Artist/Designer Highlight: Kohske

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Final highlight for today– A freelance illustrator and mangaka, she’s mostly known for being the author and artist behind the anime/animated series GANGSTA. I’ve been itching to talk about Kohske’s work for such a long time now. She draws and writes such edgy material; it’s getting me all hyped.

To the left, you’ll find a representation of her, which was drawn by Kohske. While I describe her works to be edgy, she’s able to convey a side of humour as well to her comics and  I find that very influentual towards my own writing and drawing style.

The use of humour with in such a serious series, it’s quite contradicting.

Here’s an example of one of the panels right from the manga GANGSTA:trA0bffDz9Y

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Utterly moving: Updated type motion

So many intriguing animations were shown on Thurday, during the crit. I say I’m pretty surprised a lot, but yes, I was indeed, pretty surprised by this. They were all different and each of them, lead to a nice ending point.

I did enjoy this project the most, overall. Even though it was a lot of hardwork and even with previous experiences with animation, I couldn’t take my eyes of the fact, that there’s a whole lot of planning with in the timing of the animation, how it’s going to work, what each thing will do and how they’ll appear and work with everything else thats on the screen. There’s also a lot of testing to do before having the final aspect published. Continue reading

Kinetic typography with Michelle– Agree, disagree and help.

The workshop for kinetic typography proved to be very useful towards my project; it let me find new methods and discover some techniques that I could use to start making or editing my motion type. I figured out that there were some transitions with in my short story, that I hadn’t quite figured out yet, and I started to play around with the objects I was given to help come up with some.

I started off playing with words as simple as ‘Help’ in the doughy substance. I wanted to think about making the word look warped and difigured, as if the doughy had been beaten up and was calling out for ‘Help’ by changing its form to become that word. At first,  it didn’t seem like such a good method to do with stop motion, due to the lighting and how many snapshots I would have to make for each movement, but it later proved me wrong when I tested it out. Having enough patience and being able to put up with, the fact that this may be a long task was all worth it in the end.

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CCS: Gender essay draft

Level 4/ Mini Block 3/ Contemporary design practice

In this essay I will be discussing the theme ‘Gender’ and from three chosen examples (Hello Kitty plush, Men’s Vogue and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique.), they will be used to highlight how gender is socially constructed, maintained and embody certain characteristics through their design.

The term ‘gender’ doesn’t necessarily come down to what sex you are, it’s important to first distinguish that “gender” is different than “sex.”  In short, sex refers to your biological differences, which is equal to male and female.[1] On a frequent basis, designs for toys, clothes, other objects, or media and marketing are influenced and/or try to encourage different set expectations for both female and male.

Since the moment we are born, we are automatically encouraged to follow a certain role. Girls wearing pink, while boys wear blue. We are gendered based on our appearance. From the initial swaddling in either a blue or pink blanket we are taught what is “normal.” [2] Many people may categorise specific products and match them up to a male or female based on this theory as an example, but there’s more to this. Continue reading

Artist/Designer Highlight: Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

I wish I had discovered her sooner because her work would’ve been a nice thing to talk about in terms of how words can become their meaning, or the meaning to be shown through their style and the way form is depicted. Her work is very colourful, bold and I love how appealing her designs are. You may have made the automatic assumption, like I’ve done, where I thought that these were all hand drawn on a chalkboard, but they’re not. She creates all of these designs digitally by using custom brushes.

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I don’t know where to start with the typography. What attracted me most is how well the darker tones of colour work with the lighter ones. They add this ‘oomph’ to the over all design, it makes it stand out and gives it more contrast. 3553-87465

She also starts to take advantag of the entire space given with in the document and not only centering the text to the center or to the sides, in doing that, it makes the outcome appear to be free and not cluttered or squashed.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie uses collages to create surreal pieces that have this sense of herritage to them. I’ll give you a few examples of her work, and then get on to talking about them:

3572-82385 This piece (on the left) conserves a touch of unusuality to it, with how the collage has a layering of elegant female heads, then having what appears to be twigs coming out of their eyes. It’s quite bizzare.  When observing it closer, it appears to me that it could probably be formed so it looks like a very odd sea creature.

 

 

The typography is what drew more to her style, whereas the collage is another great trait she carries through in her work.  Each set of letters takes advantage of the shape, style and look of the object to worm the letter.

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