Assignment – Introducing Yourself

Introducing Yourself

Brief – Design a set of at least 3 postcards that say something about who you are, and your interests.


The first thing I did was a couple of brainstorms about me and my graphical interests.


I chose to do 4 postcards, the subjects being Family, Tattoos, Science Fiction and Fantasy. I chose these because I think that they give a good idea of who I am and my interests. My plan is to choose one or more of my graphical interests and designs my subjects based on those styles.

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Next I looked up some images to support my brainstorms.

Graphic Interests

1920’s to 1950’s Advertising

oxo Molby Lucky Strike HMV

Graphic Novels

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meme1 meme2 meme3 meme4 (made using meme generator on iphone)

Tattoo Artists

Angelique Hautkamp


Nikko Hurtardo


Mike Devries


Science Fiction

FireFly M Falcon MFalcon top Tardis Serenity topRalph_McQuarrie_A_Wing


Eye of S Precious Eye of Sauron GoT Throne Lampost Lampost and children lion face Lion-1 lotr ring 48387-game-of-thrones-house-sigils


Drawing of our family by Jesse Haylett (aged 4)

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Pat's family tree family-tree FamilyTree

Looking at existing postcards

I had a look online to see if I could find postcards that represent the subjects and interests I wanted to base my cards on.

1920’s postcards

M. Montedoro 4 Art deco p.card 4652882036_debf919505 Arthur Thiele Bathing belle Postcard

Graphic Novel postcards

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Tattoo postcards

A vintage postcard of Artoria Gibbons, the Tattooed Lady, 1920s russian-criminal-tattoo-encyclopaedia-postcardsartbook_2270_1149738877

Family postcards

TACAWalking Wurst Family

Science fiction postcards

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Fantasy postcards

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I noticed that the postcards all look quite old fashioned, probably due to them more fashionable then than they are today. I think this works well for my 1920’s ideas.


With all the images and subject ideas in place, I started designing my Tattoo postcard.

My first idea was to follow the process, so I took a picture of my tattooist and turned him into a stencil using carbon paper.

Bear Stencil

Although I like this image, it’s reasoning is not immediately clear. So I decided to try and follow Angelique’s process using the same image.

AH Process

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Bear Angeliqued

I’m pleased with this image. I followed a similar process and the outcome is fitting for what I want to use it for. I like the look of the MOLBY advert (above, in 1920’s research) and wanted to incorporate this image in to something like that.

Postcards final-2

This follows the process I wanted, but after some feedback and looking back over my work, the advert is for a machine, but the machine itself features very little in the final piece. I’m happy with the wording, I chose to write it like this because old adverts claimed ridiculous things, based on what they wanted to sell as opposed to facts.

These are the sort of images that I think should feature in my advert.

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Next I wanted to work on my science fiction postcard. After brainstorming and sketching some ideas, I decided that ships are the strongest and most recognisable imagery.

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I have, in the past seen some fan art that had recreated images with quotes from the film/series and tried it out with the ships.

Tardis quotes

Although I like the idea of this, I can’t seem to get it quite right. The image has quotes on it as opposed to being made of quotes. Also, it raises the question, would I have just one card with 3 ships on it or 3 ships on one card? And if there were 3 ships made up of quotes, would the writing be big enough to see?

I went back to my sketchbook and decided to put all 3 ships (Serenity, Millennium Falcon and the Tardis) into one image.


Scifi card

I wanted to follow a similar theme with the Fantasy postcard, so looked at what I thought would be good images from 3 of my favourite stories, Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Game of Thrones.

GoT Throne Lampost Precious

Thronepostring mock up

The shapes of these images do not work well together.

I went back to my brainstorm, and decided to try out a house sigil and motto.

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Postcards final-1

For my Family postcard, I wanted to go back to the style of 1920’s adverts.

I decided that from the few ideas I had, I’d chose to do something with a family tree. I wanted to use a plain tree with no leaves that would translate well into black and white, and images of myself and my husband to illustrate the people in the family.


Postcards final

I turned it into a family tree making/tracking service so that it would fit into an advert. I used the font and address as a cross over from my other interests.

Overall, as my first assignment, I’m pleased with how this went. Looking back over it, I think that the process could have been clearer and more consistent. This was a steep learning curve for me, and I have picked up a lot about research, process and the systems I use on my computer.


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