Getting ready for animation

Before we started animating, we had to create and decided on what particular elements that needed to be illustrated, and produced in order to have everything ready to animate.

Text – Objectiv – Dalton Maag

We decided to use this font because of its clean and modern feel to it.

Tagline Logo – Whats your legacy

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Maris in our group designed this Logo to go at the end of our animation, as a final thought to make you think about what kind of designer you want to be.

We did all the prep of the illustrations before we began to animate. It was a learning curve, as I had not done any drawing with illustrator before. The images below are the animations that I created on illustrator

Created in Photoshop

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These are the initial images that we created

However they did have the right visual style and we liked Joes characters so decided to keep to a simple geometrical style. From this the animation flowed much more fluidly and worked better on the whole.

These were our final images for the animation.

It was came together, and was time to bring our storyboard to life.

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Hockney – Image week 3 Movement / time.

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David Hockney know famously for his painting and drawing, and where his passion laid, happened upon using photography as a medium by accident in the 1980’s. He went on to create a series of photocollages which he called “Joiners” he used Polaroids pictures first and later with 35mm commercially processed prints to create his art work. This enabled Hockney to look further into his fascination with how we make and view images. He was interested in how we turn our 3 dimensional world into a 2 dimensional image. It was not particularly the novel effect that the photograph montages created but he wanted the viewer to read space, and discuss the way human vision works.

When you think about how we view the world, do we see the scene as a whole – just like a photograph or a painting? Or do we see a variety of elements and fragments that make up what is in front of us, with our eyes flickering between different parts of the scene, and our brains piecing it all together. I think that this is probably a closer description of how we see that world – from multiple viewpoints, which are then put together with our mind.

In Joiner David Hockney has tried to create this effect out of 24 Polaroid photos or photolab-prints taken of a single subject arranged a patchwork to make a composite image. Sometimes he laid the images out in a neat grid or he would overlap them to create a whole scene out of smaller fragments.

The image on the left of his Mother was one of his first creations using this process. Because the photographs are taken from different perspectives and at slightly different times the results of his works has an affinity with Cubism. Cubism helped to topple the single perspective in the hand-arts, and up until Hockney’s Joiners this still existed in photography. The idea behind his grids was to inject multiple reference points into photography.

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This photo montage is one of my favourites out of the series, you do get a sense of how our own vision works, and it certainly is eye catching. The series make me think about how I myself view the world. Its something that I have not really thought about before.

Hockney’s photography exploration was short lived, as he got frustrated with its limitations, and returned to his first love and main medium painting and drawing.

Many artist have taken inspiration from Hockey’s Joiners. One that I like in Particular is Daniel Crooks. He is a contemporary artist, his works takes the idea of multiple viewpoints and uses digital media to playfully explore this theme. He uses digital video to chop, wrap or bend images.

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Self Portrait

The image below that Crooks has created is a distorted figure that seems to have been stretched by using a slow shutter speed or photocopier. It looks like he has distorted time and space, which he could have taken influence by the Futurist movement, which came about early in the 20th century  which has some aspects of Cubism.

 

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I  have also created a piece inspired by Hockney using photoshop. We were asked to design a multi composition that either indicated a Collaboration or A journey. I decided to create a journey composition. After discussing colleagues we decided to take photos the process of making a cup of coffee. Its a journey that I make every morning before the day starts officially.

Using the facilities in the university we set about getting the scene set for our photoshoot.

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I gradually built up the collage by cutting and cropping certain parts of the images, to create the piece.

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Once all the tiled images were in place I changed the contrast and brightness on certain tiles to give the overall image more depth. My final Hockney inspired collaboration. I think the the overall image is really effective, and the white space around the tiled images helps with the readability. Making the eye wonder up across the page to the final image of a satisfied coffee drinker.

 

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I enjoyed this process and is relatively quick to create after planning of photos which need to be captured. I will be creating more image compositions as final outcomes are very interesting to look at.

Series Of Images 1

The making of a series of images enabled us to explore graphic strategies that will help to group the images in a stylistic way, even when the content may vary. Series of images can be used for magazines, brochures, leaflets, etc. They are effective as they link the whole piece together.

We were asked to design sets of images that will be used to promote summer courses for 18/19 year olds. We had to use the facilities around us, so I decided to develop a series for a Pottery summer course leaflet, as there is a pottery studio situated within our university. Asking their permission first I captured photos of their process, facilities and then pieces that they had on display around the studio.

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I chose 4 photos for from the photos that I captured and began to develop each one using photoshop tools. The image on the left below is a close up of  a student using the potters wheel. I liked the shape that the hands made while throwing a pot, personally I found it interesting to look at. This image was turned to grayscale then cutout and a turquoise background added.  Turquoise was a pleasing contrast to the greys in the image.

The image on the right above, I took a different approach. Instead of cut the section of the image that I wanted to keep, I decided to fill the background with the paint bucket tool with a lighter turquoise and then a darker shade on certain parts, like the windows in the building opposite, which I think creates depth in the image. The outcome had an organic feel to it, which tied in nicely with Pottery.

