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By Sophia Ji

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Statement of practice CV

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Skill Check


Research Methods/ Methodology


Reflective Discourse


Workshops / Lectures Exhibitions / Visit Short movie/ Animation Comppetition Artist Research

Contacts with Industry


Development of Practice


The Self-Portrait/The Crowds/The Figure Landscape/Seascape Architetucre/Interiors/Exteriors Still Life/ Objects

Tutorials Forms / Feedback


Targets for master's Project 1




Statement I am an illustrator who come from Taiwan. I love movie, pattern, music and exhibitions. As an illustration student, I am exploring the diversified drawing technique and observing the great elements from many illustrators. My most inspirations come from my life, I enjoyed to draw the people I met or the movies I seen, so my creation is part of life and all feelings represent by lines and color in my works. I focus on figures and architectures, I had used oil pastel, pencil, color pencil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and digital drawing. Because of my background, I interested in practicing as an Illustrator who can also present Fine Art outcomes. In addition, I tend to work in series, there are usually a set of three, because of the format of Instagram. The promotion is also the important part in this practice process. The competitions are the necessary challenge for me. When I was preparing the competitions, I could make myself tend to be a professional illustrator and practiced how to complete the mature works which have a lot of different from the daily practices.



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r @sophiasartworks Hey! I am Sophia who come from Taiwan, currently living in Bournemouth. I am an diversification illustrator. My inspiration is from the odd people and object. The fantasy feeling is I want to catch. There is no life without creation.


●Pencil ●Gouache ●Collage ●Ink ●Photoshop ●Screenprinting ●Acrylic ●Watercolour ●Coloured Pencil ●llustrator ●Indesign ●Risograph

Employment 2016 | Children’s art course — — — — — — — — — — Xue Ling Tutorial School 2017 | Wall paintings — — — — — — — — — — — — Taiflex Scientific Company

Extracurricular Activities 2014 2014 2016 2017 2017 2017 2017 2018 2018

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Hsing Tian Temple award winner Selected for Exchange exhibition Professor Tai Prize Department exhibition Coordinator of class exhibition Artistic Design of Art Festival in NKNU Vice Coordinator of Graduation exhibition Exhibition in Art Taipei The Graduation exhibition "Run,Passion,Run" Installation of Drawings: British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture

Education 2014 - 2018 | National Kaohsiung Normal University (BA Fine Art) 2018 - 2019 | Arts University Bournemouth (MA Illustration)

Skill Check Skill

Painting /Drawing

Adobe Photoshop





How good am I currently?

How could i improve?

I want to improve my illustration styling by I am familiar with Painting because using diversity methods which are different of my Fine Art background. My with traditional skills in BA course. previous graduation project was I think the illustrator is not only using the mixed material which included oil material as the tools to complete the work, but pastel, acrylic and pencil so I usually the illustrator has to find out the more creative do the painting in my BA course. way to make the illustration inspirational. In addition, pencil is my favourite For example, Maria Midttum who combined material, and I love to combine with pencil and collage to do the awesome works water-based material to make the although pencil is the most common material elegant texture. in our life. Photoshop is an area that I am not very good at. I can use the basic technique in PS like filling colour and image I think what I need is strong the in-depth skills, adjustment. However, I had used such as the texture, shortcut key, which can PS to complete the illustration for let my work more mature and quicker. “The book illustration competition� by House of illustration and Folio society. I often use image tracing to create illustrations, because it is easy to Although I did many works by AI, the only digitalise my work after working on tools I used is image tracing. paper. I want to create the illustration entirely by AI, In my BA course, I did many digital so I need to learn direction handles well to works by AI, so I am familiar with the complete the professional AI works. AI more than PS. With the development of the Internet today, the boundaries of the world are becoming more and more blurred. To Find the searching direction and catch As long as I log in to Facebook or IG, the point of information are my weakness. I can find out the diversity creators Besides, the language is the Barrier too. I need and works from different countries. more time to understand the context because I also created the boards on Pinterest of the language. to collect many images which are Furthermore, analysing the different point my inspiration and find out more is I need to learn — no analysing no deeper information in the library to check reflection. the reliability.





How good am I currently?

How could i improve?

Because of the relationship between Talking to friends helps my social skill. I am personality, I am more afraid to practising to let my conversation continually. socialise with others. What I can do Besides, I can make an appointment with the now is to talk to my familiar friends teacher of EAP, Emma, so that I can learn about my work, but I still can't talk some social skill and expression ability from deeply, and sometimes I feel very her. embarrassed and can't continue the conversation. I h a d c o m p l e t e a t e n - m i n u t e My pronunciation is the main issues in the presentation in my pre-sessional presentation. c o u r s e , s o I k n o w t h e w h o l e I need to check the word stress of vocabulary. preparation process. Using TED talk to imitate the fluency and The comments I got in the course pronunciation is the best way I always use. is “Very cohesive part of the presentation-you developed the argument well.� I only share my works which are the I do not have my website yet. I had consulted experimental works or mature works with Jenni about how to set up a website. She on Instagram. recommended me the Weebly, so I started I hope that I can share my creative using it recently. process with many people and got Recently, I put my work on my website and set some feedback from them. my icon look. The layout of the website needs to improve during the process.


RESEARCH METHODS/ METHODOLOGY Primary Research The primary research is an important stage for me to get the inspiration and a great start. In the process of primary research, to develop the more profound ideas which base on materials I collected in life. Primary research outline:

01. Interpreting the Brief

When I interpreted the brief “Who am I “, to realise myself and do something I loved is the main line. I list my interests which include figures, colour, pattern and decoration. So I focus on these topics to dig into. I also did the other topics like landscape or object to develop different realms.

02. Sketch out initial ideas on paper

I always grab the ideas from my photos or the memories to start with initial ideas. During this brief, I visited museums, exhibitions and locations to do some sketches and photographies to be my primary research. After collecting, I used simple material like pencil to draw the ideas down and write some detail of ideas on paper. This is an essential process which influences the outcome and the direction of the process.

03. Try different materials and grounds

After the initial pencil sketch, I started to try other drawing methods which I have learnt before. I endeavour the different methods of drawing to practice four themes and find the best outcome and record the experience of the process. In this unit, I tried watercolour, oil pastel, pencil, coloured pencil, gouache, canvas, coloured paper, charcoal, collage and digital drawing.

04. Reflect on these drawings

The reflection stage trains my critical thinking and lets my works have a more indepth improvement.


05. Develop the colour, layout, environment and characters by hand

After the secondary research and the reflection of primary research, I started to develop my mature colour palette, characters and layout. In the begging, the

06. Digitally scan in drawings / create a database of works

Not only the hand-drawing but also the digital drawings, they all need to be saved as images which can share easily on the internet. To create the database of works is important to me to review and evaluate the whole process of this period so that I can target the right direction of the next stage. Furthermore, the digital image is easy to manipulate colours and composition on digital software.

