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20 02 2009

Ok, so after my mood boards, I began to look at old RAF officers and their attire.


Due to the simplistic style, this looks too Generic military.


I decided that the characters love of Aviation was his main motive for his occupation, rather than his militaristic patriotism. I was also trying out this idea of him suing his cane to launch seed at enemies for the pigeons to attack. I’ll see where that goes


Whilst I liked the attire of the flight jacket and googles etc, the style seemed too fun and childish.
So iwent about dropping the typically cartoony black outlines, working instead with shapes + textures.

This is already looking a bit more Photorealistic (at least in textures) but retains charm and style.


Here I’m just comparing having the googles on and off.  I’ve also added a nose in and lightened the tash, as with more realistic skin – omitting facial features looks rather freaky.


Here I’ve added eyebrows and coloured eyes – irises to be exact.  They are a bit overbearing though. and the skin is VERY orange.


Lightening the skin makes him more human, the eyebrows are too dark though, they almost have a black outline. Also + RAF rank badge on his shoulder.


Here is the up to date version.  whites to the eyes make him more human. The cane is now added in too.

He looks a little too cute though.  I think I need to harden him up if he’s going to take on a bunch of Zombies.



20 02 2009

In order to keep myself focussed when deisgning – I’ve made some meed/theme boards that I think sum up the sort of visual style I’m going after:








GD Symposium: Russell Cobb Head of the AOI

19 02 2009

Russell Cobb


Russell Works alone, keeps many sketchbooks – Observation Ideas diaries memories stories. The backbone of what he does.

In the 80’s his school had no computer.

Sketchbook is a window to the persons raw creative ability etc.

Uses his sketchbooks daily.  “from one month to the next you’ll loose over 90% of your ideas.” so there is good reason to document them.

Observation is very very important.  Spent time going round the tube sketching people. An obsession with observation.

Always working away at things that interest him.

Helps to quickly visualise something. The ability to be a thinker, to have ideas. Obviously style finish etc is important , but the ideas underneth the veneer is important.

10,00 spreads of sketcbooks. :/ in 1994.

There is no logic it just pours out of life, observation.

Remain inquisitive – Stay curious.

Even writing can be so important, capturing raw thoughts.

Self Promotion

  • Don’t just slip into the marketplace.  “Create your own market”
  • Send out a postcard that is what you likeo do. Do the things that inspire you.
  • produced about 36 cards (collect and keep idea)
  • won the aoi gold award for self promotion 4 times.

Personal work

Keep working wth themes that inspire you, or even just hold your interest.

Published work

Book covers, billboards, making boring themes into good work. What people see, that is out there can lead to more commisions.



forming a group of illustrators – have a group “brand” and a group portfolio. Self critique each other.

GD Symposium: Mainframe

19 02 2009

Fraser Davidson

Used to study at NTU. Did motion Graphics throug BA.

After graduating, joined mainframe. Do a lot of tv titles TV promos /branding/mobile/viral/ 20ish people there. has show reels.

Furniture job “established and sons”, free reign to interpret the briefs.

Design BG and own work connected to this.

TV promo’s are their bread and butter.

How to promote work.  > youtube etc.
start something viralish.
Get people involved.

“The alternative Rugby League”