Character Illustrations for CHICKS

Just a quick preview of the character designs for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website that I’m currently building at Bluestone360.

Original CHICKS character designs

The original designs that I submitted needed amending as they portrayed the children as being too young. The respite breaks held by CHICKS are for children between 8 – 15 years old and so the characters needed to reflect this.

Face sketches

Character sketches

After an afternoon of sketching, development and experimenting stylistically – here are the new illustrations:

Improved CHICKS character designs

The Bluestone360 Academy

Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe

I’ve recently relocated to Plymouth to join Bluestone360 for a summer placement. This is a very exciting opportunity for me to gain experience at one of South West’s top creative agencies after winning a design competition launched as part of the Bluestone360 Academy. The Academy was formed to give talented graduates real industry experience. As the chosen candidate I will be bringing to life the design entry I submitted for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website. CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children across the UK. These breaks take place in one of their countryside retreats in Devon or Cornwall and give the children a chance to enjoy their childhood.

Having received a very warm welcome on my first day at Bluestone360 I look forward to the challenges creating CHICKS’ new website will involve. A convenient bonus of my time here is that the office in Royal William Yard is right by the waterfront and is an absolutely gorgeous location to be based.

WaterfrontCow sculpture

Royal William YardBluestone360 office

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Another recent development is that I’ve joined Twitter. Feel free to follow my process as I journey through my latest adventure!

The Ultimate Holding Company

I have recently finished a placement at The Ultimate Holding Company in Manchester. UHC is an unique art and design co-operative who aims to contribute towards positive and social change through good graphic design as well as publicly engaging projects. Amongst many things, the placement allowed me to make small contributions towards the Keith Taylor MEP website as well as witness the frenzy of activity behind the EXAM Project, which was part of the Queer Up North Festival.

A big thank you to Sara, Jack and the rest of the team at UHC for looking after me during my time there!

Advice From Them

Last month while in the Northern Quarter of Manchester I picked up a flyer about the Advice From Them project. This project aims to create a collection of good advice that people have been given, would like to give or wish they’d been given.

For my submission, I chose to illustrate: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, a piece of advice I’m sure many of us have been given.

Can you spot all the eggs?

Can you spot all the eggs?

The Advice From Them project is still in its early stage and you can take part by sending artwork to:

Advice From Them
PO Box 545
Manchester M14 0GL

or email: