10/12/17 – AND THEN tragedy struck.

I managed get close to sorting everything else out, after my last entry. I went straight to omicron the next day to get the packaging printed on the thickest card/paper they do, this was for both the liner box and the highlighter box. My first issue was the ink wasn’t sticking to the paper, making it look frayed and really manky. Was more stable construction wise though, so we were getting somewhere.

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The same happened with the small liner box, not only that, I had a bit of a problem with the sizing so it just collapsed and looked horrendous. With only a few days to go, and knowing I was having a busy time of it/my days were being lessened by seeing Marilyn Manson at the weekend (he was brilliant.), I had to think fast.

In the mean time I made my highlighter! and pressed it into it’s pan. I really like it, it’s not a turquoise as I intended but it all matches with it’s packaging so I’m happy with it nonetheless. It’s also SO CREAMY as a formula! Like on par with Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit formula texture wise.

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After I finished the product I was quite annoyed with how the decoupage paper peels a bit. I think once it’s on display though and in a cool placement it wont be too visible. The varnish didn’t help with that one, it made everything more sticky. Also, problemo, the compact doesn’t always shut now… oops. The swatch is SO COOL though because you get a nice combination of different glitters, and a shiny unique coloured highlight.

I then stuck on the packaging for the compact too! There’s an example of how the circle looks in my sketchbook with the same image as the box, which I wasn’t as much of a fan of. So I went back to the PS document with the test segments I used and decided to pick something new. I think the new one looks a lot more lively and is a lot more interesting, the repetition last time wasn’t as nice.

In an attempt to sort out the packaging I went into uni last Friday, under Johns suggestion to just buy some paper at the uni shop and use the printers there. I brought the thickest cartridge paper I could find, I knew the ink would be absorbed with that a lot more but the packaging would be matte and a little grainy. I was willing to take that, as long as the box didn’t look like it had been thrown down a flight of stairs. Whilst cutting the paper to size I found some A3 paper in the resource room that was pre-cut and looked nice so I stole one sheet just to test. Sorry. I printed the highlight box onto that first and it looked great! I wanted to copy that to the thicker cartridge but I only chickened out in fears I’d block up the printer… I went back to the resource room for more of the other paper but it was gone! That’s karma! I needed another sheet for the liquid liner box, my plan was to then stick them to the cartridge paper to sturdy them up. The liquid liner box wasn’t to the right size anyway so I decided to not print it after that. I thought that one could look cool as just a sheet of paper with the liner next to it, sort of as a blue print almost. The highlighter box managed to work out really well though and a lot less frayed!

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This is where it went wrong further.

That day I also brought in my palette, in order to buy some acetate to stick over the pans so if they did break, the product wouldn’t go everywhere. But also to solve in the case that I couldn’t get the cabinet I wanted when putting my work up in the final show, people couldn’t shove their fingers into the make up. I got into uni and this happened:

I was devastated.

So I then had the choice, with time ticking; either to clean it and leave it as it is, working on the look book for it – or to take it home, re-press what shadow I had left and actually have a somewhat decent version of the crucial part of my final piece to have on display.

I chose to do re-press the palette. I cleaned it up, I re- pressed what I had. Added back the letraset letters I lost from cleaning. Re painted and re-varnish the crevice between the lid and the palette as it highlighted the fact that the palette is terribly glued together with hot glue. Now I need to stick in the mirror I brought for it to go on the inside of the lid and  the acetate like I planned and I’m done! If I have time after that, I will do my best to continue with the look book and change the backgrounds. I discussed it with David in a tutorial, we felt like the design of it didn’t match the design of the packaging (even though I really liked it, but as we know I’m a sucker for neons so maybe I’m biased.). We thought about doing some extra more basic collages to put into the background, to darken them and then use the same white writing again over the top with the look instructions and the look examples. Just so the look book was a bit more contextual to the brand image.

Here’s some images of how the palette looks now. I’m still worried the pans are going to smash in transit again because of the lack of green shadow I had left it’s already cracking. If it does, hopefully it’ll be salvaged slightly with the acetate. The letraset also wasn’t my friend, it wouldn’t always stick or would remove previous letters. It created some interesting typographical looks though, better then boring, basic Helvetica.

