Friday, 10 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
'Jaime Sabartes with a Pin-up' Pablo Picasso, 1957.
With this image, I wanted it to be about choosing the right image, so that what's happening is obvious right away. I wanted to express the feeling that wherever you turn for help, this sinister force will be there too.
In the image below, I wanted to show a magnet man merged with a human, and increase their sinister vibe by choosing a picture of a model that looked timid, with an intimidating gang of creatures just behind her, and already taking over. I chose to keep the same colour palette I used for the magnet man, as if they had already transformed their surroundings
In this image I tried to create the feel of things lurking in the shadows, without actually using much shading, as I wanted the image to be clear and simple.
I will use these images to create a final series of collage images on Photoshop, layering other drawings or material and possibly text,to make the images more complex and interesting.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Parts of the big wheel in Manchester City Centre- 'transformed'
Monday, 15 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
I have started to think about the themes of hair and preservation using spider diagrams and lists.
I have used my own hair to try out hair drawing, starting off with a basic flower design.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
The theme of hair interests me, as it's something that can define us and our appearance, that can represent different cultures, that carries our DNA, that can be seen as both disgusting and beautiful when placed into different contexts, and which can serve as a memento of a person
Physically, hair can also be interesting, with the many different options of style and colour, and different textures, lengths and smells.
Hair's fragility, how fine and breakable it is are also attractive to me. I have also always wanted a gorgeous long, thick head of hair, having thin and slow-growing hair myself, which may have something to do with my interest in it.
Artist Jodie Carey uses small amounts of human hair in her paper wreaths of flowers, which feel like they also fit into the theme of mourning.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
I think the finished shelter looks effective, and we managed to create what we set out to, despite various obstacles along the way. However, I think the overall look could be improved as it isn't very polished-it looks like it has been stuck up at night.
The feedback we got said that we had a good audience around the stop, so we achieved the entertainment value we wanted, but that we could have presented the work better in the studio. I think some unintended ideas were picked up on by people, and some saw it as a fairly obvious concept, but although it was, it was just intended to make people smile, and allow us to explore and experiment with our environment.
I feel this would be a great project to develop and we have agreed to continue decorating different bus stops around different themes in the near future.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
We have also purchased light switches and plug sockets to add to the walls for realism and detail, as well as a table, lace for curtains and a picture to hang which depicts a bird.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
For my design, I was inspired by reading about the Bower Bird, a bird species native to Australia, in which the male constructs a small shelter or bower in order to attract a female mate. Not only do they build this structure, but they also decorate it with flowers, grass etc, placed in patterns. Sometimes they even paint the walls using a mixture of their saliva, and pigment from things like berries or coal to create a kind of paste applied with a piece of bark for a 'paintbrush'. Each bird makes a different bower and after finding a mate the shelter is not lived in but left to disrepair. It is purely for the purpose of attraction.
I feel that this idea fits in quite well with the bus shelter, as our aim is simply to attract and interest people, make the laugh or smile, the decoration isn't supposed to be practical or permanent.
I did lots of different designs before choosing the final one. I decided to use bold, black ink pen to give a modern aspect to the design and make it clearly visible as it's audience would be passers- by. However, I concentrated carefully on changing line thickness and the flow of lines to keep the fragility, fluidity and natural feel that I think of when I imagine a bird.
Some of my sketchbook work for shelter:
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
More initial doodles.
I researched different types of shelters huts and houses as well as general architecture, to give me some more inspiration and ideas to design my own tree houses. From this I realised that I prefer ed certain styles of shelter-the high up, precarious looking, ramshackle type usually involving wooden planks.
From there I began to sketch out designs for tree houses or off-ground huts, taking aspects from the buildings I had seen in my research and mixing them up.
This is one of my favourite designs, inspired by a wire underskirt I saw in a magazine.
More, less developed, designs.
Finished, coloured intersection using water colour paint, ink, pen, gel pen, pencil and Photoshop- (to correct colour outside of the edges and smudges on background).
Read's work inspired me, and although it is not similar to my own, it made me think about my own work, and i thought that the style of drawing and painting I had been using might be suited greetings cards. I think the style I have drawn the buildings in is quite charming and would work well on a card. I have now started to do more drawings in this style, some of tree houses, some moving away from the subject of tree houses, and I intend to make some greetings cards featuring my images as a side project.