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New Website Have A Look

So basically when I was doing my HND we had a brief to create a website for ourselves, overall I wasn’t happy with this at all so I have taken it upon myself to create myself a more professional site, in which possible clients etc. can contact me on and look into myself abit more.

I will be updating this site all the time and it isn’t 100% yet, I have a lot more planned.

So if you get a chance have a look on: http://alexrichardson93.wix.com/alexrichardsondesign

Any questions or know how contact me on either the new site or via here!


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WWF Animal’s / Images

So today I have decided while at college with a computer that actually works without crashing that I would have some fun in Adobe Illustrator with tracing and playing with the layers and my own style that I have previously used in other projects.

But first I have decided that I really need some new images to use, I did really want to use the snake but in hindsight this wouldn’t work because the snake that I have chosen in the image isn’t actually endangered whats so ever, so from this decision I am going to look at more in-depth animal faces on like big cats, rhinos, elephants, apes, etc…

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Si Scott

‘Welcome to the new Si Scott Studio site, we are a creative Design & Illustration studio that prides itself on finely crafted work with an obsessive attention to detail in everything we do.’

Quote from “Si Scott Studios” which I came across while looking for different illustration styles to try and find what I had in my head and these guys have beaten me to it haha, but they are a fantastic studio and the quality of there design work is mind blowing.

Link to there site: http://siscottstudio.com

Below are some screenshots from Si Scott Studios website and these are from several animal projects but my mind has been blown! these design/ illustrations have really opened my eyes and something has finally brought back my passion for design and this just shows me that I really do like Illustration and this is what I want to do, I would love to work or even do work experience at a studio like this, thee just fantastic, but now my job is to see if i Still have it in me to sketch and illustrate like I used to 4 years ago during my art A levels.

After looking at these I really just want to get sketching and have my final piece done already I can’t wait to see  how the final outcome will look, I sort of have a vision in my head but its blurry at the moment.


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The level and detail and perfection in Illustration is amazing and Si Scott and the team are next level!


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In class this week we all had to create a presentation in the PECHA KUCHA style, 20 slides with 20 seconds on each, I found it really hard, simply because I hate talking in front of crowd to a couple of people I would be fine but not no more, but it was eye opening because in the industry this is needed, we are often needed to present out idea’s and thoughts.

But below is mine, not very good and inspiring but hey It worked.

Presentation Alex R

Sorry that its in a PDF format couldn’t get it to be a movie no here.

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Final Design Steps

So after designing and making my initial design to see if it works I decided to go ahead and start making my final design, I went ahead and made to different colour schemes one all black and a black and white one.

I went ahead and first measured a CD to see the sizing because my prototype design was a little to big, My CD case now measures up at 130mm x 125mm, this is just big enough to fit a normal CD in with a little spare room either side, I brought some more jet black card and began cutting it out to size using a knife and a straight edge steel ruler – but first I carefully measured and drew out the whole design.



Above is a shot of the black on black CD case sleeve, inside is the CD holder, The black on black design I feel is really effective and as a whole design works really well, the album now is very subtle and mysterious especially with nothing on the front, this is so different to every other CD case I have seen before.






Just a shot with the sleeve and the holder unfolded out both sides of the design.




Next is the white and black design, this was only last-minute, while buying the jet black card for the main sections of the packaging I came across some really nice natural looking paper, it was a natural made off white with plant sections intertwined. I was worried about how this paper would print because of how fin it was and how it was made but It came out fine in the end



Although the black and white design looks really nice, clean and readable I still really like the black on black design I just think it’s because not many designs use 1 solid colour for a whole design and this Is really making me lean towards this design.



The inside of the black on white design is just as striking as the front, but for some reason to me it looks slightly tacky and cheap? I don know if it’s just me but it does I think this is just because of the white paper being used.



I was having a little play around with my spray paint and a stencil that I have made using an animal print, The CD itself look terrible but this is only a test, since I have made another and it looks a lot better I need to make a blog post with the whole process of the CD making which I will do after this post.

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CD packaging and CD thoughts

Well in today lesson I showed Tim my draft CD packaging and explained to him what I wanted to do and he really liked it but he had the suggestion of making the whole CD packaging black because of how well the black on black printing came out and I agreed that this would look very different and unquie so my next step/experiment is to have a go at making it black on black on black haha, this will be powerful and strong but I have to make sure that I get a solid black card as a base because my pre printed black on black is a slight off black so it will stand out on the design as a whole?


This is what I mean about the black paper there’s two different types an off natural black and a rich fake black.


When I was thinking about how I was going to stick my CD onto my paper back packaging it I had no clue what these little things were called I knew that they were real and not just in my head because I have seen them before, after a while searching random things trying to find out what there called I finally found out there : CD spiders!!!, there’s a couple of different styles and options for me to choose from so I need to have a better look and think about these.