With hand in tomorrow, I want to collapse. I sort of hoped having a bit of a break seeing Manson would rev me back up again but I’m even more de-motivated and exhausted. Here’s a pic of the man that is though, and ya (special guest appearance) boy Johnny Depp on guitar! Although confined to a wheelchair/stool/leg brace/hostpital bed/machine thingy Maz pulled it out the bag! Honoured to have seen him last night. Think happy thoughts! 24862334_1601034396600160_5522155687643098542_n


06/12/17 – Longest post in my blogs history? Probably.

Not a lot has progressed since the last post I don’t think, I’m currently wrapping up on the Minor Project now. After a tutorial with David I did manage to sort out the logo. We decided just to use the simplest font possible, anything more complicated on top of the complicated design of the packaging was just going to confuse us. Below are some tests and the final design:

Again I did need the internet’s assistance on this one so I got people to vote on the layout for me over on the gram:


As you’ll see next, the only edit to the final design I did was lighten the purple to a lavender. I really wanted to keep purple in my design/part of my brand identity, but the darkness was still a struggle to see against the packaging, making it more pastel seemed the obvious step.

I continued to work on the packaging for the ‘Watching You Liquid Liner’ – it turned out really cute. Below you can see the journey through collage to box (I don’t have a photo of the box but it’ll be included in with my mocks.). As you can see I kept with the yellow, I don’t usually work with yellow so It’s quite nice to have something new featured within my portfolio:

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Liquid Liner Final

I guess yellow came as an accident into this. As I might have mentioned before, during this unit I’m liking to work to a colour scheme for the collages within my minor as that way it becomes easier to edit later on with the hue and saturation tool in Ps. The other 3 colour schemes I tried out either didn’t look too different from each other or didn’t look different to other packaging I had created so far. I’m quite happy with the yellow anyway, and it looks cute in a physical form too.

Now for the construction of the palette… get ready.

First, I drew out the layout of the palette on mount board, I used mount board in order to use it as a base to stick my balsa wood to. As you’ll see within my sketchbook, I drew out my construction plan and my pros and cons of using balsa before starting.

After that I decided to use this new circular scalpel thing (I don’t know the name, shout out to John tho for getting us the kits with them included.)  to cut out the pan holes. Some of them came out too big, some came out too small and some came out juuuusstt right – but I wasn’t too worried because I knew once the balsa was attached the holes would be irrelevant anyway until I cut more. These holes were an extra step but they served as a template for the wood.

As the balsa was in thin strips and not A5 in size, the mount board was useful as it held all the planks together. I started to cut the holes out in the balsa next, one of my cons proved point as it’s SO FLIMSY. As you can see above, some of the edges broke. But when I cut out all the shapes, because of the mount board, it was easily fixable with smelly adhesive glue. For special measures, at hand all I had was brown parcel tape so I used that for a bit of support too.

After this point, I used the cool 1 cm thick sticks of balsa wood to create the box bit of the palette. I wanted to include a brush holder in this palette, as in my market research a lot of participants in my surveys said they valued the brushes included in palettes and thought the freebies were a nice touch. I panicked at first because I thought to make that I’d have to cut off more thin bits of balsa to create the barriers for it (other wise the brush would just roll around in the palette underneath the pans.) but conveniently I had these sticks. It’s made it’s structure a tad more stable as well. I glued it really horrendously with a glue gun, there were some gaps but I knew exactly how I’d fix that…


I know, Paper Mache, how lame. Though it smoothed out the edges and strengthened up the board/wood combo where it was a bit thin between pans.

Next I painted the palette. I used this emulsion pot from wilkos, mainly because they come in a massive selection of sleek colours and you can get a decent sized tester pot for only £1! It took a few coats, particularly as some of the news paper I used showed through. I didn’t necessarily mind that because it created texture, and texture is basically the definition of my work. It’s unclear in the third photo but the emulsion even covered the parcel tape, which I was worried it wouldn’t. The end product looked pretty wicked! Though to touch it felt honestly so disgusting, I have an issue with the texture of chalk and it reminded me of that. I knew because of that I’d need to cover it in varnish so it was more glossy, on the plus side the glossy look would look more genuine and professional.

To rectify the pan size situation, I sanded down the edges until I could fit an empty pan in it’s place. After, I painted the edges and varnished the palette entirely.

Next, I stupidly took to pressing my pans whilst wearing black jeans.


I’m a fan of neon but that’s taking the piss, these are the only black jeans I actually like wearing.

