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I started this module not really knowing what to do, I had no idea what I wanted to do after uni (I still don’t) so I didn’t really know what direction to go in. I was quite unproductive before Christmas in regards to making work for 603, COP sucked the life out of me and I got stuck in rut, constantly feeling unmotivated and not being able to generate ideas for briefs when I did try. After the COP hand in it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was finally able to get stuck in, and after starting the Killers project – after finding something I was passionate about – it was easy to produce more work and still enjoy it. Despite the freedom of this module I found it quite overwhelming, knowing that everything in 603 is done independently and I would have to set my own deadlines – and keep to them! As said in most evaluations, my time management is really terrible and something I haven’t been able to fix yet. In hindsight I would have liked to tackle more briefs and wider range. Five out six of my briefs were self-set so I think I lost out on that experience of being a real illustrator (kind of). I didn’t have to work to any live deadlines (bar the mural) so I feel as though my approach to the module might have been a little too relaxed. There are a lot of briefs that I wish I’d done, like the So Young one or the murals for the train station, but my head just wasn’t in the right place at time. Though I have really enjoyed working on what I did end up doing and I do think I’ve produced some strong work. Looking back, the Killers project was a passion project that stemmed from reading about Elizabeth Bathory online. I’ve always been interested in serial killers but it never crossed my mind that I could base a project on it – so it was kind of a happy accident but, in my opinion, some of the best work I’ve produced. I feel like I’ve achieved everything I’ve set out to do, to make dark, almost thoughprovoking work that when you look at it, you can still tell it’s mine. Despite the illustrations not being like anything I’ve done before I think I still have a clear tone of voice that runs through all my work, that I haven’t really noticed until now. I’m going to continue this project beyond university – whether that be adding more killers to the book or making a whole different one based on other true crime stories. Working collaboratively 0 Even though I didn’t get much experience working with live briefs – probably my main regret of the module – I still managed produce a body of work with range. T-shirts, posters, a publication, a mural etc, no two things are the same and though this wasn’t planned, I’m happy that it happened so I have some diversity in my portfolio.

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