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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