Bornean Wildlife for fx-pedition 2010

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Some natural history illustration for the fx-pedition to use in the educational content of their website. Most of them are endemic & endangered species, they were good fun to learn about before I started drawing them!

Sunda Clouded Leopard
Siamese Crocodile
Bornean Southern Gibbon
Mueller's Gibbon
Bornean Bay Cat
Black Hornbill
Bornean Orang-utan
Proboscis Monkey
Paradise Tree Snake
Blue-Eared Kingfisher

I struggled with the stylisation for them, though; I kept wanting to characterise & simplify more. You can tell the ones that I spent the longest with at sketch stage because they're the ones that are the most characterised & simple, as well as my favourites! My tutor liked them, but I got the idea he felt similarly to myself about natural history illustration not really being my calling in life. C'est la vie, I still had fun doing these & like most of them a lot anyway.

Organica Chocolate Bars

Thursday, 10 June 2010

I love Organica chocolates, being vegan there aren't that many "milk" style chocolates on the market I can eat I guess, but apart from that they're damn tasty, & they manage to be entirely organic, often Fairtrade & sourced from sustainable farms. Saying that I don't think I'm cut out for packaging, this felt very constrained, so I might quit my packaging design career while I'm a tiny bit ahead!
This project got disturbed by another surprise project, so I had to drop it then come back to it...normally that should've killed my enthusiasm, but actually it gave me the chance to reasses what I'd done & I think it's a whole lot stronger for it.

Props to Karl for folding the mock-ups for me ;D Originally I'd designed these with hand-drawn type but they looked amateur; the type on the finals here are blockprinted then edited in Photoshop. I also blockprinted the company's logo so it would match better with the rest of my design, which I think is a vast improvement, & blockprinted another design with an image rather than type.

Marmalade + orange chocolate!
These were such a blast to make, even through the occasions where the tool slipped & I stabbed myself! I've got a real bee in my bonnet about printmaking at the moment. Expect more!