Reworking images // Encounter

After my group tutorial with Anna, I decided that I needed to think more about the compositions of my posters and be more considered with the weight of line of the paper-cutting in order to make the visual hierarchy within the image more apparent. I have also begun experimenting more incorporating hand-rendered text into the images in order to create a more cohesive overall aesthetic.

I am also going to experiment more with my colour choices with more ‘off’ colours in order to allow for the difference to not be too contrasting but instead complimenting each other.


Paper cutting posters continued // Encounter

After discussing with my studio peers the composition of my posters I decided to experiment with inverting my images in order to create an increased reflection of the objects e.g a lamp showing light within the darkness and moths being attracted to it.

Inverting the colours has allowed me to consider the open spaces more and the relationship between the font and the elements of the image. By inverting the colours, the selected colour of red was also inverted to blue which gave me another colour to consider within my limited colour palette.

Experimenting with papercutting // Encounter

For the start of this poster project, I have decided to start by looking at ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennesee Williams. Using papercut and photography and the manipulating on photoshop, adding different coloured moths and using a font for the title and subtitle.

By using paper cut and the lightbox it allowed me to experiment a lot more with composition than if I had hand drawn everything, it also allowed me to create a printed effect without committing to certain compositions until absolutely certain.

Poster Research

Andrzej Klimowski

Klimowski’s work is very college and multi-media based, this tactility of them is something I find really visually appealing since it creates a very hand-rendered image aesthetic, his compositions often contain a figure being manipulated with other elements of the image. Klimowski is not afraid to be bold with his experimental use of negative space and ‘misplaced’ elements. This attitude is something I want to be able to apply to my own poster making

Pablo Amargo

Pablo Amargo’s use of colour is what first interested me about his work since his colour palettes are often fairly limited in colour variation. This ability to create interesting and thought-provoking images with very limited different tones. Although much of his work is created digitally his aesthetic creates the effect of traditionally printing because of these limited colour choices yet his work still remains very clean and eye-catching due to the bold block colours within interesting shapes and elements.

Tadeusz Gronowski

Tadeusz Gronowski’s work is part of the original Polish graphic poster movement. His pieces often contain very experimental elements of composition with white often being a v

PDP:Dissertation Submission // Level 6 (word count: 1012)

This module of contribution/constellation in the second year has been one of the most intense modules throughout my university experience so far, it has been around 3 to 4 years cine the last time I have had to write an essay to anywhere near this calibre let alone 10,000 words. For me, the most significant element of this process has been learning to trust my own judgement with topic choices, and recognise that as long as I approach a subject academically and objectively it can be applicable to a dissertation paper.

For much of the summer holiday, I unintentionally observed parents and their children and realised that my dissertation topic of children and technology and its effects are a pressing matter within our own society which is only growing more intensely. Having discussed matters of psychological well-being, mental health and physical health it became evident that perhaps this issue needs to be contemplated studying society as a whole not just individually.

As an illustrator, I need to be able to fully understand pieces of texts and language before I fully react and create imagery in response to them, the process of having to fully read and analyse texts in order to be able to respond to them properly within my essay has forced me to develop these skills of deeper reading which in turn has become obvious in my creative practice.  I have realised that creative inspiration doesn’t necessarily have to come from visual images but instead can come from academic and formal writings because it is not the imagery that fuels creativity but the ideas that are presented and conceived. I have learnt how to apply theories and perspective to my own topic and subject which might not have been written about it but the ideas behind them are still incredibly relevant to it and can be applied.

For the past year, I have been lucky enough to work with Sarah Smith as my constellation tutor,  she has always fully understood what I have set out to achieve with my writing and has always given me incredibly useful resources to look at and respond to in order to further my writing, one of her lectures in my first year second term of constellation was actually what inspired me to choose my given topic since I found the way she presented it so engaging especially when presented with writings such as Ingold who wasn’t directly writing about the topic at hand but we became able to apply it to different subjects because of the way it was explained. I think that this has really encouraged me to continue writing about a topic that really interests me and I think is incredibly pressing in modern day society and is growing ever more so.

I found the format of handing in a proposal of our dissertation  during the second year incredibly useful since it gave me the chance to fully discuss and consider my dissertation topic, structure and its contents before I began to even think about starting to write the essay itself, at the time I think I underestimated the true amount of research that this dissertation would actually require.

