Tuesday, 12 May 2009

People Don´t Really Die They Go On Vacation

More images coming soon. The quality of these images is not correct, sorry about that!

A time for a change

Long time no see. My course is almost over. Summer is upon us. It is time for a change in my mind and in the way I manage the blog. This blog was created to fulfill a outcome on my course. No longer is this needed. For now on the blog will become more intimate.

Monday, 9 March 2009

My online Portfolio ( in progress )

Chose to put my portfolio online, to make it easily accessible. This just a "draft" of what I want my portfolio to be. I just purchased a A3 portfolio and am still developing what I want to have in it. The work that I am most happy about is the personal work. There are couple of pieces, that I have done on our course, that I am happy to put in my portfolio, but most of it is personal work. I also have a lot of photographic work, even though I want my portfolio to be one of an illustrators. This is something I have to consider. I also want to create more illustrational pieces and obviously, the illustrations from FMP will be a big part of it. This portfolio is work in progress and just to show some of my work and show my style and interests.


A piece from year one. Paper, scalpel.

Personal project. Isolation. Acrylics.

Poppy campaign.

Postcards from my hometown.


Postcards. Dinnerguests, illustrated from Edgar Allan Poes short story The system of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather.

Animal brief. Designing a package for a Animal watch.




Name: Milla Koivisto

Address: 171 Alma Road, 10BH 5AG , Bournemouth UK

Tel: 07527047412

Email: millajoot@gmail.com

Date of birth: 05.09.1983

Nationality: Finland


2007- The arts Institute at Bournemouth, Visual Communication
2003-2004 Music theatre studies at Varsinais-Suomen Kansanopisto
1999-2002 Luostarivuoren Lukio
1997-1999 Kemiönsaaren yläaste
1997-1990 Taalintehaan ala-aste

Art related work:

Acting, leading lady, experimental short film, Thug of War, directed by Hendrik Faller

Acting, leading lady, fake documentary, Tangerine, directed by Hendrik Faller

Set design, for director Malte Hubner

Photographer, HDR images, for director Kyrill Demetjev

Work experience:

Viking Line Oy Ab Ms. Rosella, cabin attendant. Taking care of the customers

Kova Betoni Oy, reseption

Veisto Oy, working for the marketing department

Fundia Oy Ab, summer jobs as cleaner and painter

Temporary jobs waiting in various events

Other information:

I speak Finish, English and Swedish fluently and a little bit of Germany. I am outgoing and like to meet new people. I am independent and come along with different kind of people. I am also used to working in different kind of environments.


Meeting new people

D&AD sketches

Sunday, 8 March 2009

PPRD hand in

The deadline for this hand in is on Monday. What we are required to hand in, is our blog or paper based diaries, plan for portfolio, our CV and live and competition briefs.

I am very happy with my PPRD, which obviously, I did in the form of a blog. Compared to last years PPRD it is much more detailed and wider, concerning information about my work and development, reflecting and analyzing it. I set my goal to blog everything and I have pretty much done that. A blog is an easy way to keep the information up to date and manageable. It is also a good way for me pinpoint what I learned, where I failed or what further needs to be done. I plant to continue writing by blog after the "hand in".

At the moment my portfolio consists only of couple of pieces. Tis is because there is very few things I actually want to put there. A portfolio is obviously something that will grow and develop with my development as an artist. I plan to hand a pdf, with some pieces I feel happy with.

We started to work as a team on a illustration brief for D&AD with Matt Lewis and Allison Lunday. Our start was good and we where all keen to see what we could individually bring to the table and how we could get our styles to work together. We had meetings with Mike Ryan and Cattell Ronca to get advise and support to our ideas. The brief said: Humanize a big corporate space. We started of by looking at the patterns in nature. We wanted to bring something organic to the every day life of the people working as part of a big corporate company.

After meeting up with both Mike Ryan and Catell Ronca, we decided to try out mosaic as the pattern. Catell advised us, helping to combine our styles and gather ideas together, to draw together on a big paper. This way we could all see what everyone was doing an feed of each others creativity.We decided to meet up on Wednesdays and Sundays, first at Matts house then, because of bigger space in my room. These meetings where really enjoyable and it was nice to talk about the profession of illustration together with two other people, who had the same interest.

