BOSTES (big breath: NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards) English and Mathematics Syllabus illustrations.
Just recently completed, these were a most enjoyable distraction from my computer! A few samples from the project are below.
A highly topical travelling exhibition on Sustainability, Biodiversity and Climate Change. Put together by the Australian Museum, it toured regional areas of Australia over many months. Fisheye designed the entire display (3 large banners plus 11 information panels) plus a folded DL brochure and a 32 page booklet to accompany it, called the Green Home Guide. A very rewarding project.
The book bee
This is an illustration I did recently to depict how it feels when your mind is paid a visit by the book bee. Feels so good to have your flowers pollinated regularly!
The Intruder – Deviant Tree
A digital collage using all sorts of plants ranging from ivy to houseplants to an ancient fig tree. This was one of 16 illustrations in ‘The Intruder’ a pre-teen sci-fi tale about plants grown on the moon under a giant dome, following the end of food production on Earth.
Brain Storms! – Their own wild imaginings
This dentally-minded cow was used to illustrate a section from ‘Brain Storms!’, on stories from the deepest recesses of children’s imagination. You’ll have to read the book to find out how the cow fits in! A very bold line with bits of collage gave him the right mood.
Island Bound – internal illustration
This dreamy lighthouse was used as an internal illustration for ‘Island Bound’, a novel for pre-teen kids. A woodgrain texture was applied to it to give it a worn, painted wood feel.
Brain Storms! – internal illustration
This guy was created to furnish the humour section of the kids book of sort stories – Brain Storms!
A small nod to 50’s style with this one.
Stand Up! (internal design)
OK, now for some internals. These were a joy to work on – 32 pages in full colour, with a very open brief. For each issue tackled in the text (for example, Global Warming), there is a ‘for’ and an ‘against’ spread – each designed to be as persuasive as possible with emotive images. The student is challenged to see past all this persuasive stuff and identify the truth. We aimed to make every spread very different from the last, with lots of surprises and a bit of chaos balanced against usability. See what you think.
I loved working on this. Stand Up! is a book aimed at early high school students, and it encourages students to analyse and question the written word and highly polished or emotive images to discover the true message therein. This group of kids are so accustomed to slick visuals wherever they look, so we went for a zine feel with loads of layers and textures and organised chaos throughout! I did the cover and internals, plus illustration where required.
An illustration used in the book Brain Storms! Sampled textures and a 50’s style created a sense of fun and surprise reflected in the book’s stories.