Concept drawings

I’d been doing a lot of concept pieces before and after the exhibition in Bristol and when I came to a final decision about the degree show and what I wanted my project to be, I redrew them all to what I imagined they could look like as finished pieces. In a sense, final concepts.

I was using watercolour, as I wanted a certain density as well as a transparency to the outcome. Knowing that the final images would have to be painted on MDF was a bit worrying because I knew they weren’t going to come out looking the same. I could visualise the changes to an extent but I still couldn’t fully anticipate the outcome.




Initial concepts 

 At first I wanted to represent the idea that the bubbleverse was in fact all the particles of the body of the primordial creator god. I ended up drawing this guy thinking, I shouldn’t limit myself to a strictly human body shape, even if it’s massively simplified. if it’s an entity of unfathomable dimensions then I can just let my mind go crazy and see what comes out.

I was especially pleased with the watercolours I was using at the time because I was getting bright and vivid colours, even when diluted. I had the thought to add the heart as a transparency to the great emotion which drives this being, out on display like an emblem but also a core part of the being itself.

Unfortunately I drew this being for no reason – I had already decided to discard the rainbow creator and replace it with the mirror creator. The whole idea that god created us in his image, that we are god and god is us… and most importantly- the self-reflection in the context of the universal genesis.

Further on, if I decide to continue my work on the project, I will definitely find a use for this concept drawing. Not just yet though.


Once I finished this piece, I went out on the look for frames. I knew I didn’t want this drawing to be forgotten away somewhere in a sketchbook or an album, and I wanted to give it an honourable place in my room. 

moon & sea / pt. 2 & 3

‘floating above the whales’, A3

Above is a development illustration on one of the fairy tales I was working on this summer. I was trying out different perspectives and I thought it’d be interesting to see some whales underneath, to give that sense of depth and scale. (I thought hey, imagine an albino mermaid…)

The image below is a circular wet-on-wet ink perspective study. I was combining the ideas of ‘blue crescent’ and ‘floating above the whales’ in the simplest piece possible. It felt fitting and it was intriguing to see whether I’d succeeded in the eyes of others.

‘underwater moonlight’ A4


I did a few copies of the refined image in order to try out a few colour combinations. Because of the meanings of specific colours and because I was working on a yin-yang background I faced a few challenges, so to speak; for example the moon had to be the light circle in the dark and the sun had to be the dark one in the light (which I found quite interesting as stars turn into black holes at the end of their lives).

The last colour test I did proved to be the combination I’d been looking for so I got to work as soon as I finished it. I’m really happy I got to use my gold and silver pens as well – it makes an interesting light effect on the dress and a few other spots.

colour concepts/ for children

And then there was colour!

‘The Mermaid Who Couldn’t Swim Deep’
‘A Trip With a Dirigible’

I did more finalized concepts for two of the stories. The IMG_8503Mermaid Who Couldn’t Swim Deep and A Trip With a Dirigible. I did a colour concept drawing for Dancing in the Moonlight. There’s a few more images but I’ll be keeping those in my own albums.

Hidden City (final piece)

I wasn’t quite certain at the beginning as to what my final piece would be or look like. I decided to make myself a Research & Ideas sketchbook in order to keep track of all my ideas and thoughts for this project. There are many pages in that book with ideas that I absolutely loved but which didn’t see further development for various reasons.

I believe that once again, my view of the city changed. During the Easter holiday, while I was back home, all I could think about while walking on the streets was where I could find a source of inspiration and I consciously tried to find things I could use for my project work.

After that walk around town with my mom (previous post) everything became really clear in my head, all my ideas aligned perfectly, like pieces of a puzzle – I was really excited.

For this final piece I decided to put together a book of illustrations using the masking fluid/tape/watercolour technique which actually helps convey my ideas quite easily and clearly. My idea to focus on reflections also took root in the illustrations as the windows of the buildings can be perceived as both reflections of the sky and sneak-peeks of the people’s private lives.

The next 6 images are all details of an additional A1 final piece, which is really important for the final work. (My initial idea was to have it in a frame on a wall (or hanging in the air) with a table in front of it on which lies the Hidden City Book of Illustrations. But we don’t get to exhibit our work like that.)

(Unfortunately I lost all other photos of  the  book and the works inside it. I will be able to upload them once the assessment is over. I truly apologise for this, there will be an update as soon as possible.)

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This is a full image of the additional final piece. It was inspired by the view from the windows of the fifth floor of the Cardiff Central Library. IMG_3569[1]

Explaining My Idea

After my tutorial/assessment at the end of last term, Amelia (one of our tutors) suggested that I keep to the quiet, simple stories of the streets but my idea was a bit different and I didn’t manage to explain that. 

I want to focus more on the buildings rather than the people living inside of them. After my interesting discovery at the end of the collaborative project (that within the same group idea, “Magic Hidden in the City”, I had a different approach than them – they had focused on magical buildings and cityscapes whereas I decided to depict the magical creatures and people that are hidden in the city and represent that hidden magic – and the simplest explanation for that would be that they are all fine artists and I am the only illustrator) I suddenly had a very different view of the city and its buildings and streets.

At the back of my mind was the image I had seen one day when my friends and I were walking back from a house viewing, shortly after the project brief – when I looked at one of the buildings across the street it looked strangely hyper-symmetrical and all of its windows were black, with very few reflections in them. The sky behind, the storm clouds, caught my attention and the contrast was a really interesting thing to observe. And then a thought crossed my mind: what if the only thing we could see from the building were the windows. Could we still tell it was a building?

I forgot about that for at least two months until I was walking on one of the pretty small streets in the centre back home, and the thought rushed back into my consciousness. I decided to stick with the idea of negative space and a limited pallet for the final piece since they are both things that we had lectures on in the beginning of the year and they did leave a positive impression on me.


1. masking tape, masking fluid & drawing ink


2. masking fluid & watercolour


3. masking tape & watercolour


I decided that the best way to execute my idea would be with the use of masking tape and fluid along with watercolours and drawing ink. I had never used masking fluid before so there was also an experimentation element to my work this term (as there was last term with the analogue photography).

I love how the simplicity of the try-out pieces fits with the idea of quietness which I’m supposed to strive for, and also hints of something hidden away and maybe for the first time ever, people will wonder what the building looked like, rather than what is inside it. It is a city, hidden in plain sight. 

More Tests

I decided to do some more experiments with masking tape as I’m looking for the same effect. Straight lines work best when you’re trying to draw buildings, right?



Final Piece Development

During my time back home for the Easter break, I had time to think and by spending my time every day all day out in town with my friends I managed to clear out and polish my ideas. I came up with a final piece consisting of a series of A2 paintings/illustrations.

But in order to do my pieces the way I wanted, I needed to learn how to use masking fluid. It was a really exciting and unexpected experience and I did enjoy the first tryouts.

Here I have uploaded the results of my experimentation with and without effects because they work both ways. :)


1. Eye,  watercolour & masking fluid

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2. Green, watercolour & masking fluid



3. flower, watercolour & masking fluid

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4. Shapes, watercolour & masking fluid




5. I don’t even know.  watercolour & masking fluidIMG_3540[1]