Other posters.

While I had a little free time over the weekend, I really, really wanted to at least get down a poster idea for one of GOATBEDs songs, which was another song that I unfortunately didn’t choose for the final three songs.  I made a little sketch of an idea I had for the song ‘Yama-ha’.  This time, I wanted to try and play around with a different kind of medium for the creation of this poster and that medium would be Promarkers this time, as when it comes to this song in particular, it’s very soothing to my ears and yet, there would be other times where it creates this ball of burning energy inside of me.

I decided as this in a way would be still playing around with brush strokes, except this time it would be with the brush on the pen tips.

Concerntrating on the song, I notice that all of my other senses seem to shut off and only my ears are picking up on the sounds of the beat being created. I imagine myself being the only person around; the atmosphere shadows out and there’s an array of bright, vibrant colours that illuminate my path and all I can hear is YAMA-HA playing in the distance.

I made it so, the figure was being absored in to the cast of shadows. I used a normal pen for this, owing to there are times where the song has this very edgy sensation. I’m a little unhappy with how the kneck turned out, as I don’t usually draw the body form from this angle; it was pretty challenging.

After colouring in with more vibrant colours, I  was hesitant to leave it as just as it was. There had to be something that could fill that blank void. I thought about probably filling it in black, but that would leave the image looking dull. I found a photograph from the previous photography session, which had been an error of one of my tests, so I placed it down on a new layer in Photoshop and played around with the clipping mask.

I was frustrated with this outcome. It was too sharp and the line quality was terrible; I know i will never be satisfied with any of these kind of drawings, but the only thing that I was quite pleased with was how the colours bodly stand out among the shades of grey.

I set the layer to multiply this time. A bit nicer, different. It’s starting to grasp that edgy feeling I wanted.

I despised the corners around the image. They somehow made the image look flat; I didn’t want that, therefore, I used a soft eraser setting to lightly brush it away.

I had to keep thinking back to what I researched about in the project; how can I capture that raw emotion? how can I portray that? To be quite blunt with this, I don’t think the images for this poster are quite there yet. What I’ve obtained from this song is difficult to depict, and yet, that didn’t stop me from testing this idea out further. I considered that maybe, I could try animating all of these outcomes together to see what I get.

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The soundtrack of our lives: Crit and sort of a final concept, maybe?

Focusing on my concept of trying to fully express my feelings individually for each song (Mr Blue sky, Love roller coaster and Year 3000), I found this task to be particularly difficult. I spent most of my time brooding over how I needed to show this, and how I could make this clear to others. I came to the conclusion, that if someone can easily pick up on emotions from colours used, or a simple mark made, it may provide a fascinating result if I were to apply this same or similar strategy towards each poster.

Personally, I see that this method has worked, as during our crit presentation on the project overall, there were a few that were able to grasp the sense of ‘raw emotion’ with in the posters; which goes to show, that my technique was successful, but I feel that there’s so much more that I could do for this project that may be beneficial towards it. I have in mind right now, that I may want to consider creating a animated projection of the posters instead and it’ll show the brush strokes gradually making their way on to the screen as the animation runs.

 


Besides the quality of the print out, I’m a little disappointed with the text. When I look at it from afar, I’m unable to see it clearly, so if I’m going to come back to this in future, I may need to consider working on it by making it bolder. Though, if i made it any bolder, it may distract the viewers attention away from the outcome.

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.

The soundtrack of our lives: Testing out and process.

Slipping in to our final week of preparation for the poster project, I did mention in my previous post that I was going to update sooner, but hey, it’s been a pretty hectic week. From receiving my feedback on what could be my considered three final ideas; I was slightly taken back. I was expecting bad feedback as I wasn’t particularly confident with the ideas that I had. I did have a feeling that something was quite off about them, but couldn’t figure it out by myself, so the response was very helpful, as I didn’t think I would be able to continue and just say ‘Oh, yeah. This is my final set of posters’.  Taking the advice further, I started to experiment with ways in which I could use brush strokes to cover up a few of the swirls that appeared to look like roses; I think they may of appeared to look this way, due to the colour pallet chosen.

As I was particularly fond with those set of colours, since they reflect not only the feelings of tingliness and awkwardness that I feel from the song ‘Love rollercoaster’, but they strongly reflect on the word ‘love’ as pink hues are typically the first tones to associate with it. I also used the swirls in this poster to link in with the ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ poster, although, the swirls are also a symbol of the loops that a roller coaster ride would make.

To the left, I’ve highlighted the changes I’ve made to the poster. While the paint marks are rough and there’s some over spill, this makes the overall image appear to look messy. I strongly believe that leaving the marks to do whatever they want, after I’ve made my own is their own representation in the change in feelings for the song I’ve chosen.

