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ILLUSTRATION
UNIVERSITY PROJECT

During my undergraduate degree. As part of the Graphic Design practise, we had to complete an Illustration module. This project was one of my personal favourites. We were assigned a generic short story written by Donald Barthelemy, that had a generic plot of a Expedition, and we had complete freedom to illustrate this text. 

I have a personal connection to this project, and to the geese characters that I illustrated. I live near a beautiful large pond in mid Wales, that is home to Canadian migrating geese every year. It is always a wonderful sight watching them fly in their triangle formations to and from the lake. Whenever my father and I would watch them, we would mimic the geese pretending they were fighter pilots in the army in their formation. This sparked my idea for this project and I couldn't imagine illustrating anything but geese.  The illustrations took shape of an World War two expedition to the main base camp, from Canada to Britain.   

Once I'd established this idea, I had a lot of fun experimenting with illustrating the characters and the scenes, as you can see below.  I call them The War Geese. 

I illustrated the whole story using pen similarly to my fine art practise, as I feel very comfortable using pen.

I loved the authenticity and traditional aspect of pen and ink. It gave it an old fashioned, and old story book feel, similar to illustrations in the 1940s. I wanted the illustrations to remain delicate and mostly monochrome, so I used light washed of watercolour to add some distinction. 

I had the most fun on this project, as we had complete creative freedom, and was very different to the other projects I worked throughout my degree. 

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