I worked on the two neon colours first, I decided against the pan pressing. I couldn’t think of anything I could use that wouldn’t make it look like it was already mashed up anyway. It took a couple of goes for the green, as you can see in the photos above because of trying to get the ratio of pigment to rubbing alcohol right. It made the worst mess though!


This was the third or fourth attempt at this, this was way too much rubbing alcohol!

I was surprised at some of the colour changes int he products. The darker orange – Burn The Witch – turned into more of a gross terracotta brown colour. At this point there wasn’t a lot I could do about that anyway. I was also surprised at how much product they fit into pans so small?!?! Weirdly enough it’s actually so worth the money to buy eye shadow because you really get so much!

Pay To Play was the only colour I couldn’t find exact, I had to use this colour from Kiko. I didn’t want the shade to be a shimmer, but I guess as the shade is named after the colour of the cash you hand over the the scammers in the music world and money is shiny it’ll do. Again I used the glitter pot pots to press inside the pans, which are the lids for the pots, but I put clingfilm over the top of it so the product wouldn’t stick. It did create some weird patterns within the pans. If this was fine art I could probably bullshit you about how it’s a metaphor for my shattered hopes and dreams of becoming a successful musician. I think if I were to do this again, I’d buy another set of glitter pots (I think they were £1 as well!) just so I had more pans to practise pressing in. Cracks could happen in any situation though so I won’t beat myself up about it too much.

The darker purple shade was really alarming because as you can see on the towel it’s made up of pink pigments? It stained my thumb! In the final image you can see how fine some of the powders I was using were. I used a selection of mashing up pressed pans and already loose pigment.

Here’s a shot of my stained table after this event. I think the mess is the thing that did my nut in the most. I hate mess. Why do you think I work in Photoshop so much?


I managed to get all of the pans pressed and the next day I stuck them into the palette.


I needed to re-press the green a few times so that’s why it’s left out.

I think my favourite shade ended up being ‘Watching You’ – I didn’t know when I picked up the shade in the shop but it has a blue duo-chrome effect, it’s lovely. Annoyingly looking back at the shades I noticed probably a majority of them ended up being shimmers when I wanted them to be mattes. I know shimmers are easier to produce though so obviously I was bound to pick them up anyway, you can’t have everything.

Sorry the photos are the wrong way but I finally picked up a letraset! I’ve never used one before but I see them in the uni shop all the time, so I thought it was probably the only way I would get the shade names onto the palette at an appropriate size.

It’s a nice material, but they are also easily removable/can scratch off or on without intention if you slip.

In the time where I was waiting for things to dry and whatnot I was creating the palette base, the board that went underneath the actually box part of the palette with the pans in. I had to decide whether I was going to keep it pink like the box, or whether I was going to use some decoupage paper to cover it. I thought the paper looked a lot snazzier and matched the back of my palette design more then the pink. I chose to use decoupage paper because it has a gloss over it so it looks a bit more fresh and like an ordinary palette. Though I still covered it in varnish, just for consistency.

The final part of construction was the lid. I wanted it to function like an actual make up palette and have this feature as well, I haven’t brought the mirror yet but on the inside of the lid is where it will go. I had to make sure there was a gap between the edge (what will run along the box part of the palette) and the actual lid so when I mache’d that together it has the leniency to move. I learnt this technique when I was in my foundation year, we did a whole project on book making and zines and this is commonly done using fabric instead.

I followed the same steps as I did with the rest of the palette. Mount board, balsa, mache, paint and cover. I paint it before hand just so the paper has a base underneath, the paper is thin so without it you’d see the news paper from the mache. As a side note I really stupidly didn’t cover the edges of the lid, I was worried I would go over them and it’d go onto the inside/run out of paper, it looks a little inconsistent but it was something I completely ignored really and just didn’t consider. If I were to do it again I’d keep it in mind.


As I varnished that and it dried, I stuck the back details to the base board. It’s starting to become real!


Next it was time for me to start on my highlighter. I wasn’t 100% sure if the emulsion paint was going to cover the compact I had ready for this so I had to double check and make sure that the paper I had went with the packaging initially. If the site I had got the paper from hadn’t messed up my order a few weeks ago and actually sent me the paper I intended to use it’d look a lot different and would be more of a turquoise colour, like the theme of the packaging, instead of this dark blue.

I thought it would be a safe bet to cover the mirror in masking tape, that way when I was done I could use a scalpel to slice round the mirrors edge and then peel off the excess materials. I started to over the compact, it looked pretty cool!

