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Welcome to rachelsays... The blog of Rachel Lewis, containing my thoughts and musings on illustration, design, fashion, music, cakey-bakey goodness, culture and things that I generally find cool. There's also a good chance my own illustration work will pop up on here.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Year, New Start.

I am so glad 2007 is over. It wasn't the best year for me. That's a massive understatement. It was the worst year of my life. However... I'm starting again and that means a new outlook and GETTING MY BLOG BACK TOGETHER. It's been bugging me for ages, how unorganised I've been with it. I don't feel guilty though, I'm been so busy I'm surprised my brain hasn't melted out of my ears yet. Semester 1 of my second year was SO crazy busy. The step up from year 1 to year 2 was just mental.

I promised this year that I was going to keep updating my blog with random illustration stuff, my own work as it was progressing, etc etc. But... I had neither the will or really the inclination to do it, such was my mental state. SO now I'm going to put up all the work I did for Semester 1, then start semester 2 with the proper intention of keeping this place updated. I promise I will.

So without any further delay, procrastination or excuses, here goes.


This module was one of the hardest. The brief was to choose one out of the 4 selected texts, and illustrate it using no less than 25 frames, graphic novel style. OMG. So much work in 12 weeks! I chose Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami; never actually read the entire book but I will one day as it seems good. Our extracts were only a couple of pages long you see. (I say only. Still enough.)

The section I illustrated was where the main character, also the narrator, is recalling a relationship he had in his late teens/early 20's, with a girl called Naoko. Basically the premise of the section is that he is on an aeroplane to Hamburg, and is writing in a journal about his life I guess, and he's thinking about her and he can't really remember what she looks like, he can remember scenery and meadows they walked in clear as day but it takes him a while to remember her face and it makes him sad, obviously. Anyway it's very haunting and well written because you don't really know at this point why they broke up, why he misses her so much, etc.

The story is across 12 pages, these are actually to form 6 double pages. Enjoy:

So there. It's quite conceptual and loose... I wanted it to have this dreamlike, out-of-reality feel to it. I wish I could have shown the development phases as I was going along but the final ones show you what is what.

So I handed this in on the 8th January, I'll find out my grade on the 25th. I'm so scared. I didn't apply for mitigating circumstances or an extension, even though I was well within my rights to after everything that has happened; I wanted to prove to myself that at least I had something, at least I could do one thing, my work. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting it all finished. I think it was the only thing keeping me going; if I didn't have uni work to do then it's scary to think what would have happened.

I'll post the other 3 modules in the next few days.

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