As my starting point was to do with strangers and interaction, I got my friends to draw people to whom they saw on the tube as I wanted to grasp what they saw when they saw people on the tube. It was interesting seeing what people picked up when they were asked to draw strangers.
2 & 3.
In out half term, i took a range of photos of people on the tube and played around with paper, colour and outlines. Having done a similar cut out process few months ago, i wanted to repeat this. i think that using the cut out pieces as well was also successful, and i will return to this method, as it creates s sense of wondering what was once there. I also decided to draw simple outlines, as when we are on the tube, we are surrounded by people yet to me only really notice the vast quantity, and not necessarily features about. i also found that when i am on the tube i generally look at the eyes and hands of someone, and so reflected this in the line drawings that i did. it would be interesting to explore other aspects other than the eyes and hands, as my brief is looking into what we overlook.
4 & 5.
taking the idea of looking at what we usually ignore I used images and covered them with white shapes too cause the viewer to look around the object and notice areas which we aren't typically drawn too. I think that the images are a good starting point and it would be interesting to develop these further. the first symmetrical one works more successfully, as it is mirroring the exact scene.
6 & 7.
I was inspired to write down a list of all the thoughts I had on the tube, as i usually have a constant stream of random thoughts. I have received good feedback on this piece with many finding it amusing and interesting. I am therefore going to develop this idea, and think of different ways that I can publicate this, for example acetate, perspect or projection.
I also experimented with line drawings as i think that they look effective.
8 & 9.
On this page, I wanted to mix the random thoughts, and covering up areas that I was thinking of. the design of this wasn't hugely successful as the text isn't laid out effectively with the shapes. i am not happy with the concept either, as in the class crit, my peers were confused with the meaning behind it, what relevance the text had and furthermore why I had covered sections. i therefore feel that this idea needs more development to make it clearer in what it is trying to communicate. this did however give me the idea to potentially make a series of publications sing this concept.
10 & 11.
i continues on with this idea of line drawings by going to my local park, and taking pictures of those sat down, 3 out of 4 of them were smoking. The pink works well with the drawings, however i will work with more sticker type surfaces.
I also asked some of my peers what they find that they usually overlook in the city, and someone mentioned the tops of buildings and architecture, as buildings which may look ugly at the bottom are often not on top. i therefore played around with covering areas which weren't the top of buildings. i then got the grid that i used for the white and made it black and repeated. i think it is interesting the way it almost look like a bar code. Furthermore, i could potentially use this grid structure as a grid structure for a publication?
12 & 13.
I went to the white chapel gallery and there was a piece which was about 20 T.V's all stacked into a cube, glithing. This gave me the idea of technology and humans being drawn to certain areas of interest.
14 & 15.
When travelling home from Uni, I took pictures of area's of which I don't normally look at, for example the corners of tunnels and ceiling of train. i then experimented with using the concept of layering with geometric shapes, and using hand written notes, and seeing how this correlates together. As a piece I don't think that they have worked very successfully as i thought they would have. Page 15 wasn't successful either, as I tried to layer the writing over the image, however you are then unable to see the writing. I am also unsure how i can then go a develop on from this.
16 & 17.
On page 16, I took a piece of card and then took pictures of this on areas to which i then photographed. I think that it successful the way that they have turned out, and i think i can develop this idea to make it more interesting. Furthermore it would be interesting to experiment with 3D objects and moving image. I then found an old picture which I took about a month ago from out my window. I then experimented with block colours and grids, with the idea in mind of screen printing. I enjoyed this process as i was just playing around with different layouts and then deciding which ones worked successfully.
We then had a lino cutting workshop with Emberto. I have previously done a lot of lino cut in college so therefore alread knew this technique. we were told to make very simple with only two colours. i thought the idea behind mine worked, as it depicted a figure of someone on the tube, with two circles covering both the hands and head. i would however like to develop these more, as they could be executed more accurately.
18 & 19.
We had another workshop where we worked with paper and 3D shape.I found this interesting to do as before we started i was sceptical of this process.it was very interesting however placing the paper and taking photos of the results. The photos produced some interesting shapes and forms, reminding me of architectural designs. Furthermore, having one coloured shape was also successful, especially when placed on the black background.
we then went on to produce a 3D structure. I took inspiration from my photographs were I used a circular piece of card. As experimentation i think that this worked, however i would remake this too a larger scale and also ensure that i measure the card etc to ensure that it looks strong and neat.
20 & 21.