 

After fixing that issue, I did some more research on type styles, but I focused more on handrawn writing instead. This was indeed done for the titles, I admit that I still have a long way to go when it comes to typography, anyway, I planned on putting in the songs titles in to the posters because it gives them a little bit more context to what the posters are about.

I started to play around with the positioning as well, I found that sometimes the text would distract my eyes from the image itself, so I needed to find a way of having the text presented on the sheet of paper, but wouldn’t be too eye catching. I had to bear in mind that, the choice of style needs to depict the mood and would also have to help pull the three images together.

Here are a few examples of the ones that I thought worked well with the images:

 

These were some styles I started working with by hand using promarkers, the images here are test drafts that I was working with by hand also. The technique that was used to create this process was with masking tape and with very light acrylic washes. I’m hoping that next time the paint will be a bit thicker next time because I really want those marks to stand out. As for the text, these four were the stronger outcomes as they emphasise energy, happiness (which can be seen with in the bright yellow used) and boldness. It would’ve been good if I was able to capture a face-on photo of these, but the pen marks used to create the letter forms are quite effective. They appear to link back to the research and mark making practice that I’ve been doing, so I’m quite pleased with that.

Over lunch time, I spent some time photocopying the draft images as a4 to test out a concept form idea for a considered presentation for the poster, which I would like to state again, that I mentioned about this in my previous post. I was keen on having another option in the presentation, for example a poster that folds up in to a leaflet. I went ahead and tested this out and tried folding the paper up in many different ways. To be honest, I wasn’t pleased with these at all, I wanted to do something unusual to back up how quirky my feelings were for these songs in particular, but there’s always time to come back to this and play around again in future. I have learned from this, that I shouldn’t rush in to the first idea that pops up in to my head first.

Looking in to abstract and contemporary artists.

I wanted to strengthen my research in to other artists for ‘The soundtrack of our lives.’. Thanks to a book called ‘The best of British contemporary illustration 2008’, I was able to obtain a few that has helped to broaden my ideas for the future, if I ever plan on coming back to this project (which is most likely going to happen).

I had several more that I looked at as well, but I only found them before I found this book and started looking in to contemporary and abstract art.

Jill Calder:

Jill Calder’s been working as an illustrated since 1993; she also deals with digital art and she lectures with the love of drawing, ideas, colour and ink.
She’s worked with numerous amount of clients globally.

There’s many reasons as to why I have chosen to talk about this illustrator; there’s something so vivid, colourful and original about her drawings that she’s produced so far. I was really admiring the bright tones she uses in specific illustrations, they create a gentle touch of emotion to the image that can be seen clearly; the lines used as well help convey that.

Observing closer, I would like us all to focus on the image with the cliff and the rabbit for a second. They’re quite blocked? as in the colours are solid ,but each shade is sharply built in to the picture to create curves, or to help highlight other aspects.

When regarding the progress I’ve made so far,  particularly on the poster tests with the mediums, I start to think of this illustrator, in terms of the lines that she’s used or how the edges of some of the objects in the image have this textured look to it.  I’m starting to believe that depending on the brush strokes used, they can assist the poster with depicting the emotion, for example, fast brush strokes could portray a sharp and edgy sensation?

Becca Thorne: While being another illustrator and also a print maker, Thorne’s illustrations are both bold and graphic.

Some examples of her work can be seen at: http://www.beccathorne.co.uk/Illustration.html

I have thought about using lino as a print method for the making of the poster, but it’s time consuming.

Back to the subject,  I adore the fuzzy lines that are an outcome of this printing method, they appear to be very unsettled.  I must admit that for the same reasons I’ve selected Calder to look at, is the same reason as for why I chose Thorne. She’s able to use colour and make it work well with lines and shape.

Takashi Murakami: Thinking back on Mr. Blue sky and Year 3000, he was the first artist that popped in to mind at the time. He’s a contemporary artist.  During the time I was re listening to these songs specifically, they create these mind-blowing visuals of colour and elongated shapes that emphasise this futuristic vision. I strongly think that Murakami does just this i n his arm work by using a varied use of bold, bright and contrasting colour.

All right. This is the last one, I promise.

Francoise Nielly: An abstract artist this time, and I didn’t find her in the book, but I went out and made a search of ‘Abstract art’, then found her work to which reminded me of another artist who did similar, though I cannot remember their name sadly.

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It’s quite interesting to see how just a few mix of blocked in colours is able to bring out so much with in an image. Not only that, but the colours used are able to change the mood of a picture, as well as the brush strokes used.

I may have to consider this further with in my planning. I want to start testing out the kinds of colours I can use to link my emotions to them ( I’m going to use Photoshop for this after the first poster drafts are created), this will allow me to further my practice.

 

 

 

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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ
  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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQUlA8Hcv4s
  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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSuHrTfcikU
  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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o07HhMFUSv0Definitely 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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1cbsLKXasQ