I used the following links as inspiration:
I took my sketchbook on a ‘journey’, by incorporating sea shells collected along the way and using them to create illustrations.
I looked at the different sea shells and thought of ways to use them in my illustrations. I decided on including them to create the following characters: lion; unicorn; mermaid; girl on swing; fairy; birds; sea urchin character & elephant. I created several illustrations for each character.
I then was inspired by the shapes of some of the sea shells to use them as part of the background layouts for my sea urchins character.
I used photographs I took of African fabric as background layer and arranged white shells as clouds and other sea shells as stars to create day- and night sky.
I arranged blue sea shells to fill an A4 sheet of paper and photographed it, to use as the ocean background.
I crushed some sea urchin shells and arranged it onto an A4 sheet of paper to photograph to use as grass for the background layouts.
I used yellow African fabric and shells to create the sun/ moon.
I then drew the character using a picture of my face and a sea urchin as the body. I drew a house and used red (photographed African fabric) for the roof. I also drew a colourful tree, tent, picnic scene and a boat. I used another object I found at the seaside, as a surfboard for my character.
I put all the different bits together to create fun illustrations. It took a lot of different layers of photographs and adding shells to the next layer, in order to get the desired effect. Unfortunately, the colour faded a bit as it was re-printed with the several different layers of shells.
I loved this exercise and spent hours outside collecting sea shells. It was very therapeutic and refreshing spending time by the seaside.
It would probably have been better to ‘merge’ the different layers of photographs using procreate on my iPad, instead of printing them, adding more shells/ layers & re-printing them again.
Visiting the fabric shop:
Collecting sea shells:
My doodles using seashells inspired by the work of Steinberg and Nieman:
My illustrations using seashells and African fabric:
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)