Zemni Illustration

Every mark and every splodge has a story to tell. Imagine…

Illustration is my way of discovering new things about the world, finding new ways of seeing and thinking. About finding connections and contradictions, light and dark and transitions between. About exploring different emotions and my responses to the world around me.

Zemni artist’s statement

Part 1: The practice of illustration


1.1 Draw, draw and draw again

1.2 Hybrids: mixing and matching tools

1.3 Less is more: using colour

1.4 Visual space: Rooms

Assignment 1: Invisible Cities

Part 2: Reportage


2.1a Drawing on the Familiar

2.1b Drawing on Location

2.2 Everyday Fashion 

2.3 Architectural Illustration

2.4 Natural Sciences

2.5 Travel Illustration

Assignment 2: A Sense of Place

Part 3: Narrative illustration 


3.1 Proverbs: Frog in a Well 

3.2 Once Upon a Time: The Bamboocutter

3.3 Girl Meets Boy

3.4a Animated Giff: The Shadow

3.4b Animal Farm

Assignment 3: Graphic Short Story: The Nose

Part 4: Contemporary illustration

4.1a Caricature and character

4.1b Satirical illustration

4.2 Self-publishing

4.3 Digital illustration

4.4 Street Art

4.5 Illustration as Object: ceramics

4.5 Illustration as Object: paper

Assignment 4: From the Edge : Aldeburgh 2017

Link to interactive web section

Part 5: Working to a Brief

What is a Brief?


Self-directed projects

Working with a Client

5.1 Writing a Rationale

5.2 What is My Working Process

Colour management

5.3 Presenting my Portfolio

Assignment 5: Oromia: Journey Reflections

Link to Adobe on-line interactive book

 Part 6: Critical review: iPad Explorations: a new way of doing art?