Whilst I was waiting for that to dry, I decided to make the box. I got it printed at a printer, but they got my order wrong so it ended up being printed on gloss paper. Beautiful for the colours but literally awful for construction. Needless to say, I went back and got it printed off on card. I have yet to make it but it wont take me long.

So once the highlighter lid had dried I thought I’d maybe try a different method of covering the bottom. I brought some new turquoise emulsion paint and tried, but as I suspected it didn’t lay. I covered the rest in paper. I remember when my mum was sick and she used to decoupage literally everything, the thing she thought was amazing about it was you can transform anything with what’s pretty much glorified paper mache. It’s a method that’s always been in the back of my head whilst doing this project. I knew what I would make wouldn’t be 100% to industry standards, but I wanted it to have a glossy finish, decoupage allowed me to do this.


At the moment I’m just tying up the loose ends. I just need to stick the packaging images onto the products, sort out some sketchbook bits/paper work and then quickly re-design my zine/look book. As you can see above, I tried to use the circly cutty outy thing again but it punched a hole in my image (wtf? rude. I thought i’d like this new tool!). I printed off multiple so luckily I can use that instead.

As I’m looking back on this project it’s been a total blur. I think I’ve enjoyed it, I liked working with the subject matter and thinking about it as a concept – it’s also been a great way for me to vent! It’s like a low key dream for me to have my own cosmetics brand, so it’s been nice to play with that fantasy. I think it’s a good project to have because I can either carry it on for my major, or it can be something I can carry on once I leave uni if I ever wish to follow that path. I know the final pieces aren’t quite up to par maybe with some other pieces I’ve done in the past but as an idea/potential career it works really well with me and my work. I can already think of other topics I could make collections about like my experiences at school (which I hate a hell of a lot more!) or my experiences with when my mum in hospital (Grim I know, but when you visit a hospital so often it’s like it’s own world.). I think the best thing about the project is that I’ve drawn so much, I know it seems silly to say but I’m drawn without worrying/being scared about it. It’s also been nice to collage with my own material, and not worry about what I’ve un-intentionally stolen and what not. Since the Developing Your Practise Unit last year I’ve come to understand that all a bit more so I’m not worried about my work anymore. I’m also proud of my development in logo design and typeface, it’s not something I usually work with so it’s been nice to try something new in that sense.

I think if I were to carry on with this project I’d like to continue making the line of products, exploring a bit more into lipsticks and liners. I’d also like to work on the promotion side of it, maybe start a you tube channel or do some fancy photos of my products as if they were going up on a website being launched.

I’ll upload some final images later on when I’m done!

21/11/17 – Vomits

We’re back after two weeks “off”! It’s nice, just hard to get back into the flow now.


I finished my first draft a few days ago. Once I began writing it wasn’t that hard to get it done in time as well as other things for my minor. I’m pretty proud because I passed the 5000 word requirement, which is awesome!

I still need to think of the design part of it now, which isn’t too much of a worry. I can focus on that when we return from Christmas. I also ended up getting a B for my research journal which I’m really happy about!

Minor Project: 

This one’s a bit all over the place, you’ll have to bare with me.

I’ve been working on my logo for what seems like ages. I’ve figured out pretty much everything other then the typography now! I changed the colour scheme to different shades of purple. In one of the books I took out from the library last week, it suggested that purple was used as a metaphorical thing for magic and witchcraft – which I think suited the idea of black cats and rituals! They also said it was a colour of sexuality, commonly used within brands that focus on women. I think anyone and everyone can wear make up (I’m in a band where my boys wear make up so eh.) but cosmetics are predominately aimed at women so there’s that connection, also without it sounding weird (it’s still going to sound weird) cats are quite over sexualised animals in the sense of Halloween, their movements etc so it all ties in together – they’re very feminine animals?? I think is what I’m trying to say. (I’m not sexually attracted to cats 😂)

Below are some fonts I’ve been working with, and then I’ve been putting it with the imagery as well.

