Sarah Kirk Illustration


Self Portrait?
April 8, 2011, 11:48 am
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Really hate drawing self portraits.. this is mine for our exhibition catalogue, bit sketchy and probably should have done something more abstract and interesting but oh well..



BBC W1 Project : Finished!

So had the presentation of my branding work for the new BBC Broadcasting House on Tuesday, and although it was pretty terrifying, it went generally well. They were very complimentary and seemed impressed, and even though the commission ended up going to a graphic design student, we still get to have our work exhibited by them and they are also planning to make some of our pieces into a set of give away postcards which is a good consolation prize!

This is the work I ended up displaying, which I’m generally pretty happy with. It’s all based around the concept of having a smooth and harmonious move of staff into the new building:



Summer Project #13 – Outlines

Just beavering away on the same idea as before, the posts are mounting up now and I’ve only got a couple of weeks left to finish this project… eek. Anyway these are the line drawings to be layered up with the tonal doggie drawings:



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.



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 #4 – Pen and Watercolour

Have just been carrying on with the observations, trying to get quite a sad staffie image to go for the sympathy vote.. I have also been thinking about the format of my final piece, I’m thinking it has to be some kind of campaign – either posters, some kind of eye catching booklet or even various different objects such as bookmarks, keyrings or something with a certain promotional design on.



A wolf and Matt Bellamy

Quite proud of this recent pen drawing, and the portrait is about a year old but I have to get over my fear of drawing people and I thought this was a fairly good likeness – it has his crooked nose and cheeky grin at least