Laura Davies

BA (Hons) Illustration - Farnham


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I wanted to approach my work in a meaningful, positive and helpful way and then present/ illustrate it through unconventional methods. I am motivated by how much of a positive impact my illustrations and stories could have on an audience, and to become recognised as a professional illustrator/ artist by my peers and clients. I aspire to be a professional illustrator/ artist where I can display my skills and creativity in a professional environment.

My work was inspired by my personal experiences with anxiety and those of people around me. I wanted to show how people could deal with being anxious and that experiencing anxiety is perfectly normal and that these anxieties could be dealt with in many different ways. I wanted to explore this through unconventional methods in the form of zines.

The processes and media that I used to create my zines was a combination of digital and traditional processes and media. I used a combination of highlighters, fine liners and then cut up and glued on letters onto A4 paper to get the initial layouts and designs, which I scanned and vectorised in Adobe Illustrator. From here I edited some of the text that I had handwritten to become different fonts/ text. I then printed these designs onto matte coated 120gsm A4 paper.

I made four zines and eight posters as the outcomes for my project. The  full set of images of my project can be found on my website.

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Laura Davies | Illustration 5
This poster represents one of my personal coping methods for dealing with my anxiety, which is always having my water bottle with me acting as my personal superhero.
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For this zine, which is called ‘The Misleading Social Butterfly’s Guide to Anxiety’, I used reverse psychology and exposure therapy methodologies to inform its content.
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I included in this zine scenarios that I found made myself or others feel anxious, which are public speaking, tunnels, claustrophobic spaces, germs, loud noises and meeting new people.
Laura Davies | Illustration 2
These scenarios were included so that the person reading the zine is distracted from their current anxieties by feeling anxious about the scenarios that they are reading about.
Laura Davies | Illustration 1
I made the colours of this zine bold and the layout to be close together so that not only could the content cause anxiousness or uncomfortableness, but the design too.
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This final page is a prompt of reflection to the reader to allow them to reassess their anxieties.

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