As I mentioned above, type is still a little bitch right now. I wanted something a little bit more flat (no textures, as we discussed before) but pretty much simplistic and bold shapes so they stand out from my packaging. I’ve now decided to try and find some that are downloadable, only because time is of the essence and I’d rather be making my products then trying to figure this out. At the moment I’m currently working with the logo below, I tried to move away from the round shape – still including it but making it look like a moon. My friend Phil suggested that I look for type that looks like balls of yarn or other cat related things like Milk, when typing milk into the search engine that was one of the ones that came up. I like this font because it’s a bit quirky, but it’s also bold shape wise (maybe not bold enough but it’s a start.). It doesn’t look too witchy either which I’m quite happy about, I don’t want to be connected with other indie brand that are themed around that kind of stuff, exampled below. I love it in other brands but it’s not what I’m trying to portray, and doesn’t relate to my market based on autobiographical stories or just generalised story telling. It’s just getting it to be legible in terms of looking at it on it’s own, which I think is due to colours and possibly size/thickness, as well as on top of my packaging. I have a tutorial with David Thursday so I’m hoping I can have some guidance.  Ritual Logo Re-Do 4.jpg

I ended up adding a small amount more to my main palette too, I really like half tone right now and wanted to use it a bit more so it matched the highlighter packaging – which on there it was totally unintentional! The eyes and lips in halftone are actually selfies! You can’t entirely see them but you’ll see better examples of this with my look book in a bit (people say they’re not useful, I beg to differ)

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( I still have to add the new type to the name + the logo but I’ll talk about that a bit more later.)

This one isn’t dissected like the Glitter Shot packaging was from one final piece, I could do that but this product wasn’t based on one particular story like the highlighter was. It was harder just to use the images, even though they were already created. By following along with a story it was easier because I could add things I thought were relevant whereas this one had a broad subject. This one HAD to have me as the central point though. (Also, going along with my eye blocking like I do on Teresa May and Donald Trump, no, I’ve not seen a palette with them on it either.)

Below is some colour tests like I did with the highlighter too.

I couldn’t decide between the green and the pink designs, so I made mock ups of them in a booklet form, inspired by storybook cosmetic’s Mean Girls ‘Burn Book’ palette that’s come out recently. Probably a subconscious decision as it’s all over YouTube right now, but logically it makes sense as it’s quite easy to make too with the right materials. I have different layouts on the inside as well. The pink has all 10 shades in a simple order but comes with a brush, the green has just the pans but in an arrangement which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a palette before.

This was useful because I got to see the palette to scale, colours to scale and all of that stuff but I STILL COULDN’T DECIDE WHAT COLOUR I LIKED MORE. So I took to Instagram, they have polls now. Everyone liked pink more, so fair.

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I then started working on the pans, and practising pressing my shadows. Online there’s a fad of re-pressing broken pans (say if you drop them) with rubbing alcohol, So I found this cute little spray bottle of rubbing alcohol on amazon for a couple of quid.

I had to find something new to use as pans the other day, I did begin to take out pans I already had from an old Make Up Revolution palette but I had an injury involving a scalpel, and it was taking up too much time.



I found these pots of glitter in the Range, which I am now using the lids as my pans. It’s a bit of a bummer because I wanted to keep the glitter. I’ve kept some blue/green/silver for my Highlighter in a cup but I had to chuck the rest out or it would have gotten everywhere. It was good as well because I could use the actual tubs as my tools for embossing the eye shadow. I’m at a loss with what to use to emboss my shadows, I used foam and glue gun glue on a tub to see if either would work. I don’t know what I did wrong, maybe I didn’t spray enough rubbing alcohol or something but the shadows aren’t really solid and also didn’t press and stuck to the stamps. My next steps are maybe to try with a potato (a few people have actually suggested to me to try dried out potatoes, I’m not mad) or to use the glue stamp again but wrapped in cling film so it doesn’t stick.

Finally, I think I spent the whole of Tuesday creating a look book on Photoshop using my palette. I’m really proud of it actually! This is where I use my selfies again in halftone, just to make it look zine-y. I admit, it’s a bit of a practise for my dissertation design. I wanted to test whether you could get a similar affect using digital resources. Also, the fact that Zines are a way of promoting music, even now, I wanted that connection. I believe it’s sort of zine-ish with it’s block cutting out of images and blocks of colours/half tone. When I did a survey online, posting it to the makeup community on Facebook, a lot of people said that they liked it when their palettes had extras like mirrors, a brush and little booklets with tutorials on how to use the palette. In my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette I got a little look book, so I was inspired by that primarily.