07. Make adjustments to images according to feedback

My peers and teacher are the Indispensable roles of my feedback. To share my new works or the processes with them is good to get some feedback and advise or I can provide the new thinking to them. To communicate with people is not only to get the feedback but also to target and make sure my potential audience.


RESEARCH METHODS/ METHODOLOGY Secondary Research 01. Interpreting the Brief

When I interpreted the brief “Who am I “, to realise myself and do something I loved is the main line. I list my interests which include figures, colour, pattern and decoration. So I focus on these topics to dig into. I also did the other topics like landscape or object to develop different realms.

02. Write down the initial outline of the research

Write down the initial ideas which include my interests to clear the research outline. Here is my outline of the four themes: 01. The self-portrait/The figures/ The crowd: Focus on the colour palette, the simplified figures and facial expression. 02. Architecture/ interior spaces/ Exteriors: Focus on decoration, patterns and the architectures with unique structure and facade. 03. Landscape/ Seascape/ Scenes: Start to observe the real nature and practice to combine real nature landscape with my imagination. 04. Still life/ Objects/ Collections: Focus on the colour palette and the decorations.


03. Analysis of the research outline and start to look at other artists and illustrator’s processes and approaches (include the artist research methods) After list my research direction, I start to find the relative artists and articles from the library and the internet. Here is the list of artist I focused and what I want to learn of four themes: 01. The self-portrait/The figures/ The crowd: Egon Schiele(facial expression) Henri Matisse(simplified figure) Jana Glatt (colour palette) Carla Fuentes Fuertes (colour palette and character’s expression) 02. Architecture/ interior spaces/ Exteriors: Luca Galofaro(structure of architecture) James Casebere (colour palette) 03. Landscape/ Seascape/ Scenes: Stephen Shores (colour palette and layout) Raoul Dufy ( perspective and simplified line) 04. Still life/ Objects/ Collections: Giorgio Morandi (colour palette and the composition) To enrich my research into the project, the articles, journals, movies and books are my necessary tools. These researches are not only in the realm of illustration but the general art which includes sculpture, music, movie, animation, photograph and fin art.

04. Collect source imagery and build the bibliography

The file of source imagery helps to review in the future. I can review the previous information and combine with the new research, it is easy to get the new ideas which base on many pieces of research I did before. To avoid the plagiarism and easy to share my research line, build the bibliography is a great habit to be a good researcher.

05. Produce Final Outcomes

The primary research and secondary research produce the outcomes. In the whole process, both of research types adjust mutually and let my research tend to be mature.


Reflective Discourse -Workshop (01) Name: Drawing Boundaries: Folding Islands Teacher: Sian Bowen Date: 1 - 5 October 2018 This is a week-long workshop. It was really difficult for me to start thinking about it because of my weak structure concept but I still drew some sketches and tried to start a simple structure. However, I realized a problem that I couldn’t make a strong structure because I wasn’t familiar enough with the types of paper; I wasn’t able to choose the right thickness of paper because I hadn’t created a structure like this before. I couldn’t use the different paper types to fold up a stable building and this lack of skills cause the failure of folding. So I decided that I didn’t look at the sketches, I folded the paper by hand and imagined directly. This way allowed me to create the new structure more bravely because I wasn’t afraid of failure. During the process, I changed three kinds of paper and finally I chose a thicker paper to build my structure. My architecture had an arc so the thicker paper could hold the entire shape. In the final stage, I made three same structures which were presented in different forms that were folded up, unfolded and refolded. In addition, I painted them in three different colors which were red, blue and black. Furthermore, I drew the three schemas of the three different forms and used charcoal to draw the different angles of structure. I tried very hard to try different ideas in the process. I didn’t feel comfortable at first. However, with Sian’s positive comments, I felt that I really could do something awesome. I kept doing my work and kept a positive attitude. The only wrong thing to do was to give up which would make me feel disappointed so I kept going. To sum up, I would like to thank Sian for her positive reward so I had the confidence to continue my work. I realized that I should be positive in my work. It seems like my works are my children; people will love my work if I love them first.


I made three same structures which were presented in different forms that were folded up, unfolded and refolded. I painted them in three different colors which were red, blue and black


I was assembling my works

My works are here!!

Installation of Drawings: British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture


The eight sketches based on my folding buildings.


(02) Name: Sylvia Plath-Poem & Image Teacher: Lisa Richardson Date: 06 October 2018

“ I’m a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O’ red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising. Money’s new-minted in this fat purse. I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf. I’ve eaten a bag of green apples, Boarded the train there’s no getting off.”

Sophia Ji Pencil, coloured-pencil This is the first time I used a poem to create illustrations. In the process, the most difficult thing was understanding the words and translating them, through my imagination, into images. I had to understand the deep meaning of the poetry in advance. Lisa explained the behind meaning before I drew so I could understood well and then thought more about the layout and the whole picture. When I first started to read Sylvia’s entire life story, her art work and her family were my focus. So I drew the illustration which included her art works and her family. I put all elements in one room which represent all the things I had learnt about her. The nine sentences turn into the nine images…….









01. I’m a riddle in nine syllables, 02. An elephant, a ponderous house, 03. A melon strolling on two tendrils. 04. O’ red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! 05. This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising. 06. Money’s new-minted in this fat purse. 07. I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf

Sophia Ji Pencil, Acrylic 07. 17

(03) Name: Collage Teacher: Maria Midttun Date: 17 October 2018 Looking at Maria's work, I felt the elegance and childlikeness in her collage which is different from Matisse’s collage. She presented the inside balance between herself and the stone by low chroma and composition. At first, I conceived the story and the style I wanted in my notebook. I chose my doll as the main character and the story based on my laundry experience. I really like Pop Art collage, so I used the previously collected newspapers as materials and wanted to try a different style from Maria. In my process, I wanted to create the spacial perception in my collage so I arranged the order of items and used the different papers (tracing paper, newspaper and colored paper) to represent the depth of the washing machine. In addition, I also used pencil to increase the texture and add shadow to strengthen the perception. For example, the viewpoint of the panel 4 which is different from the others is from the inside to the outside so I put the doll in the first. If the angle of view is from the outside to the inside, I will let bubbles in the first layer and second one is the doll. Using this arrangement can make the image more interesting. Not only the order of item, but the material of paper is also the important point in the collage. I used gray newspaper as the bottom layer of the washing machine. The reason why I didn’t use dark black to be the bottom layer was because I could add more texture and shadow by pencil in the background. The most interesting part was I used tracing paper to be the glass door. Because of the transparency, the doll and the bubble were still visible. I really enjoyed this workshop and I was satisfied with my outcome. However, I want to try random collage next time. Random collage means I don’t do composition at first and I will use irregular paper to create new images.



