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DESIGN PORTFOLIO w i t h e l e m e n t s o f ILL U ST R A TION

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{ JOHN BIDDLE } T h i s P e n d a n t Wo r l d a G R A D U AT E O F L I V E R P O O L JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY

@ john _ c _ B iddle

www.thispendantworld.co.uk

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• ILLUSTRATION THE DOUBLE NEGATIVE = { THE HRAKEN WAKES } •

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MATCHSTICKS PROCESS AND PRACTICE Medium = MIXED PAGE 02 Inspired by lyrics from their song ‘Matchsticks’ I created 3D typography of the band name using 6 boxes of matches and a gluegun. Positioning the letters together in differing cuboid shapes created interesting geometric sculptures which I then photographed to carry the theme of the artwork through to the reverse. The illustrations at the top of the page are some concept ideas for the album cover based on photographs I took at Chester Cathedral. PAGE 03 I painted straight onto the 20” x 16” canvass with acrylic paint. The image is an abstract pictoral representation of the lyrics of a Loved Ones song. This piece later formed the inspiration for a series of digital and silk screen prints. PAGE 04 - 05 Taking inspiration from my ‘Matchsticks’ acrylic painting, I drew both these pictures freehand in ink and then digitally coloured them in using Illustrator. I have concentrated on a few themes within the song and interspersed them with my own illustrative flourishes.

KRAKEN WAKES PROCESS AND PRACTICE Medium = INK AND DIGITAL PAGE 01 I painted straight onto the 20” x 16” canvass with acrylic paint. The image is an abstract pictoral representation of the lyrics of a Loved Ones song. This piece later formed the inspiration for a series of digital and silk screen prints.

• DESIGN LOVED ONES = { MATCHSTICKS } •


• ILLUSTRATION LOVED ONES = { MATCHSTICKS } •

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• ILLUSTRATION LOVED ONES = { MATCHSTICKS } •


• ILLUSTRATION LOVED ONES = { MATCHSTICKS } •

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VASCO DA GAMA EP SLEEVE Client = Personal Medium = Ink + Acrylic For the release of their debut EP on Payper Tiger Records I created this record sleeve design and a matching release poster for Liverpool band, Vasco Da Gama.The concept behind the design was inspired by conversations with the band and the limited colour pallette I continued to use in further designs for them.

• DESIGN VASCO DA GAMA = { RECORD SLEEVE } •


• DESIGN VASCO DA GAMA = { POSTER } •

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VASCO DA GAMA POSTER DESIGN Client = STATIC GALLERY Medium = DIGITAL I’ve had a relationship with the Liverpool band Vasco Da Gama for quite some time having designed the record for them on the previous page and so when I was asked to create this poster for their show at Static Gallery I literally jumped at the chance. The concept was to cut the design to the bare minimum of colours and populate the poster with small pieces of information to build up the design. I chose to use relatively wide kerning for the type as the logo I had designed for Vasco Da Gama fitted in with this. In the background I accentuated the ‘V’ of Vasco by mimicing it with the 3 colour thin lined background which helps to tie it all together.


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EYE EMMA JEDI Client =EYE EMMA JEDI Medium = DIGITAL These digital illustrations are part of some concept artwork that I worked on for Norway based band, Eye Emma Jedi. One of their tracks was entitled ‘Chameleon’ and so using this as a starting point I experimented with a limited colour pallette and my trademark pattern illustration to build up the final images.

• ILLUSTRATION EYE EMMA JEDI = { CONCEPT ART } •


• DESIGN SHIPPING FORECAST = { MURAL } •

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SHIPPING FORECAST MURAL Client = MERCY + CHIBUKU Medium = MASONRY PAINT Fellow illustrator Michael Cottage and myself spent a day in August 2011 in the Beer garden of the Shipping Forecast Bar in Liverpool organised by Mercy Design Agency. With two buckets of masonry paint and some paintbrushes we created these murals inspired by quotes from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway.


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THANKSGIVING DINNER Client = REAL EATS Medium = INK AND DIGITAL For their November 2011 Thanksgiving Issue I worked on these 4 illustrations to accompany a piece about Thanksgiving in New York, Miami and Paris. I have had a relationship with Real Eats magazine as a regular contributor for nearly two years now having illustrated many interesting and varied stories for them.

• ILLUSTRATION REAL EATS = { EDITORIAL } •


• ILLUSTRATION REAL EATS = { EDITORIAL } •

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HOW TO SHUCK AN OYSTER Client = REAL EATS Medium = ACRYLIC + INK These are a pair of editorial illustrations for Real Eats Magazine to accompany an article about the annual Walrus and the Carpenter Oyster picnic which takes place on the sands of Totten Inlet, just outside of Seattle. I used Lewis Carroll’s short story as inspiration for the main image and the spot image is a short illustrated guide on how to correctly open (Shuck) an Oyster.


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SPIEL MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATIONS Client = SPIEL MAGAZINE Medium = INK AND DIGITAL The two spreads on this page and the illustration on the following page I drew for international Football and Arts Magazine, Spiel. Spiel usually give me free reign to draw whatever I like as long as it relates to the piece. The articles pictured here are regarding the New York Cosmos football team; a football match between Spiel and a Liverpool band named Vasco Da Gama; and a halloween bear for their autumnal issue.

