Hi there, and welcome to the portfolio of vanilla.irene (a tag name I've had for quite a while now). Based mainly on Instagram, I've been working on designs such as: music video edits, poster designs and the general exploration of graphic design skills - all of which you can see either using the link below or by clicking next!

I like to experiment in my deigns, often using different overlays and a range of filters to emphasise some of the details in the images I use. I also like to practice illustration here and there, this is often reflected in some of the designs I post and more so in projects such as the 'Kid A' project I've been working in recently - but you'll be able to judge that a few slides over ~

The moment we've all been waiting for...

... actual posts!!

  1. Eyes Wide Open

    Eyes Wide Open

    Im Nayeon, one of the media's most popular celebrities right now - she's known for her rise to beauty standards and has been known to promote quite a few make up brands, which is why I've chosen to slightly mutilate her face by making it appear as though this photographed image has been torn back to reveal a different form of beauty standards. The title 'Eyes Wide Open' gives reference to both the title of Im Nayeon's ( TWICE) studio album, as well as hinting at the main focus of the design: the renaissance painting covering her eyes.

    Makes sense to me ~

Music Graphics

Kid A

This section focuses on my exploration of music graphics, specifically a 12 week project I have worked through to produce an album cover (or jewel case), booklet, cd design and tray card for Radiohead's studio album 'Kid A'.

You will see through these designs how I have used one consistent colour palette, inspired by the original colour palette of the album.

These designs below have been used as part of the booklet design, inspired by artists such as Peter Bankov (the distortion and covering of the face), Hattie Stewart (illustrative features of the face) and Andrea Rodescu (typography behind photographed images), as well as the incorporation of my own illustrative ideas ~

  1. Everything in it's Right Place

    Everything in it's Right Place

  2. KID A

    KID A

  3. The National Anthem

    The National Anthem

  4. How to Disappear Completely

    How to Disappear Completely

  5. Treefingers


  6. Optimistic


  7. In Limbo

    In Limbo

  8. Idioteque


  9. Morning Bell

    Morning Bell

  10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Motion Picture Soundtrack

Useful Apps

because you can't pull a design out of the air-

Finding the editing apps best suited to you can be difficult, so if you're wanting to try out graphic design for yourself, I've put together a very small slide to help you find something! Of course you don't have to use these specific apps, but hey, can't hurt to try ~

Illustrations! *under construction*

because sticking to photographed edits can be difficult

Ah yes, the illustration side to my work; it's a nice little escape from the dramatics of graphic design. With a few rough sketches and children's book-worthy designs, I find illustration to be a rather chilled side to the world of graphic design! And if some of these aren't really for you, I've included designs inspired by pop artist Hattie Stewart.

I hope you like them ~

  1. Dragon Face I

    Dragon Face I

    This image is part of a series of sketches I have completed using CSP, emphasising the features in red which I think contrasts the soft brush strokes I have used to create the different features on the dragon's face ~

  2. Dragon Face II

    Dragon Face II

  3. Dragon Face III

    Dragon Face III

  4. Dragon with a Firefly (Children's Illustration)

    Dragon with a Firefly (Children's Illustration)

    This illustration comes as part of a small experiment I set for myself - to see if I could create an illustration worth of something like a children's book or cartoon, I'd like to think I succeeded in doing this and seemed to get a rather positive reaction from the few people I've shown this image to when I first completed it ~

  5. Monster


    This is an image I created as inspired by Hattie Stewart - a pop artist and self proclaimed doodler. It has allowed me to explore the use of software against an existing photograph to create a rather bizzare image by exaggerating and distorting the face of the subject in the photo: it's quite fun actually ~

  6. Alien


    Inspired by Hattie Stewart's own illustration of a photograph distorted into an alien, I have used CSP again to emphasise the facial features such as the eyes and mouth of the person in this photograph, taking on that stereotypical alien look ~

  7. Jieun


    Much like 'Dragon with a Firefly', 'Jieun' is an experimental design inspired by the concept photos Lee Jieun (IU) included in her 'Love Poem' album promotions. Created a while ago, this image allowed me to experiment with the usage of different brush settings and digital patterns in order to create the clothing design and the blending of different colours in features such as the hair and eyes ~

    I mean, I quite like it ~