Winnie The Pooh Exhibition

Winnie The Pooh Exhibition

March 24th 2018, Ben and myself went to visit the V&A to view the Winne The Pooh Exhibition.

It was a charming and wonderful exhibit, with original illustrations by Earnest Shepherd and the collaboration he had with A.A Milne in creating the loveable bear we know today.

Seeing all the illustrations and learning how E.S, drew from life and brought the characters of Whinnie the Pooh into being. His process was to sketch and sketch and sketch, to create movement on the page, even at times going over some of the original line work to keep adapting it.

This process reminded me of some of the things I do, to make sure that my work is perfected in some way shape or form.

I think the most impressive part of the exhibition was the set up itself, it had a slide, a dark room with kinetic typography on the ceiling and a voice reading from an extract of one of the stories while it animated; there were all manner of sizes of display typography and illustrations to guide you through the exhibit.

Tiny Bees with the word ‘Buzz’ near them was so simple yet I spotted everyone of them on the walls. I enjoyed the small things such as a big O with the centre hollowed out so that a small child could fit inside, there was a bed to represent story time for Christopher Robin, and even though it was fairly annoying, there was a bell hanging on a small door that opened out and closed.

There was so much interaction, which reflected how the stories are written and composed by A.A Milne’s typesetting – some of the paragraphs were formed in the shape of a tree trunk, others followed the movement of the characters, such as Kanga hoping with Piglet in her pouch. E. Shepherd’s illustrations sometimes featured over one single page, such as when Pooh got stuck in Rabbit’s hole.

It was surprising that so many cultures and other countries around the globe also enjoyed Winnie the Pooh and to learn of the different variations was quite interesting.

I am very much glad I went to this exhibition, not only to feel a connection back to my childhood, but to be inspired by such a humorous writer and an incredible illustrator who’s work had so much movement as if ready to animate itself.

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As promised!

Christmas and 2016 are over…..

2017 has started and honestly, it looks to be a busy few months at OMM.

But before the excitement of this year starts, I had a really quiet christmas and new year, but it wasn’t without a wonderful trip to Portsmouth to see my favourite person, and his family. It was a lovely weekend!

But on the lead up to christmas, I had designed a few christmas cards that I gave out this year, once I got them printed (using an a4 inkjet printer… a4 paper, blue tac and some Rymans own 6 x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) cards). I unfortunately ran out of time to emboss them with a newly acquired embossing kit from Lidl, not too long ago. BUT there’s always next Christmas!

Also, following these I designed a Christmas message to place on my instagram for social media, using the snow man from one of the christmas card designs.

 

 

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Poster Challenge – WEEK 3 & 4

The past couple of weeks have been busy. I went to an Interview, for a 4–6 week Internship, at Whitelabel UK. Also, I have been training and have become a Supervisor at Trespass in Aldershot. I have also begun playing with watercolour pencils, for some very special invitations, all to be revealed later this year.

So in between work, and the daily drawings which are going well. Still, I feel they’re not quite good enough to post up. However, two more poster designs have been created.

WEEK 3

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Week 3 – ‘Fading Away’

I wanted to play with Typography again, this time using a single tone with a gradual difference in the opacity, on each character. Keeping the design simple and minimal it allows the word to be enhanced, with the effects used.

WEEK 4

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Week 4 ‘Every Adventure’

This design looked completely different, before I added the subtle gradient in the background and the shadows on the mountains. However, the design again, is minimal (I think that’s my thing at the moment…) with the added interest of colour, simple typography and a calming sense of feeling. This is something I would love to produce as a vinyl transfer or poster OR even a screen print to sell.

Challenge Accepted!

Dear readers, (if I have some… I honestly don’t know, what’s more important is that I continue this blog on…)

Anyway….

Just recently, my boyfriend challenged me to draw something everyday, seeing as my ‘illustration’ skills need improving.

I agree.

It’s now Thursday, and I started Monday. He’s also making models for multiple uses for a game each week, and his friend is making his personal project. (My boyfriend is a game programmer, you can see his portfolio here).

So, we’re all in it together! Which is great.

I am also challenging my self to produce a poster, each weekend to keep up my design skills and hopefully produce some different styles, and find my niche with print while also editing my portfolio site to be more responsive and edit down the work, to only my best.

(I might produce a side blog / page for my poster a weekend thing…. OR I might just use my instagram to showcase my outcomes)

The House of Mina Lima – Exhibition

Before New Designers started, I took the tube to go and visit an exhibition of two of my heroes, in Graphic Design. MinaLima.

Deep in the heart of Greek Street I ventured to find a vibrant shop front, with many prints and goodies to purchase, from the exhibition. Climbing the vibrant purple stairs, taking note of the way–finding systems and attempting to hide my excitement.

The first floor was incredible, many hundreds of prints lining the walls. Their project of collective nouns showed their mastery in the craft. Each print, were different however collectively they fit as a family. They transformed something knowledgeable into visual forms, to which only the eye can behold. Each print had the subject and their collective noun. Since my Major Project, I had become interested in our language somewhat, mostly of the hidden meanings behind phrases we say. This was somewhat different yet I felt motivated to do something, I am unsure what… perhaps turn my personal project that I seemed to have abandoned about the Magpie Rhyme into a visual print or piece of information design. At this point I do not know.

Moving on to the second and third floors, I was blown away by the extent of the vibrancy of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, The Quibbler and the most amazing typography displayed on large copies of the Daily Prophet and the largest Marauders Map, decorated on the floor. It was beautiful. Edwardo Lima and Miraphora Mina I realised, have been the most visual stimulus through their work in the Harry Potter Franchise, as a child growing up. I feel without them, I probably wouldn’t be this passionate about Graphic Design. They are my biggest inspiration.

The third floor too, was incredible with all their book covers for the films, that the students of Hogwarts used on a daily basis. Everything was so incredible I wanted to buy as many prints as possible. However, I would have bought the whole shop if it weren’t for the fact I now need to be precious about money. SO, I settled for their two books: A Zeal of Zebras, and A Compendium of Collective Nouns, to settle my twitching fingers. I am yet to read through them and appreciate their talents on each page.

I would like to visit them again, perhaps before they close in February 2017. I really recommend going it is the most exciting adventure and to admire everything Ed and Mira have done, for all the Harry Potter Fanbase to bring the films to life.

Today’s Design Antics….

As part of my Professional Practice: Promotion and Employability unit, I have to design my own identity and promotional materials. Now those of you who follow Hotham Designs, you’ll notice my current icon. Yeah…. I am scrapping that from College…..

After four pages of sketches, and one page full of typefaces I have decided to stick with this circus / fairground style character. ‘J’ is the start of my name, I am part of a Circus Society, and I love to be playful and experimental with my design work so this is the perfect style for me to go with.

Obviously it needs work, so separate print layers with the cut out. I will also be digitally crafting this and hand painting it too, to see how the effect works. Then I can focus on the promotional materials, colours, and of course my portfolio site which I hope to hand code in HTML and CSS with a small amount of Java Script if I can get to grips with it in time.

Using woodblock printing inks and Greyboard this is today’s messy fun time!!! I enjoy using different mediums and I am finally getting back into it with my Major Project and this one too!

Watch this space for developments on my identity as a Graphic Designer!