Sarah Kirk Illustration


Summer Project #10 – Line Dogs Layouts

Using my existing rough sketches to experiment with different formats of how a poster could look.

This is a montage which I have played around with using Photoshop, trying to show many sad Staffies. I think the pencil and pen work well as they look grey and a bit depressing. I also think has a ‘serious’, down-to-business kind of look which obviously is good as I don’t want the poster to seem light hearted:

Below is the first montage I have experimented with, using previous minimal sketches just with a fine line pen. I thought that there was too much space on this one so I tried adding more and crowding them together………

I do really like this look of dogs all packed in and on top of each other. Maybe some of them look a bit too relaxed and happy?! But at the same time I don’t want to over milk the sad puppy faces too much so maybe they’re ok:

For the image below I tried putting one dog much bigger and on top of all the others which I think is the most successful out of all of them as you can see straight away the one dog, and then you look closer to see the other images:

I’d like to try adding more detail onto these but I’m not sure if that would work so well as you might not be able to see what all the crowded shapes are if they are too busy? I do like the idea of dogs all packed in in a claustrophobic way like this though as I think it gives a really immediate sense that there are loads of them.

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Summer Project #9 – Still deciding………… more sketches?

As the title suggests I am still pondering over the direction to take in this project. I think I always have a few too many vague ideas which always boils down to having no ideas in the end. I think I have been happiest with my simple observations, so I was wondering whether to start off with just a very basic poster idea of having lots of Staffies, making a statement about the sheer number of dogs in rescue homes at the moment. Then perhaps I can develop this into a series of posters involving the causes of the problem ie. dogs being disposable, syringes being the easy solution to the problem etc!

Gone back to fine line pen and pencil as I like the ghostly effect, here are some new little sketches:



Summer Project #8 – Development 1

Yep just fiddling around with previous imagery………



Summer Project #7 – Ideas Drawings 1

Trying to start getting my ideas down on paper, concentrating on the ¬†following themes – consumerism/disposable dogs, the targeting of one particular breed ( based on the “Target the deed, not the breed!” campaign) and the destruction of innocent animals. Some of these ideas I think are worth carrying on with but I really need to have a play around with the development of the imagery as they are pretty rough.



Lion Designs
August 18, 2010, 9:10 pm
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Some lion drawings that I did on commission for my friend Jack who wanted a tattoo design. Very exciting! I’m quite pleased with the detail and accuracy although we’re not sure how much detail a tattoo artist would be able to use. Anyhoo, here are the main drawings:



Summer Project 6 – Doggy Destruction

Well these are a bit depressing but trying to find a good way to portray a dog being ‘destroyed’, or put down. Think this idea of a heartbeat stopping is alright, perhaps it should be clearer? Or maybe more dramatic. It sort of also looks like a target… could play on this idea too? So many ideas! As there is plenty of space on the image below for text, I’m going to make it into a poster.



Summer Project #5 – Sad Staffies in Mixed Media

More mixed media observations, I’m quite pleased with the first two as I think they have a bit of personality. The next stage is probably to think about what I want to explicitly say in my campaign and to merge more different elements together on Photoshop or by cutting and sticking.