Final year crit/tutorials..

As the first week drawers to a close and now reflecting upon my feedback on the summer work and upcoming months projects, i feel deflated. how do i progress? what direction is my project headed toward?

Having always had a passion for studying people, drawing their imperfections or odd anomalies i knew my project would continue this way. However, i still don’t understand why, why am i intrigued with portraits and the normal people?
How do i find a link between these interests to make them a series rather than a random collection of images?
I don’t feel my initial crit has helped, i have no clearer idea of what is expected of me or of how to make my portrait interests into a project with a combining theme. Besides pointing out the errors and lack of direction within my work, my first feedback of the year involved little future guidance or progressive ideas.

Beginning the year with apprehension and confusion..not what i hoped for! i hope that with sketching and idea searching over the next week i find a more clear path and linked direction for my projects.


The illustrative story: Scott Dungate..

Title: “BOF!”

Brand: Chambord

Agency: Weiden + Kennedy

Creative: Scott Dungate


Scott Dungate’s version of a visual narrative is the opposite to previous artists, showing the divers styles of illustration possible to create a powerful piece of art.I prefer the more hyper-realistic style of painting which is what i hope to create within my work for this project.

Creating a narrative: Rob Fletcher..

Title: “Silver Lady”

Brand: National Express

Agency: Isobel

Creative: Rob Fletcher  




For my Life Stories summer brief i have researched into how existing artists create narratives with minimal or no text. This research will inform me of the different ways this type of art is possible to create successfully and the things i should focus on when creating each part of my visual biography.

Contemporary Illustration..

Montse Bernal is an artists from Paris who specialises in fine art portaiture.  She loves the portrait and understands it as a way of rediscovering a person, to go beyond the surface of that which is shown to us at first glance and which can be touched…
Clients include The New Yorker, Nike and BMW.

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Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell formed this creative partnership having studied together at Glasgow School of Art. Their experimental collaborative approach to illustration and installation has led to exhibitions on just about every continent and projects with Adidas, MTV and Comme des Garcons.

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Angelina Jolie Biography:Looking from the start..

  • Born on 4th June 1975, In Los Angeles.
  • Daughter of Actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, only has one brother.7th-baby
  • Jolie struggled through childhood and teenage years with depression and being able to find herself.
  • First film appearance was aged 6 with her father in ‘Lookin’ to get out’
  • From age 11- Attended Lee Strasberg theatre and film Institute.
  • In 1995, she married actor Jonny Lee Miller and they divorced in 1999.
  • 1998 appeared in ‘Gia’, she won her first Golden Globe Award
  • In 2000, she won the Screen Actors Guild award, the Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award in the category, ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for the movie, ‘Girl, Interrupted’
  • Adopted Madox.
  • She married, Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 and they separated in 2003.
  • Her 2001 film, ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, later a sequel followed, ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’.
  • In 2001, Jolie was appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the UNHCR for her charity work in Cambodia and Pakistan
  • Published a book of her experiences and actions whilst doing charity work, called “Notes on my travels”
  • By 2005 Angelina was cast the starring role in ‘Mr and Mrs. Smith’ alongside Brad Pitt.
  • By 2008, Brad and Angelina now had 6 children, 3 were adopted as well as 3 of their own. Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox and Vivienne.
  • 2009 Angelina was awarded the Global Humanitarian award for her decades work of raising awareness and charitable efforts and donations throughout.
  • 2010 Brad and Angelina set up the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation
  • In 2013 Angelina underwent a double mastectomy, spoke about “her medical choice” due to being diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene.



Angelina Jolie: Life Stories

After researching a variety of powerful and influential women through the 21st century i have decided upon Angelina Jolie’s Life story to tell. Her Life ranges from the troubled childhood and now to the glamorous Hollywood life of a humanitarian that we see today, as well as everything in between.


I chose to focus on Angelina Jolie because she isn’t what meets the eye, she is a powerful and influential woman of today but has many other things that make her who she is. I wanted my summer project to on someone who i was interested by but who also has many different angels that i could explore to use within my visual biography. I haven’t chosen an historical figure such as Martin Luthor King or Nelson Mandella because although they’re lives are both extremely selfless and strong willed, i wanted someone who i have seen through my life and have been surprised by what they have achieved.

Jolie is the daughter of famous actor and actress Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Having had a troubled childhood being an outcast, called weird for her looks and punk rock interests, she was not always the glamorous and strong woman we see today.

Handmade books..

The Life Stories project must be presented in the form of a book like a normal biography would be, it can be hand bound or professionally bound. I began my research for this just by looking at the range of binding options available to do myself compared to that of what a professional would do..

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