sketch- digital drawing

grace scan

This is the original drawing by one of my friends, she has used watercolour and fine liner pens to create an amazing piece. I then scanned the image (with her permission of course) and put it into photoshop, I then drew the outline in black using my new drawing tablet. I then used the same techniques I learnt from watching several video tutorials on youtube.grace scan

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Dazed & Confused magazine cover and double page spreads

For this project, we was given a brief to;

“produce a design for an article which is to be inserted into the July issue of dazed and confused. The topic of the article is to be ‘Identity’ this could encompass any subject that is relevant to this word.You are required to produce a front cover and 2 double page spreads.All of the imagery must be your own, generated from your time in the photography studio.Ensure both the topic and visual style of the article is appropriate to dazed & confused.”  However, this project was not a “live” brief, which for people who don’t know, means that if it was a live brief and my design was chosen by the client, it would actually be printed professionally and in an issue of dazed & confused.

So, after I was given this brief, I started by looking at previous issues of Dazed & confused (now simplified to just dazed) and found that the magazine is very much photography based, and covers issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to the civil war in Syria and other things such as art exhibitions and politics. The magazine was created by a famous photographer whose photographs I absolutely love, Rankin. So I thought about what could represent my identity through photography, and I thought about using the theme of Asperger’s Syndrome, as this is something which I have recently been diagnosed with and I think represents my identity well.

The theme of the main cover was to do with a common symptom which occurs with people with both Asperger’s and Autism, eye contact, I find this relates to me really well as I can never have eye contact with someone when I am talking to them. So I used studio photography and double exposure techniques to represent this, in which I think this cover looks really good and professional.

We then had to create 2 double page spreads, one continuing the theme of the main cover and one on another subject but still relating in some way to the other article. For the first one, I chose to do the theme of literal interpretation, as this is another thing which occurs with people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. I looked at how literal interpretation could be shown in photography, and thought about using sayings, such as ‘pull yourself together’ and ‘has the cat got your tongue?’ I then used this and created a self-portrait photograph, I then printed it out, ripped it in half and then sewed it back together, quite literally ‘pulling’ myself together. I then used this as the main image, making this central and sort of making it look like the page was being pulled together too. Overall, I like how this piece has turned out, as I think it looks professional and like a ‘proper’ double page from Dazed & Confused.

For the next double page spread, we had to use photo’s which had been taken ‘in the moment’ on smart phone cameras and digital cameras (I.E not in the studio) so I decided to use photo’s taken from nights out about a month ago, and some photos I had taken on a DSLR whilst socializing on the square in Peterborough. I decided to use the theme of socializing for this second double page, as it is something I try to do a lot of the time at the weekend. I tried to show in my photographs how even though I have Asperger’s, and it sometimes makes me nervous around people, I can socialize with people I am comfortable with. I think that overall, this page isn’t as refined as the earlier work, but it is still professional-looking.

little white lies project outcomes

Little White Lies project

 This was the brief we was given:

“Create an original cover illustration for Little White Lies magazine, depicting the main character of one of our five favourite films of 2011”

Considerations

“Each issue, Little White Lies takes a new film as the lead for its look and feel. Each cover features an illustrated portrait of the film’s main character– simple, iconic and unique. We’ve created a shortlist of our five favourite films of 2011 for you to choose from;

Drive, Black Swan, The Tree of Life, Super 8,and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.You might want to consider the visual setting, historical/cultural background or key visual images from the film when choosing your approach. You can work in any medium you like.”

“The majority of Little White Lies cover illustrations depict the main character as the cover star. You will have creative freedom for the background of your illustration, but you should produce a portrait of the main character as the defining focal point. Each issue we also ask our cover illustrator to include the title of the film in their own typographic style. This could be based on an existing typeface or be an original piece of hand lettering. The typography can sit on top of the illustration or be fully integrated into the composition. You will need to incorporate the Little White Lies masthead into your composition. A correctly sized Photoshop template will be available for you to use – please do not change or re-create the masthead or move its position on the page.”

My interpretation of the brief

So for this project I knew that I had to create an original cover for little white lies magazine,and having done some research into the kind of covers the magazine has, I decided to go with a hand drawn/digital combination.

I then had to choose a film from the list of films given to me on the brief, so over one weekend, I managed to watch all 5 films (greatest homework ever!) and decided to choose super 8 as my film, as this was the one that I enjoyed the most and which I think had the best story line.

I then set about doing some research on the film, including finding out who the main characters are and the actors who play them, and then put together a collection of photographs and screenshots from the film (which was actually quite hard) and then started drawing and being creative with different media, including fine liners, pencil, screen printing and marbling. I think the best outcome came from my fine line drawing of the main character (seen above) combined with some anaglyph 3D work that the class was experimenting with at the time. This is where my final piece came from, and overall, I am really happy with it.

Infinity records cd cover design

hello, this is my cd design for infinity record’s cd sleeve, poster and on-body disc. The brief was to create these things for the college music department, which releases an EP every year and holds a launch party to promote both the artists on the cd and the college.

you can check out infinity records stamford at http://www.stamford.ac.uk or search for them on facebook and tumblr.

enjoy!