Why our project failed was because of our poor time managing and the multiple projects that took our time and interest away from this project. In the end we decided to go our separate ways and develop our own ideas.

For live briefs, I have been working on two, both blogged earlier one. I have been working as a set designer, doing illustrations to a yet untitled project, by Malte Hubner. Because delays in the production, this project is still on going and the development of the images is in progress. I am also working as a photographer, taking HDR images for a third year grad film, by Kyrill Dementjev. I also got interested in a brief Neil posted, called A view to London, that is hosted by the AOI in partnership with London Transport Museum. The deadline for this is 20th or March. This is something I will be working on besides my FMP.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

1st Interim Critique

Tutor: Kit Johnson

We gathered in a small ( consisting of four people ), specific subject area, groups to talk about our research. This was a great opportunity to get feedback out of my pears, who are all having a book as the end product. Since Kit is familiar with layouts, type and book binding, she is a great help in these areas of my project.

We talked how our task is goes beyond being just an illustrator, since we have to be editors, authors and the marketing person for our books. Kit pointed out how important it is to have a sense of what you want your book to look like. We discussed layout and she pointed out, that before starting to generate images, there should be an idea how the images will be laid out on the pages. This is to avoid having to crop the images. This had not crossed my mind, simply because I have never been given an assignment, where I have to both design the images/illustrations and the content they will be but in.

Book binding and layouts are an unfamiliar territory for me and something I feel quite intimidated of starting. We discussed to do some binding practices in a group and Vicky Martin, who just went to a book binding workshop was kind enough to offer her knowledge and notes on the field of book binding.

Thursday, 5 March 2009


Today I have been gathering my research and dividing it into different categories to make further research easier for me.

- Writing and illustrating a short story, working title; People don´t really die they go on vacation.

- Research areas:
a narrative in a story, short story, science fiction, editorial illustration, illustration in science fiction, limited editions, artists sketchbooks, book binding, printing techniques.

Harry Clarke
Aubrey Beardsley
Jan Svankmajer
Herbert Baglione

-Authors ( for inspiration in writing ):
Haruki Murakami
Ernest Hemingway
Oscar Wilde

Books I am researching:
Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K Dick
The Salmon Of Doubt by Douglas Adams
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Visual Inspirations:
Blade Runner
All Is Full Of Love, Björk, music video by Chris Cunningham
Seaglopur, Sigur Ros, music video
Ghost In Shell, animation

Musical inspirations:
Sigur Ros

Further research:
Eye Magazine, essay, What does it really mean to call for a graphic designer to be an author
Soemtimes I think Sometimes I am, Sara Fanelli
Graphic storytelling and visual narrative, Will Eisner
The art of fiction, John Gardner
The philosophy of composition, Edgar Allan Poe
Short Story, NBC present
The science fiction and fantasy writers of America
Janet and Allen Alberg, illustrators and authors
Ursula Le Guin, author
Mervyn Peake, illustrator
Jan Svankmajer, animator
Andrei Klimovski, illustrator

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Emailing Anna Middleton about my CVC essay

Hi Anna,

This is my development so far, since I missed your seminar due to feeling ill.

Here is what I am working on at the moment concerning the essay. I am thinking of exampling Blade Runner, since it is an influential, well recognized piece, which has visually a lot to offer and a story I personally like. I have seen the movie many times, but need to look at some case studies about it and maybe research the visual side of it more. Beside this I am thinking of exampling something a little more original ( since Blade Runner is a quite obvious example ). Maybe having, what is recognized as the first science fiction story, Voyage dans la Lune, directed by French director ad magician Georges Melies, as an another example.

Books that I am reading at the moment are:

The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K Dick

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

I find these books interesting and relevant to me at the moment, because they all have fore words or mini essays explaining, analyzing and the stories, which all fall in the category of science fiction. Fore words are by such people as Stephen Fry and Roger Zelazny. I still need to look at some more case studies conserning the visual world of science fiction and take examples of graphic novels and/or animation ( Ghost In the Shell, manga ).

