In this workshop we worked with an illustrator creating books using different binding.
The first technique was made using only folding and cutting of a single sheet of paper. The book is not what is normally thought as a book, a positive could be that you use both sides. Using both sides could be interesting as you could be telling the story from one point of view and the other side a different view on the same narrative it could give a more dimensions to the story giving it something different to other books. A negative to this type of fold is that the book doesn’t fold flat if you use a lot of pages.
The next type of book binding I explored was a more traditional way of making books which is the three whole stitch. This is more of what I think of when someone says books to me, this could end up making the book a safe format but that could be what the designer is going for depending on the narrative or the other content inside of the book.
I found that looking at narratives, created by another person, and picking out what is important in the narrative quite hard. One of the reasons is that this is hard is that it is totally objective to the person reading it, I found this when I was looking at George Orwell’s book “1984”. I thought that the chocolate rations was a massive part as it showed the control that “Big Brother” had on the people where as other people would over look the detail.
I tried to show the story using illustrations and minimal text. I think on the piece (below) I used too much text on it and gave too away and should of left some parts out. For example I included the name “Goldstein” crossed out, the problems I have with this is that it looks like a mistake that I just crossed out instead of what I was trying to go for that it was trying to be deleted and it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the images and is just there to fill in space on the page.Another thing I found was that for I needed to plan out composition instead of just putting work on to paper as I go. The piece has no real order to it is just random.
If I was to do this again I would include less on the page, I might include the silhouette of the unpersoned “Comrade” in the center of the page and the cctv cameras surrounding the character.
I then did the same put with a more of a timeline of my own life. I was thinking of mind maps and the focused on the mind part and included a sketch of myself and all the memories busting out of my head and the memories and other significant items. The photos have an order starting from the top right corner and then going to the left to the right and the same all the way down. I would of wanted to fill the whole of the page if there was time but I was constrained to just the morning and then presenting the pieces in the afternoon.
According to Christopher Booker there are only seven basic plot lines to any story written. These are: overcoming the monster, rags to riches, the quest, voyage and return, comedy, tragedy and rebirth. We discussed example of the basic plot lines. We found some of the examples fitted into more than one of the basic plot lines.
Overcoming the Monster
This is normally a story an underdog who defeats some sort of evil which is normally the stronger party. An excellent example of this is Harry Potter; Harry starts as the boy who lives under his aunt and uncle’s stairs and then goes on to defeat the evil and extremely powerful Lord Voldemort. More examples include:-
- The Huger Games
- The Clash of Titans
- Basically any war film
- Star Wars
- James Bond
Rags to Riches
Rags to riches stories are normally tales of struggles and against all odds, there’s heroic survival and triumph. They are to inspired people and give hope. Some examples are:-
- How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
- King Arthur
- Snow White
- Oliver Twist
- Dick Whittington
- Slum Dog Millionaire
- Wolf of War Street
- Every single rom-com
Similar to rags and riches but when the villain wins. Examples of this are:-
- Animal Farm
- The Great Gatsby
- Romeo and Juliet
- Weathering heights
- Breaking Bad
- King Lear
- The Lovely Bones
Voyage and Return
The main character goes on a journey and returns home better off then in the beginning like they have learnt something or have gained riches. Examples are:-
- The Wizard of Oz
- War Horse
- The Hobbit
- Alice in Wonderland
- Percy Jackson
- The Lion King
- Dungeons and Dragons
This is when the hero of the story goes on a journey to find something, like an object this could be known or unknown to the character. Often he or she brings a group of friends with them on the adventure.
Examples of quest stories:-
- Stand By Me
- The Goonies
- Lord of the Rings
- Finding Nemo
- Toy Story
- The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
This is when two people, for some reason, can not be together. This creates a range of situations that can be quite difficult for the characters to figure out but they eventually figure it out in the end.This again situations that can be quite difficult for the characters to figure out but they eventually figure it out in the end.This again is like every predictable romantic comedy ever made or written. Examples of comedies are:-
- What If
- A Midsummer’s Nights Dream
- Love Actually
- Pride and Prejudice
- Bridget Jones’ Dairy
- Mamma Mia
- Much You Do about Nothing
- She’s the Man
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This is quite like the tragedy plot lines but the hero realizes error of their ways before it’s too late while there is still time for them to change and to but to right.
- The Grinch
- A Christmas Carol
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Despicable Me
- Return of the Jedi
This is the finished image for the project. I had brought the opacity down on the bodies to make sure that the skeletons where visible clearly on the black background of the figures tops (as on one of my earlier attempts the skeleton got lost into the darkness). I’m not happy with how the background has turned out, I think it is too light and the coins should have a solidness about them rather than with a low opacity.
