Monday, 26 March 2012

New Sketchbook

Since Paris I have been using a new sketchbook to collate my ideas, inspiration and designs. I wanted the book to reflect the personal journey and message of my work, so as ever an impacting cover was an important element to consider.

As my work has been focusing on a lavish, ecclesiastical style of illustration since visiting the Louvre, It felt apt to continue this manner.

As within my design work I have focused on the opposing themes of 'Sin' and 'Virtue' or as I have termed it on this occasion; 'Summum Bonum' (supreme good) and 'Summum Malum' (supreme evil).
On either side are quotes from Virgil pondering on aspects of 'good' and 'evil'.
Placing 'Summum Malum' as the focal point (ie the cover) was an intentional decision, as evil is often far more focused on and predominant in the world than good.

The Amaryllis has been used as a symbol of Pride (and therefore categorically a sin) and the white Lily as a symbol of Purity and The Virgin Mary (in accordance with historical art symbolism). I also chose these flowers as they are consistent with my most recent design work.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

'Virtue' Design

After working for some time on a design I have been calling 'Virtue' I have completed the mixed media piece and scanned it ready to edit using Photoshop and put into repeat. The themes of the design are drawn directly from my extensive research into the historical use of flora and fauna as symbolic imagery, and of the styles and aesthetics of ecclesiastical art. Within 'Virtue' I chose to incorporate 3 different birds which historically represent purity and virtue in Christian art; the Dove, the Goldfinch and the Sparrow. With the Dove representing; the Holy spirit and the Virgin Mary, the Goldfinch; The Passion of Christ and the Sparrow; Gods concern for living creatures. The flowers within the design also represent aspects of 'Virtue'; the white Lily; chastity, purity and immaculate conception (can traditionally be seen in pieces of art depicting the annunciation), the Passion Flower; the passion of Christ, the daisy; innocence and purity, the Star of Bethlehem; purity and hope and coltsfoot; the Virgin Mary (due to its radiating, halo appearance). The flora were also carefully selected as they were aesthetically complimentary, as well as symbolically. Here is a close up of one section of the design:

Sunday, 4 March 2012


York is one of the most beautiful cities Ive ever visited, so a visit to accompany and inspire my project felt natural, especially given the historical nature of the city.
York has an abundance of Religious buildings and architecture, so there was a wealth of visual inspiration to be gained from the various sights of the city. The walled nature of the city means that its quite an insular, tightly packed city, so interesting sights were to be found at every turn, including; the Minster, the Shambles, a vast array of churches and of course many taverns and shops.
Over the course of the day I explored York, soaking up the limitless culture of the city.