It’s almost the end of the semester. You can always tell when you panic at the amount of work needed to be done and you just can’t get yourself to start any of the work because you just don’t know where to begin, and when the days are just dr-a a a-ging on!
Also, here I am procrastinating by writing this post, instead of starting on my work.
With three more weeks left to go, its taking forever just for the day to be over. But I suppose that’s a good thing with all this work to do.
It’s been a good semester, and classes have been good. I also had my mid-point review and presented my thesis. Most of my friends being from the Visual Development and Animation department, I misunderstood the entire thesis proposal and had mine sort of driven more towards a visual development area. However I was able to re-present my proposal in two weeks without having to do so the next semester. Only thing was I had to change the entire proposal. With advice from a lecturer I had a few semesters ago, I managed to pass the proposal on the second go. So, yay!
Originally I was going to do narrative illustrations based on a historical character, Ibn Batuta, from back home, and his writings from the time he was in the Maldives. I changed from that to 3 different categories, with 11 different topics, targeted to different markets which I agree would help me build a better portfolio. And I’m definitely glad I had to change my entire thesis (even though the board gave me an extra tough time at the review). This way, I won’t be stuck doing the same thing. I have different illustrations to work for the next year and a half and not get sick of it!
As for the newly proposed thesis, the 3 categories I mentioned before are: 1) Children’s book illustration, 2) Music & Advertising and 3) Editorial.
For the Children’s Book Illustrations, I will be doing a cover page, a few spreads and spot illustrations for the story ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. I had so many other stories I wanted to do, but I know the more time I spend time on deciding which book I want to do, the more I would regretting not having chosen so and so book later on. So I decided on one of the first books that came into mind. I thought of doing a Roald Dahl book also because his books are all mostly illustrated by Quentin Blake and there aren’t many other illustrators who’s illustrated his stories; so it’ll be more fun to create my own characters without having too many influences or references.
The second category is divided into Music and Advertising. I’ve always wanted to design gig posters and CD covers, and getting to do these illustrations for my thesis I can have a portfolio specific for the music industry. I’ll be working on a CD cover for an existing contemporary artist (which I haven’t decided yet, but for now thinking of doing Flight of the Conchords or any other band that makes use of illustrations for the identity). Second illustration will be a CD or vinyl cover for traditional native music from back home. So I decided to work on a ‘bodu beru’ (a traditional form of music in the Maldives). Either one of these illustrations I will be creating interactive elements which can be used in a website. Doing a interactive information site about ‘bodu beru’ would be fun I think. Last for the music illustration would be a gig poster either for an artist or a music festival.
For advertising, I will be doing two poster illustrations. One, a tourism poster. I haven’t even thought of what country I want to be doing, although I might just end up doing it on the Maldives. Second, an ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour event poster. For one of these I will be doing an interactive site.
Final category of Editorial! : Cover page and article illustrations for 5 magazines for 5 different markets. So far I’ve chosen ‘Lucky Peach’, a food magazine based here in San Francisco, that has really awesome illustrated articles in it. And ‘Wired’ as we all know, a technology and culture based magazine. It always has great illustrations as well. As for the other 3 magazines, I might do an article from the ‘New Yorker’ on fashion, a book review or any other category. I was also thinking of doing a sports magazine. I will have to spend some time at a bookstore and buy a few magazines to decide!
So, there you have it! My thesis illustrations I will be working on along with my classes for the rest of my studies at AAU.
Now back to finals for this semester!