G+T: CORE WORKSHOP: Visual research

Last post of the day, but this dates back to the Visual research workshop I had attended and banding together an awesome team, I teamed up with Sunny, Ella and Katya in finding our pieces to group our visual research proposal/presentation together.

It kind of was a smooth, fun workshop to participate in, as there’s things that you discover along the way, that I hadn’t paid much heed to before. There would be instances, where we would pass a location, which we had gone to in the past, but there would be very subtle changes about them.

However, as we focused on the Spitalfields market area, I tried to log as many buildings and people as I can, by quickly drawing them and making notes of any key traits that caught my eye.

As to reflect on this workshop, it opened up my view on how I could approach a research task without having to visit a museum, or look at a book or even search on the internet for the sources.

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G+T: Core workshop: Grids

A new Grid workshop, that had been tackled.

It was pretty swell, although, this was the third time i had done this workshop. It seems that, I’ve learnt a few new things with this one, compared to the previous. For example, the uses of Hierarchies and why they’re so important in documents, such as Posters or even on blogs.

The layout in how you present a particular thing, always needs to be well planned out and considered. I found it kind of easier to mock the images and text by hand, before even approaching the computer, because you can obtain results faster and more efficiently.

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Above, are 19 different layouts which I had developed over the workshop over 5-15 minutes.

There were a few of the layouts, which I did find an interest in, but as we took this further in to InDesign, I found it a bit difficult to retry these designs because visually, it didn’t sit well with me. Sometimes it was hard to read what the text says or the images or other pieces of text would distract me.

 

G+T: COREWORKSHOP: Publication planning

I’m not the biggest fan of Indesign, but it sure does come in handy, when you need to mock up larger pieces of text or even images. I found this work shop to be pretty handy, when it came to looking at page layout for books or any publications.

Personally, when I try to consider creating my own book or setting up a document that needs to be published, I have never taken much consideration in to where the content goes or how the pages may look as an overview spread.

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Over all page document layout on InDesign by Shaih Sedeno. 

So, it goes to show, that this was for sure, an experience that I will keep in mind for beneficial use in the future.

 

 

G+T: Stitching workshop

It’s been a while since I’ve stitched or even worked with thread cotton, but it was super fun just trying out different methods and results. I even got a chance to record each stitch I made.

Going through the basic stitches and sewing methods was quite straightforward, regardless of already knowing how to do it, but it was super enjoyable to just sit back and play around with the shapes I could make from the stitching. It did start to get my mind going on how I could approach this brief, besides drawing or just painting.

I could of considered bringing in the use of collage and stitch as well, but that may be for another time. I may have to take some more considerations on how I might have to approach this method, if I ever decide to use it.

From the results of the stitches I made, I animated the still images I took on my phone.

I was more taken back by how amazing the texture appears, once it’s animated. It’s almost as if it’s moving along with the stitches, but I think it’s quite mesmerising affect to behold.

Animation rotation– Part 1

Animation is always a subject/topic that I end up approaching on a daily basis in my life, if it isn’t for myself watching anime series or even if I spend some time watching someone else’s animations for their very own projects, or even if I ever wanted to make a quick gif image to send to someone online for a joke; I always come back to the topic.

The topic wasn’t at all new to me. In my past Universities I’ve been to, I had two very different projects to do with animation. The first one was a narrative stop animation and the second one was for a film trailer. I also did get to study this particular topic back in secondary school, however, I wanted to try something different that didn’t involve me making something to complicated to work with.

Now, getting back to this rotation, we were given some examples of what our animation could turn out like, if we were able to, or were to consider taking this project even further in future. I won’t mention the titles of the videos because the other groups may be looking at these next time, so I’ll leave it a surprise. I will however mention, that one of them reminded me of the animations used in a game series, I enjoy playing occasionally:

The aspect of this animation I adore the most, is not only the art style, but the movement of each layer in this piece. I don’t often get to see this sort of style of animation, so it was such a source of inspiration for me and the fact that the facial expressions on the characters are quite strong works. I state this purely because they do give impact to the animation and create emotion. To add, the music/sound effects also have a high influence on the video; it creates mood.

