Close ups of my poetry response for Popshot Magazine. Details and a little insight into my process.

Picture of Haim I produced for the Secret 7 vinyl cover competition - however I was unsuccessful. 

But what I really enjoyed about this project was learning more digital effects and trying out a new technique.

It’s a freezing cold day in London and I’m sitting here staring out of the window remembering the fun times I had traveling around Europe last summer with this boy of mine, and I really can’t wait to do it again.

It’s a freezing cold day in London and I’m sitting here staring out of the window remembering the fun times I had traveling around Europe last summer with this boy of mine, and I really can’t wait to do it again.

COMPETITION WINNER KRISTER!

I ran a little competition in a bid to encourage more people to like my illustration facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/JessDurdenIllustration

I promised to produce a unique one off portrait of the winner, and here is the final outcome. It has been packaged and sent to the winner and hopefully he will be happy with my drawing of him. 

Band Art Work

I’ve been working on a new album cover for this band, which I’m unable to reveal at the moment, but I will very soon. So here’s a link to their facebook page for you to check some of their music.

T   E   E   N   B   O   O   K

http://www.teenbookmag.com/ The Brit Issue

This weekend if you want to read some interesting articles go check out this amazing new website, where I was also asked to produce a series of portraits for the contributors.

Sneak peek at a Birthday present for my boyfriend Ross Williams. We became a little obsessed with the Breaking Bad series, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the last installment of the final season. 

Sneak peek at a Birthday present for my boyfriend Ross Williams. We became a little obsessed with the Breaking Bad series, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the last installment of the final season. 

Coming Soon! 

Designs I’ve produced for a start up t-shirt company. Due to launch in March - currently website is under construction but stay tuned!!

Competition Time!!!

Must crack out the old Brave New World again for a little refresh! I’m going to have so much fun doing this competition.

Photos from London.

Trolling

So I was having a nice chilled Sunday with my boyfriend and while I was catching up with Crash Bandicoot he started reading out all of these old chatroom conversations belonging to this guy who calls himself - Bloodninja. It was the funniest stuff, and if you aren’t easily offended you should go check out these conversations!

Free Range 2012 - A few months ago we had our end of year show in the Truman Brewery. It was a wild success! There was a great turn out in our opening night and throughout the rest of the weekend we seemed to attract a lot of interest. The blue walls worked well enhancing the work and making it stand out. The work that people produced was just breathtaking. 

I got some photos of my work in the exhibition, and also took some pictures of my personal favorites. 

Glade Festival 2012 - A Different World.

This happened a few months ago, but I am a little bit behind on my posts. This was the 4th time I went to Glade, it’s been a very special place for me as it’s the setting where I first met my boyfriend. But lately it’s become more than that for me, each year the music has just gotten better and better. It’s clear to see that the organizers have spent a lot of time on the decorations, planning and coming up with new exciting ideas. The woods… The meteor stage… The return of the Liquid stage… Meeting some amazing fun people… This year by far beat all the others and I’m eagerly awaiting the next, to see how far they can push the boundaries. 

The End of University

My final thoughts on Extended Major Project.

This project has challenged me on new levels, forced me to become more independent and to trust my decision making. I think even in the last unit and the previous years I still needed to hear what the tutors had to say before continuing on further with an idea, I was producing work for a mark. While this is okay perhaps to begin with I needed this project to be the best piece of work I could produce, to be the culmination of all the hard work and effort I have put into my practice especially over the past 3 years. 

Overall I am happy with the work I have produced, but I feel it’s just in my nature to all see the faults, the flaws, the areas I could have done differently. And now I no longer see this as a problem, it’s just going to keep my striving for the highest quality, to always be progressing and becoming more professional. I really enjoy drawing, and see now that I could not have selected a better path for myself, Illustration has changed me and made me want to do the best that I can.

For many, they might see the work that I do, the themes I explore as being slightly overdone. I feel differently, nature, the human animal relationships and other worldly legends have been a continuous source of inspiration throughout civilization. And I don’t think that we will ever stop wondering, it is good to be curious about things. I see that now, this unit has taught me that following my curiosity can lead to something that I’m truly proud of. 

My main focus for this unit was one the forest. Even thought the animals and the magic play a large part, it was the forest that fascinated me the most. One can feel attracted to its grandeur, or scared by its depth and darkness. This project reminded me of when I was a child, I would walk through the forest by my house and I used to build teepee’s with my friends, we would then just let nature completely surround us. 

The greatest source of inspiration for me was taking some time away to go walking in the forests nearby. I would just walk quietly and imagine the different otherworldly scenes that could by played out. 

The turning point for me in this unit was when I decided to buy a water colour set. This gave my drawings a dreamy quality, and it was really fun testing out the different colour combinations. This evolved my work I feel and improved it, making it more interesting to look at. I really enjoyed the intricately detailed pen drawing on top. I enjoy hiding things for the viewer to find. So that when someone looks at it to begin with it might not look so magically, but after a few minutes of studying it they will uncover new little things that they did not notice. 

Currently I am in the progress of making a little book for the exhibition. It will be a book of close ups of my final work. As a promotional material to give to people.

I feel throughout this unit I have used my time effectively, and I have succeeded in my goal of participating in more collaborations. This year, I wanted to explore new themes, to work with new people and to produce work to open up my portfolio. I worked with new materials, new challenges and feel that I performed well with meeting my deadlines and getting my hands dirty. Some of those projects worked better than others and have resulted in more commissions but overall I am happy to have received new experiences.

I worked with the Howl company to put on the event at 60Million Postcards, and I feel that this is an area of Illustration that I want to continue further. By producing work for events, more props, set design, photo booths, murals,  etc. I see now that my work can take on many different forms, that I do not have to pigeon hole myself to thinking I can only do magazine articles. I am eager to graduate and see just how far I can push myself, to exceed my limitations and surprise myself with the possibilities for my practice. 

Starting my Final piece, this is the middle section. I’ve painted the background now starting to apply pen detail on top. This was something I had to get used to, to begin with the pen just looks so harsh against the delicate wash of watercolour. But the further I went and the more I filled in the more interesting it became.