Author:Reporter– Author: Inter-relationships between text and image

Since the brief was first published, I’ve been tremendously looking forward to this. It’s time to explore an entirely new place with a new objective: Looking at the inter-relationships between text and image. I couldn’t quite get all of this new information in to my mind at first, but as the workshop on Tuesday progressed, I found myself wanting to think of new ideas and new ways of expressing a set piece of text to form imagery.

Of course, it’s tough at first, but once I got around to looking over a quote from the selected text, the task is is no longer seen as a ‘task’, or a ‘chore’. It became a new exciting way of finding out new information; a new way of expressing ones imagination, but visually.  The texts and images will be focusing on South Hampton (past and present).

From the research task, I started to look in to the ‘Graffiti on the wall’, which is a story about a brick that was found from old remains of, which I’m assuming was a house. Not too sure on that, but what stood out to me in this story was the brick itself and what was etched in to it-

                                                                         “On way to France.  

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Bronx New York.”

With that alone, I got many images of a soldier standing by the wall, carefully inputting these details, but not only that, the brick itself has become part of the history of South Hampton and has brought a community together with in the gallery. Not to mention, that the person who told the story, she was able to reunite with the man who did this (He happened to be her father).



Personally, I think this story was quite sentimental because it’s made history, while it’s created a lovely memory. Not only for the family, but for the community of South Hampton.

From this, I started to research about the walls of South Hampton and discovered, that there’s many graffiti with in the community. However, Banksy has been known to leave a few of his art pieces there now and then.  I want to keep looking deeper in to this particular piece of text, and start experimenting with the idea of ‘community’ and ‘reunion’ as a reflection of the place.

There was another piece of text I started to look in to, which was from the book called ‘A short history of South Hampton’, but admittedly, I couldn’t find anything that stood out to me as much as this piece.



Case Study- Christa Sandy

An active illustrator from level 5, Christa Sandy. She depicts a very bold, original illustration style which varies between being created by hand and later edited with in Photoshop. Below, I have proceeded in asking her several questions based around her style and her influences towards how she produces her works:

Why did you chose to go in to Illustration?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I loved kids and being creative.

Who or what are you influenced by?

Music, drive. Day to day art that opens up my mind to different ideas.

aalyah-finishHere, on the left hand side is an example of Christa’s poster idea and research, that has helped to define her idea for her poster. The poster features the late singer Aaliyah. To quote from Sandy’s blog on her process with this, “I researched one of her songs and analysed the way it made me feel. This exercise helped me decide on the images that expressed my understanding of and love for Aaliyah’s music. I drew a cassette player with the tape from the cassette gliding around the poster as a framework. I added music notes and a vintage microphone to reflect that the music is not in the present and is rooted in the past. It was old school music. I wanted to keep the images simple. I drew a portrait of Aaliyah using one of her marketed images from 2002. I thought that my research simplified the concepts from the song that I chose. I created the poster over the course of a week and I am satisfied with the final result. Given more time, I would improve the portrait of Aaliyah by focusing on enhancing the tones and contrast of her skin. I would also include more visual concepts relating to her music.”

Do you have a specific style?


Any process to how you create?

I get a vision in my head, ideas and I create them by hand and on the computer in Photoshop.

Favourite project so far?


Below, you shall find a few of the tests she had produced towards this particular project. They come across as bold, peculiar, but they are relative and give the train tickets concept.


Artist/Designer Highlight: Kohske


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

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. (more…)

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.


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. (more…)