For this project I had to chose a word from a list. I chose ‘Inequality’ to work from. I first made a mind map of things that came to mind when thinking of the word. I came up with a number of different directions I could take. Some of these words included:-
- Gender – votes, the wage gap and access to education
- Poverty – wealth, gap between rich and poor (class system), access to food, water, education and healthcare.
- The history of inequality- votes, civil rights slavery.
- Control and the power that having more gives a person.
- Race and discrimination.
- The total opposite of inequality which could be communismat it’s core values is that everyone is the same.
- The contrasts that inequality creates (a scene in the second hunger games comes to mind where the main character is a party in the capital and she’s ate a lot of food and someone offers her a drink that will make her throw up so she can eat more and back where she lives people are starving to death.) Decadence compared to extrem poverty.
- Sexuality- Marriage and attitudes.
- Blance or lack of.
This then lead me to explore imagery that could be used to represent the words. I found that a lot of the points not much actually came to mind.
The imagery above was looking at the Suffragettes this linked to the equality in voting.
I brought this imagery in to a possible layout. This was collaging together a photo of a modern day woman and a line drawing of Suffragette. I wanted it to show the change but I didn’t think that it was effective more confusing. I also couldn’t think of how I could bring photoshop or illustrator into this piece.
This idea (above) was focusing on the idea of imbalance in wealth. The one wealthy person waying more then the larger number of poorer people on the other side.
For this I was thinking that I could possibly of drawn the wealthy man, took photos of people and collages them for the poorer people, and then make the scales on Illustrator.
I then was thinking of how I could possibly reprasent the wage gap between men and women. This led me down the tracks of men and woman on towers of coins. The men’s tower being bigger then the woman’s. It was a simple way of showing what I wanted to communicate but I found it was obvious.
This then lead me on to thinking about commuinisum and how that’s all basically equality to the extrem. I lead this on to think about our Skeltons and how they are all basically the same (not including height and whith differences).
This gave me an ideas of layering a line drawing of a skelington over a photo of a man and a woman on photoshop.
I wanted to bring in imagery of money somehow. The ideas where as a background texture, as change in the figures pockets or as a design on the characters t-shirt/jumpers.
To bring context to my work and to connect my work in the main graphic communication to the bigger picture.
In this workshop we exporled different types of print that are available for use in university. Theses range from screen print to Digital prints to 3D printing to Lino Printing.
We then took rubbings of textures and objects.
The print above was from a leaf. I think that the vains came out really well and could be used as an over lay or background texture.
The rubbing below didn’t come out as a decent texture or image. The image above turned out better then I expected. It picked up the text really clearly. I don’t know how I could use thins ribbing in future work.
I used a selection of “found” images to create a series of collages. I found that I like how you could get a lot of images done quite quickly. Some of these ranged from having one or two images to more of them.
The collage above I found that I could create quite an amusing, at first, image of a man’s head. The more you look at it the more it seams to fit in with the pose of the dancers body, the pose is a jump which can be quite a joyful pose and the added in face has the expersion of someone who is so happy. So even though the head doesn’t quite fit physically with the body it does emotionally.
The face collage above where me trying to create males faces from a number of different faces. The one on the right is quite sinister as the eyes are looking to at you and also the character has many faces which means he’s hiding something or there’s something not quite there. I think the different elements would of worked if they where closer together to same it seam like there was more of a togetherness about them.
The colours in the one above gibes it a vintage feel to it. The face is placebehide a hole that is cut out of the forground, meaning the head it the right size for the body but the face is too big for the head so it’s like it’s blotted. It is almost like Jeremy Corbin is sat making plans to blow up the Labour Party but the money is there to tempt him. I find it powerful when one image tells a narrative (even if it’s just to small number of people).
This collage (above) happened when I just picked up two random images and put them together to create one image. It’s bizarre but it seams like it could be taken as a joke or a mockery of what the placard is trying to get at as apes are thought to be these massive animals with no real skill sets. But it could also be taken the other way and that it’s such an obvious statement that even a monkey knows it.
In the collage above there is a stark contrast between the photo of an early motor vehicle and the new car door. The differences between the two separate images are apparent, the photo of the car door is in colour and the other photo is black and white, the car door is streamline in shape where the other photo it is almost like a square box and also the uses for the vehicles are different (old image is an army vehicle and the car is advitised as a family car).
Just the little added on to the photo as part of a collage gives the image a whole lot more meaning. That’s what I like about this type of collage that it brings to smaller things together to create a whole lot more meaning to it then before. The whole is greater than the elements.
Not all of my experiments worked/had the desired effect, this is to be expected and some I took in to consideration for my next experments. For example the experment below. I thought it had too much going on and it wasn’t entirely needed so it defiantly made me learn that sometimes less is more as I then did the experment with the car door.
Another example of a collage that I didn’t think worked was the one below as the scale was just too different in size to actually work together.
I created a sequence of illustrations showing my morning routine getting to university. I originally did the sketches in pencil but I find that the out comes always look a lack lustre and dull and I don’t find drawing in pencil as I personally think it is quite childish. I fine the black lines of a fine liner or a decent gel pen gives an interesting finish to it and just stands out a lot more.
I personally think that the drawings look much better as a sequence together. This is because on the own they are just of quite mundane things that don’t partially say anything, but together they tell a narrative that supports each of the other 15 frames.
To improve this I could possibly experment with adding colour on photoshop or even using markers like promarkers for a cartoon like finish. I could even fill in the drawings with collages textures us ring photoshop to layer the two together.
My first workshop of the year was one in Photoshop. In the workshop I felt quite rusty at first as it had been a while since I last had a play about on PhotoShop and even then it was on a PC not a Mac. I quite enjoyed using it again. I forty five minutes to create an A5 cover for an article. I created a textured background using the photos provided in the brief, I like the effect of the mountain range it created and the texture is almost a rocky or one of crumpled paper.
I tried to limit the colours used to make it more of an understated design so it wasn’t tacky in any way. If had had more time I would of tried this with the black text with I don’t think it fits in with the rest of the design. I think this looks out of place and would of done with a play about on blending techniques to make it work more. The text is just too much of a contrast as I have tried to be subtle with the details, for example the figure in the top left hand corner is only noticeable if you look close enough.
The green specs over the to gives it a sort of printed effect which I like as it made it seam more interesting then without it gave it a more organic feel to how it looks.
Firstly I am excited to be writing this blog post as it is a start of a new chapter in my life, secondly I’m terrified for the exact same reasons. I am hoping that the next three years are full of firsts, in the two weeks since I moved to Cardiff from Liverpool I have had many firsts. Theses include first rent payment, first time being away from my family, first time being called for jury duty (I am hopefully going to have deferred to the summer), and the first time I actually understood how to use Adobe Illustrator.
I hope I make lots of mistakes but that I only make them once. Learning what went wrong through personal experience and the mistakes of others is what makes you a better person. That’s what I really want to be in life is a better person, to look at the world in a number of different ways as a designer, a informed human being, as other people seeing things and to understand that they could physically be looking at the same thing but they see it differently because of personal experiences.
I would like to take theses things though the next three years and beyond with me.