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IXD104 – Hand To Mouse

When I first began creating illustrations and other types of art I used pencil and paper. During GCSE art I experimented with different types of paint such as oil, watercolour and acrylic. Fast forward to covid-19 lockdown, I began using an Ipad and creating digital illustrations and experiencing digital art for the first time. The possibilities are endless in terms of the medium in which art can be created and with technology advancing more and more each year, who knows how design will transform.

Many of the artists that I follow on Instagram are mixed medium artists that use a combination of ink, paints and physical materials to create their art. One such artist is Michael Cu Fua who uses ripped paper and objects to stamp paint onto a page. As well as paint and ink, Cu Fua also mixed his blood with the mediums he uses in his art. I really like how busy his art is, with the different elements coming together to make an interesting composition. This type of art is something I have always wanted to try.

Marion Deuchars is most widely recognised for her children’s book illustrations and her unique hand lettering. Her illustrations, such as the graphics she created for Carluccios menus in 2015, have a hand drawn feel.

One of Deuchars works I enjoy in particular is her latest exhibition in 2021 which showcased painted stones with acrylic gouache an Chinese white ink. My favourite part was the documentation of the process on her website as it was nice to see the messy ground work that goes into a very polished exhibition.


Digital art and illustration is something that I am relatively new to the past few years and this medium is something that I’m experimenting with most recently. There is definitely a learning curve that comes with programmes such as Adobe Illustrator, Figma and Photoshop so its interesting to see what others can make with these programmes at pro and even amateur levels. Dribbble is something that I now scroll the way I used to on Instagram and find digital artists and their designs for inspiration and ideas that I would like to try in future.

Rogie King is a designer that creates digital art and focuses on web design and UI. My interest in vector illustrations began when I saw Rogie’s character art for Grim Syndicate’s ‘Lurkers of the Abyss’ which are NTF’s. These characters are very well rendered with a polished look, where as a lot of character art and illustration beforehand are stylised differently with a more hand-made kind of feel. In many of his illustrations he uses a programme called Procreate that you can use on an iPad.


Olly Moss started of creating illustrations as a hobby, then began showcasing his work online which lead to commissions, where he created popular t-shirt designs on Threadless, to help him pay for university.  Since then, he has worked o a variety of projects throughout his career such as video games, book covers, logo designs. Moss is obsessed with movies as well as geek culture and his recreations of movie posters for the likes of Star Wars and the Harry Potter book series that has lead to his fame. In his Star Wars Trilogy posters he uses a simple colour palate with the scene being a cut out of a character from the movies. With many other poster designs, he uses this idea of simple colour schemes which is effective in its use as they designs are appealing to look at because of this. My favourite of his designs are for LOTR and I was interested to see he has recreated a poster for 2 of my favourite movies Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle which feature more detail than the Star Wars Posters but feature less colour. These were created exclusively for San Diego Comic Con 2013

Spirited Away 

Howls Moving Castle

After Researching many different artists these where the ones that made me want to pursue new tools in art creation, mainly digital. As I mentioned previously digital art is something that I am relatively new to and this form interests me the most. I would like to take inspiration from Olly Moss and Rogie King for my future projects and try out some vector landscape illustrations myself.

I continued this research onto looking at examples of how these scenes such as the type that Moss makes are created in Adobe Illustrator in this YouTube video below.


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