This is as far as I have got. But I will have more concrete information as my research progress.

Best wishes
Milla Koivisto

Analyzing and decoding narrative

A narrative or a story is a construct created in a constructive forman, ( written, spoken, poetry, prose, images, song, theater or dance ) that describe a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events. It derives from a latin verb narrare, which meant "to recount".

The word story may be used as a synonym of "narrative", but can also be used to refer to the sequence of events described in a narrative. A narrative can also be told by a character within a larger narrative. An important part of narration is the narrative mode. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode where by the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

Stories are an important part of culture and have a long history. The first documented stories where in the form of cave paintings. Storytelling was probably one of the earliest forms of entertainment.

In semiotics and literary theory, a "narrative" is a story or part of a story. It may be spoken, written or imagined, and it will have one or more points of view representing some or all of the participants or observers.

When the content is fictional, different conventions apply. The text projects a narrative voice, but the narrator belongs to an invented or imaginary world, not the real one. The narrator maybe one of the characters in the story. This is case in my story. We are seeing the world of the story through her eyes, She is the one telling us how things happened, or how she or people around her react. She is also the one telling us, through her knowledge and experience what is wrong or right, what is good or bad.

Roland Barthes describes such characters as "paper beings" and fiction comprises their narratives of personal experience a created by the author. When their thoughts are included this is termed interival focalisation: when each characters mind focuses on a particular event, the text reflects his or her reactions.

In written forms, the reader hears the narrators voice both through the voice of content and the style - the author can encode voices for different emotions and situations. In my story the narrator observes and reports the events and the feelings of others . This is because she, being not a human does not have authentic, original feelings, but reflects the feelings of others, feels what she is "supposed" to feel in a certain situation. This is called a homodiegetic narrator, a person describing his or her personal and subjective experiences as a character in the story.


Monday, 2 March 2009

Correspondence about book binding

Vicky Martin:

Hello my beautiful Milla

I think that sounds like a great idea! Definitely. I am also going on a bookbinding course on Thursday - so I can share the information I get with you and whether you bind the book yourself or get a printer to do it, it will be very useful for you to have in your research. I think you could do some practice bindings even if you do end up getting a printer to do it. You can always use them afterwards as sketch books.

I am out of uni this weekend, but I will be there on Friday.

Do you want to arrange a time to meet up in the day? I think we have mini crits all day, but we can go for a coffee and discuss somewhere?

I hope you are feeling a little better!
lots of love

Milla Koivisto:

Sounds good! So we will meet Friday then. Yes even if we both look into different areas of book binding etc. it will be good research in the end.

Have a good evening


Even though I plan to follow this, it is flexible and can be changed if necessary.

6th March - The short story fully ready
- First interim critique, case studies and research to show

27th March - Research done, knowledge of all the areas important for my project.
If further research becomes necessary, it will carry on

3rd April - Presentation of possible solutions, visuals, illustrations interacting with the text, layouts

24th April - Contact printers/book binding taking place. Getting closer to the final product

8th May - HAND IN BY 2.30pm

Emailing Vicky Martin

Hi Vicky,

I was thinking, that we should join our forces. I am talking about our FMP and the book binding aspect of it. Since we are both planning to have a final piece, as a book, we should meet up and talk, bounce of ideas and maybe divide the work load of research we have to do. What do you think? I am still not sure weather to bind the book myself or to go to the printers, but hopefully I will find the best way for me by looking at all the different ways. I still haven`t done that much of research on this area of my project, and am in the beginning stages. But it would be fun just to meet up and talk about the different possibilities. We could book a meeting with Kit, as we earlier talked.
Let me know your thoughts!
Have a lovely day!
Milla x

Week starts off with a running nose.

I missed Anna`s CVC seminar today due to a running nose, cold and fever. This means I will be working from home and hopefully feel good enough soon to go into library and do some research there. The plan for this week is to get as much research done as possible, to really concentrate on what I need to research and how much. I also need to hand in my research and development so far for Anna by Tuesday. On Friday we have an interim critique, which means I need to gather up all the information I got so far for a presentable form. I set myself a time limit on my writing. By Friday I need to have my story in its finalized from. I still have some work to do on that area. What is also important is to make a grander scale time plan and stick to it. This way I will meet the requirements I wrote on my learning agreement. I also need to email one of the artists I admire ( Herbert Baglione ), who was kind enough to answer some of my questions about his work.

