everything so far

hello there
my name is lauren kidner
i am a third year illustrator
at hereford college of arts

Rough vs. Neat!
Bit torn between keeping my final images as sketchy or tidying them up and bringing them closer to what my work usually looks like. The way my drawings are going now I think I have to include my strong style in the final pieces, so I think making my images neat would be best! :)

First few sketches and experiments with plant life. Also thinking about how I want to stylize my drawings. :)

Cantre’r Gwaelod
..also known as Cantref Gwaelod or Cantref y Gwaelod meaning The Lowland Hundred, is a legendary ancient kingdom said to have occupied a tract of fertile land lying between Ramsey Island and Bardsey Island in what is now, Cardigan Bay in West Wales. It has been described as a “Welsh Atlantis” and has featured in folklore, literature and song.
Cantre’r Gwaelod was an area of land which, according to legend, was located in an area west of present-day Wales which is now under the waters of Cardigan Bay. Accounts variously suggest the tract of land extended from Bardsey Island to Cardigan or as far south as Ramsey Island. Legends of the land suggest that it may have extended 20 miles west of the present coast.
There are several versions of the myth. The earliest known form of the legend is usually said to appear in the ‘Black Book of Carmarthen or ’Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin’, in which the land is referred to as Maes Gwyddno. In this version, the land was lost to floods when a well-maiden named Mererid neglected her duties and allowed the well to overflow.
The popular version known today is thought to have been formed from the 17th century onwards. Cantre’r Gwaelod is described as a low-lying land fortified against the sea by a dyke, Sarn Badrig (Saint Patrick’s causeway), with a series of sluice gates which were opened at low tide to drain the land.
Cantre’r Gwaelod’s capital was Caer Wyddno, seat of the ruler Gwyddno Garanhir. Two princes of the realm held charge over the dyke. One of these princes, called Seithenyn, is described in one version as a notorious drunkard and carouser, and it was through his negligence that the sea swept through the open floodgates, ruining the land.
The recent storms have uncovered an ancient forest once said to belong to a lost kingdom. Gale-force winds have battered the coast of west Wales in recent days, stripping away much of the sand from stretch of the beach between Borth and Ynyslas. The disappearing sands have revealed ancient forests, with the remains of oak trees dating back to the Bronze Age. Could they be evidence of Cantre’r Gwelod? The church bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod are said to still be heard across the water.

Cantre’r Gwaelod

..also known as Cantref Gwaelod or Cantref y Gwaelod meaning The Lowland Hundred, is a legendary ancient kingdom said to have occupied a tract of fertile land lying between Ramsey Island and Bardsey Island in what is now, Cardigan Bay in West Wales. It has been described as a “Welsh Atlantis” and has featured in folklore, literature and song.

Cantre’r Gwaelod was an area of land which, according to legend, was located in an area west of present-day Wales which is now under the waters of Cardigan Bay. Accounts variously suggest the tract of land extended from Bardsey Island to Cardigan or as far south as Ramsey Island. Legends of the land suggest that it may have extended 20 miles west of the present coast.

There are several versions of the myth. The earliest known form of the legend is usually said to appear in the ‘Black Book of Carmarthen or ’Llyfr Du Caerfyrddin’, in which the land is referred to as Maes Gwyddno. In this version, the land was lost to floods when a well-maiden named Mererid neglected her duties and allowed the well to overflow.

The popular version known today is thought to have been formed from the 17th century onwards. Cantre’r Gwaelod is described as a low-lying land fortified against the sea by a dyke, Sarn Badrig (Saint Patrick’s causeway), with a series of sluice gates which were opened at low tide to drain the land.

Cantre’r Gwaelod’s capital was Caer Wyddno, seat of the ruler Gwyddno Garanhir. Two princes of the realm held charge over the dyke. One of these princes, called Seithenyn, is described in one version as a notorious drunkard and carouser, and it was through his negligence that the sea swept through the open floodgates, ruining the land.

The recent storms have uncovered an ancient forest once said to belong to a lost kingdom. Gale-force winds have battered the coast of west Wales in recent days, stripping away much of the sand from stretch of the beach between Borth and Ynyslas. The disappearing sands have revealed ancient forests, with the remains of oak trees dating back to the Bronze Age. Could they be evidence of Cantre’r Gwelod? The church bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod are said to still be heard across the water.

Starting to collect reference material for the architecture and plant life that I would like to feature in my images. Thinking about making my Atlantis images accurate to Plato’s writings is going to be difficult, simply because I’m not going to be in Greece while doing this project! SO primary source material is going to be impossible. Maybe go with suggestion of a Welsh Atlantis? The story of Cantre’r Gwaelod would fit perfectly into my project and would give me much more opportunity for primary sourced sketches and reference.

Plato’s Writings of Atlantis

My book finally arrived! After reading the first ever reference to Atlantis in Plato’s writings I really got a feel for the natives and landscape that Plato described. They were a noble race and had no greed for gold or riches. Their power was with God. Much like Disney’s interpretation of the myth. So in the landscape there wont be huge buildings and piles of lost artefacts, maybe just simple huts and shelters. I think it would be better to focus on the weather and the transition of night and day. This is where my research of Miyazaki comes in. In “Ponyo” it is weather , day and night are showcased in mostly watercolour and pencil background scenes.

Atlantis was said to be near Greece, so I need to research into flower and plant life of that region. Primary research for this may be difficult, but I could also create mythical flowers and plants to go along with the story? :)

So! In the early hours of last week the morning light looks really blue and fresh so me and my mum went out for a drive! I took a load of photographs showing of the hills and valleys of Beddau and it’s surrounding areas. I love how blue the sky was and how it reflected on the land. The early morning mist also made the photographs look amazing. I could use layers of tracing paper to give the illusion of far away hills. This would create depth in my images! maybe think about adding light? Maybe I could create an installation?

Elly MacKay

So I started to have a little think of how I could present my final pieces. Elly MacKay, was a great insiration for the way I could showcase my work. Through my photographs I can work with composition and arrangement, but how can I make my work jump out and sink in? Lighting! In second year I created an installation that used light and shadow, it had quite a good response, and I saw it as my best work so far. However, it crept far too closely to fine art rather than illustration. With this project I could combine my skills and present a really good body of work. Work with tracing paper, layering and lighting to create an atmosphere in my own images.

Yellena James

As for my inspiration for the plant life in Atlantis, Yellena James was bang on. I love the use of line and colour. I always struggle with colour in my work so maybe this could be a way of brightening up my images?

Rich Gemmell’s “Whales”
I like the use of collage and layers in this image. Maybe a way to display my version of Plato’s writings? instead of bread and butter conceptual landscapes?

Miyazaki’s Ponyo

I love this film! The environments alone are amazing and I have taken alot of inspiration from them. Although Ponyo is aimed at children, I think this is a great example for my project’s concept. Ancient species of fish are shown in Ponyo, maybe this is something I should look into? Above and below water level shots?

Disney’s Atlantis

Couldn’t do a project on Atlantis without mentioning Disney! I really love this interpretation of Atlantis, almost making it believable. Whereas in my project I plan to focus more on Plato’s writings and make more of a literal translation rather than build on the fantasy element of the tale. I’m trying not to take too much inspiration from this interpretation of Atlantis, just because it will distract me from my own imagination, but it’s always good for reference. :)