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

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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Artist/Designer of the week: Nokkasili

I came across Nokkasili on Illustrator’s lounge. They’re one of those many amazing Tumblr artists and I must agree with everything that Illustrator Lounge had to say about their work. It’s enthralling to look at; each piece is different in its own way and they have their own seperate qualities to them that make them unique.

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One in particular that caught my eye was this one (above),  while it may appear that not much is going on in the picture, but if you observe it closer, there’s a quite a lot going on.  The use of colours building up delicately create a sense of mood around the figure. The fact that the girl (which I assume?) is wrapped up and holding an umbrella, may suggest that she’s about to leave or go somewhere? or maybe as there’s an door of blank space, perhaps she’s entering a building?. Either way, there could be many possibilities to what’s going on in the image and I particularly adored the colour usage, which I’ve already pointed out.

Nokkasili’s tumblr page.

Collect, analyse and (re)collect.

You never ever seem to notice the small collection of books gathering up on your shelf, or even the bundle of pencils, pens ad other stationary that clutters up in your drawers. There’s always a system and a way of how things are organised, and this is the new task that I’ve been set to work on, discuss, analyse, experiment, collect and start to develop.

When I start to think about this subject, I thought at first that this was going to be a pretty, damn hard subject to figure out, but as I returned home and arrived to my room… it hit me.  I have several collections of my own, but I had never considered them as a collection at all and I did have a strategy of how I line them up, organise the objects or even spacing them out in my room a certain way and it’s extraordinary.

As much as I like boasting about my little gathering of figures, or manga; I don’t like talking about it to the whole class. It makes me nervous.

The loom band jar.

My manga collection (which seems to grow every time I go into Waterstones.)

I have far too many keychains/keycharms now, but here’s the collection I have pinned to the wall.

Things to take in to consideration during the project:

What makes them a collection?

what defines them? how do they change when they are a mass? what are their qualities? what do they do? what shape are they? what are their functions? do their qualities change when reassembled? how do you reassemble them/organise them? Are they any different when they are resorted?

Now, the final outcome is going to be a book that’ll document or that will discuss our collection. I’m having a little trouble processing my thoughts/ideas in to how I’ll present my findings into this book, but I do have some ideas of what I want to do for the collection.

Collection ideas:

  1. Things about my cats: This could be a collection of images, sketches of them, I could also have records of events, for example their vet slips, food packaging.
  2. Letter packaging: Collecting a series of different packaging that’s to do with postage.
  3. Cosplay materials: Recording things to do with this subject.
  4. Pencils: I have so many of them, that I can’t even count them all. Pencils are a pillar to anything. You can make many different marks and record in different ways with them; you’ll also get many different results. There’s also so many varieties of pencil types.

A definite collection choice so far for me has been the pencils, I also thought about doing pens, though, a pencil can be recorded in numerous ways. I’m looking forward to playing around with the ideas that I’ve got so far.

The soundtrack of our lives: Poster talk with Bill.

Another useful talk about how we can present our poster, and how we must always think about the ways in which we present and reflect our ideas. I briefly mentioned before that I’ve started to play around with those ideas and yet, I’m not so satisfied with what I have at the moment.

Not only did he talk about this, he mentioned that the poster needs to communicate what we want it to and he gave some rather interesting hints in how we can do this. It could be done through the use of words? it could also be done in the use of shapes as well. Shapes and colours are quite good examples when I think about it; just by squashing a square together, it could resemble pressure? gluttony? tightness? anger, maybe?

Continuing with the talk, he gave us some examples of posters that stood out to him, or had influenced others. There was this particular one that had struck my attention when it popped up; I was later able to find it in a book I found at the library and it was about Japanese poster designs.

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The palm of the hand is so detailed; it’s incredible. It must of taken a lot of patience and time to be able to create something so delicate. I also adore how subtle the poster is, it’s not flashy or too complicated.

When the talk was finished, we arrived back in our studio to continue working on the poster designs. I had a little one to one talk with Bill, and he suggested about making the text bigger, as the songs are quite bold and they’re different in terms of style. The names of them speak for themselves, but  I took this in to consideration.

I started off with a base template, it was just to draft out a vague idea of what the style of the font could look like. I wanted something scratchy, messy and not so neat and yet, this didn’t exactly resemble that at all.

Tried again. It was better this time; I wanted the text to be bold, big and striking. Though, I need to remind myself of what I stated previously about having the title being a bit quieter, as the names of the songs are prominent. The textured tones that marker creates are pretty fascinating, so I continued to use them, but instead of using one colour, I mixed up two colours that were dominant with in all three of the posters.

I was keen to the result of this outcome, as it was nicely blended in and I’m fond of how the colours smudge in. It would’ve been a better outcome, if I had a bit more practice with this technique previously, but as I needed to get these all done in time for the printers, this was what I ended up with. Nonetheless, this isn’t a totally bad finish over all. I was happy with it, just I could of played around with it a bit more.