Time plan 23.2 - 1.3.2009

Research science fiction

Research science fiction


Write, research science fiction - Ursula Le Guin ( woman writing science fiction ), Janet and Allen Alberg, write and illustrate their own stories

Write and draw, think about how much and what to research

Write, research Philip K. Dick, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, write on to blog, write to Herbert Baglione

Contact Ballet school for opportunity to draw movement ( check out the one in Winton )

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Tutorial with Kit

In this tutorial we where put into groups that have the similar kind of interest, concerning FMP. We focused on how to actually make/bind/print the final product, the book.

Notes from the tutorial:
- Page numbers, have a multiply by 16
- Go to Borders, look at books that interest you, make notes
- Think about black and white or colour in your book
- I am debating weather to go into printers or bind the book yourself
- Look into Friory press
- Look into Janet and Allen Alberg, wrote and illustrated their stories
- Ursula Le Guin, science fiction writer
- Get people to read your text, feedback


The further the FMP project goes, more clear it gets how important, making notes, doing time plans ( and sticking to them ) is. The mount of research that is required in this project is huge and keeping it all under control and your head on top of it all is a task. Research leads into more research. Because I wrote my own brief, I also dictate what I research. This is deliberating but also exhausting. Possibilities are endless, many decisions have to be made concerning time and the amount of research you look into. It becomes a skill to know what is important enough to research and what to leave outside the research.

What I am focusing on at the moment is finalizing the short story. I set myself a deadline to have it ready by the 6th of March. I think it is important to stick to that deadline for further development of my project. I will not be graded or marked on my writing or the content of the story and this is why I need to get it done as soon as possible so that I can focus on the areas I will be marked on.

For feedback about writing, mainly about who`s point of view the story is told, I turned for help to Anna Middleton. She is also been helpful, since I am linking her CVC unit to this one, to broaden my research and of the topic matter ( science fiction ). Some books I am reading at the moment relevant to my topic:

Douglas Adams - The Salmon of Doubt

Philip K Dick - Beyond Lies The Wub

Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy

These are not just important, influential science fiction books, but have interesting essays as their forewords.

Even though my short story is not complete yet, and and I am taking the first steps in the field of research, I can not have stopped myself of drawing. Already I am planning and creating images in my head as well as sketching on paper. It will be an interesting process of creating a world of my own influenced by my own words.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

What is the story about, what do I what to say/illustrate

- Human interaction - science fiction elements
- What is it to feel - how to illustrate it - how to create a certain mood with images
- How to define abstract elements such as emotions - love, pain, grief
- What makes a human human - what it is to be real -Pinocchio

Time Planning

16- 22.2.2009

Inspiraton from London

Writing, research scifi literature

Figure out long term timetable, write, email Anna and essay draft

LA hand in on Friday! write, mind mapping, development of the story

LA hand-in



Monday, 23 February 2009

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
Learning Agreement
Name: Milla Koivisto
Course: FdA Visual Communication Level: 2
Unit: Professional Project
Reference number: VCM209
Credit points: 45
Study hours: 450
Tutors: Sally Hope, Kit Johnson, Mike Ryan, Neil Leonard

Synopsis of study
In my professional project I will produce two individual books. The first book will contain a science fiction short story, which I plan to write along side with 6 to 10 illustrations, influenced by the short story. I will also produce an artist’s sketchbook, or a pictorial sketchbook, containing all the development of my illustrations, such as rough sketches of my characters, studies of movement, emotions, shape and photographic elements. This will be a more in depth sight to my design process and development, but also a final product of its own. It will be a study of my illustrational work, a window to the creative mind of an illustrator. This will make a collectable, one of a kind piece.

I will start by writing the science fiction short story, that will have my unique voice and will be an original piece to cater my taste and views or criticism of the world we live in, or the utopian views of the future. In my short story I am debating, discussing and analyzing, in the form of fiction, this meaning dialogue, monologue and emotions of the characters, the subjects of what it is to be human, how it feels to feel, how to define abstract elements such as feelings, for example love.

