Naomi Denning

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Practice | Class of 2021

Once upon a Time

My project focuses on Illustration in nursery rhymes. I explored illustration to some extent in an earlier rotation project World Building. Nursery rhymes and folk tales have been interpreted by many different people in different ways – and will continue to, as I believe children and people will always enjoy stories and the fantastical. My main influence for this project was illustrator Alan Lee with his detailed and beautiful depictions of the Lord of the Rings series.

I have used a range of media to explore this topic, such as watercolour, collage and riso printing. I then decided to combine these elements digitally to compile a short children’s picture book. If I was to continue this project, I would like to investigate a variety of nursery rhymes and folk tales from different cultures, interpreting them in linked traditional methods and then even to alter them digitally.