I found loads of models on google images and just drew in my sketchbook their eyes and lips, then putting them into Photoshop and making looks using my colours. I decided to use the font that was originally used on the brands logo as the titles/collection font. As you can see, the Emotionless/Soulless type on the booklet front will also be on the front of the palette. This was really fun to make because I could just add different products in that exist or don’t exist. This has added a bit of a workload on for me as I’m going to have to make some of these now, I brought a few liners and lipsticks to convert into ritual products. (eg. Drum Stick Jumbo Eye Pencils and Watching You Liquid Liners.) However, this shows my plans for this brand, one day it might be real! All the names of the looks are based on experiences, like with the rest of the collection. I forgot to take photos, but today I cut the zines out in A4 and A3 and folded them. They’re the only zine base I remember making from foundation year, where you make a slit in the middle of the page and fold it up. (They’ll probably be in my big sketchbook/presentation book.)

Now I’m just trying to focus on making the palette, as well as designing the packaging for the other products. I’m in search of materials for the palette – it’s a selection of corrugated cardboard,  foam board, mount board or balsa wood. I managed to get hold of some Decoupage paper to cover the material in before putting the packaging design on. All of the construction will make sense later when I draw out a plan (In my head I have it.). I had the choice between pink and blue – I’m picking the blue, which is convenient because they messed up my order so I got more of that paper anyway. I have VERY nearly all of the shadows, I just need to find a shade for ‘Pay To Play’ which in my head is a really unique colour but I’m sure it can be found. Everything else I have, even the neons!

Below are the other products I’m going to be working on. I really liked the cute box around the Hello Kitty liner so I’m using that as a base. I’m going to make my own box, I like the shape of the liner container too! The jumbo pencil’s I’ve mentioned in my Look Book too.


The EP is out in two weeks but it’s still not finished. It’s not my problem because my parts are done, I wish the others would hurry up though.

We headlined the Booking Hall in Dover last Friday night, it was wicked! All my hard work on the posters and ads sold us the most tickets and we won the competition so we headlined. Meaning one day The Booking Hall will select us to open for a touring band in the future. It also means we’ve headlined the same stage as bands such as The Dead Kennedy’s, Dragon Force and Don Broco to name a few.

We were also on the radio the other day too, the only completed song from Holistic is the final track Decade which premiered on The Andy Cousin show Wednesday night before the Booking Hall.

I’ve been thinking about my Major project, I wouldn’t mind continuing this project on slightly. Making a new collection and all that, I think that’s why I’m not panicked if this project isn’t completed as much as it can be continued.



08/11/17 – Siren Noises

Time’s flying so fast I can’t really explain what’s been going on.


We’re currently on a two week “break” from uni to study and write our dissertation. I’m not worried about it now I’ve started. I’m at 2800 words (possibly more) and that’s over half of the final word count. I’m okay at adding references and quotes, sometimes I find it quite hard with the academic stuff but the theory behind music culture is coming to me slowly now. The draft is to be handed in a week Monday.

Last week we had dissertation reviews, which was okay. It’s a chance for us to sit in a circle and sort out our designed part of the project. I showed everyone my zine cover design, I’ve had a lot of compliments over it. My tutor David wasn’t too into it, from chatting to him I know he was making zines in the 90’s so I understand and completely respect that it’s too digitally altered for him. I think now I have to decide whether I want my zine to look vintage, be handmade and photocopied – which I’m not against because it pushes my boundaries as a digital artist; or whether I want the zine to be more modern, which is actually a thing. I did a bit of research into zine design after that and found modern zines are literally like glossy magazines – they look like the example below. Below that is examples of older zines.


Minor Project: 

I’m not sure if things are slowing down or if I’m not making enough time for this project.

Before my minor project review, I managed to sort out a piece for my highlighter packaging, inspired by my experience at a gig at a venue called ‘The Harp’ in Folkestone. It was quite a rough show, but it makes for great inspiration.

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I then took sections of it away, being inspired by Basquiat’s way of dissecting paper so he could make postcards with his friends, making the packaging for it. Several ideas are shown in my presentation book.

I really wanted my highlighter packaging to be the same as my favourite highlighters by Jeffree Star. I love the huge pan and massive compact mirror, they’re almost the size of a CD! I found a cheaper dupe of the same pan by Make Up Revolution, which I was really lucky to get because they’ve just changed the packaging for them recently! This dupe and the box is what I’ve used as reference for box measurements, as well as will be my prototype once with a bit of alteration.

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Below is my box as well as it built.