(04) Name: Zine Teacher: Maria Midttun Date: 7 November 2018 I had done the zine as my whole semester assignment in my BA, but this workshop only had five hours to complete, my group felt really hard to make it. We chose “optics” to be our topic and we made the maid map to decide the content. We hoped that the content was childlike and interesting but we realized that there were too many problems and details should be considered. For example, the way of binding, hand-make or printing, the narrative content or the visual images, the type of paper……, after discussion, we decided to print the zine which was formed by three little different zines that all about the optics. So I chose the filter to be my optics topic, I tried to overlap different colour and made the diverse colour effect. It was literally experimental zine so the outcome was not mature and completed. However, our team had an enriching day. After viewing the other people’s work, I think I would like to make the zine by my hand if I do not had enough time. Everyone’s zine was really awesome and completed! Most of them were hand-made which can try more experiment of material and letter design, our method spent too much time on changing hand drawing into the digital image. After the workshop, I used the acrylic to finish the incomplete part and try to do my best to let my zine batter!


(05) Name: Riso graphic Teacher: Bridie Cheeseman Date: 5 November 2018 This was my first time to do riso graphic, so I did the research before the course started. I found that it is very similar with screen printing but the process of riso graphic is more easier than screen printing. I didn’t need to prepare so many process in advance. I just needed to finish my images in different color layers and scan into riso machine to print out. The whole process didn’t spend much time and the failing rate was also declined. I planed to design a series of poster or zine by using riso graphic. The simple color can let my works be more clear and the low resolution texture is so interesting effect when they overlap.

left: the outcomes of riso graphic right above: the layer of pink right bottom: the layer of green


(06) Name: Hand drawn lettering workshop Teacher: Jenni Saarenkyla Date: 12 November 2018 In my life, the writing of English words was only for learning the language. I rarely thought about word proportion and texture when I was writing. In this workshop, I tried to write the title of "Howl's moving castle" for my competition. Before I started, I imaged that the words should look very old stylish and a little bit odd. I created the varied version and my favorite one was the word that I used the charcoal one. Because the castle first showed in the wilderness and the story was really strange and fantasy. Charcoal has the texture which likes the withered plants. The texture is really suitable for this book’s cover. Jenni recommended us a free website which can make the fonts by ourselves. The website provides the template to fill the designed font and then we can install the font on our computer to use. Chinese font design is more difficult than English font design. It doesn't mean that English font design is easy but the Chinese font designer should spend more time working on it. For example, English only has 26 alphabets, while Chinese has 20,000 characters to form 40,000 words. Therefore, it is hard to create a set of Chinese fonts by only one person. We need a group and two to three years to finish a complete word system. However English font design can be created by one person and create on the website. It is easy to share and use. But in the English font industry, the designer must be really unique if they wanted to be a top font designer.



(07) Sophia Ji Name: Gouache Gouache Teacher: Bridie Cheeseman Date: 24 October 2018 I haven't used gouache for four years and in my memory that gouache was like watercolor. Because of acrylic is combination of oil paint and watercolor, most of my BA works were finished by acrylic. The dry acrylic form the bright surface which let color be higher chroma than wet state. This workshop let me familiar with gouache again and this time I totally fell in love with the saturation of gouache color. The color which was matte on paper but it still kept the high chroma which was similar with acrylic but the gouache was easier to adsorb the dust than acrylic. Therefor, gouache needs to be keep well to stay the good situation when the it was finished. The most favorite part in the workshop was the tip of the setting of color palette. Bridie taught us we can make the small scale painting on paper where could do our color setting and layout design. This way really helped me to think carefully about my big picture which decided the key point of the work’s outcome. In the whole process, I tried three compositions and four color settings, I used my intuition to choose my favorite one. In addition, Bridie also explained the composition which was my weakness part. Bridie showed the different visual feelings by using the same items but in different proportion. The different size of the same character can show the different perspective and vision focus in the big picture. According to Monika (2016) who is Polish artist, “composition is the relation between the elements of the picture. And this relation, not the elements, is the first thing we notice”. That means the relation of the character is the first sight of the viewers so how to make a great composition is the key of success. 24

Two different layouts

The initial idea of colours for layout 01

The initial idea of colours for layout 02

Two different colour paletttes


-Guest Lecture (01) Lecturer: Jim Stoten Date: 07 Dec 2018 Jim's illustration style is unique, not only the composition but also the colour and the content. In the beginning, he shared the pictures he collected. He said that he usually saves the interesting photos to build the collection of ideas. He doesn't limit the illustrations, any posters, music, magazines all can be the source of inspiration. He said, “The title of the illustrator is too specific.” So he thought that he is an artist which included the illustration, music, movie. He also made a short comic which described his busy work. He said that he was really upset about his work situation because he kept doing the work that he didn't really like. However, he found the way of pressing. He worked on his small sketchbook. In this small white paper, he can draw anything that he wanted. There was no purpose and the brief in drawing these things, it was only for fun. He drew the sketch in anytime and anywhere so this book recorded his daily mood. His ten-year illustration career was depressed him. However, He began to think about how can he improved his attitude on the work. His started to insist his idea to recommend to clients and try to educate them to accept the better idea. In the summary, he said, “After doing the illustration for ten years, I realized that the only thing I was looking for is the fun.” I desire to be a freelancer and I don't have enough experience to bear the disappoint of the reality, So this lecture helps me to sure about the career direction. To realize that my dream and reality may not match so well. Be careful If I hope my work and my hobby to be the same thing, there is the potential cognition gap between the work and the hobby. Jim found his own way to balance the unwell situation so that he could continue his work. During the course, I hope I can also find the most comfortable way to face my future work and clients.

Jim Stoten


"CONTAGIOUS MAGAZINE Images for an article about the comparison between the way that companies on social media would like you to believe the world is, and the way the world REALLY is. Or something." Jim (n.d)

"SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MAGAZIN Lovely job about Music. Sweet Music. Cover and images all through the magazine. Bliss." Jim (n.d)


-Guest Lecture (02) Lecturer: Lou Bones Title: AOI-Business Masterclass Date: 2 November 2018 In my mind, AOI is the illustrator’s guideline, and if I could be one of the illustrators of AOI, that is awesome. In this lecture, Lou mentioned many points that help me a lot. The highlight: 01. How do I use Instagram for my business? This part is what I should improve. I already have an account of Instagram. However, the followers and feedbacks are not so much. According to Lou, “Most clients will have an account so follow them to keep up to date with the illustrations they are commissioning”. It means I need to close up with my audience on Instagram by sharing them my sketchbook, video of process or promoted posts. I sharing my works frequently recently, and the comments and the feedbacks are increased. 02. What is copyright? This part is the most unfamiliar with me. The rule, “No copyright in an idea or style”, is the first time I heard. So that means I can do an idea that someone already did before. Also, the property right that protects any work by a “creator”. The copyright is essential in my future, many clients do not know about the rules, and they may make some unreasonable request, so I need the knowledge to protect myself. Not only the source in AOI but also they can support me on my career such as helping me to write the licence or calculating a licence fee. So I decide to join the member in the next uni, I hope I can use the sources they provided me well, and I can let my illustration’s career safer.


