Thinking it & Saying it: Zine

As the future professional creative communicators, communicating is very important and we must stay engage with the world around us. We need to be able to understand the link between Earlier in the beginning of this course, I was introduced to Zine making and watched Ciarian’s tutorial on how to create our own Zine.

The initial ideas that I have in mind, what I wanted to base my zine about was Aesthetic. This is because I feel that it was an important subject to address and interesting as we live in a society that everything is based and judge by our looks.

I began to drafting some ideas and making some brainstorms to try and justify what it is I want to add to my zine in regards to the theme of Aesthetic. I roughly added words such as face, body shapes and quotes from magazines, books, films, social medias, advertisement, etc because I personally believed that they all have a huge impact and influence the way we define aesthetic.

After a long consideration of constructing and planing my zine pages and the layouts that I want them to look I finally named the title of my zine ” The Struggle is Real”.  “The Struggle is Real” an expression used to emphasise the gravity of a frustrating circumstance or hardship, which is often used ironically online in a similar manner to first world problems. I have chosen this term as the title of my zine because its the term that everyone in my generation used a lot, especially when they refers to any type of flaws that they have with their own aesthetic. E.g. “My eyebrows is totally not on point, the struggle is real.” Not only the terms fits really well with the theme, I wanted my zine to be an easy read and using this particular term, I think that many people can relate to it.

The finished product


Here is just a few images of what I have created. In these images, they’re just my zine pages, when I took these I haven’t mounted them together because I wanted to see what they look like against each other before I glue them on. I do love the out come of it. I think the topics, text and illustrations that I have included in my zine are comical and relatable which I hope the people would enjoy reading as much as I do.



Project: Day Travel card book


Last weekend I was trying to organise some of the things that I have been collecting for many years and they’re starting to piling up. I always find it very hard to throw things that I feel that they have sentimental value to them. Ever since I was little whether it is birthday cards, hand written letters, notes, receipts or in this case train tickets I have been collecting all of these things for so long and I can’t seem to get rid of them. As I was going through my purse I found stacks of train tickets that seems taken over my purse and so I have decided why don’t I create and make something out of it. I thought about the book binding tutorial that Kiran have showed us a while back and I have embarked upon the idea of turning these train tickets into a mini book. The size of the train ticket is perfect and all I need was some tape to hold them together. Yes, I admit that this little book is not perfect and no where near what Kiran have created but this is just a small idea that I have and I didn’t necessary want them to look perfect because the imperfections of the mini book is what going to make it unique.


I’m not sure what I will do with this little mini book but already, they have contains informations e.g. my travel journey. I could just leave this book like how it is now but I think I will probably want to add random things to it, even though I’m not sure what but there will always be something to add along the way.

VISIT: Tate Modern


Back during Christmas break, my friend and I have decided to go and visit the Tate Modern Art Gallery. It’s been months the last time I was there and during my visit this time round I was with my friend Fe. I was really impressed with the exhibitions that they’ve had going on as well as the art work that are on the display. Initially we both wanted to look at sculptures because it was something that Fe is interested in, whereas for me I’m much prefer to look at paintings and drawings. We went to the art gallery during weekday so it wasn’t too busy so it was nice to be able to view the art works without having to try to fight for some space. After we both wondered around the first room that we were in Finally it was my turn! On the floor that were at, I was totally taken by surprise and in awe of how incredibly amazing the displays that were there on the enormous wall. I was so impressed with how detailed and unique these were created.


The second image above these two is one of the pantings that I’m totally in love with. The marble effect and the bright colours I find very eye-catching. It made me wish that if only I have a big house, I would be delighted to have one of these paintings in my home. Besides this painting that caught my eyes, I have also have some of the others that is just as good that have caught my attention. The image of me starring at the abstract textured painting is one of which that is on my list. I love the way the artist used different brush strokes and pallet knife to create this painting. With abstract paintings, I never really understand what the paintings are really all about. But, I do enjoy and admire the artists’ efforts and their creative thoughts that was put in to create somewhat a master piece. After our visit, Fe and I took off to a cafe in oxford circus and we both was winging and dining, it was amazing! Looking back now, I would definitely come back to visit Tate Modern again because they do carry great exhibitions and incredible art works which you will not be disappoint!

MEET: Damien Florebert Cuypers


Aside from grisly court cases and the odd landscape, you don’t get much public draftsmanship these days – especially somewhere as fast-paced and crowded as high-end fashion events. Damien Cuypers is bucking that trend by turning up at every fashion week there is and just sketching his heart out. I came across his work about a year ago when I was just browsing on the internet looking for new fashion illustrator who I need to study about for my project. Fashion illustration is one of my favourites types of illustration that I’m still love doing, however my work is nothing compare to Cuypers’ work. I love his effortless colour strokes, he captured the subject matters in his drawing uniquely and authentically.


Each characters have their own individuality and identity which I love. His illustrations are so good to look as because they’re all very colourful and well put together. I’ve been following his tumblr ever since I’ve dissevered his amazing talent, I really recommend you should check him out!


The 100 Briefs, in 1 Day

Yup, when I saw the title of this brief I was shocked, scared, nervous, yet exciting because it’s going to be a taught challenge and a good experience too.

After a long christmas holiday break, I think we’re all just itching to draw and grab some colour pencils and do what we do best and for me that would be drawing. We’ve been given a task to create 100 drawings in our sketchbook within a certain time frame and by the end of the day we had to complete it. However, despite the unnerving part of having to completing 100 drawings in one day, I was really looking forward to having ago at it. When we were given the instructions of what to draw,  it was interesting to how straightway my brain just visually snapped the answer to what I had to illustrate to the paper. As Sara continued to read out the tasks, we all kind of managed to grasp on what we had to do, as for me I enjoy illustration very much and doing a task like this is a great way of exercising our brain and expand our imaginations. Personally, I would say 100 drawings is pretty excessive for 1 day as I did got really tired later in the day however, I do get what the whole meaning of this task was which is once we graduate from uni and off to work in the industry we would have to draw more than just 100 things in one day,  so doing this task is something that I have to get use and continue to practice. Of course I do believe that practise makes it perfect but for now I’m just going to take baby steps, slow and steady so maybe 10 drawings in one day not 100 but I do would like to challenge that again.

Typography Part 2. Letterpress Tutorial

Letterpress was used in everyday printing technique for 5th centuries, until offset lithography took over.



The inks applied to the surface of metal type, which has a raid surface with a reverse image, like a rubber stamp and the type is pressed against paper to make an impression.

The final outcome, finished article would have a tactile quality, with a thick layer of ink and a slight indention where the type pressed against the paper. Images would use the same process to produce in a similar way, using blocks of wood, metal, lino or nylon.




I find letterpress printing extremely time consuming and labor intensive and in age of lithography and digital printing it might seem like wasted effort. It isn’t an alternative to modern, commercial printing techniques but it retains its place as craft ideally suited to producing beautiful unique things in small qualities.

To want a good quality outcome when using letterpress, the person would required a incredible amount of skills needs to be put in. When letterpress was the main player in commercial printing, there were specialists who lined up the type (compositors) and there were the machine room staff who operated the presses. An apprenticeship took six years.

These days letterpress is usually done by one person working alone and they will have had to learn all the disciplines involved.


Typography Part 1. Intro



Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design and modifying type glyphs. The type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type involves the selection if typefaces, point size, line length, leading, adjusting the spaces between groups of letter and adjusting the space between pairs of letters. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designer, art director, comic book artists and graffiti artists. Until the digital age, typography was a specialised occupation. Digitisation opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users.