Sunday, 28 February 2010

Glass Prisms

Quite boring photos, but the point is that drawing glass and reflections for Perfume has led to me to glass prisms. I'm getting a bit obsessed with tone and how the light hits the glass. I'm really enjoying doing the drawings for the competition and am thinking it might be a theme I could continue into the External Group project.

Glass again

The beginnings of the project for Penguin has got me a little interested in glass. At first I wanted to stay away from glass bottles as they've been used on "Perfume" covers before and are a bit predictable. Then I decided I wanted to make a pattern that will cover the whole book jacket. It needs to be busy and overpowering, but with some irregularity, representative of Grenouille's position in the novel. I want the pattern to hint at Grenouille's surroundings, the fact that he is scentless in a world of scent only he can comprehend. So I'm planning to construct this pattern from elements of the drawings I've been doing of glass, reflections and the form of glass structures. Possibly using colour to make a section of the pattern stand out. Above are some drawings experimenting with the idea of one symbol repeated but I think the final pattern needs to be more overwhelming, with no gaps or space. More to come.

Sketchbook work for Penguin

Monday, 22 February 2010


A few drawings from the V&A.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Glass at the V&A

Went to the V&A to look at their glass collection for some ideas for Perfume. It was really good and I took loads of photos. I'm going to scan in my drawings soon.


I'm entering the Penguin competition to design a book jacket for "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind. These are some older covers for the book.

Inspiration for the Macmillan Competition.

I am entering The Macmillan Prize to Illustrate/design a childrens book. These are some images and illustrators I like.

M Sasek
Maurice Sendak
Shelley Fowles
Quentin Blake (of course!)
Polly Dunbar
Mei Matsouka
Laura Carlin
Joel Stewart
Emily Gravett

Alice Melvin