How to write a licence?

Do not work for free!





-Guest Lecture (03) Lecturer: Olivier Kugler Title: Escaping war and waves Date: 18 Jan 2019 Quote: ”This contemporary illustrator uses his ears and eyes – plus a camera, digital voice recorder, sketchbook, pencil, scanner and laptop – to document stories of exile, displacement and the complex reality of refugees’ lives” (Walters, 2017) Kugler started with his inspiration. His father is an artist and his mother is an French and she gave him a first comic book. At his teenage, he fell in love with a cowboy comic, “Blueberry”. Kugler did much doddle in café when he already applied for the scholarship in Germany. In the beginning, his illustrations only had the outline without colour. However, he realised as an illustrator he better coloured his works so here is a breakthrough when he started to adjust format and colour his works on computer. Also, he got the commission from New York news. Kugler shared his artworks, works. He started drawing the location in his second year in Germany. I love his works so much, he shows the passion in his life and I can feel the positive power in his works. He travelled to many places and recorded the story in his way which includes the conversation, drawings, photos and sketches. However, I think I lack passion and too afraid to face so many different people and unexpected problems. Travelling is good for an artist to discover new ideas. Hannah (2017) states that “Not only can travelling be a source of inspiration, sometimes it also helps to release the inner-artist hiding in each and every one of us”. The contexts of the Kugler’s works underpin the whole visual effect, and each character has different angles to represent the whole story. His works have diverse colour palettes. My favourite one is the combination of blue and white which shows the style of modern urban. This colour palette is a potential choice which helps me to do the commercial illustration which targets on the young generation.


Olivier Kugler

Olivier Kugler

Olivier Kugler

Olivier Kugler


Blue Sky Concept, The Last of Us ™ © 2013, 2014 Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. The Last of Us is a trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Created and developed by Naughty Dog LLC.

-Exhibitions / Visit V&A MUSEUM 13 Nov For a trip with the University, we visited the exhibition, Video games: Design/ Play/Disrupt, which shows the behind scene of the design process which includes the sketches, products and interactive art. The sketches of The Last of Us is my favourite. The visual effect and the high-quality drawing are the stunning part. According to V&A (2018), “The quality of the writing, acting and the characterisation of The Last of Us ranks with any television series of this decade's much-touted golden age”. Not only the scenes can tell the story, but also the clothes of characters can represent the personalities and reveal the story behind. Another topic, Why the video games so white? is what I interested. There is a chart to show the proportion of connection with race and the videogame. According to the International Game Developers Association (2018), ”As such, when respondents who only selected white/Caucasian/European were calculated this statistic dropped to 61%. The next most frequently selected category was East/South East Asian (18%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (5%)”. This survey is really interesting, and I never noticed that the rate of white people is high in video games. The combination of social issues and the art realm is one way to let audience thinking the more profound questions and not only to appreciate the beautiful art. 32

White/ Caucasian/ European: 68%

East/South East Asian: 18%

Hispanic or Latino: 5%

Pacific Islanders: 68%

Arabian or West Asian: 2%

Aboriginal or Indigenous Peoples: 2%

Black/African American or African: 1%

Game screenshot, how do you Do it?, 2014. Freeman, Butler, Kittaka, Coss.


-Exhibitions / Visit OXFORD SSTUDY TRIP 21 Nov Pitt Rivers Museum Museun Of Natural History Ashmolean Museum

The first museum I visited is Museum of natural history where I got many ideas. The diversity of corals inspire me the background of the competition by The Folio Society. I was looking for the unique plant to be my illustration’s scene when I saw the coral, Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata, which is from Panama. I chose this one to be my main decoration in the works. Furthermore, corals are animal, so that is why I chose them, I tried to let my illustration be more fantastic and add some unreal elements. The colour palette is one thing I learnt from these amazing species. Next is the Pitt Rivers Museum, a significant number of exotic displays of humanity which include masks, dolls, clothes, textiles and coffin. In Pitt Rivers, I focused the patterns on clothes and the small odd wooden dolls. The patterns are what I love, I used them in my illustration’s background and the clothes of characters. The odd wooden dolls help me to create distinct characters. 34

Figure 1

Figure 2 I combined the colour palette of figure 1 with the shape of figure 2 in my illustrations. The combination of two coals.


The exotic clothes I shot from Pitt Rivers Museum. I designed the Sophie's clothes based on these exotic clothes.


I did some characters sketch from these unique dolls. Basically, they all have a conical hat, but I tried different kinds of character.




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-Exhibitions / Visit London Illustration Fair

01 Dec

I was so excited about this fair! In Taiwan, there are not many activities for illustration, so I am looking forward to visiting. The illustrators display their works and business card on the table to share with us easier, and all of the illustrators showed the unique and distinguished styles that I can learn a lot. However, space is a little bit crowd, so it was too hard to take a look and communicate with illustrators. Besides, I bought two printings which made by French artist and American artist. The market in the UK for illustration is better than Taiwan’s. Many people in the UK love to collect some original works and attend different illustration activities to absorb new information. However, illustrators in Taiwan are hard to be valued, and even some people have wrong cognition of illustrator. Fortunately, the situation of illustration is getting better recently, Taiwanese illustrators co-operate and hold the exhibitions of illustration together. It is a good improvement and also let Taiwanese realise how important of illustration. I am so glad that I can learn from the UK and bring these amazing experiences to share and devote to Taiwan. 38

Kim Sielbeck was drawing the wall

Jordan Gray and Handsforfeet studio 39

-Films/ Animation (01) Name: La tortue rouge (2016) Director: Michael Dudok de Wit The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli. This is an animation which contains no dialogue. The change of light and color is the most impressive thing in this animation. Different periods of day have different color temperatures so I can feel the passage of time in the film. Furthermore, Havis (2017) states “The foliage, bamboo forests and rocks draw heavily on the style of famed Japanese printmaker Hokusai, adding a hint of exoticism”. I could also feel the Japanese zen style which is full of elegant elements. In addition, the characters had the small proportion in big picture and this kind of layout let me feel the vastness of nature and the smallness of people. I chose “The Red Turtle" to study because I want to learn how to use simple layout and color to structure strong visual effects. I practiced three different colors in three different layouts. The first one is the elevated scene of the village. The second one is a front view of the sea. The last one is also a front view but has the perspective. In the practice process, I tried to imitate the style which includes color and the proportion of character. I used the similar colors to make the simple images and find the balance in the big picture.

