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 ( ).

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

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Harry Clarke illustrating Edgar allan Poe.

Aubrey Beardsley illustrating Oscar Wilde`s Salome.

Aubrey Beardsley illustrating Edgar Allan Poe`s The Black Cat.

Images and words interacting

Below is a couple of my favorite illustrators, illustrating some of my favorite authors. What I find interesting about to words and images interacting or any two media collaborating, is the new meanings they create and the inspiration they feed from each other. At best images can make the story more interesting and bring it into life on completely another level.

Inspiration and advise from people you admire

Roughly a week ago I emailed on of my favorite artist, Herbert Baglione, to get some inspiration for FMP. Here is our correspondence so far.


Milla Koivisto:

My name is Milla Koivisto and I study Arts at Bournemouth, United Kingdom. I am starting a new project in which I plan to write and illustrate a story. For research and inspiration I am contacting artists who I admire and who inspire me.

Would you be up for answering a couple of questions about your art, inspirations and the way you work?

Have a good day!


Herbert Baglione:

Hello Milla, sorry for the delay...
and thanks a lot for the request, yes I can answer your questions.

You can send them at my email address.

Don?t cry




Milla Koivisto:

Thank you very much! I will send you some questions in couple of days in your email address.


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Thursday 12.1.2009 1 minute presentation

Since I yet dont have the the story finalized or the images to show, I will show what I plan to:
1. Research
2. My influences
3. Mood boards, images that inspire me
4. My final product
5. Target audience
6. Aims, what I hope to gain with this

I will have two card boards that I will consist of my illustrations, images that i have in my head at the moment and a piece of text that I already wrote. I will also list and answer the six key points i listed above.

I will also be playing a piece with my flute ( My Funny Valentine, posted below ) to set the mood of my story and to show how inspiration is every where and the interaction between different medias.

One of things to consider when doing FMP, is to make it stand out, make it unique and different!

... Your looks are laughable, un-photographable, yet you`re my favorite work of art.
... But don`t change a hair for me, not if you care for me, stay little valentine stay!

My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker.

Monday, 9 February 2009

I can see a busy week in-head of me

I have the great pleasure to be part of an another film at the Arts Institute. It is a fake documentary ( mocumentary ), titled Tangerine about a girl who suffers from narcolepsy, a decease that makes her fall asleep when feeling strong emotions and the guys making a documentary about her and getting obsessed with her. The film is directed by a second year film student Hendrik Faller ( who I had the pleasure to work with on his last project Thug of War ). I am playing the main character, under the alias Tangerine.

The whole day yesterday was spent on the beach walking around, for the cameraman to get some rehearsing on how to shoot us and getting to know my costar. we also met with Hendrik to look at my characters wardrobe and this evening will consisnt of rehearsals. Preparing, rehearsing and filming takes a lot of time, dedication and effort, especially, when we start shooting on Friday. This mean I have to be really organized and schedule my time well. even though this week and the weekend will be extremely buys and stressful for me, I cant seem to be able to say no to these great opportunities, to work with interesting people and to broaden my knowledge and to be apart of someone else's vision.

Today I met with Anna Middleton to launch her CVC unit. I talked about my interest to go to third year illustration and about what kind of illustrator I am. Waht I told her was, tha I was thinking of linking my FMP brief ( writing and illustrating a book ) into this unit. She thought that was a good idea and gave me thinks to look at and things to consider. I mentioned my interest in the story telling that for example Edgar Allan Poe delivers and what artists, such as Harry Clarke and Aubrey Beardsley, who illustrated his stories, can contribute. I am fascinated in words and images interacting and the new meanings or depth a story can get from illustrations.

Anna advised me to look at couple of Poe´S stories and what have been done with them, film wise, animation ( Simpsons, The Raven ), illustrations.

I have been doing free writing and this morning I got some great images in my head, when writing a piece about; something dangerous. I quickly sketched my ideas in a form of a story board not to loose them. Very, very rough images, but I have a start from where to work further on. I have been also looking at an animation by Andy Huang called Doll Face ( posted earlier on here ). What I like about it is the sad, clinical atmosphere, the use of empty space and criticism towards the culture in which we live in. Interesting enough, when watching the clip me and my friend disagreed what the core meaning or message of it was.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Free writing

Free writing is sometimes called automatic writing or stream-of-consciousness writing. It is a method of freeing the mind and the imagination and enabling you to be creative. Free writing brings to the surface thoughts and ideas the conscious mind censors. It develops momentary and spontaneity, and is improvisational by nature.

This is something I tried. I used a method of writing ten minutes non-stop about a set topic. My chosen one was a lie. The point in free writing is, that it doesn`t have to make sense. You can drift, write uncompleted sentences without censoring anything. The point of free writing is really to get the flow going, to write about anything and everything.

I have been writing a lot in the past and used this method before. It is a good starting point and makes your mind open to possibilities and routes that you where not necessary aware of earlier. It is a good exercise to prevent the writers block. Like John Foster said; Go with it and it will surprise you!

Time planning

I set to do myself a week to week time table with FMP as well as a bigger scale time plan. This is for me to reflect on and organize the work load on the coming months. Here is what I did on my first week.

