ADVANCE WARNING: There follows an-already-slightly-mouldering (these are now pretty old drawings…) ‘glut’ of sketchbook-based posts charting my progress/stumble through the last couple of modules of the MA Children’s Book Illustration course, after which I promise a more regular (in terms of frequency) and varied posting service shall resume… Also, many of the images (in this post, particularly) are pretty cringesome – not to mention a little odd (the museum attendant slowly ossifying in the sequence I selected as my main project [idiot…] is not a body of work I’m at all proud of, hence the sparsity of images from the final artwork and general disinclination to discuss it) – but intended merely to illustrate (ha!) the project work we have undertaken and, hopefully, to demonstrate the progress I have made since then… I would, however, not be in the least offended if you decided that this was all a little tedious and enjoined me to get back to some more interesting and engaging work for your ocular amusement, please-thank you.
Meanwhile, if I haven’t already pestered you via some other flavour of social media, please do have a quick nosey of my new website (much tinkering still to be effected, but at least it’s now visible!!) at www.illustratedbyamanda.com
The autumn/winter semester, ‘Sequential Image’ project represented a real challenge, evidenced by the myriad re-workings of a particular storyboard idea (once several others had been rather unceremoniously rejected – not before a couple of agonising weeks attempting to rejig them into something clever/hilarious/logical…) to arrive at something that ‘read’ successfully – a few examples of which are displayed here (amidst a somewhat cacophonous selection of alternative ideas and other random sketchbook pages). You will also note that I haven’t really attempted to use colour at all – that just felt like an element too far in addition to the considerations of pacing, perspective, rhythm, story ‘arc’, page-turn impetus and characterisation that were already making trouble for my as-yet pretty inarticulate illustrator brain (although I wasn’t, ultimately, particularly successful on many of these counts, either…!):