Mood Board and Colour Board

Here is my completed mood board and colour board for Re-E-val-U-8:

I created both boards in Photoshop, which I had had previous experience of, so had no problem getting started. After my original mood board got too busy with too many items on it, I decided to start a completely new document. My second and final mood board is a big improvement on the first one, and I really like how I’ve arranged it to look like a room, with the objects on the drawers and lights ‘hanging’. I put the pattern in the background halfway across because when it was completely covering the background, it was too overwhelming and took over the whole board.

For my colour board, I chose items that featured colours that I wanted to use in my work. I then used the eyedropper tool to select each colour and inserted it into a square across the top. Then I compared each colour I had selected to Pantone colours and choose the one that was the most similar. I wrote both the Pantone and CMYK references across the top of each colour box. I really like both of the boards, and was impressed that I remembered so much about Photoshop, as I had not used it for a couple of years.

Drawing myself on Photoshop and Illustrator

In another workshop with Steve, we learnt how to draw over a photo of ourselves in Photoshop, using the pen tool to draw the shapes, each on a separate layer, and the eyedropper tool to add accurate colour to each feature. I added in some more detail on my hair after all the basic shapes were completed as one block of colour for my hair did not show the variation in colour within my hair. For my glasses, I used the gradient tool to make them as accurate as possible, because they are almost transparent at the bottom.cartoon beth

I really like this image, as it is a really simple but effective technique, and I enjoyed the process of creating it. I may go back and add more detail to some parts of it, because apart from the hair, everything is one block of colour. I hope to use this technique in the future, as I enjoyed doing it, and think it works very well.

We also worked over the same image in Illustrator, using the brush tool, with a calligraphy brush stroke to create the thick lines. I really like how the technique is so simple but it turns into a very nice image. I tried multiple brush strokes but I decided that this was the best for the image.

callig beth

I decided that I wanted to add colour to the image, and did so by still using the brush tool. I changed the brush stroke to a charcoal one, and used the eyedropper tool to get a good colour match on each part of the image. I did one line of colour in each part of the image, which I really like the effect of. It is very simplistic but works well. I think if it was blocks of colour filling the whole image it would be too much for the style of the drawing. callig beth colourI like the Illustrator images more than the Photoshop one, because the lines are more flowing and like a drawing, and it was easy to do once I got used to the speed of the mouse. I also prefer the lines of colour rather than the blocks of colour, because it just gives an idea of what the original image was, rather than quite an accurate representation.

Editing a photo on Photoshop

Today in the workshop we learnt a few editing techniques, and I used a photo of myself to work on.

On the left is the original photo, and the edited version is on the right. The most obvious change is the eye colour, from blue to brown. I also removed any blemishes on my face and smoothed out the surface of my skin. I like how my skin now looks very even in colour, but I do not like the change in eye colour, as it looks unnatural. I think that I need more practice with these techniques, because when zoomed in, you are able to see a blue around the edge of my eyes.

Learning about Colour

Colour is a very important aspect of textiles, and should be considered as one of the first aspects when undertaking a project.

Yesterday we learnt about colour theory, colour forecasting, colour palettes (including Pantone) as well as being reminded of colour terminology, adding some new words to my vocabulary.

It was interesting to learn about colour forecasting, as I didn’t realise that popular colours were predicted as well as trends. I would like to learn more about forecasting, as it seems almost magical how they are able to predict what will be popular in over a year’s time. I also learnt more about colour palettes, having not known how many different types there were. I am excited to use the ones I haven’t before, such as split complementary and triadic. The lecture was very useful and I learnt a lot, and from now on I will be thinking more about the reasons why I am using certain colours, not just because it looks pleasing to the eye. This will hopefully help to improve my work, as I consider it more carefully.

Learning more in Illustrator

In our second digital workshop, we learnt how to create floral patterns and simple repeats in illustrator. It was a little confusing at first, but once I had got the hang of it I really enjoyed creating patterns.

Here is the first pattern that I created:

floral patterns

I was very happy with this pattern as a first attempt, as I had quite a bit of trouble making the petals repeat at first! I like the two different flowers in the pattern, but now feel that they don’t work quite so well together, as one has thin and delicate petals and the other has large petals. I like the colour palette but those three colours are the ones I always seems to choose when I’m doing something quickly, I would like to expand my colour use to more than just pink, purple and blue.

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Above is a pattern that I did in my spare time after the workshop, which I much prefer to the first. Having got slightly more used to the tools in illustrator I have been able to create a much better pattern. I changed the stroke effect, giving the outlines a gradient towards the middle of the shapes. I think using the same shape in different sizes and colours works well, however I think the small yellow shapes need a slightly lighter tint.

I am looking forward to learning more in future workshops and being able to experiment and play more on illustrator.

My first experience of Adobe Illustrator 

Having never used Illustrator before, I was excited to go to the first workshop. In the morning we went through the basics of Photoshop, which I had previously used in school for a photography qualification, but it was good as a refresher and there are some differences between the version I previously used and the one used now.

We spent some time learning about some of the tools in Illustrator and then experimented with drawing and creating patterns.

I was surprised at how quick and easy the software is to use once you know how, and I am definitely keen to learn more and play in my spare time. I like the above pattern, however it is very simplistic in terms of the shapes and colours. Also, I don’t like the part on the petals where three of them are quite pointed. At the time, I couldn’t work out how to round them off. In hindsight, I think using a different tool may have been better to create this effect. Additionally, I like how it looks like tiles because of the purple squares behind the flowers, but feel this may be suited better to a design that isn’t floral.

I am very happy with this design, as I was just playing around with different tools and came across a gradient in the stroke colours, which looks really effective. However, some of the stars don’t line up exactly, and I think it is just a case of being more precise when creating the pattern, making sure they are all an equal distance from each other and at the same angle. I think also adding a light background colour may also add to the pattern. Hopefully as I learn more in workshops and in my spare time I will improve my skills and be able to create better looking and well executed designs.

Turning Drawings Digital

On Tuesday morning, we visited Roath Park conservatory to take photos and make some botanical drawings, which we would then use in Photoshop back at university in the afternoon. The conservatory is a lovely place with beautiful plants and whistling ducks as well as Terrapins, it was a really sunny day and I could have stayed there all day!

At first I struggled to get started on drawing, most likely because I had left it quite a while since last doing some drawing, as well as still being nervous about botanical drawing. Once I spotted something interesting to draw, I soon got back into it. I enjoyed sitting in the middle of all the exotic plants and greenery while drawing, and watching the ducks, fish and terrapins.

I was really surprised by what I found in the conservatory, it surely surpassed my expectations. It is amazing to have this resource in the city. It was also my first visit to Roath Park, and I will definitely be going back, especially next year when I will be living a short walk away!

After Lunch at the delightful Terra Nova Cafe in the park, we made our way back to university for an afternoon of transforming our drawings into digital images on Photoshop, taught by Professor Richard Western.

Here is my first finished digital image:

The images used to create the colours are microscopic images of various minerals. Microscopic images have recently become something I am intrigued to learn more about, when a friend studying biology uploaded a microscopic image of a plant stem on Instagram. It instantly caught my attention as it was so intricate, and the colours were beautiful (Link to Instagram post). I am very pleased with the outcome of this image as I have not used photoshop for a few years. I accidentally selected the lines of the drawing and filled them with a mineral image but I actually really like how it looks. I think the image could be improved however, as it is all yellows and greens, and it is difficult in places to differentiate between parts of the drawing. Just slightly changing the colour of the leaves to a less similar green would make the image easier on the eye. I hope to create more images like this in the near future.