Give ad Take: Development: Feel (7)

Last part of the development for today, but I started to test out one concept. I did mention in one of my previous blog posts that I started to use the photocopier to warp some of the drawings I had, so taking one of the marks I had made in relation to ‘Feel, I used the liquify option again in Photoshop to see how I could express how sometimes, when you feel a lot of different things, you’re not really sure how to feel or express yourself.

Those moments where you’ve bottled up rage, happiness or even times where you’re so indescribably lost in your thoughts and you’ve had your heart broken, you’re unsure of how to feel.

So, taking this warp image:


I just undecidedly played around with the form until it became a figure. A figure that with inside them feels unsure of themself.


The lines were just a overlapping of many layers of different lines and marks I had made from my experimentations, although the lines do resemble different states of feel in an emotional sense.

The gif image is a little too fast, so I may have to consider how I can make sense of this in further development.

However, I tried again to change the colours again to see if the image may become clearer, and step away from this gif image aesthetically.


Give and Take: Development(6)

Following on from the reviewing of the previous gifs I had made for ‘Economic’, I tried to consider simply approaching this by loosely drawing out a flower and animating it in bloom instead.

While I’m quite satisfied with how these are coming along, I still feel that I need to give this a little push with what I have and see which concept works better. Next, I’ll try stepping away from the flowers and leaf approach and try animating some of the other definitions I have for this.


Although, I did attempt to look more at how I can make ‘Economic’ gradual as I described it to be. With a special effect option in Photoshop, I was able to make the animation smoother in how each flower overlaps each other. Once again, I tried to use a colour scheme or colours that helps to link in with the meaning or the word. The multicoloured one emphasises how we, or everything involved with ‘economic’ or the economy has gradually helped it or destroyed it.

Give and Take: Development (5): Concept play

I think I have a concept that’s working effectively. Taking a look back on what was working or not, I seem to enjoy having the textured two toned lines, but to put that to the side, I have started to look back at what words or descriptions for my words stood out to me.

Feel = Physical, emotional.

Company= Buildings, industrial or a group.

Economic= Life, growth and development.

Other meanings:

Feel = Unsure, torn, broken, lost, nothing.

Company= Many, dominate, overcrowding, over towering.

Economic= Change, gradual, gas, clouds.


So, from the helpful feedback I received on Tuesday, I started to look at the methods I tried out through the first few experimentations, by having a clear image and then making the lines or the drawing animate with it’s description or meaning.

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G&T: Walk the line: Experimentation and Development (4)

After looking through all of the tests so far, and looking back at the brief, I’ve started to turn my attention to some of the research I had done on the words. The three words, just as a reminder are Feel, Company and Economic.


Shapes: Squares, Blocks, Rectangles, cubes, cuboids, blobs.

Sounds: Hard, metallic, beep, clicks, taps, yelling, conversing.

Feeling: Spacious, relaxed, panicked, pressured, enjoyable.

Opposite: Single, alone, spacious, blank.

Functions: A group of people (family, friends etc) or Buildings, businesses.

How can we understand it differently?

By approaching it with no intentions in mind? no understanding of what that word is or what it means, or even without know visual representation.



Shapes: Patterns, Zigzags, lines, circles

Sounds: Pop, bangs, swoosh, grating.

Feeling: Sad, happy, angry, rough, grimy, slimy, annoyed, depressed, uncertain, confused, lost, alone, empty, broken, sharp, hard, soft.

Opposite: Nothing. Blank.

Functions: Touch or to mentally and physically obtain an emotion.

How can we understand it differently?



Shapes: Leaves, ovals, round, circle, spikes.

Sounds: Gentle, breeze, fast, productive.

Feeling: Warm, windy, gentle, soft, bristle, cold, light, calm, energetic, rise.

Opposite: Harsh, hot, scorching, slow,

From these things, that I started to consider last time, I’ve noted down a few things that seemed to work during both my every day drawings and experiments:

  • Two toned colour consideration
  • Patterns
  • Shape

I decided to play around with some layering of taking a few of the word drawings and overlapping them.

I drew the lines out using promarkers, I tried to focus these tests more on the other two words, as I’ve got quite a lot of development for ‘Feel’ already, so focusing on an element of the word ‘Economic’, I found that I was very interested in how energetic and expressive I could make the lines with just changing the shape of them and the colours. I wasn’t quite sure how these overlaying of series would turn out, once I had animated them, but my intention for the word, was to show that economic can grow in many different ways, even if it’s normal or unusual.


I was also quite keen in seeing how abstract I could make the animations turn out as well, but the meaning of the word might become unclear, if I start goig any further with this method.

G+T: Walk the line: Screen printing workshop

Today, was quite a productive lesson, as we were given a tutorial on how we can print or draw out our images directly to the screens.

Following straight through with the basics, I decided that I would try out this new method by playing around with one of the drawings I started to collage from the morning session. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but I wanted to obtain an outcome that wasn’t solid in it’s look, as it would appear to be similar to all of the other outcomes with in my development.

So, painting in the parts that I intended to be negative, I tried to use the brush carefully.

Building up the image for the illustration for the word ‘Company’, I attempted the same rough movements through out.

The outcomes, were pretty much what I was hoping for, but I think that I could come back to these in future and attempt to work on how to make my word clearer, as they all appear to be abstract.



Before moving on to my next stages of development, I attempted to look at a few of the designers suggested to us on the brief as another start off point.

Jess Bonham wasn’t on the list, but I had found her work through a link to one of the designers on the list.

She’s a photographer based in London, who has a playful skill of working with colour, shape and form through narrative.


Above, is an example of this description, but what I found so incredibly intriguing about this shot was that there’s a considerate and defined choice in the use of objects selected and placed in this photograph which makes it convey this strong sophistication. I adore how finely the yellow hues blend among the pinks, to which it reflects right off of the mirrored image. Which did make me start to consider how I could reflect off of this find, by experimenting with reflections and lights.

Inca Starzinsky

Another graphic designer. This time, working with geometric shapes.

Again, these nice colours emerging from the overlaying is pretty inspiring. I may consider painting over some clear sheets and seeing how these may work in a similar sense, and see how I can animate from there. This may appeal more to the word ‘Company’ and ‘Feel’.

Nous VousĀ 

Looking in to more approaches with colour and shapes, I checked out the studio Nous Vous and started to think about how they use shapes and colour in a more playful approach again, this time I particularly enjoyed the vibrant and bright colours that are reflected through their choice of imagery.