Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Quote Illustration "Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away"- Ben Hecht.

As part of the third year illustration at falmouth, each student picks a quote to illustrate to promote their work. These quotes are put together into a quotes book, which the university sells and distributes to agents and clients.
I think I'm finished but I'm unsure, any feedback would be very useful

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2011

Archie's Coffees, shakes and bakes

So for the past few days I've been working on a poster for a live brief. The client being Archie's Coffees, Shakes and Bakes. A retro american 1940's style cafe in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire. To produce this poster I took photos at the cafe as a reportage project to capture images of the friendly atmosphere of the venue, which was a necessity to have on the poster. I used the Archie's logo and created the ice cream colour/ pastels theme to bring out the 1940's feel of the cafe. The Photo's are in circles to create that record/ donut look. You may see this around the West Yorkshire area soon. Pop in and enjoy they're frothy milkshakes, homebaked brownies and especially in this weather, they're icecreams. You can also find them on facebook on Archies- Coffee's, shakes and Bakes.

This was a new way of working for me, it got me working with the client, and making the image to how they would like. We kept in contact and i sent a versions to them, and had them tell me what they would like changing, each time, working back into it and sending it off again. This was an interesting experience and has given me proffessional practice for the future. It's an insight into what to expect :)

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Friday, 22 April 2011


An illustration for the zodiac sign of Gemini- the symbol of twins and ruling planet of Mercury. In greek mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the gods, always on the move, thirsty for knowledge and usually has the gift of the gab. Gemini's birth stone is Aquamarine.

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Sneaky peak of horoscope illustrations

A sneaky peak of illustrations for horoscope zodiac signs. This one above is Aries, the symbol of a Ram, with the element of fire and birthstone of a ruby, the starsign is adventurous and active. It is a naive sign who is trusting, innocent and can be a child at heart.

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Memoirs of a Geisha

A prospective artwork for the Memoirs of a Geisha bookcover. I wanted the masks to portray the acting and performance that the geisha provide also showing the way that they hide their true feelings. The face of the geisha shows the beauty. The koi karp represent the true love in the story and the swimming through troubled waters. I have used the same typeface as the original book because i like the brush strokes and fluent movement alike the water. Would love to hear feedback. The grey line around the edge is only to show the proportions, as white on white can get lost, it is not on the artwork itself.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Sammie Rounding's black Dress

I forgot i hadn't put these up. A friend of mine is doing a fashion degree at Kirklees college. She designed this dress based on gothic architecture and needed some photos to show in her portfolio. We chose one of our local churches and graveyards as our location. Sammie modelled her own dress as she had made it specifically to fit her, but i will have some other photos up soon of a landgirl top she has also created modelled by her cousin erin. It was a fun project to work with and let me see the fashion side of photography which i really enjoyed. It allowed me to play more with photographing the outfit rather than just the model.
Would love to hear any feedback, it's always appreciated x x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

70's Hippy shoot

I've been keeping myself busy this week with photo shoots. I had the chance today to meet up with an old friend who is studying Hair and Make-up. Her project at the moment is focussing on different eras, and i asked if i could help with the 70's shoot. It was nice to work with a make-up artist for the first time and to have some-one else on the shoot with me to give me directions on the poses they wanted plus giving me freedom to experiment myself. If you are interested in any of Rachel Maude's Hair and Make up expertise please contact her on
Again i may use some of these photos for an illustration project, but I'm keeping the idea as a suprise. Watch this space- there is more to come!

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Candyfloss and funhouses

After seeing there was a funfair on by my local town i was inspired to create a funfair photoshoot, with crazy outfits and candyfloss and rides. So this saturday just gone, i took out two mates of mine and headed there after dressing them up in layers of random colourful clothes and strange make-up. We got a few free rides and played in the funhouse and hook a duck. I really wanted to catch the colours and shapes of the funfair and the fun and creativity of the people around, by using the models. All three of us had a fun time, and i got to explore an outdoor shoot with laughter and crazy poses, plus adding that hint of fashion photography too. I'm in the middle of editing photos but picked these four too start the albulm off. Would love any criticism of these and hope you have a lovely day, toodles.

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Geisha Shoot

I'm recently illustrating a prospective artwork for memoirs of the geisha bookcover. As part of my work i organised a geisha photoshoot. I like the colours and simplicity in this shoot and used models who had never modelled yet. This gave me a challenge and allowed me to express the essence of a geisha through simple poses and angles. I will be drawing from a few of these and hope that some will make it into my portfolio. Criticism is most appreciated. I want to play on this geisha shoot and recreate an alternative anti-geisha of the modern day. So expect more geisha shoots to come :) I've also done a shoot today for a friend's uni fashion garments which was so fun and different. I will have these new ones up soon :)

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Monday, 4 April 2011

Wild Thing! Rockstar editorial

So this project has literally taken me forever, I just couldn't seem to get it right.... or perfect really! I hate being a virgo sometimes... perfectionist lol. I tried loads of different models and loads of seperate layouts. But yey, I think I've done it. The article was an old elle article on Female rockstars named "Wild thing you make my heart sing". There was no pictures apart from a timeline. I've decided to change the magazine to "Dazed and Confused" or "wonderland" and have created something I hope seems a little more striking and new. Let me know what you think.... constructive critism is always appreciated :)

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