adam norfolk

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

My new favourite illustrator

It's been quite a long while since I've posted here on my Uni research blog.
Well let's get straight to it.
I've recently become aware of Yuko Shimizu and her work is amazing. You can see the traditional manga influences and her textured brush strokes and colours are great.
Here's some examples of her work:

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Paper Toys progress report 2

It's time for another paper toys progress report. Here's some  roughs for my paper characters.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Paper Toys progress report 1

My paper toy idea is a collection of LARPers (Live Action Role Play).

There will be their normal bodies/outfits/professions, then their LARP personalities/costumes will slide onto the model.
Here, is a shot of my first model that actually sort of works. Jeremy a disrespected CEO who becomes Gadfox the powerful bathrobe Wizard.  His hat is yet to be completed, as I'm rather bad at making cones to an accurate size.
The model works quite well, but I need more accuracy and the costume part needs adjusting by about 1mm.
I originally intended to have it with moving arms, but that proved rather difficult to construct and still allow for the costume parts.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


This new brief has got me thinking about toys obviously and I reminded myself of a game I played last summer called Stacking, where you play as a small russian doll, and you control other dolls by jumping inside them. You solve puzzles by stacking into the correct characters,as they each have special abilities.
Anyway, I liked the character design for it.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Momot Paper Toys

For our latests brief we've been asked to create a set of 5 paper toys, and this is some of what I've looked at today relating to this new brief.

Friday, 9 March 2012


A selection of thumbnails for my latest project in which we were asked to produce a scale of 8 stages for a given theme. My theme was skiing and below is what I handed in, completed using Illustrator. I possibly could have painted and got a better quality and style.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Extreme Skiing

About a week ago I just happened to watch two documentaries on extreme skiing, Blizzard of Aaahhs and  Steep and for my new brief this week I am to create a scale of degrees for skiing. Anyway here's a clip from Blizzard of Aaahhs seeing as its relevant now.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A Countdown

Here's a nice short countdown animation I found on youtube.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Rob Ryan

The paper cuts of Rob Ryan have once again caught my attention.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Seeing Double Development

Here's part of a page I'm working on. On the theme of identical twins, the idea behind this one is twins having to share their possessions, and these two identical boys are fighting over a Teddy.
I'm thinking I may try out digital colouring and adding textures.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Tommy Lee Edwards

I like his colours and tone use. These are from Turf, a book he illustrated for Jonathan Ross.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Lucinda Rogers use of ink

Well, I'm back at University now and back into a heavy back breaking workload. But to get to the point of this post; I've been looking at Lucinda Rogers after Monday's lecture.
I'm liking her use of varying line thickness, it's quite expressive. Also on Monday I was made aware that she's been influenced by Paul Hogarth.