Lea Courtney Portoflio

Portfolio of work for my Degree show, to cap off my third year of studying Illustration.

YCN - Camden Hells "Fresh"


Submitted to the New Now YCN Live briefs, Camden Town Brewery tasked Illustrators with creating “Fresh” Illustrations to use as posters consumers could redeem online after buying packs of Beer.

I went with my interpretation of a “fresh” character – a trendy hip robot – and bold typography with synonyms of the word “fresh”, with the companies signature red colour in the background for my main submission.

I created a second image to submit which was an attempt to make a reduction 3D image. I gave my Fresh Robot a friend and I made them one colour each. If you looked at the poster through one lens of 3D glasses you would miss half the image, in theory. It didn’t work out as well as I planned but noticed the image itself still looked quite funky, so I gave the characters more variance in their colour values so they read better and I liked the result.

YCN - Camden Hells "Fresh" Image

Secret 7" - Harmony Hall


Submitted to the Secret 7″ competition, to be used as an Illustrated Vinyl cover for the Vampire Weekends “Harmony Hall”.

I tried to represent the symbolism of the song within one character – a college-aged person ignorant of the evil around them because they’re blinded by distractions but if they were to take a closer look at what’s happening around them, they would never be able to see it the same away.

I also submitted a second piece taking the idea to a “dorm room of Harmony Halls” with overworked, exhausted students, brainwashed idealists and evil snakes lurking in the building. The cover also was a homage to the Gorillas album Demon Days, using a similar format to that album cover.

Secret 7" - Harmony Hall Image

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Cover + First & Last page


My Personal Project was to design an Artbook around the concept of a comic/game I had been thinking up over the course of the year, giving a general outline of the story, backstories to the characters and drum up some intrigue for this story – which I could use to show prospective clients what I can offer.

The book is 20 pages when including the cover and back cover.

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Cover + First & Last page Image

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 2-5


I decided to format my pages with a big, standout character illustration along with 3 animation-like poses and then the background of the characters. All pages were treated as double-page spreads apart from the first and last page which had to be separate. 

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 2-5 Image

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 6-9


Each group of characters have a different background theme which I felt helped the flow of the book and clued you in that these characters share something in common. 

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 6-9 Image

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 10-13


I loved the character I created for the Camden brief so I decided to use him for this too, he fit in with the story already and was too good to not use.

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 10-13 Image

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 14-17


A spread dedicated to a couple of the different robot designs and personalities in the world I created and the heights of the characters in the book because their scale is lost when they’re viewed independently.

Personal Project - Concept Artbook - Character pages 14-17 Image

Artbook Characters


Character posters for the Art Book

Artbook Characters Image

Artbook Characters


Artbook Characters Image

Artbook Characters


Artbook Characters Image

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Lea Courtney

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  • Degree show 2020
    • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Design
    • Illustration