Recently I have been taking my camera out on walks (2 to be exact so far).
The goal is to practice my photography and to learn to use my Canon EOS 1200D camera, which is over a year old now since purchase.
It’s an absolutely lovely camera, light weight and lovely to hold. It’s honestly one of the best things I have purchased in my student years.
I wanted to share with you my favourite photographs so far:
The surroundings where I live, are wonderful and the canal is one of my favourite places!
More walks to come and hopefully more photographs to appear soon!
Well, I spent some time in Berlin recently and what an incredible trip that was! Such a wonderful cultural experience, the East Side Gallery and all the street art were amazing! The Bauhaus was even more impressive (although, it did seem a little orderly and way too clean). It is a trip I shall remember for a while.
BUT some sad news, I didn’t pass the ISTD Awards, which is a shame but I have an incredible piece of work for my portfolio and that’s what matters. Other news, is I have deadlines fast approaching, so the pressure is on to complete my projects.
One of which, I spent THREE days in the screen printing room, producing these little post card prints, depicting the phrase, with nautical origins, and survey responses in connotations. I wanted to use bright colours, layers and typography to show this. Next I would like to choose the best 10, out of the 30 prints (1 of each) to print on a large scale and maybe chromo blast / dye sub onto some fabric. AND make some packaging for it all.
(Images below are enhanced in photoshop)
For the past three months, I have been working tirelessly on a 4000 word report, that explores the evocative natures of Vinyl Records and how they create an experience for the listener. This was intensive and a lot of research was needed to compile into a report and a visual response. The aim originally was to look at album covers, and how they have created an experience but with much discussion and self directed study, it became to looking at the records and the covers as a whole, in how and why they are evocative and culturally popular. This was enlightening and really interesting to read up on, seeing as how vinyl records are now becoming popular again. They’re a old format, but new to the generations today.
I am extremely pleased with my outcome, a 12″ x 12″ book titled ‘Going Round in Circles’, which includes self produced photography, letterpress, interview and quotes from my research. I have also included a mini 7″ x 7″ book, featuring my interview with one of my course mates, and friend, Dan Bass. Another feature to this book as a double sided A2 poster, with letterpress type expressing a word visually, with the images.
I want to share this outcome to show how proud I am, of what I have managed to achieve in three months!!!
I designed my own record label, to add character to the packaging
The cover of my book
The title, is a play on words as well as a figure of speech
A small letter press feature
An example spread, with a quote and image
Some more letterpress and a full double page spread
Part of one side of my poster design
The full side
The other side
Little pouch for my ‘Interview with Dan Bass’ book
The cover for this design
An example spread
Full double page spread, as a page break
Letterpress and an image feature
The back cover
This week has been an interesting one….
I’ve been in the studio everyday this week focusing on my research project. Thankfully I have pinned down a solid idea that answers my question, of the relevance of album artwork in today’s digital era. I think once I get experimenting this whole thing will look rather interesting.
I have also been set my unit that is, Design Breifs and Competitions on Wednesday. This left me feeling scared, worried and immediately sent me into over–thinking mode. I’m okay about it now, but seeing as the ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) are both international and very professional competitions with possible awards I am rather terrified. Not as terrified as I was for the YCN, I may have to approach this the same way but expand on my experiments.
However, saying that the briefs are rather interesting and a couple take my interest.
I have also started my Major Project, just brainstorming and listing some ideas for now, but hopefully I will have something that will make a fantastic project. Not only have I started this, I have signed up to take part in the Adobe ACA exams which are tests in the adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign). It’s a professional qualification, that costs a bit of money outside of university (I get it for free while in uni) so I will be studying and practicing for those exams.
Something that came to mind this evening.
In my life I’ve had to be strong mentally. Now I realise that inside, I am well and truly alive. I feel like there’s this fire that can’t be quenched. And that’s what’s driving me to my goal. I’m definitely going to need this fire to keep me going in the next year. It’s not going to be easy, and I hope it’ll guide me somewhat to success!
I haven’t done one of these for a while, as I have been a little preoccupied. I have these spells now and again, of feeling lost, depressed, and unsure on what to do with my self. This evening it’s mostly the feeling of sadness and other things. I came across this quote from Saadi, which I thought was rather poetic. It makes sense to me and I hope it makes sense to anyone who sees this.
A request was made on the mcm group on facebook, for a bit of photoshoping from a fellow cosplayer, of the name Sam Marshall (<– his Cosplay page)
I took up the request, and used my magic to create a fantasy forest scene, using an image of a woodland that I live opposite, and some brushes that look like smoke / mist.
Black Marker illustration, scanned into photoshop.
Red photoshop brush background, multiplied the flames layer.
Added Orange on another layer, wiht the same brush.
Added Yellow on another layer, wiht the same brush.
Screened the layer, and hey presto we have FIRE!!!
I’m a pyromaniac at heart!
Multiply – means to turn what’s white transparent so other things can show through.
Screen – same as multiply, but turns what’s black see through.
Just a bit of photo editing for my header image, to be featured on my website design, the one I have at the moment, isn’t exciting enough. My portrait is from said image, and set upon a background made up of Photoshop brushes / ink splats.