Blog post relevant to this assignment which includes all sketchbook and drawn work:
The assignment was to create a magazine illustration for one of four words. I explored these words before choosing ‘Guilty Secret’.
I was tasked to arrange objects for a still life as the basis for the design and to work from there to finish the artwork.
I began with a long list of objects and whittled it down to 5 most essential items, which I arranged and photographed to explore the set up:
I produced a pencil drawing…
…on which the final piece was directly based. I was most concerned that the conker would be recognised as the odd object out – the child’s item.
I eventually settled on drawing the conker and rosary in one style (painted in Photoshop) and the rest of the objects in another (drawn in soft pastel using a light box from this drawing).
This is the final background part after experimentation. When combined with the foreground objects the final illustration is…