Sunday, 26 January 2014

Postcard design brief

Postcard and bookmark designs for a fictional poetry festival.
I decided to create two identities based on lines from the poem, "Of Mutability" by Jo Shapcott.

Most of the work was done by initially creating a load of collage and mixed media pieces in response to the poem then working out ways of creating a postcard and bookmark with them using all or part of the original artwork. I did a bit of both and came up with a few different design ideas and concepts, here are a few of the ones I have picked for the final presentation.

The Flying Fish:

I scanned an abstract painting done on a book page then blew it up and pixelated it for the background.





 And the Spring Chill:








this was another abstract book page painting I scanned then blew up and pixelated for the background


 I did these little paintings and then scanned and blew them up and used pixelated portions for some of the
postcards.

 there are some more here on my Coroflot page

Monday, 20 January 2014

Wrong handed drawings

I have had an out of action right/drawing hand for a while now and today I had life drawing class so I thought I would try it with my wrong/other hand. I am pleasantly surprised with the results and think I will push it further and keep drawing with my left hand even when my right one is useable again, can't hurt! I am curious to see how well I can do with it.



Saturday, 18 January 2014

Mixed media piece" St Sebastian Of Our Times"





These are some shots of a mixed media piece titled "St Sebastian of our Times" it is a commentary of sorts on the destructive nature of the world we live in, we wage war not only on each other but on ourselves. We are self destructive sometimes unknowingly in a quest to be perfect, to fit in, to matter and for this quest we torture ourselves and those around us.
I did this piece a couple of years ago in follow up to another similar piece called "what has become of the God of Love?" again, commenting on why we destroy that which we covet and claim to love.
black background, gold circle, red blood on body and from behind body, green army men.




Collages

This has been a tricky one really, having only the use of one arm since a shoulder operation all art is proving difficult and it is quite frustrating.. these are workshop pieces for a postcard design assignment, the red ones I am not happy with at all ( which is why I am only posting three) I did about 6 of these and they just show the frustration, pain and whatnot and are perhaps a little too harsh.. I don't know, I am just not happy with them anyway.



might redo this one alltogether
the black and white ones I made up at home. I also feel that not having the time constraints of class make it easier to work in a more relaxed way.. of course, and this is true for everyone I would think.
Anyway, here are a few collages, not my finest hour but, then again I am the one armed bandit and here they are.



Friday, 10 January 2014

Life Drawing


I had never done life drawing before this year and am enjoying it very much, here are two of my drawings. Before starting this course I am sad to say that I have not drawn for too many years but it is coming back to me quite well I think, I am making decent progress and can only get better.

Monday, 6 January 2014

More Photo Brief work

Here are some more final images from the recent photo brief where I was looking at the places I am daily, some of these are over the course of a day and some are over the course of a week or more. I have used no effects on these just layer property changes, some of them were harder than they look to get the blend right. There are 18 images in the series in total but here are just a few to have a look at. It is a really fun technique and I am playing around with it some more with different concepts, stay tuned.








Saturday, 4 January 2014

Support real social change



It is true, education really is the most powerful tool for change. Please have a look and support artist, environmental educator and my lovely friend Sue as she takes on a project in the Sinai teaching the next generation about environmental stewardship, crafts and equality. Sue also makes excellent bunnies and is dedicated to teaching people about creativity and the environment, and rocks at it. Please support her if you can and help the next generation be able to take a more proactive role in protecting the planet.
See her statement on her go fund me page HERE:

Monday, 30 December 2013

Postcard and bookmark design project

So this is a really fun brief, we were tasked with designing a set of four postcards and a bookmark for a poetry festival as part of the ticket package. We were given a list of poems to choose from as the theme and ideally are to use one poem for the branding/promo set. I have had loads of workable ideas and the one I am currently working up is that patrons would be given a poster, rolled up like a newspaper, it would unroll to reveal a faux newspaper with headlines and sensationalist stories with the bookmark as the header.
the final will be printed on card heavy enough to go through the post and the cards will tear off with perforations. Here is the one I did today to test out the idea,using four of the poems. I like it, it is a workable idea and I shall do up a few more. Click pics for larger images. update: below this is one I just did today (31st), a light hearted parody on the literary world.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Work for a photography brief

The brief is "Where I am at" and there are many ways this could be interpreted of course, where in the world or in life. I have a few different things on the go for this one. I have been experimenting in the darkroom with some techniques and am relatively pleased with how it is coming together.
Thie images I am working on are about being in the same places every day, passing the same things on the way to and from college or wherever and taking pictures of the same things each time I pass, I do like how they look like there is motion going on, like you are looking at time in a different way almost.
So here are two, it is still a work in progress, more to come later.


this one is comprised of a set of shots taken in a small space during a day at work.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

further developments in artistic magnificence

Well, artistic exploration at any rate. So after much deliberation and conferring with my tutor ( she was so clearly right and honestly echoed my thoughts anyway.. think I was being a bit lazy for some reason) the conclusion has been reached  that, this piece either goes on like this:
Which to be honest is more relevant as the entire idea behind all my pieces originally was restriction of movement or it gets put into second place behind the original docking station idea. I will definitely do this one anyway as it is built and I think with little copper wires coming out of the negative space, in this position to show the back pain that inspired all these concepts but I am currently building the full sized model of the docking station, seriously, why did even think it would not be possible? it is easy and has also taken on a new dimension today.. pics tomorrow. This above however already has some new possibilities.
So there we are.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Just a few photos from around the place

Victoria Baths, Manchester
I took this one at the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield    

Manchester Art gallery
Victoria Baths






Saturday, 30 November 2013

Layers Brief, final outcome animations

For this brief I did a lot of experimenting and created some physical pictures as well as these little animations.
The original idea was to show them in an enclosed space such as a photo booth or a screened off little room.
I also like the idea of having a bit of music to go along with it but then I thought it would be fun to see what music other people would think of when they saw them and then play around with that somehow.
I originally did them as PDF presentations which is great because they can be full size but unfortunately they are not uploadable.
I will add them as I convert them from pdf to gif but I am having some trouble as they seem to be really large files.. here are some of the pictures and stills from the animations to look at in the meantime:







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these are a few stills from two of the slideshows I did, I made 6 in total and used a range of photographs I have taken over the years combining the urban and derelict with the rural and pristine as well as some xrays of myself and bits and pieces of other relevant stuff. It is a sort of self portrait thinking about how we construct layers in ourselves over time and build upon old ideals and priorites with new ones or just smash them down and start again. It refers to the dreams and how jumbles of past and present occur in them.
Ultimately the viewer will be able to see what he or she wants to see and hopefully find a way to relate the concept to their own lives.


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