SIP #4 – Initial Drawings & Text

After analysing my survey results, researching into current issues of student mental health and deciding on the format and colour scheme, I was ready to start drawing. I knew I wanted an informal, hand-drawn look to my zine, nothing too modern or graphic design based. I used my previously chosen colours of pink and blue and a variety of materials primarily to doodle images related to the categories in my zine. Drawing reasonably quickly and by hand allowed me to get my ideas onto paper which I could then refine down to see which suited best. I did ask fellow students during this process what images they liked solely to figure out which style was best for this project. As a student for students will create it, I don’t want it to have a corporate look to it at all, despite being an informational piece of material. The bright colours and hand-drawn style will hopefully reflect this.

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I imagined some pages to contain small illustrations/icons relating to the theme and others to be a full/double page composition as some of the categories might be challenging to portray as a single icon, e.g. mindfulness. These sketchbook pages acted as a mood board for the aesthetic I wanted to achieve. Another thing to mention is the different materials used here. Fineliner, coloured pencils and POSCA markers were my choice as paint/pastels etc. wouldn’t give me the precision for such small drawings. The pencils were most useful in allowing me to see the layered effect a riso printer would provide, but the colours were so off from what would be printed seeing as it’s challenging to create neons with pencils. After researching further into riso printing, I liked the texture the solid ink had just from the process of coming out the printer. Using a medium that already has texture, such as pencil, might look too much when riso printed as opposed to a flat colour. For this reason, I think digital drawings on the iPad will showcase the nature of the riso printer best.


I don’t have much experience with writing informatively in any booklet/newsletter etc., but that is essentially the purpose of this zine. Although I want it to be satisfying aesthetically, I do also feel like it does need to be able to help someone in some way shape or form. Usually, for a publication like this, the language style would be formal; it’s a university assignment and will exist primarily to offer information. However, in this situation, I don’t think the formal language would be appropriate. Similarly to the images, the text needs to be informal¬†so my peers can relate to it and so it doesn’t feel like just another university handout. The best way to get this message across is to write how I would say this information if I were giving a friend advice, non-judgmentally and casually.


NHS (2009) How To Be Happier. Available at: (Accessed: 7 May 2019).
Student Minds (2018) Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing. Available at: (Accessed: 7 May 2019).
The Difference Between Formal and Informal Language (2018) Available at: (Accessed: 7 May 2019).

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