My next issue was that my logo got lost within the packaging. I stupidly thought both could be textured and inspired by Basquiat?!? what is wrong with me? Under David and other tutor Anne’s instructions I’m to work on my logo, the cat was actually favoured but I need to work on the type. I’m not a typographer so… this is hard for me. I hate type so much after having it drilled into me over my foundation year. It was also suggested I put the logo on the clear strip, which would lay over the initial box and would be pretty cool. It’d save on packaging as well!

Since then I’ve taken out a few books in the library about Logo Design, Logo Colour and Type. I need to do a bit more research, but funnily enough it’s co-insides with a commission project I’m doing with a band. I wont say much until I’m done with that but it was an interesting project, they gave me a lot to work with and it was primarily cowboy/southern themed. I had to create a type for that too, it was pretty wicked. I’m planning on finishing it up tomorrow.

Today I wanted to go into uni and get some more typography books in the library, but I felt unwell so that’s my aim for tomorrow now. But I think I did manage to sort out the front of the Emotionless/Soulless palette today instead. It took a bit of work, I wanted to make myself central to this piece (because the palette is about me) so I had to take a few approaches before I got it right. The designs below are in order, and the one below that I currently have decided to be my final. I might push it and add more later on but I quite like it as it is. I’ve used that type on the palette name as an example until I figure out what to do with it, I actually might use the current un-favoured logo type for that instead.

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I’m still working on promo too, simple posters, re-uploading things to social media and stuff like that etc.

I also had Ambassador training and another shift, which was awesome. I had to do my first lead tour, which was okay. Sometimes I forget information on the spot, I also get a bit nervous, considering I’m in front of people regularly on stage I wouldn’t have thought I’d find it that hard. I guess it’s because I have to get the information right.

24/10/17 – *Spongebob title card that says 3 weeks later*

It’s been 3 weeks I think, sorry.

Week by week it feels like nothing really has happened but I guess there has looking back at it. At the moment we’re running two projects – the Dissertation and the Minor Project.


I finally came up with a question, my topics changed a fair bit since the summer but even with what I researched it all connects somehow. My question now is:

How the music industry has changed, and is it affecting local music? 

Which I think is accurate to what I’m looking at. It’s taken me a while to get my thoughts together so it’s nice to have it condensed into a question now.

Since then I’ve been looking at popular music theory in books, trying to understand it. Some of it sunk in which helped as it lead me to look at other things by the theorist online, which lead to other theorists and articles which have been quite interesting. I’ve also conducted more personal interviews, zooming in on specific people in the industry. Eg. record label owners, people I know in successful bands, reporters/press.

Its been a bit odd because we had a drama with the journal hand in, which was pretty much just a misunderstanding but that meant we handed in our research for final grading last Thursday (meaning I spent most of last week working on it as well). I won’t know the grade until tomorrow I don’t think but we are still allowed to add to it even though it wont be graded. I’m happy to have the ability to keep researching regardless because I’m worried when it comes to it I’ll run out of things to write about. I might babble a bit here but I’m usually quite good at condensing.

Because we’re arty people, we have to do a designed aspect of our dissertations too; meaning it’s not just a boring essay. The point of me researching into the music industry now is to kind of aid my understanding of it in an artist sense – as someone who’s dream job is to work on the art side of it – as well as a musician sense (because why not keep my options open? I play music too). I think the design part for my dissertation is to create a zine based on the local scene and maybe give out tips on how to make the most of it at attempt to get successful. Other then that I’d quite like to create a cover for the actual essay to either look like one of those weird “Grade” something books you’d get when you start learning an instrument or to look like a record.


Minor Project: 

My minor project is the biggie at the moment. I’m really enjoying it, a lot more then the dissertation (I think due to not having great (as in unhelpful) feedback in my diploma/first year of degree I’m a bit more self – conscious of my writing skills since leaving school.) IT IS HAPPENING THOUGH. I AM MAKING MY OWN MAKE UP BRAND AND PRODUCTS. I’m actually so absorbed in this right now, and I’m hoping it might become a part of my future.

