Illustrations, Contemporary Art in context and Art/Literature Influences.
I took a video of ripples in the pond, to see the way in which they spread from a single small circle to lots of gradually larger circles. I think it might be interesting to make an animation out of the images.
Today I visited Greenhead Park and took some photos of the pond, focussing on the ripples and the reflections of the sun, clouds and surrounding trees.
Self Devised Brief:
For my personal project I have chosen to work with the theme of water and my aim for the project is to test my drawing skills. I plan to experiment with multiple ways of drawing, for example, drawing from observation in a realistic way, using experimental techniques to draw, and trying out different illustrative styles that allow me to portray the subject of water and how it can be shown through illustration. I aim to set myself small projects throughout the brief, and set myself tasks as if i were responding to a client. I will do this by illustrating news papers, magazine articles, creating packaging designs, book illustrations etc, that will all be in line with the theme of water and the drawings that I have already completed in the experimental stages. I feel that by setting myself smaller projects, I will produce more work in a shorter space of time, due to being able to focus on the one task and not being temped to off track or get stuck with where to go next. Instead, I can just move from task to task developing my illustrations. I also feel that setting myself smaller projects will enable me to produce more finished illustrations that are of a professional illustrative standard.
David Hockney Early Reflections @ Walker Art Gallery
I visited the David Hockney early reflections exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, where it gave me the inspiration for my Personal Project. Hockney used water as a subject matter in some of his most well known pieces of work. He was a perfectionist and liked a challenge, and with water being one of the most challenging things to draw, he tackled it in multiple ways, from cartoon-like drawings to realistic paintings and quite abstract screen prints. Hockney used his friend’s Californian swimming pool as the setting for a lot of his paintings, but he also dealt with water as a substance, showing that it is constantly changing e.g. ripples in swimming pool & droplets in the shower, which is an image he also painted.
"It is a formal problem to represent water, to describe water, because it can be anything. It can be any colour, it’s moveable, it has no set visual description." - David Hockney
To evoke water, Hockney had a highly stylised technique influenced by advertising graphics. In one of the works he made for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, his design borrowed from the visual conventions of comics and advertising illustration using wiggly lines over strong & flat colours. His work looks at water from all different artistic viewpoints. He looks at how the water disperses light through it’s ripples, how the water bounces off the body in the shower and the realistic ways in which water distorts whatever is beneath it.
The exhibition inspired my project as I aim to challenge my own drawing and painting skills, and i think by using water as my subject matter, it will allow me to do this.
We were set a task to get us thinking about how we are going to present our work professionally to the client, the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.
I first wrote a proposal which explains where i’m currently at with the project, and my ideas so far. I also explained my reasons for following the ideas I currently have, and what they have to do with the 3M commission and the 3M building itself.
I then created a mood board style piece using the points I had made in my proposal, which was A3 sized and incorporated images of research I had been doing. As well as this, I shown my working drawings and ideas that I myself have produced on another A3 sized mood board.
My presenting technique needed to be considered also, and i would need to present it in a professional way as though I am pitching it to a client. I made sure all of the relevant information such as size, placement and theme of the project were included in my text.
the feedback I received from Ian was:
Ian’s Feedback was: Your work was very professional and i would have loved to have seen more, your knowledge of your influences shows intellegence and thorough thinking
Your confidence is very good but you need to seem more happy and positive about your work.
and the group was as follows:
I will take these comments on board and think of some of the suggestions for my final outcome. Ian’s comments have made me realise that I need to present more confidently and have a little more to say about my work.
Today we met with the Client and had our tour of the Buckley Innovation centre. We had the opportunity to view the space in which our work could be potentially situated, and be told any information that would help us shape and direct our projects so that they are what the client wants.
Some of the notes I took from the session are:
As well as receiving relevant information from the client, we also had the opportunity to ask some of our own questions from the checklist we had produced in Lee Corner’s lectures. Some of the answers to these questions were:
The definition of Innovation: The action of innovating
-the introduction of novelties
-the alteration of what is established by the introduction of new elements or forms
The definition of Innovative: To be innovative
-to change something into something new
-to bring or introduce novelties
To me, innovation means taking something and adding elements to it that either change it slightly or completely renew it. If I applied the meaning of this word to my work, it would mean me creating work in the same style/using the same processes that I have used in the past, but adding new and innovative elements or processes to create a different and possibly more successful outcome. For instance, I am thinking of ways to progress and be innovative with my typographical work, which means I will need to look at working in new and interesting ways.
In relation to the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Innovation is about providing access to leading edge high technology facilities & services with technical support to business’ which in turn, allows them to introduce the process of innovation. One of the most important factors of the centre is to promote innovation within business. Therefore, my starting point has been to look deeper into the meaning of ‘Innovation’, both in relation to the centre and as a word in general.
In todays lecture with Lee Corner, we talked about our professional practise and how to go about it in terms of approaching commissions and how to be professional in our practise. Here are some of the points I took from the lecture:
Commission: What is expected of you? What do they want? What is the context?
1. Stay curious - Stay alert and ask questions
2. Desk research - What the company does. Functionality. Ethos. Values. Vision. Audience (background research).
3. Listen & Ask questions on the visit.
4. Practicalities. Is there any money or funding? Where is the access to the building? Timescale etc
- Puts trust in the university to present work to outside the business
- Giving back to the university in the form of establishing connections and showing the course’s potential
We were told to think about the 3M commission and what they wanted from us, then produce a list of what we need to ask them on our visit next week, which we will discuss in the next lecture
I have began to plan my creative CV, but first I thought it would be best to look at a few examples to see how other creative practitioners had made theirs.
- Her example is very Typography based, with illustration incorporated into/surrounding the typography and lettering.
- She has multiple pages, but her cover page is the most attention grabbing and stands out.
- Sticks to two colours for the front page - bright blue and gold.
- The bright colour of the blue catches attention and gold symbolises wealth and class.
- I really like the use of typography in this one and it looks very professional, however, it may be quite limiting due to it being practically all typographical and it seems to concentrate on being aesthetically pleasing rather than informational about the person’s CV. I would also be more inclined to keep my CV on one page and possibly include more illustration on it.
- He uses both Typography and Illustration.
- Displays a kind of ‘less is more’ approach with not too much type and a select few images.
- Monochrome colouring, White and Grey, allow us not to be distracted by the colour and able to focus on the words he has used to get his CV across.
- He uses a list format instead of paragraphs, which makes the CV really easy to read.
- The illustration style is cute and simple and cartoonlike, which compliments the typography well and also mixes in and combines with it in parts.
- I really like the illustrative & typographical style of this C.V. and feel it gets the designer across pretty well yet I feel I would like to include a little bit more information in mine and possibly a little more colour and more illustrations in order to catch the employers attention and give off a ‘wow’ factor.
- The style of her CV is colourful and vibrant. It looks as though it gets across her style, or elements of it.
- She uses a mixture of typography. illustration and text, and includes a fair amount of detail about herself.
- Her little illustrations give a sense of her style along with helping to illustrate her personality and hobbies.
- I like this example a lot, as I think it would be the best example to get across your illustrative style and yet include all of the information that should be included in a CV. The mixture of illustration, typography and graphic design is just about right for an illustrators CV i believe, but i would maybe include a little more typography based imagery as as well as getting across that I am into illustration, I also want to show my interest in typography and Graphic design. I would also consider having a more defined colour scheme which isn’t as gender suggestive as in this example.