Having completed this dissertation I have found I struggled with keeping track of what I had and had not written when it came to the different chapters and references, in retrospect I think that if I had kept a better record of my work through my PDP blog I would not have struggled with this so much, I also would have kept better record of my tutorials and meetings with Sarah Smith since often I took notes in various different notebooks and sketchbooks and often found myself losing my notes from the sessions which then lead to a brieakdown in communication between what I was discussing with Sarah Smith and what I was actually commiting to in my research. I found myself struggling with the analytical side of the writing process as this is something I have always not fully understood throughout my education, I think that at points during the essay I have achieved a good standard of analysing but this is always something that could be worked on from my own perspective.

I think perhaps if I were to repeat the experience I would make sure I had a full backlog of research, references and quotes I could refer to as I was writing instead of having to still have to do some sort of research whilst I was writing the essay during this year and term. Time management is something I have always struggled with throughout all of my studies especially when it comes to writing academically, I found that if I gave myself regular milestones to achieve within certain days I felt a lot more compelled to write and see the word count go up, this also allowed me to balance my practical work as well since I gave myself allotted amounts of time to contribute to each module during a week.

Most importantly I have learnt not to become lazy within my own hours I have set myself to work within a day, I often found myself hitting the word count that I wanted for a day and then stopping and in retrospect this was not the most benifcial attitiude towards, whereas if I had continued to excell the amount I had set myself for a single day I would not have been so stressed to hit the word count right up until the end of the deadline and would have given myself more time to edit and make sure I was a hundred percent happy with what I had written instead of feeling rushed whilst editing the writing.

I am glad that I can say that I have initiated and completed my own dissertation for this degree as I recognise that the ability to produce an amount of text to this volume is not accessible to everyone in society and for that, I feel incredibly privileged to have been in the position to have been able to complete this dissertation.

End of Autumn term reflection // Encounter

At the start of term, I was still very much continuing with the work that I was producing the last term of the second year. I found that this year I really began struggling with creating work just for it be aesthetically pleasing, I realised that in order to have a larger sense of purpose and be a more cohesive image I need to be reacting/ responding to words be with articles or pieces of writing such as poems or short essays. This term I have been experimenting with several different mediums gouache, watercolours and even acrylics, initially at the start of the term I was trying to be more selective with my medium use and visual language, however, I found that this was what was making my work become stale so quickly because I was becoming to over-analytical of the work when really I wasn’t giving it a chance to become more expressive since I didn’t know what I was trying to convey in the first place. I think this term that I have really learnt to trust my own aesthetic and material judgements in terms of my use of materials are compositions on a page. After looking at artists such as Marion Deuchars and Jean-Michel Basquiat I have realised the importance and strength of hand-rendered processes and the effect that these can have on a viewer. For the next term, I really want to keep exploring the tactile mediums and how I can use them to influence my own practice but in my own way. Also, the experience having to produce a website gave me the need to become more selective and critical of my own pieces of work and what I would think I would want online representing myself. My aim next term is to have a more cohesive style of working and responding to words, I potentially want to start looking at creating a non-linear narrative in response to some short essays or poetry as these are often the words I feel I connect with best. I want to become more assertive with myself and give myself tighter deadlines and stricter briefs such as dimensions etc in order to create work that is more alike to work that I could potentially be creating after graduation in order to actually achieve the level that I want to achieve. For much of the term, I found myself struggling with the levels of imagery, for example, the ornate and extremely figurative work that I found myself continually returning to because this is what my conscience felt secure doing this was the work that also wasn’t exploring or expressing anything. My reading for my dissertation has also been causing me to think more about the complexity of society and our own interactions, for example, Bathes’ essays Mythologies, especially the ‘Toys’ essay looking at how children’s toys are now a reflection of the adult world, I think by looking at stuff that isn’t just ILLUSTRATION will help me to think bigger as it will help me to start creating my own imagery instead of just relying on imagery presented within already written words.I think that this term has been the start of me finding my own place within the practice and realm of illustration and how I can potentially explore it more in the future, especially since I can now recognise myself as content servicer rather than a content provider since I think before I was trying to do both without really doing either of them particularly well.