This week has consisted of mostly drawing, and I’ve added a few examples to this post of my favourite drawings that I have done this week. I really like the first drawing, which is of stone monuments from an ancient civilisation site called “Tiwanaku” near Lake Titicaca in North West Bolivia. I particularly like the heads, as the continuous line drawing gives it a flowing feeling, which is nice in a representation of stone, which could end up looking rigid and tight. I am definitely going to make a design using the heads!
Below are some drawings based on buildings from around Bolivia, some at Lake Titicaca, some in La Paz. Again, I like the look of the continuous line drawing, and I think I could take elements from the drawings to go into my designs.
I also painted some papers in my colours this week so I can start properly cutting and collaging in the correct colours. I used various marks on the papers and also painted tissue paper for when I may want a thinner feel in my designs.
This week I have started to collage, using magazines alongside photocopies of my mark making that I’ve done so far. I have also edited all of my boards, but only two significantly, the first of which is my colour board. The imagery has stayed the same (though moved slightly and some sized differently), and I have added the title of my brief, which I have done for all of my boards. The main change is to the colours however, with most of them changing slightly, and some majorly. I have removed the lighter green and the orange, as I felt that they were unnecessary. The orange in particular, I decided that I didn’t like it after creating a collage using it, where it looked strange and very fiery next to other collages. I replaced it with a red, which I think suits the palette better, and also features more in traditional Bolivian textiles than orange does.
My theme board hasn’t changed majorly, but some features have been moved around or removed. I removed the curved lines of trees, as they were a bit too Scandinavian, and although the mountain scene is a bit Scandi, I think it isn’t too much, and it gives that trekking/travelling feel to the board. I have found it very difficult to find imagery in the style I’m aiming to produce that suits my theme! Hopefully, as the project progresses I will come across more that I can then add to and edit the board accordingly.
Below are some of the collages I have worked on this week. I think the two without white space work the best, particularly the circular piece, as the colours complement each other, while also being a little clashing. I’m surprised how easy it’s been to find colours that are very close to my palette in magazines! I think ripping seems to work well, as it gives the pieces a more personal touch, especially compared to the laser cutting of the consultancy module. In the other collage that uses mostly tissue paper as the background, I like how I’ve made a pattern out of pieces from drawings that were sort of patterns by themselves in my sketchbook, but I’ve ‘mix and matched’ them. I also like how the mark making on top of the tissue paper gives an extra depth and texture to the background.
Collage using tissue paper, magazines and hand-drawn elements
Mostly Gouache paint, with some hand-drawn elements
Collage using tissue paper, Gouache and hand-drawn elements
Next week, I will continue to draw and collage, and paint up all my colours, to paint onto papers, which I can then cut and rip to add to my collages. I am also going to order a test colour swatch on fabric to get an idea of what my colours will look like on the fabrics I may use to print on.
This week, tutor Anna Gravelle spoke to the group about commissions, giving examples of artists who do lots of commissions, while explaining what to consider when thinking about and carrying out commissions.
Some of the things Anna mentioned were how to work out costs properly while paying yourself what you wish to be paid, and to ask lots of questions to the client to make sure you are making exactly what they want at a price that they are willing to pay. There were lots of simple little things that she pointed out that are quite important to cover yourself, for example drawing up a contract stating exactly what will be done and the costs, and things like making sure the client knows whether or not shipping is included in the quoted price.
Although I am not intending to work for myself after graduating (at least not straight away), the session was useful, as it gave insight into an element of self-employment that earns a lot of money.
Yesterday, the group had a workshop with tutor Sian Thomas, founder and head designer at Sian Elin, a pro at using Photoshop and Illustrator to edit and manipulate her designs. Sian taught us multiple ways to edit colour in a design, with each more suited to different types of design, or the outcome you want from the colour change. She also showed us how to make an accurate repeat in Illustrator, which was extremely useful! I sort of knew how to create a pattern, but I don’t think I was creating accurate repeats! This session was very useful and has hopefully enabled me to create and edit designs much more easily and quickly than before. It has also relieved some stress as it now seems easier to get my designs digitised and edited to how I want them.
During my tutorial this morning, we discussed what I have already done to improve my consultancy project, and what I still need to do to further improve my grade.
There are still a few changes that I need to make to my mood boards, as I’ve managed to go too far the opposite way and not have enough on them, whereas they were too busy beforehand.
Everything else discussed was as I expected, as it was parts of the feedback that I have not yet started working on, but it was agreed that I need to set aside a big block of time, perhaps a weekend or two, to get everything done so that it’s out of the way and I can focus on the final module. I am going to do some more drawing, and then re-design my cards and envelopes, and then get them printed on a better quality card and paper, to bring the presentation aspect up even further.
In this week’s professional practice we had Mayo Win-Pe, a lecturer from Cardiff School of Management, speak to us about design and intellectual property. He used examples such as Haribo sweets and oranges and onions to explain what intellectual property was. As I understand it, it’s something that someone (normally a company) owns which means that it cannot be copied by others. For example, the Haribo packaging is owned by Haribo, down to the colours of the logo and imagery on the packaging. When it came to the oranges and onions, it’s the seed that is the intellectual property of the farmer or whomever they supply, because that specific seed recipe gives the result that they require/want. Mayo’s lecture was a useful one to have, as I really had no idea about intellectual property beforehand, and it is very important to know in the design industry, to know what you can protect and how.
This week has mainly consisted of painting, which I will insert images of some below. I also ordered fabric and paper swatches from both Bags of Love and Fashion Formula so I can decide what fabrics I want to print my final designs on, and where I will get it done.
I have painted in gouache, mostly mark making, taking inspiration from photos I took on the trip and other secondary imagery, as well as some fabric that I have in the form of a rucksack.
Inspired by Uyuni Salt Flats caves
Inspired by Bolivian fabric patterns
Inspired by Isla del Sol trek
My favourite of these three pages is the green, making marks inspired by the shapes in Bolivian fabric. It could be a very basic form of a pattern! I created the same shape over and over using different brushes and ways of applying them to the page, and I think it was really successful. I also like the texture created in the cave painting, recreating the worn away rocks. The least successful is the purple page, but I particularly like the marks on the left, which were taken from a photo of a hillside where trees lined layers up and down the hill.