The poster of The Red Turtle


A scene from The Red Turtle

The poster of The Red Turtle

A scene from The Red Turtle Sophia Ji Acrylic, coloured pencil


-Films/ Animation (02) Name: Int, Trailer, Night (2002) Director: Jim Jarmusch I watched this film when I was a BA student and that time I was impressed with the graceful atmosphere made by Jarmusch. It represents an actress’s ten minute break, but actually Jarmusch points out the grieved life behind the pop star. There are seven disturbances during the ten minutes, it totally shows the conflict with the break time and I also made the timeline to show the proportion of the disturbances. Furthermore, I love the camera movement in this film. There are several scenery shots to emphasize that no-one can escape the lapse of time. There are many similar scenes of the moment when someone opens the door to disturb the actress. I love these similar scenes shown again and again because they are annoying. I drew the four panels of the disturbance and I loved the proportion of the wall and the people’s head in one panel. That was so interesting. I used Prussian blue to complete four panels. I wanted to try monochrome to imitate black and white movies so I chose Prussian blue to make the images more elegant. I am interested in the art works about the concept of time. Like Interstellar which was co-produced by Christopher Nolan. Although Interstellar is a scifi and adventure movie, the plot of time is my favorite and it always touches me emotionally. That is why I chose “Int, Trailer, Night” to be my case study.


The timeline of Int, Trailer, Night By Sophia Ji

The start of playing music

The end of smoking

The start of smoking


The main character

Sophia Ji Watercolour, Coloured pencil

The scene of dinner delivery

Sophia Ji Watercolour, Coloured pencil


The scene of reminder of preparation

Sophia Ji Watercolour, Coloured pencil

The scene of mic-check stuff

Sophia Ji Watercolour, Coloured pencil


-Competition V&A Illustration Awards The description for V&A“My first project in MA course is about “Who am I?”. There are four sections which include the figure, still life, architecture, and landscape. The brief helps me to explore the diverse subject areas. In this brief, I focused on figure and architecture, so I chose the scene of the Holdenhurst road which is nearby my accommodation in the UK. This road has a strong connection with me because I wait for the bus to campus on this road and I see many different people pass me and do the routine which is same as me every day. I already came to the UK for four months, and I found that the people in UK and Taiwan are all hard-working. I realise that people in the whole world keep doing something to structure their life and world. That is the reason why I want to record this image of Holdenhurst road which is the daily start of my life.” I use the acrylic and colour pencil on acrylic paper to complete. At first, I chose the canvas, oil pastel and pencil but after I finished, I realised that the focus of illustration is not strong enough. Lisa advised me to choose thick of paper and use paint instead of drawing. Besides, because I used the tonal tone, so the second version is more evident than the first one, According to Bang (2000, p74), “Color’s effect on us is very strong -stronger than that of other picture elements”. It means that the reason why my first version lost focus is about colour.

First version


Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pencil, pencil

Final version

Sophia Ji Acrylic, Coloured pencil


-Competition The Folio Society (House of Illustration) This was too nervous to enter my first British competition. I went to the bookstore to buy the novel, Howl’s moving castle, and I started the story that I had seen another version of animation by Studio Ghibli. Although I had seen the animation before, I realised that the animation version had a lot of different plots with the original story. The characters were described very clearly and the relation between each character was more distinct than the Studio Ghibli version. The requirement of the competition was three illustrations from three different sentences in different chapters and the one book cover. The selected sentences were “Wizard Howl’s castle was rumbling and bumping towards her across the moorland“,”Howl, in that same suit, was waiting in the cool black and white hall with Michael” and “Every early morning, all they had to do was to open the door with the knob purple-down and go out into the swimming green haze to gather flowers”. Before started, I researched the Spanish castle which is my favourite and Wales’s castle which relates to Howl’s place of birth. Because I want to create my moving castle which had the different style from the Ghibli. The drawing method I used at the first time was acrylic and colour pencil. I drew on the ordinary paper which surface was smooth and the thickness was thin. However, it was easy to draw the details and represent the colour brightly. Unfortunately, I did not like the outcome which was not mature enough and could be better definitely. So I continued another method, this time I set a colour palette and confirmed the style that I wanted to represent. I used acrylic paper and pencil to finish 80 per cent of the whole process and then I scanned in computer and coloured in Photoshop. The advantage of acrylic paper was the texture could show the old-fashioned sewn effect when it combined with pencil. The outcome of the second version was satisfied me. In the process, I followed the Bridie’s layout tips and Lisa’s colour advice so that I can finish the illustrations I loved. This process let me experience the professional illustrator’s way and I was so glad that I could complete integrity after so many efforts.


Caption1, Chapter 2: Wizard Howl’s castle was rumbling and bumping towards her across the moorland.

Caption2, Chapter 12: Howl, in that same suit, was waiting in the cool black and white hall with Michael.


Caption3, Chapter 18: Every early morning, all they had to do was to open the door with the knob purpledown and go out into the swimming green haze to gather flowers.

Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

Bindings design


First Version Caption1, Chapter 2: Wizard Howl’s castle was rumbling and bumping towards her across the moorland.

First Version Caption2, Chapter 12: Howl, in that same suit, was waiting in the cool black and white hall with Michael.

First Version Caption3, Chapter 18: Every early morning, all they had to do was to open the door with the knob purpledown and go out into the swimming green haze to gather flowers.


The development of castle’s form

The little panel of colour setting

The little panel of colour setting and the character designs for caption 2


The little panel of colour setting

The little panel of colour setting and the character designs for caption 3


-Artist case study Egon Schiele Schiele is one of my favourite artists. Every time I am deeply attracted by the strong expression of character’s eyes, colour and texture. I chose him to be my case study because my character does not stand out enough and Lisa recommended I paint more than draw which can allow me to experience the new different effects. I really love painting and I realized that I need to learn how to make the balance between drawing and painting. Fortunately, my favourite artist, Schiele combined painting and drawing really well so that I can practice the new style based on his works. The vivid facial expressions and landscapes are what I need to learn. First of all, I need to figure out what made Schiele’s figures so extraordinary. According to Roessler who published the article Egon Schiele in prison (1948, cited in Steiner, 1991, p.42), Schiele found the pleasure in the Javan shadow puppet. Furthermore, Schiele was also interested in the pathological gestures of mentally disturbed patients, so he was evoked by his friend Osen who had done portraits of the patients. Blackshaw (2018) also points out that Schiele’s breakthrough in 1910 to what might be described as a pathological aesthetic, characterised by the despairing face and distorted body, coincided with his most intense period of collaboration with Osen. Although Schiele drew a great deal of figures, his work of townscape was sold at the highest price. According to Sotheby’s record, Houses with laundry (suburb ll) was sold about £ 24,681,250. Steiner (1991, p.86) points out that, “The dead or black town is for Schiele the phenomenological epitome of a condition in the human spirit”. Because of the reflection of the Schiele’s mental situation, his townscape was so illustrious. Another special point is the outstanding composition. Albert (1911, cited in Fischer/Haefs, 1988, cited in Steiner, 1991, p.86) mentions that he felt Schiele used the bird’s-eye-view perspective. To learn more about Schiele, I did three works based on his works. The first one is the facade of architecture. I tried to imitate oil painting’s texture so I chose the oil pastel instead. In addition, I noticed Schiele’s works usually have a dark layer before the white layer so I did the same process which can make the grey scale more vivid. In the final stage, I drew the line by pencil, that was the practice of the combining drawing and painting.

