Design Competition: Poster workshop (P1)

The first part of our experimental poster work shop; getting in to our groups, we had a table with some objects and we were given some instructions to follow by Regular Practice. While it was a very constructive afternoon, I found it was getting messier by the moment as I worked my stick in with the ink on the paper.

I tried to imitate my chosen Exhibition image from the Barbican as best as I could, but I found it difficult to copy it fully. However, when I think back to the outcomes obtained, they appear to be far more exciting and interesting, as it’s a concept that has been created by me in an attempt to imitate the artists piece.

After following the first set task for our table, we moved on to work on the other tasks set on a different table and did the same after that. It did open my options and considerations up a bit, that when it comes to making marks or creating a new piece of work or concept, I should try to be more open and considerate of what tools and materials I use, as the end result may be a reflection of that.


Looking at songs.

Searching through my playlist; admittedly, I found it very hard to decide attributable to I have a lot of songs that I do listen to every day and on a daily basis. Not only that, most of the songs I listen to are in other languages, besides English and it tends to be those ones, that I listen to more. Going through the list, I narrowed my results down to six songs, that I considered making the three posters for, but what I’m going to is, is analyse them because I need to select only three of them. They need to be songs that I have a very strong link to and would bring out my true and stronger emotions/feelings for.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen: Starting off with my most favorite song and it’s from my most favourite Band that I’ve cherished for 15 years now. I’ve always been an avid fan of their music. Thinking over this song, I wanted to avoid it at first, though a lot of ideas have come to my mind while recalling the lyrics to the song. A vision of darkness shadowing over a small, crouched over figure as they call out to another figure in the distance, all until the rhythm of the music changes; colourful, beaming lights flash repeatedly up on the scene until the voice fades away in to nothing.  The sensation that I have for this song is vague, even though in the past, it’s made me feel angry, calm, sad and happy, the emotions aren’t necessarily settled, nor are they easy to obtain. That’s why it’s not one I shall be choosing for this task. I may however come back to this one later on and make a separate poster.
  2. Mr. Blue Sky- Electric light orchestra: I’m psyched up in a flash when this one plays, it takes me so back and I can recall so many nostalgic memories. I have a feeling that not many people know of this particular song, or can understand how brilliant it is. While it’s considered as a rock song, it can also be argued that it’s also a classical, due to the use of opera. It’s one that I enjoy and re-play any time without getting too bored of it. I’ve chosen to create a poster for this one, as my ideas are coming along with this except I can work on that. It gives off this psychedelic vibe and the first thing I recall from this song was the singer’s hair, and also the fact that he later went on to become the vocalist for Wizzard.
  3. YAMA-HA- GOATBED: The singer Ishii Shuuji repeatedly sings different names, which I made the assumption that they’re names of car brands and it’s quite repetitive. All the song does is relax me, but this may be because of the singers voice. I must admit that, I would really like to work on a poster for GOATBED, so I might create one for them in my free time at a later point.
  4. Parklife- Blur: Another song that creates this eneretic atmosphere. All I can picture from this one is two guys sitting in a car or driving around. I can’t obtain a lot of emotion for this one.
  5. Year 3000- Busted: Nostalgia. I was about 7 or 8 years old when I first heard this song, it was one of those years where scooters were in fashion. Thinking back on it makes me feel joyous, excited and I really love how Busted tell stories with in their songs, it’s such a 90’s, 00’s thing. a song I’ll do one poster for.
  6. Love Rollercoaster- Red hot chili peppers: Excellent beat. For me, I always seem to remember Beavis and Butthead from this song, as it was used for their movie. The feeling I get from this one is completely different from the previous songs, strangely enough, even though the song has a similar rhythm and the same types of instruments being played, but this may be because it’s a love song. I picture butterflies, hearts, roller coasters and there’s a lot of pink.

Drawing week-Part two- Circle line

In the one day, it was spent observing situations in people’s behaviour and manner on the Circle line in the Underground. While collecting this data,  I used a pen and my notebook to capture gestures made by those who sat in a particular seat, for example near the window or by the door.

I had to do this very quickly, but discreetly as well; this made the task pretty difficult, as there were several people who had caught on to what I was doing and I had to pretend that I was taking notes, or was looking at the maps above the person whom I was originally looking at.