Now I don’t know If I will use gold leaf on the design as much as I originally thought but I will still try it out and have a little look and see if it’s working, gold and black always looks good so I will See.

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I found this website called : http://www.acdsleeve.com/ and they specialize in hand crafted paper back CD and Cassette packaging, I was having a look through their different styles and found some really interesting pieces that got me thinking about my packaging design.


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Heres a pretty cool little cassette case that I liked, the only reason is because of the space style print on the outer circle, could be something that I could use?

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I am really considering having an out case in black again which will surround my CD holder inside this will add another element to the design and possibly make the design as a whole better I will need to investigate and have a good think and experiment.

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Another cut out style outer packaging, again I don’t necessarily have to have type cut out, It could be a shape or just a simple cut out showing the album’s title underneath? or a pattern?

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This image and piece abve got me really thinking about my design and how I could bring it to the next level, an outer case would be a great asset to the design as a whole.

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Simple CD template that I could get inspiration from.

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Another way that I could possibly have a cut and have the image or layer underneath being shown, black on black…



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Gold leaf and Card Experiments

With this project I really wanted to experiment with some gold leaf and see what effects I could get with it and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Basically to start off with I went to my local hobby shop “Hobby Craft” and In there I managed to find the Gold Leaf that I was after and the adhesive liquid that is needed to apply it, while I was in there I began looking at some of the card making card they had and I decided to buy some of this aswell, it was for me to see how the gold leaf worked and how it looked on certain paper finishes and colours.


I decided to go ahead and first print onto a piece of brown quality card that I got, this was A4 in size – I went ahead and really quickly did a little mock-up of the album’s title in several different fonts including Times New Roman, Georgia and my favorite type face American Captain. I printed this out mainly because it will make it easier for me to apply the adhesive liquid over the pre-printed type than free-handing it.


I started to use a really little paint brush but it was really difficult so I decided to use a blunt pencil which was 10x easier to apply, so I had to apply the liquid where I wanted the gold leaf to stick and then I had to leave it for 15 minutes for it to dry I guess…

After it was dry I got the sheet of gold leaf out which was so flimsy and fragile and I placed it gently on the section, using a sheet of tracing paper which I placed onto I gently pressed down the gold leaf trying to get a decent amount to stick and I then began to brush away the excess.

On thing that I noticed was that it didn’t stick aswell as I first thought it would but I had a feeling it would because certain little bits had very little adhesive on it, but once I removed all of the excess I was left with some really cool old and worn looking gold effect, like the type was lost treasure?, even thought I was hopping this was going to come out really clean and strong I grow very fond of this straight away, but I will still need to test and practice more possibly trying different ways of applying the liquid? to get better and cleaner results.


Above I a photo of the Gold leaf I was using by Pebeo, a French brand I believe and the Effect adhesive by them aswell.


Just a photo of the stuff I got and what I am planning to experiment on today, I bought a couple of different card stocks to se what the Gold leaf will work on best and to see how it comes out on different coloured paper/card.


Here’s a mid process shot of me applying the adhesive liquid using a pencil! ha, I decided to apply a little more on this top section of type to see how it came out.


It really didn’t make much of a difference putting more on in fact it made it not stick aswell? strange, anyways I will keep experimenting and taking pictures documenting this, I plan on trying it out on some different card stocks and techniques of doing it.

After I have got pretty comfortable with it I will begin looking at how I am going to go about creating my matt black on glass black CD, this will be tricky but It is a must for this packaging design.

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Initial Decision Without Designing Yet

So basically there are a couple of things to do with colours and other bits that I have already made my mind on, now when It comes to colours I am stuck between a couple of different schemes but this will be decided when I come up with some designs for my album artwork.

The first is using the pre-existing colour scheme for the album already which is gold, I could either get it printed with gold aspects in the print or I could possibly have a look a slick screening it myself with a metallic gold paint or even gold leaf to add that class and uniqueness to the CD Packaging.

The next is either black and gold or black on black, I could have black base card for the design and have gold printed sections on top or even gold leaf again maybe? MY other idea was the black on black, what I mean by this is to have matt black and a shine/gloss black, matt black base with a gloss black print on-top for like the illustration or type. At the moment I’m liking the idea of black on black, it has that sense of class and subtle style which is what this Hip-Hop album “Watch The Throne” is about.

Another Possible colour scheme is more towards the raw aspects of the album, I was looking at maybe using some high quality brown card, type paper along with gold leaf again.

Another idea was to possibly use dry embossing on my design this will give it a really nice effect and make the design of a higher quality than a standard flat design, I have never done this before along with gold leafing so I need to experiment and practice these techniques.

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Unusual Words

The whole design for these posters revolves around unusual words so my task is to have a look around in books and the internet to find words that are nearly unheard of and ones that I can actually design and illustrate for.

My first thought was to look at some phobias and fears rather than just blindingly browsing trying to find some.

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