Right Image: Egon Schiele, Self Portrait 1914. Image courtesy: Hadiye Cangök 54

Left image: Egon Schiele, Standing male figure (self-portrait) 1914. Photograp National Gallery in Prague 2017

Egon Schiele, Self Portrait in Crouching Position 1913. Photo: Moderna Museet / Stockholm


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Egon Schiele HOUSES WITH LAUNDRY (SUBURB II) oil on canvas

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele 56

Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pastel,pencil

Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pastel,pencil 57

-Artist case study Jana Glatt My works always border outline, but seldom use the colour shape only to finish the works. I found Jana whose works use the childlike colour and the colour shape lack of line. The reason that I love to use the line is line can make my works be more detail, it is hard for me to only use paint to create my details. However, Jana represented this skill to me. Her works which filled with coloured shapes and vivid lines represent every character’s detail and personality. Lucy (2017) mentions that “Jana carefully illustrates a person so that their clothes, styling and actions all communicate clear personality, ideal for illustrating children’s books”. Furthermore, the diversified clothes types are my favourite part of Jana’s works. According to Ballpitmag (n.d), “I started taking theatre classes in my childhood and did it for over ten years. That is when I became fascinated with creating characters, costumes and scenarios”. After this artist study, I practised the Glatt’s style which uses simple shapes and colours to struct the illustrations. As my previous works, I used to use colouredpencil and oil-pastel only to outline my characters without filling the colour. However, I choose brush and water-colour to be the material this time. Before the practice, I thought brush could not represent the details well, but the outcome is more vivid than the previous works because of the different weight of line. I also set the colour palette in advance. The most of Glatt’s colour palettes are high saturation which shows the feelings of vivid, amusing and childlike. I chose four colours which includes light pink, lawn-green, medium-blue and black. These four colours matched so well, and they show an interesting contrast.


My previous works always have outline

Sophia Ji Digital drawing

Jana Glatt

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Jana Glatt

Jana Glatt 60

Sophia Ji Watercolour


-Artist case study Raoul Dufy The landscape is my struggle because I rarely observe nature, I need to search many nature scenes to get ideas, and also find the artist who is good at the landscape drawings. I chose Raoul Dufy to be my case study. His simplified figures and vigorous lines are attractive. "The casino at Nice" shows the gorgeous seascape by the vivid colour and lines. Werner (1987, p92) mentions "The artist clearly states the atmospheric instability in the wildly fluttering tricolours, the choppy surface of the Mediterranean, and most of all in the restless, charged sky with its jagged streaks and billowing clouds". It means Dufy used diversified strokes to represent the many textures of nature. He usually uses the brushes in the whole drawing process, the different weight of line can show the spirits of the paintings. According to Werner (1987, p96), “Note how Dufy allows the brush to run over the outlines of his forms, unconfined by the demands of colour”. The perspective of the landscape is the most interesting part I want to learn more. Most of Dufy’s works show the unreal perspective which lighting of Dufy’s works. Werner (1987, p72) states that “As for Dufy’s imaginary perspective, the artist in this picture boldly defies the laws of colour perspective”. The intuitions of colour, perspective and painting strokes make Dufy’s art so distinguishable. I practiced the landscapes after I study Dufy’s works.


Raoul Dufy


Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy The casino at Nice


CONTACTS WITH INDUSTRY Competition / Agency I built the industry list when I started this brief. I am looking at the illustration agency which may suit for me. Fortunately, many industries hold competitions for students and give me a chance to showing my works to industries. I took part in two competitions which are The Folio Society and V&A illustration awards.

The agency list includes:

01.The AOI 02.Folio illustration agency 03.Lemonade Illustration Agency 04.Illustration Ltd 05.The Bright Agency

The competitions list includes:

-The Folio Society (House of Illustration) (Dead line: 08/01/2019) -V&A illustration awards (Dead line: 17/12/2018) - The Macmillan Prize (Dead line: 19/04/2019) - The Batsford Prize (Cass Art) (dead line: 25/03/2019) -The Prize for Illustration (AOI) (Dead line: 31/01/2019) -Carmelite Picture Book Prize (Dead line: 5/4/2019)



CONTACTS WITH INDUSTRY These are the business cards I collected from London illustration fair. The style of the cards shows the personality of artists. My favourite one is Daniel Williams’s business card. His works which are comic and cosmic topic are drawn by pencil and coloured in low-saturation. I also met the Taiwanese illustrators from Anglia Ruskin University where I wanted to apply before. I realised that most of the Taiwanese illustrators are from Kinston University or Anglia Ruskin University, and they have a similar style which is cute and childlike. I think my works are similar to them, so I think I can explore more different style in AUB. Besides, I am looking for some great formats of the business card, and plan to make mine. Contact list: 66


