When I started Unit 13 I initially started out making a Hand Drawn Book of Prehistoric Creatures that I have made myself, I really liked this idea at the time because it allowed me to create my own Prehistoric Creatures and allowed me to touch up on my sketching skills which I was recommended to do after my Salford University Interview, but I then changed my idea because I realised I wouldn’t be able to produce enough work for this Project. My second idea was to make a Virtual Trading Card Game called Paradox which was solely based off Mythical Creatures & Folklore from around the world this was going well till I realised that there was no way I was going to get a product with the time I had to finish the project so I decided to make a Hunters Manual/Bestiary all hand written and hand drawn which still helps with my sketching skills and I was still able to use the research from my Card Game on this book. I did manage to achieve what I set out to do with my project because the mixture of tools I have used and the way the book has been slightly worn down makes it look like a hunter has used it while on the move while I also made sure that there were no spelling mistakes and that the research done on each page was enough for me to fill the page.
My project was really technical a lot more than I originally thought because I had to figure out the most realistic way I could draw an unrealistic thing which was really hard at the start because I had to think about realistic shading and detail but when I got into a routine of doing it I started to become a habit, I realised that I couldn’t just draw the things of the top of my head I had to do extensive research into that creature, plant, material or weapon to make sure that I was making it as realistic as possible which was hard for me because I am used to drawing more unrealistic things. I used more than one tool to write and draw in the book with to add to its realistic effect because if the hunter is on the run he won’t always have access to the same writing tool, then I got recommended to add damage to the book like ripping some of the pages, adding coffee stains, adding water damage, adding blood stains and burning the edges of some of the pages to make the book look weathered which will make sure the book looks realistic and look like it has been on the move for a long time and add a bit more depth to the book itself.
For my Project I tried to make my book look as realistic as possible for a Hunters Manual/Bestiary so at first I got a black sketchbook that had a hardback cover, luckily it had beige pages which already added a weathered look to it, then I got feedback on using different tools for the writing and drawing to make it seem like he had to keep finding new tools to write with to improvise, I will also be weathering the book using fire to burn the edges of certain pages, coffee stains, water damage and ripping the pages a bit to give it as much realism as possible.
When it came to the Post Production part of my project I was a bit stuck on what to do because of how hard it would be to copy a sketch I have done and actually liked it to my Final Product so I decided to produce some rough sketches of things instead of doing full blown drawings to touch up on my sketching skills for the final product but I still made sure that the sketches were related to the project, this really helped when it came to starting the finished product and made me a lot more confident with myself and my drawing techniques. I think my post production was technically well produced because It helped with idea generation so I knew what I wanted in the book when I started it, it helped with how well the drawings look finally in the book and how the shading and detail complemented them.
During my Project, I did encounter many problems with my work which I knew was going to happen with a hand drawn project, especially considering these drawings were highly detailed. When I started the project, I was thinking it was going to be easy because of my Art & Design background and my wealthy knowledge of the supernatural but when I started it I realised how hard it actually was doing the drawings and making sure they were as accurate as possible and always making sure my spelling and grammar around the drawing was correct. One of the main problems I faced with a lot of drawings was realism, because many of the things in the book are things of myth it was quite hard to draw a realistic version of them considering that they are not realistic things so I had to do extensive research on these creatures to make sure when I came to drawing them I had done it as realistic as possible, I didn’t want to make anything look way to far-fetched. There were a few things I wanted to do but couldn’t because of how expensive it would have been, I wanted to get the book covered in genuine leather to make it seem like a family heirloom and get a wax crest put on it which will only add to the heirloom effect I wanted to go with but this would of cost too much to get done professionally so instead of this I am going to carve a symbol into the front of the book.
When it comes to the audience of my project I was trying to aim at a younger audience seen as mythology seems to interest them, I know this by doing research into the fan base of many Supernatural TV Series like Teen Wolf, Originals and Supernatural and the majority of their viewers seem to be between the age of 16 to 21 so late teens to early twenties seems to be the main audience I was going to be aiming this book at, because of this at first I was going to make it so the book was done in the medieval times but when I found out what my audience would be I changed that idea and made it so the book is based in the modern days, because of this I used a lot more modernised language and weapons in the book and will add things like coffee cup stains to add the modern effect to it, I think this will allow the audience to relate to the writer of the book more. I think the best parts of my project are the actual drawings within the book I feel like they are well done and doing them made me more confident with my drawing skills, I would say the worst part about my project is how every single page is layout very similar to the others I think this could put people of reading through it because it will get very repetitive and could bore them even though the content on each page is different unless stated.
Even though I had to change my project schedule three times because I changed my project three times I did still manage to adhere to my schedule and managed to get everything done that I wanted to by the deadline, I did get a lot of help from peer during this project through feedback they really did help me when I was stuck on what to put in my book they also gave me ideas on what to do to the book to make it look weathered which was the look I was going for, my peers feedback was very essential to my project seen as they are part of my audience and their feedback did really benefit my project. During this project, I never fell behind schedule which I was really proud of because normally I have poor time management skills but I think it set in that this project is the thing that I get my final grade from so I stepped up my game, I did miss some days which I think could of allowed me to get more pages done in the book which I should have taken advantage of but I didn’t but I will keep this in mind for when I do my next project.