Celestial mapmaking

For my final year project I've been working on plenty of illustrations (you can find them on this section of my site) now that I've nailed down all the research I've done over the past two semesters on Greco-Roman mythological figures.

This has been one of the more intense, complex projects I've ever worked on while in university and because of the need to quickly distill my research into digestible pieces for my upcoming critique I've come to rely on mapmaking in showing the depth of my reading and the areas of interest that I've touched on while putting the project together.

I made this map to explain the research areas that inspired the aesthetic and content of my project, based on my fascination with planetary systems:

While continuing work on the Moirae Deck, which I've also integrated into my project, I needed a simple way to explain how the figures I feature in the cards are related to one another as well as a means of deriving a numeric system for my card deck à la the traditional 76-card tarot. Greek mythological family trees are terribly complicated, so I produced an abridged map:

I wouldn't mind going into more depth with mapmaking and expanding my repertoire of things I can do with the visual techniques I know. Unfortunately work calls and I do have to finish the startling amount of illustrations I have yet to complete or polish. I'll be dedicating a section of my site to my final year project as soon as it's complete, and the temporary page I have at the moment will be adapted to fit the final content. Cheers!

Brand identity

I've been having some trouble coming up with a good logo that encapsulates the way I approach design and illustration, and expresses what I'm about in a simple typographic glyph or image. I was looking for something that could just incorporate my initials without being anything too fancy or clever, but I also wanted something that had a little kick to it.

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This is from my first amateur brand identity project where you are your own client. Being my own client was honestly more exhausting than having an actual client who knew what they wanted. I made this back when I was a painter, really into negative space and utterly ignorant about how to use type. I'm still a painter, I still appreciate negative space and I'm not the best typographer but I can't unsee bad kerning once I notice it.

So, I was fortunate enough to be struck with a brainwave today when I was revamping the rest of the site.

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I ran this past several of my designer friends with a sharper eye than mine, and I'm pleased to report that they agree with me – this does encapsulate the slightly unsettling bent my work tends to take without being overly illustrative. I may tweak the letterforms a little more (oh, look at me, still an amateur typographer!) but on the whole I'm very glad. Making myself a proper logo has been on the backburner for a while, so it's a relief to finally get it off my chest.