Research Ranting & Disney’s Hercules!

Research Ranting & Disney’s Hercules! << Wikia page.

You know guys, for people like me (and probably most of everyone else too) researching is a pain in the patootie. Really. I draw and colour and get all excited about amazing art and all that jazz, not so much to reading. Actually scratch that, I do like to read – fiction novels. Not history and what not, it bores me to death. However! Fear not! There can be fun ways too (occasionally.) For animators and illustrators like me, research can go from dull to fun with the simple idea that watching videos and movies can count as research too~ Isn’t that great?! Researching and reading pages and books endlessly really wear you out. In my case I was researching Greek mythological beasties and gods. What’s the first thing that came into my head? Yeap, that’s right – Disney’s Hercules!! ❤ As a kid I loved that movie, and I also remember Meg being my favourite heroine ever. Now before the hate parade comes and corrects me or something, I know full well that it’s not all accurate, blah blah blah. BUT. It’s a starting point, a fun one that will keep me interested and give me ideas. I took a sneaky peek at the Disney Wikia page (Wiki, I know. So bad. Q^Q) and familiarised myself with the story again briefly and also read some trivia, facts and stuff. This gave me SOME ideas, but not enough. So now off I go to watch the movie – see you later~ 😉

Red Bull Ads Compilation

Further research – looking at previous Red Bull ads as reference and research for my current project.

Red Bull Gives you Wings~

Red Bull Gives you Wings~ – Continuing my research for my project in the Visual Literacy class, our project is based on having to have the drink Red Bull commission our faux illustration studio to design a new character and ad for them. This useful link consists someone’s study into Red Bull and the history of it in simple words which I found most helpful.  The points I noted on were:


* The slogan is (obviously) not literal, it is metaphorical therefore the new character doesn’t necessarily have to fly/grow wings, just display a sense of alleviation within the character and mor lively, energetic.

* There were no specific , target set audience when regarding age. They had to appeal to general ages but had in mind those who would mostly drink it; young people, students, people at work who do late nights, people with demanding work etc.

* Was originally based  and adapted from the Thai tonic drink “Krating Daeng”, changing it to appeal more for the western palette


As well as having my own personal blog, I’m working with a group for our class in uni. We came together and our faux illustration studio was named “Metamorphosis” (Lord knows why, I’ll just roll with it.) Our first task was to design a logo for our group. My initial ideas were the conspicuous ones of cocoons and butterflies but I wasn’t happy with such an obvious idea, so I tried for alternatives, more simpler perhaps or obscure. Then I looked back into Greek mythology and came across the alphabet, and their meanings. “The capital letter delta (Δ, which has the convenient form of an isosceles triangle) is commonly used in subjects of science and mathematics, often to describe change” I found this to be a great idea to use as part of our logo! The letter Delta = change (in maths and science, and now I shall link it to art 😀 ) With this, off I go to design the logo~

Mythical Creatures, read about and see your favorite mystic creature.

Mythical Creatures, read about and see your favorite mystic creature..

Beginning research on mythical creatures, where else to look but at an index of every single one ever heard of? Let’s see which fits best! I’m thinking maybe the more obvious ones for my project for people to relate – witches, werewolves or something similar,vampires..dragons… ^¬^ But maybe it won’t be as interesting then.. :c The obscure ones seem quite interesting in my opinion.

Working on..Mythical Creatures!!

So for my Visual Literacy class at uni, we’re looking into character designing and such, and our theme includes mythical creatures. I noticed that in class most people jumped straight to the idea of beasties from Greek mythology but what about everything else? Personally I have more interest in asian mythical creatures and stories as well as a slight obsession with dragons. In fact I drew a chibi dragon just before this project too~ >> Sakura Dragon Chihiro My inspiration for this drawing and the first artist I looked at for this project was ShrimpHEBY. When I first saw this artist’s work I was instantly in love, She has her own style, I loved her way of painting and use of colours as well as the fact that she often worked with mythical creatures. Her two OC’s, Xuan Long and Qi Rui are in fact based on a dragon and a kirin, two creatures from asian myths (Oh how I adore them *¬* ) I felt ShrimpHEBY’s art would be a good starting point, then moved on to researching other mythical creatures and selecting the ones which would be most appropriate for the project.

The Adventure Begins!

Hello world! I’m Rima, an aspiring illustrator and animator from the northwest of England who has started to get serious, starting with this blog. From here on I’ll be posting my work,inspirations,influences,notes, works-in-progress – literally everything that comes my way on my journey to become a successful,reknowned artist! Oh, and it’s dangerous to go alone – so I invested in a new super awesome intuos pro to battle the demons along the way~Image

January 2014