Development of Practice -The Self-portrait/ The Figure/ The Crowd In this brief, I tried the different methods and styles and learned from many artists. My characters had the same facial expression, and they did not stand out. Besides, the layout of my figures always centre the image and only have one person in the whole picture. So this brief was focused on the facial expressions and the compositions of the crowd. Furthermore, I also practised the way how to simplify figures and set the colour palettes. The first thing I did was the single figure in vivid colour which I thought is suitable for. Those figures were drawn in the caffe, so their eyes always look down. To observe people that I do not know is interest because I found people in the same pose but they still show the unique personality in clothes, fittings and what they did in the caffe. The records are important because these descriptions can give me the ideas for my created characters’ personalities. I learned the oneperson illustration from Carla Fuentes who is Spanish illustrator. Her characters are so charming and modern, and the colour she used is classy. Her illustrations have some similar elements which connect with Egon Schiele who is one of my artist case study, Bourton (2016) mentions that “The illustrator can jump between portraits evocative of Egon Schiele or sweeping landscapes inspired by the photography of Stephen Shores”. The second thing I tried is the triple face in one image, and this practice is about the facial angle. The same face in different angles has different shapes, so I wanted to represent the interesting effect. However I did not try diversity shape in this time, the circle heads are the familiar shape in this process. However, I still got the tips about the interesting shapes of faces. In addition, I also did the self-portrait in this brief. The self-portrait is so essential for artists. Rideal (2005) points out that “They are the form in which many artists have come to be remembered, offering insights into their lives, surroundings, and even their state of mind”. My portrait was complete by oil pastel and sackcloth. I soaked sackcloth into the different types of tea which I drank every day. The reason why I chose a tea to soak is I love to drink tea in Taiwan or the UK; tea is the kind of connection between Taiwan and the UK. Furthermore, the sackcloth grandmother gave me has the deep love inside the sackcloth. I was not familiar with the crowd section, so I started to try the crowd theme after I finished the single-person portrait. I researched the artists who have the great crowd works and Matisse’s works attracted me. His artworks are great for learning because of many advantages like the vivid colour and simplified figures. I love Arab Cafe (1913), Watkins (1992, p68) mentions “Six simplified figures 68

from the furniture of cafe terrace, as absorbed in the silent atmosphere of the pale green surface as the goldfish in the bowl”. I practised a work sampled from Arab Cafe. I combine tracing paper and colour pencil, and I am so surprised about the elegant effect. I continued this new method to complete another two works which all based on Matisse’s works. The final project is about the facial expression. I realised my characters’ facial expressions were not stand out, they always have a poker face and they even don’t have a mouth. So I researched some images to practice. In the process, I realised the facial expression is about the shapes of eyebrows and mouth, so my character’s eyebrows and mouth are the focus in this practice.really love Arab Cafe (1913), Watkins (1992, p68) mentions “Six simplified figures from the furniture of cafe terrace, as absorbed in the silent atmosphere of the pale green surface as the goldfish in the bowl”. I practised a work sampled from Arab Cafe. I combine tracing paper and colour pencil and I am so surprised about the elegant effect. I continued this new method to complete another two works which all based on Matisse’s works. The final project is about the facial expression. I realised my characters’ facial expressions were not stand out, they always have a poker face and they even don’t have a mouth. So I researched some images to practice. In the process, I realised the facial expression is about the shapes of eyebrows and mouth, so my character’s eyebrows and mouth are the focus in this practice.

Sophia Ji Digital drawing



Sophia Ji Acrylic, coloured pencil, pencil

Sophia Ji Acrylic, coloured pencil, pencil


The green pig

Miss. Ji My comic teacher


My c

classmate, Ellie

The yellow puppy Mr. Wu

Sophia Ji Acrylic, coloured pencil, pencil


The Self-portrait

Sophia Ji oil pastle and pencil on sackcloth

Sophia Ji Digital drawing


Sophia Ji Ink, pencil, Acrylic

Sophia Ji screen printing


Henri Matisse Distemper on canvas

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on tracing paper


Henri Matisse Oil on canvas

Henri Matisse Oil on canvas

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on tracing paper

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on tracing paper


Sophia Ji Coloured pencil , pencil


Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on coloured paper

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on tracing paper



Sophia Ji Coloured pencil , pencil

Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pastle and pencil on sackcloth


-Landscape/ Seascape/ Skyscape/Scenes I enjoyed the practice of landscape. Actually, I do not like nature, and I am unfamiliar with nature too, so I do not know how to draw the landscape at first. Fortunately, after the tutorial with Lisa, she said that I can create my nature and world if I do not like to contact nature. So I found the website which recommends 50 unbelievable places which should be visited, I chose several fantasy landscapes to be my sample of the landscape practices. The most exciting part is the creation because I can imagine any fantasy elements to merge the actual landscape. I tried the new methods in this practice, I used the colour pencil to draw on coloured paper. I enjoyed this new way because of the fabulous colour combinations, the strong contrast of colour is charming and attractive. Furthermore, I also used tissue paper to make the texture which like the structure of mountains and used charcoal to represent the surface of the rock. I also interest in screentone which likes the effect of manga or risograph, so I put these elements into my illustration. The outcome is not successful, but I satisfied with the combination, I need time to figure out how to make it looks better. Stephen Shores is an American photographer who had a close friendship with Andy Warhol. His American surface (1972-73) is my favourite. Shores (n.d) states “It began as a road trip.....I had something else in mind at the same time, which was, I wanted to take pictures that felt natural�. It is a similar point to one of my guest lecturer, Kugler, who feels art when he was travelling and he can collect new ideas and reflection thinkings from nature or people he meets.


Stephen Shores

Sophia Ji Tissue paper, Acrylic, Charcoal


Figure02 Figure01

Fly Geyser, Nevad

Painted Dunes, Lassen Volcanic National Park, USA

Figure01~03 Sophia Ji Coloured pencil , pencil on colour paper



Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyo

da, USA

oming, USA

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil , pencil, spray paint


-Interior Spaces/ Exteriors/ Architecture Architecture in four categories is the least I have tried before. Because of the different country background, the British buildings are novelties for me. I start to record the facade of houses when I just arrived at the UK. The height of British houses is low, and the structure and decoration are elegant and characteristic. It is different from Taiwan’s buildings which are made by cement and have the unite facade. The exotic building is the next theme I focused. I searched the images on Pinterest to get a start, and I realised that I love Africa buildings, like Malian and Libya. The natural colour and the smooth surface are the features that I want to add in my works. David (n.d) states that “The constructions were usually made out of mud bricks, created by combining the mud with husks from rice or other grains… needs constant maintenance; strong rainfall can cause severe damage”, it means the smooth surface was caused by rain. The appearance of Africa buildings can inspire me to transform and play with these unique forms and use in my characters. I also found a photographer, James Casebere, who photographed architecturally. I love the tranquil and straightforward images he made, and geometric shapes constructed the balance. Sarah (n.d) mentions “ Casebere’s intention is to concentrate on the memories and feelings that are brought to mind by the architectural spaces he represents”. Furthermore, the composition of his photograph is vivid and charming. He designs the scenes and light by himself, so he can take the fabulous photos which are filled with the fantasy feel. Besides, I realised I do not like the square-shaped buildings, and I love the buildings which have the odd facade and decorations. I collected several images which are Italian and British odd buildings on the internet. I coloured them by using my colour palette and also played with the different scales. I drew the two sizes of the background and the bigger one let the architecture be smaller. The final stage is about the interior space. I practised from Matisse’s work"The red studio" which has an intense colour palette and the unique expression of space. I used the colour pencil on colour paper this time, and the outcome is surprised me. The colour is brighter on the black paper and the visual effect of the black paper is stronger than the white paper too. I will use this method in my next project which is about commercial illustration.


