Sing for Songbirds Chester Zoo bird illustrations

 

Mar
21
2017

 

I’ve been longing to tell you about an exciting project I did for Chester Zoo. I created, Sing for Songbirds Chester Zoo bird illustrations, for a variety of literature and also an animation.

Altogether, I designed one linear bird for the logo, and six bird illustrations. All the species are endangered, and the aim of the project is to make people aware that these beautiful songbirds are being taken from their natural habitats in South East Asia. There are brochures and other learning resources for school children to help create more awareness about the threats to wildlife, and to inspire young conservationists by taking part in Sing for Songbirds.

Sing for Songbirds Chester Zoo bird illustrations

When starting the brief, I did a lot of bird research, looking at different poses and positions. Then I drew each bird, creating both linear and tonal versions of Black-winged starlings, Javan green magpies, Bali starlings, Rufous-fronted Laughingthrushes, Asian fairy-bluebirds and Sumatran Laughingthrushes. I’ll briefly discuss the drawing process.

 

Here’s a linear drawing of the Black-winged Starling. He’s in a flying position and I’ve drawn his head side on and facing forwards for the animation. I drew separate wings and other body sections for all the birds.

 

More initial sketches.

 

Here is the Javan green magpie in colour. The outlines had to be thick, so when reduced, the bird could be easily seen. I used strong colours too, which were applied in PhotoShop. I wanted to capture each bird’s personality and they are all slightly loosely drawn, which helps to achieve that.

 

This is a linear bird for the logo. You’ll see this on all Chester Zoo’s Sing for Songbirds resources and literature.

 

I want to share with you some of the pages with my bird illustrations, which are on the fund raising pack.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project! Plus, I learned so much about each bird and fully support Chester Zoo in this campaign. Before the project went ‘live’, I got to see the animation and it was wonderful seeing my birds come to ‘life’. Seeing these beautiful birds and listening to the song actually brought a tear to my eyes.

You can also see the animation on Youtube.

 

Hope you like my illustrations and if you’d like to get involved with Sing for Songbirds, then take a look at their resources.

 

Emma Jayne x

 

 

 

 

Illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe

 

Mar
13
2017

 

 

Spring is finally here and, as part of week five on the Rise Design and Shine course, we were asked to illustrate a recipe to celebrate this pretty season. The recipe is for They Draw And Cook.

I adore the warm colours of spring, and how nature’s creations wake up. It is lovely to see newly grown flowers and bees buzzing around the garden. Yes! I’ve seen a few bumble bees already. I have produced an illustrated, orange poppy seed cupcake recipe, which I saw on Martha Stewart’s blog. However, Martha’s has used buttercream poppies in her recipe, whereas I liked the idea of scattering edible flowers on my cupcakes. Here is my final illustrated double-page spread.

Illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe

 

I wanted to emphasise the citrus orange flavour and the celebration of spring, especially after the miserable ‘grey’ winter period! Can you tell I’m not that keen on the cold winter season?

You can see the final, illustrated orange poppy seed cupcake recipe on They Draw And Cook website.

I’ve even baked the cupcakes, and oh my!, they are super delicious!

 

 

I love the orange flavour and poppy seed texture combination; they’re so yummy!! The pretty edible flowers make for great decoration.

When making my cupcakes, I decided to replace sugar with sweetener, and whole cow’s milk with almond milk, as a healthier option. I like to avoid calories wherever I can. That helps me avoid feeling guilty when eating them!  Altogether, this recipe makes 19 or 20 mini cupcakes. If you want to use larger cake cases, then you might get 10 to 12 from the cupcake mixture. I will try that, next time I make them.

 

Happy spring and enjoy your orange poppy seed cupcakes!

Emma Jayne x