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Master portfolio

  1. 1. p ort f oli oDiana Rute Costa2012
  2. 2. I nt r o d u c t i o nThe present portfolio displays a great diversity ofillustrations performed during my graduation inGraphic Design at the Fine Arts College from theUnivesity of Porto, for the period of 2009-2012.Additionally, this portfolio shows other illustrationsfreely created outside the course context during thistime.The work selection here exhibited demonstrates mypreference for traditional illustration, though I amalso able to digitally illustrate. The technical skillsemployed to perform the marjority of illustrationsencompass watercolour or pencil colour paintingand vector drawing.A common theme in my work is the representation ofthe female body and costumes, deeply influenced bythe Medieval fantasy aesthetics. I am also inspired bythe paintings of the Pre-Rhaphaelite artists EdwardBurne-Jones and John William Waterhouse, whichportray females from ancient mythology, legendsand tales. In this connection, the beauty and fashionillustration field is another of my interests.
  3. 3. I nd e x2009 2012Contrasts 70’s RockMakeup Medieval Anthology Space Fantasy2010 Romantic VampiresDog Fashion Generator Medieval CollectionEyjafjallajokull Elves & FairiesFairy Tale Witch Flowery OrnamentsNationsThe Mists of Avalon2011GreenpeaceHansel & GretelMoon & SunOrbis ColorSummer FlowerSpring FashionThe CurseXeque-Mate
  4. 4. 2009
  5. 5. C o nt r a s t sfree workThe intention was to create high contrast imagesby using the watercolour technique. Beauty andfashion illustration were the main inspiration. Watercolour on Paper
  6. 6. Watercolour on Paper Watercolour on Paper
  7. 7. Makeupfree workMakeup trials by using pencil colour. I exploredbright and strong colours. mostly in the eye area. Pencil Colour on Paper
  8. 8. Pencil Colour on Paper
  9. 9. 2 0 10
  10. 10. S lu m d o g G e n e r ato rcollege workIn this project, I used the Nodebox software tocreate an image generator that continuouslychanges the picture of a slumdog wearing differentoutfits and accessories.The purpose was to hypothetically insert thisgenerator in a website that advertises clothes fordogs. Vector Illustration
  11. 11. Vector Illustration
  12. 12. Vector Illustration
  13. 13. E yj a fj al l a j o k u l lcollege workThis 3D piece was exhibited in an expositionorganized by the Fine Arts College from theUniversity of Porto, whose theme was the eruptionof the Icelandic volcano “Eyjafjallajokull” in 2010.I pictured the moment before “Eyjafjallajokull”eruption as an asleep boy dressed with traditionalIcelandic clothes, laying on wood branches. Colour Pencil on Paperboard
  14. 14. F a i r y T al e S o r c e r e rcollege workThis project aimed to create a profile image ofa facebook group entitled “Old people that lookyounger than what they really are”.I represented a very old sorcerer whoseappearence is still young and somehow seductive.I was inspired by the classical tale illustrations ofEric Kincaid. Colour Pencil on Paper
  15. 15. C u lt u r e s C o s t u m e scollege workThe three following images depict maidens wearingtypical costumes of spatially and temporallyunrelated cultures: Portuguese, Persian and Aztec. Pencil Colour on Paper
  16. 16. Pencil Colour on Paper Pencil Colour on Paper
  17. 17. T h e M i s t s o f Av alo ncollege workI redesigned the cover of “Mists of Avalon” byMarion Zimmer Bradley. Due to all the femaleesoterism and mystical symbolism present in thebook’s story, I turned its cover into an invertedtriangle, a well known symbol of women. Collage on Paperboard
  18. 18. Pencil Colour on Paper Demonstrative Photography Pencil Colour on Paper
  19. 19. 2011
  20. 20. Gr e e n p e ac e part Icollege work I am sorry Greenpeace folks, BRA ND bad packaging isThe top poster criticizes the waste resulting such a waste...from bad packing, whereas the bottom poster how I wish BR AN Dcriticizes the fact that most people ignore the risks I had been more responsibleassociated with nuclear energy. Such posters were NDhypothetically meant to be part of a GreenPeace BRAenvironment campaign. ND BR BRA AN D I am sorry Greenpeace folks, I always thought you were a bunch of hippies trying to do your thing... how I wish I had faced the facts Vector Illustration