-Start generating images
-Look at your earlier work.

-Look at artists books
- Look at the story you wrote, rewrite?
- Draw
- Remember one thing at a time

- Look into how to write an LA
- Write

- Look into narrative in a book, Narratology by Mieke Bal
- Look into words that inspire you, Hemingway, Murakami, Wilde, Poe
- Look into Sara Fanelli, Sometimes I think, sometimes I am
- Write

. - A rough LA to be handed in
- Show writings so far to Hayley
- Write

- Focuse on the story you want to tell
- Gather your influences

- Reflect on the week. What you did/ what you need to do

I made the time plan as the week went. So according to what I did that day and where it took me, I made the time plan for the next day. This is a good way to keep yourself motivated and stay in schedule, always developing my ideas and getting closer to the end product with research and ideas generation.


Friday, 6 February 2009


On Wednesday we had a meeting with Allison and Matt about D&AD. We continued to sketch together on a big paper, following our last session. This time we where more focused on a set theme. What we decided to do was to approach the brief from a historical point of view. We where looking at the area where the building is located and the island is called The Island of Dogs. There are debates how the island got its name. Some say it used to have wild dogs, others thing the word was lost and it was actually The Island of Duck. We used this interesting piece of history and worked on the drawing dogs and ducks.

Our session was not as successful as the past one. It seemed, that everyones mind was already on FMP and because we had had a rather long gap, ( working intensively with our websites ) it was hard to come back and get to the working mode. In a way it seemed like we had to start all over again. Because our group sketching was not successful enough, we decided to go our separate ways and develop the idea ( of dogs and dogs ) individually and meet next wednesday to see the results. This is a project we need finish rather quickly to be able to focus on our Final Major Project.

First draft of MFPs Learning Agreement

What I am going to do:
I am going to write and illustrate a book. The end product will be two individual books. A pictorial skecthbook, an artists sketchbook and a book containing the images and the text interacting together as a final piece.

How I am going to do it:
I will start by writing the short story/novel. From the words I will generate the images. A ll the images will go to my artists sketchbook, showing development of the characters and the story. This will be a study of my work, a window to my creative mind as an illustrator. The second book will consist of the words interacting with the images. I will bind this book myself or print it out in a bindery or printers.

Time planning:
I am making myself a week to week time plan, which I will write as I go, depending on the development and the turns my project takes. I will also have a bigger scale time plan, that is more loose and that I make in the beginning of this project. For my project to be successful I will have to follow the time plan I made for my self.

I will be researching authorial illustration, artist books, how to break down a narrative in a story, the history of story telling, creative writing in general, artists that inspire me both with their words and images, binding techniques, images and words interacting, animation and film.

Target audience:
Not mainstream, limited edition books, more value, art collectors, artists book collectors, galleries.

What I hope to gain/aims:
My main goal i this project is to produce a piece of successful, professional standard work. In my book I will explore the interaction between words and images. The end product will be a good portfolio piece and help me get into third year illustration.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


The past couple of days I have been looking at artists sketchbooks for inspiration and research for my FMP. I have been looking at a variety of work, from different eras, for example Goya`s ( 1746-1828 ) the "Italian sketchbook" and some of my current day influences such as South American Herbert Baglione.

What I noticed when looking at a lot of images and peoples work in general, is that there is a lot of noise. This comes across in colour, textures, details. Maybe it is an reflection of our time. we live in a time filled with information, noise ( sounds ) opportunities, people, crowds, stimulants. And art is always a reflection of it`s time. A reflection of the artists view of things.

The more I look at the world around me and the art that is produces, the more I just want to suck everything in a box and only let one thing out at a time. By this I mean, that for me, there is too much going on. Maybe this is me trying to define style, justify it. I believe, that in illustration you should only draw the lines that are necessary for the viewer to understand what is going on. Don`t underestimate your audience. Less is more!

From the beginning of this week I have been doing myself a time table for the on going week. I have been writing it as I go, so depending on what I learned and discovered that day, I planned the next one. Tis has been extremely helpful and have made me focus on the specific things. When working with a big chunk of information and materials to research, it is sometimes hard to do one thing at the time. This is definatly something I will keep on doing through out this project, along side a bigger scale timetable.

Some pages of my sketchbooks.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Your creativity is endless if you nurture it

Day started with a snow storm ( according to the English scale ). To my big disapointment our London trip was cancelled. To much snow in London and too slippery roads. After enjoying the snow with everyone who turned up to the buss stop, making some snow angels and snow balls. I returned to the old familiar Mac class to do some research on FMP.

Today I started drawing some images. My biggest question so far has been whether to write the story first or to draw the images. Whether to let the illustrations influence the story or make the images from the words I will write. I still haven`t answered this question, but have put it aside for a while and apply the sentence, your creativity is endless if you nurture it. I will find the write way to approach this project and everything will find it´s right place and order eventually, like Hayley advised me earlier in the talk we had. The important thing is to draw, generate images, reflect on what iI have done earlier for inspiration and to analyse what I want to say and do.

It is really refreshing to start from a blank canvas. There are no rules. Everything is possible. There are no wrong turns, only possibilities. I have a pen in my hand, a paper in front of me and the images are just waiting to be discovered.