• ILLUSTRATION SPIEL MAGAZINE = { EDITORIAL } •


• ILLUSTRATION SPIEL MAGAZINE = { EDITORIAL } •

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BUCK’S DREAM Client = HAIRY RECORDS Medium = Ink As a precursor to painting my mural in Hairy Records I sketched out a few ideas using the Buck Mulligan character from Ulysses. As the logo of Hairy Records was a butterfly I imagined the character Buck as a butterfly and went from there. There drawings are both indian ink sketches.

• ILLUSTRATION HAIRY RECORDS = { PREP WORK } •


• ILLUSTRATION HAIRY RECORDS = { MURAL } •

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OF BUCK AND BUTTERFLIES Client = Personal Medium = Ink + Acrylic I was given free reign to paint whatever I liked on the 22’ x 8’ record store wall, the only stipulation was that it had to be in black and white. Using the Buck and Butterflies that I developed in my sketches I covered the wall in 9 different illustrations of them. These then formed the centerpiece for the upstairs live lounge part of the new store.

LAST AND FIRST MEN Client = LOVED ONES Medium = Ink + DIGITAL PAGE 18 - 21 On the following pages are 4 illustrations for Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men. Taking phrases from the book I used them to form the basis of the illustrations. The book tells the history of the future, describing from First Men (us) to the Last Men (Giant Brains).


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• ILLUSTRATION PERSONAL = { LAST AND FIRST MEN } •


• ILLUSTRATION PERSONAL = { LAST AND FIRST MEN } •

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• ILLUSTRATION PERSONAL = { LAST AND FIRST MEN } •


• ILLUSTRATION PERSONAL = { LAST AND FIRST MEN } •

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• ILLUSTRATION LIME PICTURES = { ARTWORK } •


• DESIGN AND BRANDING LIME PICTURES = { COLLEGE COFFEE } •

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COLLEGE COFFEE BRANDING Client = LIME PICTURES Medium = DIGITAL As part of my placement at Lime Pictures I spent a few days working on branding ideas for their new coffee shop. My logo was used in the set as was my colour scheme as can be seen in the photograph above.

HOLLYOAKS CANVASSES Client = LIME PICTURES Medium = digital PAGE 22 I produced a series of eight A2 digitally printed canvasses for display on the set of the Liverpool based television programme, Hollyoaks. Pictured are 4 of the finished images that I created entitled: ‘Rock Climbers’; ‘Deer Tree II’; “South Stack” and “North Stack”.


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GRAND NATIONAL COURSE GUIDE Client = trinity mirror Medium = FLASH + ILLUSTRATOR + Photoshop On my placement at Trinity Mirror I created an interactive Flash map of the Grand National Racecourse. A print version of the map featured in the Liverpool Echo’s special publication with the interactive flash map appearing on their website. As the animated horses make their way around the course, infographics flash up highlighting information and photographs relating to the different jumps.

• DESIGN TRINITY MIRROR = { GRAND NATIONAL } •


• LOGO DESIHN VARIOUS CLIENTS = { MIXED }•

SCRAPPBOOK Client = SPORT MEDIA Medium = MIXED

SO ABLETT Client = SPORT MEDIA Medium = MIXED

THIS PENDANT WORLD Client = PERSONAL Medium = MIXED

TECHTUNG Client = LIME PICTURES Medium = MIXED

LOVED ONES Client = LOVED ONES Medium = MIXED

COLLEGE COFFEE Client = LIME PICTURES Medium = MIXED

A first task for my placement at Sport Media. They were developing a series of Ipad Apps which would take the form of a scrapbook, tellingbehind the scenes information of a series of celebrity and sports stars. My logo utilised the idea of a fold out book to create the logo.

Gary Ablett’s family are setting up a cancer foundation in his name entitled ‘So Ablett’. Of the 8 options sent over for approval, this was my favourite that I created. The purple of the heart is a mix between Everton blue and Liverpool red as of course he famously played for both teams. In the first session of drawing with my ink pens I draw a portrait of a grizzly bear. This last two years I’ve always had a soft spot for it and so it was a no-brainer to digitise that same bear into hexagons for my logo. The hexagon is of course the outline of an isometric cube which feature regularly in my illustrations. Of the many logos that I designed for Lime Pictures was this one for ‘Techtung’. The logo is for a technology company and was used to adorn the packaging of a tablet PC, the packaging of which I also designed.

During my Process and Practise module I created some typography using 175 matchsticks. This logo that I designed for the band ‘Loved Ones’ took a verticle view of those matchsticks in cubes of 25.

As part of the branding for the Hollyoaks Coffee Shop, College Coffee, I came up with this concept for the logo design which was later developed into the large letterforms which take centre stage on the wall of the set.

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LOGO DESIGN Client = VARIOUS Medium = MIXED Six logos that I have designed in the last year during my placements and during my modules at LJMU.