I feel like the piece says what I want it to say about the inequality in pay between the two main genders and they are positioned on separate sides of the page and behind the male there is a collage of a higher value than behind the female figure. This is conferimed by the feedback I received in a peer assessment (shown on the left).
To improve I would act on the feedback given and try to darken the sketches and the layering of the coins.
Personally I don’t find James Bond films at all entertaining. In fact everythime I have tried to watch one of the films I have switched over. This might be because of the type of film does not appeal to me or Bonds attitude towards women gets me slightly hot under the collar. This gives me quite a limited knowledge for any of the films.
Dr No 1962
- It is obvious that Bond is a main character as he is in the front. This also gives him a position of power which is seen as a masculine trate.
- He is fully dressed in a tux giving him a sense of wealth, power and a member of an upperclass. Again these things are thought to be manly things and things to strive towards.
- The women in the poster are in a line and for the most part in a state of undress. The line is like a que trying to get to bond as they all seam to be looking at him like he’s a sex icon. The woman are just like accessories to Bonds adventures.
- Bond is holding a gun, which shows that he has power and men should be the protectors of woman. This is also shown that the woman are behind Bond on the poster.
- The way that Bond is leaning suggests that he is confident with his position in life. This is heightened by the fact he is holding a gun that is still smoking. The fact that he has a cigar in the other hand suggests that is normal day for him.
- The fact that the woman have nothing in their hands leaves them vulnerable and in need of protection by a man.
What Makes a Man?
- “There is no one sense of masculinity.” (Connell, 2000)
- “Masculinities are equivalent to men: they concern the position of men in gender.” (Connell, 2000)
- HEGEMONIC POWER- When one group of people being in power over a different larger group of people.
- HEGEMONIC POWER-Set of social practices promote male dominance and the subordination of woman and non-hegemonic males
- SUBORDINATE MASCULINITY-
Men with lesser power, they are lower down hegemonic ladder.
MASCULINITY IN MEDIA OF PAST
- Hegemonic men are conceived as strong, ruthless, competitive and attention seeking.
- They were normally the main characters they were the businessmen,
- For example the poster of Die Hard the protagonist is shown as a manly man has he has a gun and big muscles.
Nerds in the past
- -normally the side kick (Benjie from mission impossible)
SHIFT IN MASCULINITY IN MEDIA (CURRENT DAY)
Since the economic crash a new type of masculinity has been presented in media. These men have been nerds, geeks and social out casts.
FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS (NERDS)
- They are socially and economically incomplete
- They live in their own fantasy world
- This fantasy world spans to their success at work and with woman.
- They are marginalised but they are still the driving force of the narrative.
- Social outcast and he doesn’t care
- Main Protagonist
- He is well aware of his difference (“I’m not a psychopath I’m a high-functioning sociopath”)
- Selfish (doesn’t care about his loved ones)
GEEKS Vs NERDS
- Geeks are experts, maybe even geniuses (Sheldon Cooper/Shelock Holmes) Nerds seam to be to be failing at what they do (Napoleon Dynamite)
- They both have a lack of social skills at lest the ones portrayed on TV
- Don’t dress to impress (ie. Mark Zuckerberg,Brain Cox)
- Steve Jobs always worn the same clothes in public appearances
- Nerd comes from Never do well.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Raj- Can’t speak to woman sober
Howard- Short and a bit creepy
Sheldon- doesn’t have sex, is socially outcasted.
Leonard- short, weak
Ever since the big financial crash the 2007 the way that masculinity has be shown in media has shifted. The long success of The Big Bang Theory suggests that what people value has shifted from money and power to what people know and what they do with it.
WHY MIGHT I CARE?
Gender is something that effects everyone’s daily lives and unfortunately is a cultural construct.
In this workshop I was introduced to the laser cutter. I created a simple vector design in illustratior to be cut on the laser cutter. I tested the cut on paper first to see if the design held together. The ‘W’ in ‘were’ was too close to the edge of the cut so I increased the primiter of the canvas so not to cause any snapage. I also thought the text at the bottom of the design would work better as an engaging then a cut.
I then cut the design on an acrylic sheet. Due to time constraints I was unable to do the etching elements to the design.
I can see the protentual to using the laser cutter. One being that you could make a detailed cut out piece on card like Rob Ryan’s work, another could be a stencil or even changing the type of material that is used in a graphics product to bring something new and interesting to it.