James Casebere

The African architecture


Sophia Ji Pencil, Acrylic


Sophia Ji Pencil, Acrylic

Sophia Ji Coloured pencil


Sophia Ji Digital drawing


Sophia Ji Pencil

Sophia Ji Pencil

Sophia Ji Coloured Pencil on coloured paper

Henri Matisse The red studio



Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pastle and pencil on sackcloth

Sophia Ji Acrylic, oil pastle and pencil on sackcloth


-Still Life/ Inanimate Objects/ Collections I showed my interests which are the bright colour and the decorations in the practice of still life. However, within this part of the ‘Who am I’ brief , trying the new methods is necessary. So I had tried acrylic painting, pencil drawing and collage. I love to draw the containers and I tried to make it more interesting. I made the difference with the impression of the famous packaging which usually in plastic material. I combined the icons of Pepsi, Highland spring water and some of the Taiwanese brands with the porcelain which I drew in the Russell-Cotes Museum. However, I do not figure out the reason why I love to frame my object, I think I just show my interests which are ornaments and patterns on the frames. I can’t help but thinking Giorgio Morandi who is an Italian artist when I was doing the practice of object. His still life series are my favourite, the natural colour and the elegant format are attracted me so much. According to Adamou (2016),” Morandi kept a supply of vases, bottles and jars in his studio, which he used as models for many of his still life paintings in a variety of arrangements”. Furthermore, there is a peaceful ambience in his work. According to Tate (2004): In his paintings, they lose their domestic purpose, to become sculptural objects that invite meditation and contemplation. Through repeated scrutiny of these simple items, Morandi created a sense of timelessness. I practised the still life which learned from Morandi. The color palettes and the graceful format are my focus, I used color pencil and grey color paper to imitate the Morandi’s style. I was drawing carefully because the color levels are exquisite. In this practice, I think I can used this natural color palettes to design the products of baby’s. Kettlewell (2016) mentions that “Not only does colour play an important role in the overall aesthetic of a space, it can also impact an individual's mood, emotional wellbeing, productivity, learning and behaviour”. So color influence baby’s development so much. Morandi’s color has the tranquil and graceful elements, I think this is really suite for baby’s emotion and mood. I also did the collage in this theme, I collect the letters on the well-known packaging combined with different type of tracks. This method is interesting and it is good to use on the commercial illustration. Next time I will do the collage on Photoshop, and I can adjust the elements and colour easier.


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The imagin Soph Pencil, colo

nal practice hia Ji oured pencil


The animal collection Sophia Ji Digital colouring


The animal collection Sophia Ji ink

The collage on coloured paper



Stil life Morandi Oil on canvas

Still life Sophia Ji Coloured pencil on coloured paper 101

Tutorials 4/10/2018


The highlight: 1. What would happen if they asked to see the image? Keep making notes. Document and record where you are, the date, time, perhaps some dialogue or observations I do not usually record my drawing process, I used to present the outcomes to people and rarely be asked the works of the process. When I come here, and I realised everyone love to share the new experience to everyone, even is an outline or an initial idea. I realised the advantage of sharing helps people to get new ideas and discuss together. To record the process is useful to review and adjust quickly in the future. Furthermore, the record can include where I am, the date, time and dialogue. I started to record when I did a self-portrait. I wrote down the date, time and the type of tea. During this work, it is interesting to do something I did not do before, and the record helps me to remember the process and feeling in that period.


The records of my works


Tutorials 26/10/2018



The highlight: 01. Make sure what I will make my illustration about 02. Develop my character design, personal style and signature 03. Explore a range of line weights, thicknesses and charming line 04. Think about facial expressions I start to think about my future career, and I know I do not like the narrative illustration and I like drawing diversified topics. So I target on commercial illustration. The list of industry which I want to practice: 01.Ikea (Sweden) 02.Lush (UK) 03.Flying tiger (Denmark) 04. 三花棉業 (Taiwan) About my character design, I practised in the competition. I designed three characters which from Howl’s moving castle. I started with the shape of the character and drew the details include the style of clothes. To start with a simple shape is helpful to let characters more distinguishable. Also, I already have my style, but I am not sure if I can control any topics and still can represent my style well. So I started to practice unfamiliar topics like landscape and still life. Moreover, I also created my signature which let my works more professional! The line weight is what I practised too. I didn't used to use water base material, so I did the works which were drawn by watercolour and brush only. The different line weights showed in this practice, and because of the brushes, different line weight can let visual more vivid and interesting. Besides, my characters lack facial expressions, so I practised from the images on the internet. I realised that the eyebrow and mouth is the main point, so I deformed the shape of eyebrow and mouth.


Tutorials 06/12/2018


The highlight: 01. Explore working at a different scale and working on coloured paper 02. Narrative ability During the practice, I usually chose the A4 size which is easy to carry and store. I know I need to try a different scale to explore more techniques. I can work on the details and the body gesture which leads my hands and my brushes to work on the large size of paper. The small size can practice the exquisite movements. The different scale can show the different visual effect on audiences. To Explore working on coloured paper is one of my favourite processes. The outcome is surprised me. I love this method, and I will use this technique in the next project. Furthermore, the narrative ability is what I want to improve. However, I still cannot practice a lot in this unit. I plan to explore this realm in the next unit. I heard I can cooperate with the student in writing class. They can provide me with a story, and I can draw the illustration as a return.



Tutorials 12/12/2018



The highlight: 01.The adjust of V&A competition 02. Build in contrast through marking, perspective, colour and composition 03. To approach digitally coloring the drawings. When I finished the competition of V&A, I showed my first version to Lisa. She said something had been lost when it has been translated to canvas. So I did the second version which worked on paper and used the acrylic and brush only. I set the colour palette for the second version so the big picture is clear and focused. I adjusted the perspective, colour and composition when I did the second version of Howl’s moving castle. It is a significant improvement and let my works look professional. The digital colouring the drawings is what I did in the competition by Folio Society. The advantage of digital drawing is easy to adjust the colour and the layout. It is more interesting to play with elements and testing on the digital software.


Targets for Master's Project 1 The commercial illustration is the realm I want to endeavour. I can do the work quickly and I have diversified styles and techniques. Furthermore, I love to do many different types of illustration and contact many industries. So being the commercial illustrator is one of my career direction. In this project, I want to target several brands to practice commercial illustrations. Here is the industry list: 01.Ikea (Sweden) 02.Lush (UK) 03.Flying tiger (Denmark) 04. 三花棉業 (Taiwan) Another choice is the picture book illustrator. Many people recommend me that I can try to write a short story and publish a picture book. I already did the picture book before and I realised I am not suitable to be a storyteller. However, I still want to give myself a chance to try again and also test my abilities. I will attend the picture book competition to achieve this target.


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