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THIS PENDANT WORLD Client = Personal FORMAT = WEB DESIGN A simple modular layout for an Illustration and Design portfolio website. The variety of work was such that the grid layout featuring a random selection of the top 20 projects worked really well, Clicking on the menu to the left, the projects can be sorted into specific groups e.g: Illustration; Web Design.

• website layout design THIS PENDANT WORLD = { 01 } •


• website layout design THIS PENDANT WORLD = { 01 } •

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SEAVIEW CARAVAN PARK Client = S.C.P. FORMAT = WEB DESIGN The brief here was to create an open, welcoming website in order to encourage visitors to the newly refurbished caravan park. The site had to be appropriate for elderly users and also children so all menus had to be very clear. The main feature of the site is the large pictoral banner with scrolling images depicting the best aspects of the site.

• website layout design SEAVIEW= { 02 } •


• website layout design SEAVIEW = { 02 } •

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP Client = PDW FORMAT = WEB DESIGN PDW are an Extra Care housing management company who are based in Warrington, Cheshire. Their current website is cluttered with a great deal of information so I reformatted their brand to create a clean, simple site for them to showcase their sevices to their clients for effectively..

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• website layout design PDW = { 03 } •

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• LAYOUT PERSONAL = { CURRICULUM VITAE } •

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CONTACT

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EXPERIENCE

JOHN BIDDLE +44 (0) 78 906 99085 john@thispendantworld.co.uk www.thispendantworld.co.uk

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STATEMENT I am a motivated Designer and Illustrator recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University. Over the last two years I have increased my design skillset by attending a number of placements and internships at leading Design Agencies, Publishers and Television Production Companies. As an aside to my work based learning I have worked successfully for two years as a Freelance Illustrator with clients including: Nomad Editions; Spiel Magazine; Static Gallery; Red Bull; Lime Pictures and Uniform.

2011 - 12 F R E E L A N C E D E S I G N E R L i m e P i c t u r e s After completing a two week placement at Childwall based Television Production company, Lime Pictures I started work as a Freelance Designer where my duties include: Packaging Design; Poster Design; Coffee Shop Branding; Logo Design and Website Layout. 2011 - 12 D E S I G N I N T E R N M e r c y D e s i g n A g e n c y I was successful in getting onto Mercy’s 12 month Internship scheme last year. The interns set up a design collective called Young Pines who have done a great variety of print and web layout design and illustration for clients such as: Chibuku; Beacons Festival and Spiel Magazine.

With my sights firmly set on working within the design sector I hope to gain a position at a forward thinking and vibrant company where I will be able to showcase my creative skills within multiple print and digital formats, working as a motivated team member bringing initiative and creativity to my job role.

2010 - 12 I L L U S T R A T O R T h i s P e n da n t Wor l d As an aside to my studies I have been working successfully as a Freelance Illustrator and Designer for the past two years and have regular clients including: Nomad Editions (A Manhatten based food and lifestyle Magazine Publisher) and Spiel Magazine (An international Football and Arts Magazine).

SKILLS

2012

D E S I G N P L A C E M E N T Tr i n i t y M i r r o r I worked at Trinity Mirror Northwest for two weeks as a Graphic Designer on the Picture Desk. Whilst there I created an interactive Flash Application for the Liverpool Echo website’s Aintree Grand National coverage, as well as business infographics for the Liverpool Post.

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DESIGN PLACEMENT Sport Media At Sport Media I worked on a number of projects including Logo Design and Magazine page layouts for LFC Magazine and The Chelsea FC Programme.

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DESIGN PLACEMENT Uniform During my two weeks on placement at Uniform I digitally Ilustrated for international clients such as Unilever and DDB. On completing my time there, Uniform hired me on further projects fortheir client Unilever on a freelance basis.

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DESIGN PLACEMENT Non Conform I spent three weeks at Non Conform design in Liverpool where I worked on corporate brochures, logo design and photography.

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE: INDESIGN; ILLUSTRATOR; PHOTOSHOP; DREAMWEAVER; FLASH; PREMIER; ACROBAT. FINAL CUT PRO

EDUCATION 2010 - 12 L I V E R P O O L J O H N M O O R E S U N I V E R S I T Y BA (HONS) GRAPHIC ARTS FIRST CLASS HONOURS (EXPECTED GRADE) 2002 - 03 L O U G H B O R O U G H S C H O O L O F A R T DIPLOMA IN ART AND DESIGN 1995 - 02 C A L D A Y G R A N G E G R A M M A R S C H O O L 11 GCSES A+ - C, 4 A LEVELS A - C

REFERENCES JULIA GODFREY 0151 904 1146

GRAPHIC ARTS LECTURER LJMU J.K. GODFREY@LJMU.AC.UK

VICKY ADLARD 0151 708 3700

ADMINISTRATOR LMTT V.ADLARD@EVERYMANPLAYHOUSE.COM


• LAYOUT PERSONAL = { CURRICULUM VITAE } •

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CV Client = PERSONAL Medium = DIGITAL For my graduate show I designed and printed a series of CVs for distribution to Design Agencies. To the reverse of the writing I thougt it would be a good idea to include a series of my prints in order to encourage people to take the CVs.



John Biddle Portfolio 03-06-2012