The image below is the final 4 images for the series that I created. I applied that same Graphic strategy to each of the images, with the turquoise colour running through them. I find them interesting to look at.

 

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This is another image that I created with photoshop. Similar strategy used as the other series, but this image is made with 3 photo, to create the final image.

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Image Week 1 – Part 2 Image / Frame

This part of our image section was all about pattern. With the use of our own photos, we were asked to design a frame for a photographic portrait. The frame needed to be constructed from an object relating to the person in the portrait. Below is the example that Ray our lecturer designed. You can see the steps taken to create the final design.  From picture to selected section then repeating the section in different angles to create the  final frame. raysimage

I used a picture of my daughter Elsie for the photographic portrait. To create the frame I borrowed Elsie’s beloved toy dog Jasper. He was taken to the photographic studio were I was able to get some great shots of him in adequate light.

The images were then transferred to photoshop were I cropped a section of Jaspers face. This was then copied and turned horizontally or vertical and repeated  4 times to create a the first tile of the pattern. To help with this process, the use of grid was beneficial as it almost magnetises the tile into place, allowing the process to be more accurate and speedy.  As you can see below, the end result after copying and pasting over the whole canvas size, has created an effective pattern.

The next stage was to crop the photo ofimg_0674 Elsie to place on the pattern. The use of the magic wand in photoshop enabled me to select the parts of the photo that I needed. This cropped image was then copied and pasted onto the pattern to create a new layer on top.

Even with the use of the grids I still had a few tiles that haven’t lined up. More vigilance needs to be taken for next time. However I feel that the outcome of the final design is interesting to look at. Really enjoyed creating this piece. Something that I will continue doing, as I got lots of satisfaction from this process, which is fairly simple to do, but creates some really interesting results, which are pleasing to look at.

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Here are a couple more that I created using the same process.

Digital Print

Using photoshop we were asked to make a series of images from the same art work as our screen print. Using two colours initially and to experiment with different possibilities within photoshop to create the digital prints. The image that I used for my screen print was a high definition photo of apples. I was initially drawn to this photo because of the vibrant colours.It has a lovely contrast between the crisp green apples and the one solitary red apple.

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Once the image was opened in photoshop it enabled me to adjust the colour and then the brightness and contrast. As with screen printing itself, starting off with a black and white image then adding your colour with stencils and layers. By using this process in photoshop you can achieve a similar effect. I used the the magnetic lasso tool to make the shapes of the apples which then were filled with the paint bucket tool. Having been quite pleased with the final image of all the apples coloured on the top, I discovered that I had over seen a vital part of the process, I hadn’t created another layer on top of the image. Which should have been where the drawn on apples would have gone. This caused a problem as you could still see the original apples underneath the print image.

Because I had come so far, I decided to get rid of the original image by using the magnetic lasso tool again, and deleted the selected parts. It took some time, but I like the final result. Also a lesson learnt….must remember to create layers on top!

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Here a few more variations of the final image above.

 

 

Cardiff in Photo

img_0442For this one day workshop we were asked to develop a series of images that is able to give the viewer an alternative view of Cardiff. The aim of the task is to help us explore the power of photos in communicating messages. We were given these four terms to try and convey in image. I started by creating mind maps in my sketch book, with the terms given as the headings. This enabled myself to be able organise any ideas and helped to come up with new ones. As well as headings for Cardiff and Guerrile / commercial campaign, these assisted me trying to think outside the box. Especially when researching into Guerrile advertising. Some of which are highly effective. I must look into these at another stage as for this project is it not quite relevant.

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We were split into group of four. As a group we discussed and decided on the shots that we need to acquire. Below are the original photos that were taken on our  discovery tour around Cardiff.

The top left photo depicts Big / Small city. Cardiff as a capital city seems to have everything in a fairly condensed area. So we wanted to show the cities vastness in a small area. This term was quite hard to put across. We were trying to get into the tallest building in Cardiff  (Which is the BT building) to get a greater view of the city. However we were not allimg_0458owed access. So this photo was take from the central library. As you can see from the photo to the left it has a huge amount of windows, which once inside give many views of all around the city.

Green Gem I feel was one of the easiest of the photos that needed to be taken, as Cardiff itself is surrounded by green open spaces. The final image is not the same as the one above as it shows more of the grounds surrounding Cardiff Castle. The third term in this series was CuriousCITY is the bottom left image. It was taken in a bush outside of the Cardiff Museum, to come across as if someone is curiously looking at the building. I think that it is quite effect. The final image is theatre of dream. At the time of taking the photo there was bubbles being blow out side of a restaurant by a bubble machine. The building itself is the New Theatre, which is situated in the centre of Cardiff City.

After the initial photos were taken it was time to edit them using photoshop. After a few tweaks with the contrast and brightness, below are the four final images that were presented to the rest of the class.

Overall I really benefited from this mini project, as it has given a greater understanding of how important it is to get an image right to be able to convey a specific message, as an image can often be read in different ways.