcomes and I wanted to take them further. Inspired by the zine I made in ‘Everything is New’ I decided to make a small zine using a few of the images I had created. 


Nosebleed: This is one of the first images I picked from my A4 piece. I really like this piece as I had fun thinking about how I could portray a nosebleed without literally drawing a nose with blood dripping out of it. Firstly I thought of the colour red, and how when you have a nosebleed it just feels like one big drop of blood coming out of your nose. Yuck! Then I thought about how it feels when you have a nosebleed – I always think it feels like when you dive underwater and don’t hold your nose. That is why I drew little water drops coming off of the larger drop. I used brush pens for this piece and fineliner. After scanning it in I filled in the colours digitally. I like how the red and blue layer to make a purple sort of mix. nosebleed

Corporate: My next word was ‘corporate’. The word is a word that I absolutely hate, instantly when the word is mentioned my mind completely shuts down and I get bored. Therefore, I thought about how I think boredom looks like. Black and more black with a bit of grey – I thought this emulated something that I didn’t like as these colours can have negative connotations. The little lines inbetween the thick dark shape I thought represented the word ‘linear’ – accociated with my perception of corporate, same old same old and boring. 


Silly: The next word I tried to draw was ‘silly’. For some reason I associate the word with something slippery which I drew out. The colours are relatively childish, and remind me of sweets. Again I drew this out by hand and coloured it in digitally. I thought something quite fluid would portray silly well, rather than something rigid. I used fluid marks that flowed to portray the nature of the word. silly

Delay: Here is my illustration of delay. Whilst drawing I thought about the stress that that word induces. Delay means that things cannot happen when you want them to. Thinking about the emotion that I feel when I think about that word I drew a ‘ball of stress’. The colours purple and black I accosiate with negative things like (perhaps because black and purple are used to portray evil at halloween?). Either way I used dark colours to portray the negative emotion I feel when I am delayed from doing something. Furthermore, the little clusters portray ‘little clusters of stress’. delay

Frost: My next word was ‘frost’. Whilst drawing this doodle I thought deeply about how frost feels, rather than how it looks. To be more specific, I thought about how when you go outside on a frosty morning, how the cold effects your skin. The red/pink hue that emerges on your hands when you don’t wear gloves. I feel that frost makes your skin feel raw – therefore I used pinks and reds to portray how the cold effects the skin. The shape almost reminds me of a fat thermometer, or a patch that has effected the skin. 


Marmalade: I had quite a lot of fun creating this piece. Whilst creating this doodle I thought about the textures of marmalade. For example the yellow and orange strips represent the rind that is left in the jar. The red dots portray the burst of flavour on your taste buds. I thought whilst drawing this how marmalade would look if it was a small creature.


Migraine: This is probably my favourite word. I thought again like when I created the marmalade image how a migraine would look if it was a creature. The pink shape being twisted portrays the brain and the black shape that is wrapped around the pink shape portrays the actual migraine. When I get a migraine it feels like my brain is being twisted by a dark monster. This is what I tried to convey in my drawing. Black was a colour I used as I thought that it has negative connotations and it is a very opaque colour, portrayi ng how strong a migraine feels. 


Photos of my mini mag:

As well as making the mag I added my initial illustrations to the other side, so it would fold out into a poster as well as a book. 

PDF LINK: minimag


After making my small zine I decided to take these images even further and experiment with a material I have not used before. I used felt and cotton wool to create these. I quite like how they have turned out, baring in mind I have not used felt before/made 3D versions of my illustrations. It is something I think that I would like to experiment further with in the future.