The project itself was focusing more on collecting visual data and aiming to record postures, interactions and expressions.

There was something tense about this task; the feeling of having to get down everything that you see on a stranger’s appearance, while also pretending that you’re not doing anything suspicious. It wasn’t specifically suspicious in the first place, but to another person who doesn’t even know who you are, and yet, you’re doing that to them… it’s a little strange. I think that if I had blatantly sat in the opposite seat and faced someone on the tube; looking directly at them and drawing it down, and they happened to see me do that, they would probably get up and move? or call the police… ? anyway, what I was getting at is, if I had caught that sort of expression from them, it would of provided  a form of movement and it would of been beneficial towards the task.

That look of curiosity then to fear, or maybe anger? To be honest, I was a little disappointed with some of my outcomes. The majority of the passengers had their heads down and were looking at their phones. I could barely grasp any emotion of how they felt.

It would’ve been better, if I had spent more of my time working on the expressions more or even observing the details or focusing on the shapes of their faces. I could of used different materials or drawing methods to reflect on my mark making rotation, so if I do this in future, such as on a moving vehicle like a bus or if I go to Wetherspoons on a Wednesday, like I usually do with my friends, then I can work on getting down some more drawings then.

The drawings I have so far though; I’m actually quite happy I got so many marks down, but as I have said, it would of been better if I did spend a little bit more time observing.


Drawing week– If buildings could talk.

First week back and we’re now set with our final week of rotations, and this week just happens to be drawing week. Drawing week you say? Yes, I had discussed this previously with in the mark making week, but it’s completely different this time. For the first task given, we were all asked to go off and search for places with in the building to document. It sounds like a simple task at first, but it wasn’t. I thought this at first and yet, I took a while trying to figure out where to start. The building is HUGE and there are various places, where I haven’t been before, so I thought about going right to the top of the building first: The roof.

I don’t often see many go up there which left me pondering, what was up there? more rooms? doors?

There were some things I had to once again think about–

  • Time management
  • How am I going to document the place?
  • Presentation?
  • What mediums will I use, if I’m documenting this by hand?

As I made my way there, I felt a chill. It wasn’t cold or anything up there, but the atmosphere was nerve wrecking. It seemed as there was someone else there, but I couldn’t see anyone there. There could’ve of been a ‘presence’, but that was the least of my worry at the time, though I could capture that feeling in my drawings.  I decided I would take a couple of snaps and then work on the drawings on paper in the class room instead; after that was done, I used some thick, coloured chalks to capture some of the colour schemes that were on the walls.

It’s quite a useful place on that particular floor, due to the different things you could scrawl down, such as the odd angles on the stair case, or the paint and plaster that’s peeling off of the wall.

Once I was done, I went to each floor and took more photos, but they didn’t match up to how great this place was. Going back to the classroom, that was when I recalled the empty room inside our classroom, that rarely anyone would go in to. I understood why once I went in there.

It had a very eerie feeling inside; it was freezing. Taking another photo of the room, but this time in different angles, I exited.








It would’ve been such a nice idea to go back in that room, though, I didn’t want to go back in there again until I had to get on to the final task.

What stood out to me during this experience was the emotion of feeling nervous, scared and aware of what was around me. Using chalks, I tried to grasp this by roughly testing out the different patters or marks found. It was pretty tricky at first, but I began to get a hang of it.

Inputting the right marks or at least trying to get down those markings was a pain. I could’ve done better, if I was observing the space more and made my marks on the paper while looking at the surface.

Next task was to use 5 different mark making ways to draw five different places.

Observing what I’ve done so far, I strongly believe that the top image was the stronger piece. The use of ink can be used to communicate the amount of space in the room; it could also indicate the blankness and strange, cold feeling you get once you enter it. It would’ve been good, if I could of tried doing the same thing as I did here, but reverse the black to where the white is.

But heading on, I continued the project by creating a poster to reflect on what the room may say if it’s given a chance.

Blankness… emptiness… white space… hardly anyone enters it…

I thought about focusing on this idea of emptiness and that, the fact that nobody goes there.

I began to draft out the composition of the room with masking tape, this was in preparation for the ink, since the ink was so effective the last time, I decided to take it further.