My first venture since last time was creating a piece inspired by artist collab Husman and Tchaeni. I think I was just using it as an excuse to create and sort of challenge myself to create a collage-y piece by hand and not by Photoshop. It’s not really relevant now but It’s a nice mood board I guess.

collagefinal1.jpg We did proposals for our minor projects that week, I was told my next step was to draw more metaphorical things. Not everything had to be literal images of the band anymore, they could be what I associate with words I think describe my experiences. I have these little prompt cards I made with words like “Anger” or “Time” written on them and then underneath, things I think of when I think of those words. For example, I have the word “Clique” so I put Mean Girls, because the word “Clique” reminds me of The Plastics and “Boo You Whore” and the Burn Book and all that kind of stuff. I haven’t done a lot of drawings since then, I have to been in the mood.

I have however come up with my brand name, brand logo, palette name, palette colours and shade names though! Which is really exciting to me, I can’t wait to see it progress properly (I have to get the boring drawing bit out of the way though 😦 I mean yeah I probably should have done more before but I have to be in the mood like I said ). My brand name is “The Ritual Cosmetics” and my eye shadow palette name is “Emotionless/Souless“. The Ritual reffering to my ritual need to put on make up before a show, because I believe it gives me luck and Emotionless/Souless being a criticism of my bass playing from someone I was meant to trust, to someone in the band behind my back. Bitter, I know. (Lucky for them I was inspired by their attitude so suck on that one)

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Here’s my logo, I’m really proud of it actually! I spent the whole of yesterday working on it. I threw a few ideas together the other day as simple sketches – thinking about rituals, good luck, bad luck, OCD etc. Although I wear make up because it’s good luck in my head, my experience in the band ironically is mainly bad. So I thought a black cat was a cute representation of that irony. It also reminds me of other indie make up brands who use characters in their logo.

I spent yesterday creating type and textures for the logo using inks and poscas. It’s the first time I’ve enjoyed working with type. The hand drawn/textured writing is inspired by Basquiat who I saw at the Barbican a couple of weeks ago – His work is a big thing for me at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago David recommended me this app by adobe where you can either take a photo of something or use a photo you have and it creates a colour scheme, shapes, brushes etc for you to use in Photoshop. A friend of ours took a few photos of our gig at Club Burrito earlier on in the month and I made some schemes from that, as well as from some of the artwork I’ve done for the band too. I also did some grounds for a sketchbook, took some colours and tried to make some schemes but it wasn’t really working out for me as well as the app did.

I cut them out and put loads of combinations together, finally coming up with this!

Palette Colours.jpg

I was actually quite scared of the oranges but once I’d used it it just kind of seemed to fit?

Metal Drummers – A deep metallic green, inspired by our luck (or lack of) with metal drummers.

Leia – A vibrant Neon Green, replicating the bass strings on my bass, Princess Leia.


Pay To Play – A grunge, muted teal colour, a homage to the money you hand over to Pay to Play companies in order to “do an opening set for Noel Gallagher who’s doing a DJ set in the next room”

Rip Off – Shiny pure purple, for all the bands who ripped off our ideas.

Emotionless – The Blackest of blacks

Souless – The purest of whites

Watching You – A lavender, in memory of those we’ve lost who never got to see us play. Who we’re hoping can see us elsewhere.

Rituals – A magic peach, representative of my relationship with makeup.

Burn the Witch – the fiery orange, reminding us of that one metal band who were horrendous at our second ever gig.

Birthday – A bright pink, my birthday is about me, and pink is my favourite colour. My brithday show this year was also bomb!

Each pan will hopefully have a Blissymbol embossed into it depending on the memory the shade represents. Blisssymbols are symbols created by Charles Bliss (I think thats his name, ha) that are used worldwide. He originally created them to allow those with language barriers communicate after World War 2. I found them whilst looking at images relating to the word Ritual on google, when I was creating my logo. I didn’t think they were quite worthy but I thought they’d look good in the pans.

Other things: 

I’ve been thinking about the not too distant future a lot. What the hell am I going to do to leave uni? I don’t want a normal job, I don’t even want an in between period where I get a part time job to tide me over before the creative stuff. I’m not going back to the supermarket, no way. I want to do a masters, but do I want to do it yet? eh.

I also started working for the uni as an ambassador. We pretty much show people round on open days and help them out. It’s a really fun job! I’ve had one shift so far with more to come. I’ve seen parts of the uni I didn’t know existed though!? I’ve been there five years and it’s a small place too!

Not a lot is going on in band world. We’ve had a gig announced in November at the Booking Hall in Dover. I did a poster for it here, yeah it’s the same as my zine cover but that’s why I did it, it was killing two birds with one stone.


Other then that we’re trying to get the EP done by its release December first. Wish us luck!