My main focuses will be on the interaction between words and images, how to explain with images and give the text a deeper meaning. How to illustrate abstract feelings, such as grief, pain, hurt, love, happiness.

Alongside my development, I will make myself a week to week time plan to clarify my development and to show what further research need to be done. The whole analytical side of my designing process will also be documented in my blogger space (millajoot.blogspot.com ).

The artists sketchbook I will do to an old already existing book found from a charity shop, giving it a new look and meaning. The book containing a science fiction story I will either bind myself or have printed out at a printers or a bindery. This will come more clear as I look into these areas and this will give me the most appropriate medium to create my book.

The target audience of my books is a niche market. My books are not targeted to a mainstream audience. With this I want to increase the value of them, making them limited edition books, for galleries, artist books collectors and art collectors.

My main goal in this project is to produce a piece of successful, professional standard work, that will be interesting, unique and recognizable for me. When presenting my final product it will be vital, to stand out from others and to be recognized. In my book I will explore the interaction between words and images. The end product will be a presentable portfolio piece and something defining my style as an artist and helping get into third year illustration.

A1 To consolidate my creativity and practical skills in response to a professional brief.

A2 To develop my creativity and my knowledge and understanding of professional practice.

A3 To develop and produce a professional standard of creative work in response to a simulated brief.

A4 To prepare me for further study.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit I will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate a professional standard of creativity and practical ability, including:
- Work that is technically comparable to that made within specific genre.
- Work that shows an awareness of contemporary trends, styles and subject matter, within commercial contexts.
- Work that shows a high degree of creativity and aesthetic judgment.

LO2 Demonstrate a professional ability to plan your time and your work, including:
- Project time planning
- Working successfully with others in the production of creative outcomes.

LO3 Respond appropriately to the demands of a self initiated brief, including:
- Appropriate creative outcomes to the industry/work related briefs.

LO4 Demonstrate readiness for employment, freelance work or further study with confidence in the level of your creativity, practical and professional knowledge and skills.

Assessment Requirements
For assessment I will produce development sketchbooks, including illustrative work/concepts, designer sheets, research into contemporary practices and authorial illustration, leading into an artists sketchbook showing all my illustrations and the development of my characters as well as a book containing six to twenty images illustrating a science fiction short story.
( 100% )

Assessment Criteria ( specific criteria related to the learning outcomes and linked to the statement of generic assessment criteria matrix):

Evidence of understanding through synthesis and development – Research used to inform design decisions and communicate ideas (LO1)

Evidence of knowledge of concepts and contexts – Project work that shows creative maturity and direction within a commercial context (LO1, LO2)

Evidence of understanding through research and analysis – Extensive research, and the application of it, used foe the underpinning and final conclusion of project work ( LO1, LO2, LO3)

Evidence of understanding through critical evaluation and reflection – The objectives of the research have clearly been identified and used to inform project work. (LO1, LO2)

Transferable Skills
Managing Self (Y)

Professional Skills (Y)

Teamworking (N)

I will have a completed bibliography in the duration of this project. I will keep on adding to my bibliography as I research further into my chosen area of subject.

Action plan/time plan
By 6th of March I will have my story in its final form. This will able me to focus on the generation of my illustrations, which will be inspired by the words.

By 27th of March I will have most of my research done.

By 17th of March I will have rough illustrations to show to be critiqued.

By 30th of March I will have my artists sketchbook near to ready and be critiqued.

Through out the brief I will continue to reflect and analyze my own work and the development and changes of my illustrations. This I will do in my sketchbooks as well as in my blog.

Along side with the grander scale plan I will carry on doing a detailed week to week time plan, depending on my development, new research and discoveries.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Visual inspirations

I keep on referencing to this piece, All Is Full Of Love, by Bjork, directed by Chris Cunningham. The visuals of it is at the same time clinical and beautiful, interesting and something different. " You ll be given love, you ll be taken care of. "

My short story, grasps on the topic of what makes a human real. What is it to feel, to love. How to define such an abstract feeling like love. How far can technology take us? Is it possible to make a real human with real feelings. Can a machine replace a human as a companion or a partner?