As my brief is based around things that we overlook, i thought about gum when i was walking in the park, and thought that they had some interesting grid like structures on the surface of the gum. i therefore took pictures of these and then traced over the outlines. my experimentation with words and colour also worked, as i scanned these in. i think that this is an interesting correlation between spoken word and details of the gum. especially as it is difficult to tell what the illustrations initially are.
i then used white circles and reduced the opacity. i like the way this has worked because it is almost as though the gum has been worn out and creates a neural quality.
i now need to ensure that i develop a section of work, instead of making smaller samples in my sketchbook. i want to develop and go 3D by taking my ideas out the sketchbook. i also want to work more with moving image and animation.
Action Plan and Advice:
• Annotations throughout your sketchbook — to give it context and inform the viewer.
• Reflection / evaluation of your experiements in your sketchbook — why are you showing it?
Does it work? How? Does not work? How? What would you do differently?
• A series of publications that develop your experiements:
01. Photography / Covering details / Grid A5 booklet 02. Arial photographs of buildings 03. Tube images and poems.
• For the publication consider format (A3!) paper, binding…
• Make mock ups for all publications.
• Intergrate research into your sketchbook (stick stuff into your sketchbook, that you are into)
24 & 25.
I had some pictures that I had taken previously, and experimented quickly with only using silhouttes and simplifying the image down to make it flat and bold. I think that it has worked well when there is real images with the coloured blocks. I could potentially make a series of screen prints based on imagery like this. I will need to think about scale and colour. Furthermore, how I am going to introduce text. One possibility is using photography screen-printing.
I also found that I was stuck when it came to ideas, as i have found that i am doing a lot of small samples however am finding it difficult sticking to one idea and then progressing on from this. i also felt as though i was drifting away from my brief and so made a spider diagram with things that reminded me of my original idea. i feel as though i have a clearer idea of which direction i should take now that i have looked and reminded myself of my brief again.
26 & 27.
researching John Baldessari and Matisse was useful because I really like the way that they have explored colour, and incorporating graphic forms into photography.
28 & 29.
I photocopied pages in book that I wanted to include in my portfolio. This gave me a chance to look at all the work that I have already and clearly see what I need. I was suprised as I have more work than i thought! I think i have a good range of work in my portfolio, however now need to develop one chosen bit more in order to show development through my portfolio. By doing this i am also able to see what works most successfully.
"Portfolio rough version looks good.Perhaps a title page, or the first page should be the clearest illustration of 'strangers' in order to set the tone."
30 & 31.
as i wanted to experiment with projection, but didn't know how to do this, i am not happy with the result. I used an image that i took, and projected this onto 3 A2 pieces of paper, which had text on them. it wasn't successful because of the image quality, as i didn't have a camera and therefore took the images on my phone, which with the dark room, meant the images were unclear and unfocused. i feel as though the graphic structure of the images is lost when it is projected. Furthermore the quality of the projector was unclear. furthermore, i need to re-evaluate how i mix image and text, as this looks very disjointed as a composition.
in class today we went through the assessment criteria as a class, and how we need to ensure that we are achieving each of the criteria. this is helpful as something to refer back to when it comes nearer the deadline to ensure that i reach a good grade. we then went through another persons sketchbook and workflow and marked them according to the criteria. this meant that i had to really ensure i knew what each of the criteria was. My feed back was also interesting, and it made me realise that i have a lot to do!
Easter holidays - 28/03
During the Easter holidays i began thinking about how i could execute making my final piece, and how i could formate and tie all my work together. I came up with the idea to create a newspaper which could be handed out at stations, mimicking papers such as the evening standard. My newspaper could be handed out to the public who are taking the tube, and on their journey they could read someone elses thoughts while they are on the tube as well. It will be like looking through someone elses perspective of their journey. I also began to think about how i could represent imagery for the journey, and so took inspiration from Swiss style posters, which use old graphic shapes and colours as i feel that this is a clear way to represent routes and pictures.
I first tried to sort my imagery out into chapters, so that I could organise the newspaper in sections. I found this difficult as I didnt have enough work to which i wanted to include and so therefore began experimenting more with imagery, basing it upon the idea of using geometric shapes etc. I came up with about 8 images, and this was useful because i could compare and see what aspects of each collage worked and what bits didn't.
I then came back to these a few days later with fresh eyes, and made amendments, by simplifying and deleting some designs.
I made an indesign page so that I could physically see layout, and composition. This was useful because it gave me and idea on how many pages l wanted to use and fill, as when I went onto The newspaper club website, they said that they printed in pages of 12,16, 20 etc. Furthermore, it made me think about the publication as one over- all product as previously I was making each page seperatley and therefore wasn't asking myself important questions and planning about design. I made a list of questions which helped me to plan and gain a better idea of the structure. They included:
1). Will typography be on every page?
