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


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 )