An excerpt from my short story ( working title ) People don 't really die, they go on vacation.

" They made me beautiful. They gave me the colour of eyes he liked. They grew my curves the way his hand fitted them perfectly. His number was 19 and I was that number. He took me by the hand and walked me away from there. "

Sigur Ros - Saeglopur
Visual inspiration for my short story. Interesting compositions, silhouettes and shapes.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Today I have been writing my story further and done some rough sketches for my characters. My short story seems to be evolving to the direction of a science fiction novel. This means I have to do some more research on this area. This is a positive thing since science fiction has a lot of philosophies behind it and is visually also very interesting. Two things I find very important in this project and in general ( in my work ). Today I also sent Anna my preliminary ideas about our CVC essay. I am linking these to things ( the essay and the FMP ) together, so I can use the ideas I get while, working on these projects and the research I have to do, to benefit both.

CVC proposal

For my essay
Milla Koivisto

* The working title for my essay will be; An analysis on science fiction visual narrative.

* I will define what science fiction is ( a broad genre of fiction that often involves speculations based on current or future science or technology ).

* I will look into the pioneer science fiction film, Trip To The Moon ( Le Voyage Dans La Luna ) by a French filmmaker/magician Georges Melies.

* I will research Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner

* I will example some contemporary films such as Blade Runner and A.I ( looking into their visual side especially, maybe analyzing how science fiction films stand the test of time. )

* I will research science fiction book adaptations into film, for example I Robot and their visuals, illustrations etc.

I am still very much in the process of researching and defining the content of my essay. These are examples of what I plan to research and those topics will hopefully lead me into more interesting areas around my subject matter.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Investigating colour for inspiration

I have been heavily influenced by Japanese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wais movies. What I find beautiful in them is the colours he uses in the interior design and in the costumes he dresses his characters. His brilliancy is also in his compositions. While writing my story these things stay in my head, influence me and hopefully gives my story something unique and special.

An example of my story where I describe the envionmetn where my cahracters are:

Working title: People don´t really die, they go on vacation.

I remember the first time coming to his house. It was like a treasure box. Everything he had fascinated me. The green colours on the walls, the old, odd pared lamps, the wooden floors. He let me touch everything. Sitting on his bed made me tingle inside. Watching him unpack made me happy. He was unpacking to come back to me. He liked peppers. He bought them in every colour. We would eat peppers for days.

Here are couple of my photos that where influenced by Wong Kar-Wais movies.

Last weeks timetable, 9-15.2.2009

Free writing

Free writing, try different locations, generate images, analyse Doll Face, plan what to show in presentation

Finalize presentation on card board, research Anna´s essay, write


Day of - due to filming Tangerine

Day of - due to filming Tangerine

Day of - due to filming Tangerine

A fresh start for the week

I spent the whole weekend filming a face documentary, called Tangerine about a girl suffering from narcolepsy. I played the main character Tangerine. Because of the long hours on the set and locations, I did not have any time to do my own work. All of my spare time was spent sleeping ( this meant couple of hours a night ). Now that I have had some time of my project, I feel, more clear about what direction to take and ready to get back to write, illustrate and research.

Yesterday we ventured out to London to get some inspiration and influences. This was very refreshing. I rarely do get the opportunity to get out of Bournemouth. We arrived at Tate Britain at twelve o`clock. From there we all went to our separate ways to find our own inspirations. I visited the Graphic Centre to get some materials, mainly different papers I want to test for my images. we also visited the book binding shop. Most of my day was spent in the underground with Vicky. When not living in a big city you forget how crowded it gets. The tube was packed with people, pushing each other and the air was hot to the point where it became almost unbearable. The quiet streets and alleyways of Nothing Hill where a nice break from the busy city. We sat in cafes watching people, talking about life and gathering our energy. The day was quickly over and we only experienced a little piece of what London has to offer.

My biggest inspiration on the trip was watching peoples reflections on the tube windows. The way the glass alters, changes and distorts the reality. That is what I find interesting.

Searching for inspiration, location:LONDON