2). How am I going to demonstrate journeys on the tube successfully - will it communicate this?
3). Is text going to overlaying imagery- what works more successfully?
4). Am I following my brief?
Writing questions like this down, with hope of referring to them as well, was very helpful as it meant I had a clearer idea in my head of what it was that I am setting out to achieve. It also means that I will not get side tracked as easily. I will then ask my family questions similar to these, in order to gain outsider feedback.
Over these few days I was developing ideas continuously by making mock pages and rough sketches. i had a lot of initial ideas, and therefore I found it difficult to stick to one and then pursue it. I consequently found myself not developing my work quick enough for the short time scale I had. I therefore decided to spilt the publications into sections. Journeys, type and photographed imagery. I found that from experimenting, it looked too cluttered when text was overplayed onto pictures, and so this is why I categorised it. I started to make a routine method for the coloured journey images, by picking a route and drawing this out simply, I then played around with shape and colour to represent this. I was still very stuck however, on how I could lay the text.
1). Decide what i am doing with the close up photos, in away which fits i with the rest of the design.
(I felt that these photos didn't suit the rest of he aesthetic, however still wanted to incorporate them)
2). Think about front cover design (reflects inside of newspaper/keeps with design/eye-catching)
(I need to design a front cover which will reflect what is in the newspaper - I have found type which if I was to use colour, reminds me of tube stops on a map. The name of the publication is also important, and I have been brainstorming ideas. Some ideas include 'ants' or the name or a ants nest in latin, this is because the tube reminds me of a Giant ants nest with underground tunnels. It's also short and leaves some room for the imagination).
3). Print out a tester in order to see what it looks like in the form of a newspaper
(It's different seeing publication in the tactile form, rather than on the screen).
4). get feed back from 5 people about my publication
( I had feedback from my tutor saying that I must remember that you need to be very clear behind your ideas. This is because I have meanings in my head, however sometimes I feel the need to explain in order for the meaning to be understood).
5). Look at the cost of producing 5 newspapers
( Will I able to afford 5? Do I have the money to add extra bits?)
6). Extras? - Printing out some designs onto acetate
This was my final week that I had to make my project and to send it off if I wanted it to arrive in time for the submission on Monday 25th April. I was feeling stressed at this point and worried that I wouldn't get it completed to a good enough standard as I still had about 8 pages to do, not including the front cover. I was very happy to have a tutorial as placement of text is also something which I was finding difficult doing. Lucy really helped me with this however by telling me to look at the writer Georges Perec. His work really inspired me, as his use of layout for text was very interesting, and consequently made me think about meanings of the words, and what it means to place words in a certain order. After I had completed 3 spreads of text, I felt more confident that it was coming together as a piece, and so therefore moved onto the front cover. I was originally thinking about braille and then hole punching through the page, but because of the logistics of printing, I can not add any more pages and so therefore it would go through the image behind it and disrupt it. I also thought about the meaning on braille, and if it really suited the contents of my newspaper. I felt like it didn't, and braille is about touch and I didn't feel that it was relevant enough to have it as a front cover. I found some type which was circular, and played around with colour and scale. This worked better as was still alusive, as it stood by itself.
After having sent off my publication, I felt relieved that I had met the deadline, as this also meant that I could concentrate on my portfolio and get up to date with portfolio work.
My publication arrived today, and I was happy with the results however felt that it could have been better still. The colourings on some of the pages weren't as strong as I would have like and therefore on the pages towards the back were I had made them a darker grey, did not print well and therefore you couldn't see the sections I had made white. Furthermore, some of my editing skills were not very good, and this is evident as the images have been blown up so much. There are some areas where you can see lines which have not met precise enough. I would also have included more pages to the publication. However, I received some feedback from a peer saying that it was very emotive. I am also interested to see what other responses I receive. Considering I have done graphics for just this foundation I feel that I have progressed massively, and am excited for future projects.
Today, I made my portfolio and got my paper work together to hand in. Seeing all work on portfolio sheet made me feel more confident in my work as I was previously worried that my work wasn't to a high enough standard. I had to remember to use enough white space as well around the portfolio sheet sheets, as this makes the page look less cluttered and its easier to see work. This was quite easy for me as my when I was making my work I was thinking about spreads, and so therefore had 2 sheets to stick on each page which complemented each other. I also managed to mount my work without mucking it up as for my interview I hadn't measured or taken enough care!
Hand in day! I am excited to see the show as everyone looks like they have put a lot of effort and hard work into creating their final outcomes!