  21. 21. Gr e e n p e ac e part IIcollege workI created a one minute video for Greenpeaceconcerning the consequences of forest destructionby fires, which has been a major problem inPortugal during the summer seasons.The characters and scenerios were made withpaperboard and colour pencil and were manuallyanimated. The following images depict captures ofthe video’s narrative. Color Pencil on Paperboard
  22. 22. Some screencaps of the video sequence
  23. 23. Ha ns e l & Gr e t e lcollege workIn this project, I illustrated the pages of the famoustale “Hansel and Gretel”. I drew the charactersin a very classical way keeping the backgroundminimalistic, so that the story course could beunderstood based on the charaters’s expressionsand features. Colour Pencil on Paper
  24. 24. Colour Pencil on Paper
  25. 25. Mo on & Su nfree workThe antagonistic concepts of moon/night versussun/day were personified as human characters,with influences of arabian culture. Watercolour on Paperboard
  26. 26. Watercolour on Paperboard
  27. 27. O r b i s c o lo rfree workThe diversity of characters here representedbelong to an imaginary world populated by manydifferent fantasy cultures. Colour Pencil and Collage on Paper 24
  28. 28. Colour Pencil and Collage on Paper
  29. 29. S p ri n g P ri ntfree workThrough the use of wood stamps, I printed flowerypatterns on the character’s clothings. Colour Pencil and Wood Stamps on Paper
  30. 30. Colour Pencil and Wood Stamps on Paper
  31. 31. Th e C u r s ecollege workIn this project, I created 3 villains cursed to bedepressed, broken hearted and crow shaped. Inopposition, I invented an optimistic and laughablehero resembling Charlie Chaplin, that possesses avery intellectual bulldog as a sidekick. Colour Pencil and Collage on Paper
  32. 32. Colour Pencil and Collage on Paper
  33. 33. Colour Pencil and Collage on Paper
  34. 34. X e q u e - m at efree workThe following sequence of illustrations representsthe clash of the white and the black chess kings, inwhich the black chess king decides to interrupt themarriage between the white king and queen... Watercolour on Paper
  35. 35. Watercolour on Paper
  36. 36. 2012
  37. 37. 70’s Rockcollege workThis set of images were meant to illustrate amagazine about rock and pop music of the 70’s.The idea was to correlate each person’s favouritekind of music with its respective fashion style. Colour pencil on paper
  38. 38. Colour pencil on paper
  39. 39. M e d i e v al A nt h o lo g yfree workThis set of illustrations was created for a smallsized book, which gathers several texts about thePortuguese medieval literature and its authors. Watercolour on Paper
  40. 40. Watercolour on Paper Watercolour on Paper
  41. 41. S p a c e F a nt a s yfree workThe following illustrations depict various characterswith a fantasy futuristic look. Watercolour on Paper
  42. 42. Watercolour, Graphic Pencil and Ink on Paper
  43. 43. R o m a nt i c V a m p i r e sfree workA collection of Romantic vampire characters,inspired by the 19th century costumes. Watercolour on Paper
  44. 44. Graphic Pencil on Paper
  45. 45. Graphic Pencil on Paper
  46. 46. Zenfree workThis work was inspired by the Buddist symbolismand I tried to represent characters that wouldexpress a certain meditation pose. Ink on Paper
  47. 47. Ink on Paper Ink on Paper
  48. 48. M e d i e v al c o l l e c t i o nfree workImage collection of female characters and outfitsinspired by medieval fantasy. Ink on Paper
  49. 49. Graphic Pencil on Paper
  50. 50. Ink, Colour Pencil and Watercolour on Paper
  51. 51. E lv e s a n d F a i ri e sfree workImage collection of female characters and outfitsinspired by fairies and elves from the celticimaginarium. Ink on Paper
  52. 52. Watercolour, Pencil Colour and Graphic Pencil on Paper
  53. 53. F lo w e r y O r n a m e nt sa nd he ad p i e c e sfree workThe following set of illustrations focuses on femaledecoration by using flowery ornaments. Pastels on Paper
  54. 54. Ink on Paper
  55. 55. Ink on Paper
  56. 56. p ort f oli oDiana Rute Costa2012