Moving on, we were all asked to work on a six by two storyboard with some notes, this was to give us some ideas of what our animation may turn out like. I have to admit that I was having some trouble doing this task, this was due to that I had several ideas I wanted to do, but they were too complicated and they may drag on. I didn’t want that.

I had to think to myself of these key things, that could make the storyboard successful:

  • What do I want the animation to show?
  • Is it a narrative or not?
  • Will it have sound or background music?
  • If this animation is going to loop, how will I do that?
  • Will there be a particular style to this animation?
  • How long will it be?
  • Will it be stop-motion, drawn, or animated on the computer?
  • If stop-motion, how will the objects be displayed?

I figured out, that if I thought about the answers to questions first, then I would get an idea. So, I did and it did get me started.

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Screen Printing rotation part 2

Returning for the Thursday. The last and final day of this rotation, it was a lot of hard work, but enjoyable.

I came back with the image I needed to edit and had it printed off before the lesson needed to start, so I was prepared for print. I couldn’t do that until later in the day. I’ll explain why further on.

Right, as a group, we were set a task of editing a photographic image, making it greyscale, editing it to make it halftone, then having the option of either putting text on the image or leaving it as it was.

I, originally had the idea of wanting to use an image of Ru Paul as a photo to edit (Progress for this is in my sketchbook, which a scan of that will be uploaded later), though, I thought it would be a more appropriate idea if I linked this task with last weeks Photography rotation.

I found a photo out of the many photographs I’ve taken from the week before and loaded it in to Photoshop.

Carrying on with the edits I wanted to make, I chose the photograph of the TowerHill lion. Personally, I thought this would be a great link in to my Photography work and it also gave me so many ideas of how I could edit the lion to give impact or even creep some people out, if it were to be in greyscale.

Following the tutorial I was given, I adjusted the frequency to around 72 to make the circles/dots small, so it wouldn’t affect the image as much. I honestly couldn’t get myself to agree with the big and chunky dot look. It just reminded me too much of something Chuck Close would do. In fact, the end result of the lion photo; regardless of it having small dots or large ones reminded me of Chuck Close’s work and how he uses different instruments to make marks on huge canvases, to create detailed paintings of people.

As I stated at the beginning of this update, I printed off the end result and brought it in to the studio to get it photocopied in A3 form. Why I chose A3? If I were to print it in A4, make a screen out of it and later use the screen print, the result would look terrible. You wouldn’t be able to see the dots created, or the dots and image itself would be so crammed into one place on the page. I had it set out nice and large, so I could get a nice result and see how well the dots effect would look for the image.

I also think the pick of the image was a good decision because the photograph of the Lion wasn’t a real lion, but it was a Lion sculpture made out of wire. This gave the Lion an overall textured look to the Photo. I was pretty pleased with the end result, when I realised.

Before I even get started on the printing process, the image needs to be exposed on the silk screen.

Aprons and gloves on.

My silk screen was dry, so taking it out now, I placed it against the table of the paints area and got it prepared. I have to now carefully apply a very thin layer of emulsion to the screen. When this is done, I can take it to be dried again.

Once it’s dry, I took it out and placed it on the vacuum with the photo placed underneath the screen and set the machine for 18 seconds. Turned the light on and it started.

The 18 seconds went by quickly; it was finally ready.

I thought I was ready for printing at this point. Though, I was told in disappointment that the screen must have been exposed or someone or something must of tampered with the process of the image getting on to the screen because the result was cloudy.

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Later that day, I had a new screen made for me which I shared, and the image was exposed on to the screen.

I had a couple of turns to print in the thirty or so minutes, I had left of the lesson. Which did leave me pretty irritated. It couldn’t be helped.

There were many reasons as to why the printing progress didn’t go well that day. I had to wait a whole extra hour for the machine to recharge; there were a queue of people waiting to print and make stencils, there was also some times where I had to pause what I was doing to wash or dry equipment.

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My two prints though, I was very happy with the results. One was slightly out of place on the page, but if I were to do this in future again, I need to be patient, take my time and make sure that every thing is in place.

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