100 briefs in a day.

A new project from two weeks back, that was completed with in a day.  It wasn’t just ONE project, but one hundred wrapped all in to one. From the task, there were a few things that I’ve learnt  and it just so happens that one of the things were that I could complete all of the 100 briefs in a day with in two minutes. At first, I thought Sara was pulling our leg and yet, it turned out that she wasn’t. I was pretty glad that I did get a lot of sleep the night before because I didn’t think that I would’ve had enough energy, if I hadn’t.

Going through all of the pencil drawings and notes I have with in this topic, I’ve pulled out a few of my favourite outcomes, as they seem to be the stronger ones. Though, they may not be as clear to anyone else compared to how I see them. They were scrawled down pretty quickly, due to the time limit.

Imagine a man with red socks, think of the rest of him, what is his job, dog, newspaper etc. What does he love and hate?

Taking the brief literally, I drew out a news editor, reading a newspaper while eating a hot dog with his hat on.  It would’ve been better if I had concentrated a little more on this one, and came up with something else.

Design an epitaph (what is written on his or her gravestone) for an agnostic (some one not sure of the existence of God).

It was indeed a tough one, but in the last couple of seconds, I was able to write down one. To be honest, I’m not sure if I answered this correctly. When I approached this question, it reminded me of the witty, little writings that appear on the gravestones with in the game ‘Fable the Lost chapters’, these are located in Oakvale and for example, “D.Carter, ever unconvinced there is life before death.”. I adore those kind of statements or notes that display on the tombstones with in this particular game series; more of them can be seen here: http://fable.wikia.com/wiki/Tombstones.

If a book is a container of words, what is a container of ideas? Draw it.

I chose this particular one, as this was the first idea that came to my head. A brain can be seen as a container that stores many thoughts, data and ideas. I was able to finish this in under two minutes, and I’m quite fond of this one; it’s simple and it gets the idea of the brain being a way of storing things.

 

Scanning it in, I uploaded it in to Photoshop and started to adjust the brightness and contrast levels, until I obtained a nice, clean sketch and started to add a bit of colour. I wanted to give more more life to the image.

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If I were to re-do this, I would tidy up the colour a little, so it’s neater.

Over all, the 100 briefs project was pretty fun, it got my brain going and I feel that it’s a great starter for when you want to get some more ideas down, or get better ideas that aren’t the typical and obvious kind.

 

Critical thinking — 2/2

Welcome back to another update on the Critical thinking rotation. This time I’ll be quickly whizzing through the last half of the work I’ve accomplished so far for that week; I would like to also let you all keep in mind, that this is a on-going project, so it is not totally complete yet.
I would also like to put forward what I had discussed yesterday; I started to talk about the subject, and my thoughts on the term ‘Critical thinking’, I mentioned that for the fanzine project, I would narrow the theme down to Ethics and the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’.
Actually, talking about this saying, it could of been stated in so many ways, but I found myself stuck with a similar saying which highlights the wrong doing, but then ends in a positive outtake: ‘If it’s wrong, only YOU can change it.’
it’s quite a true ethic which I look up to and follow myself. I had a quote from a manga series that particularly influenced my style of writing and drawing now, and it goes like this ‘Dream exist to be realized. If you don’t do it, who’s going to?’. It’s true. Not only when you find yourself stuck or hoping to do something that seems impossible; only you can be the one to accomplish the thing you want to achieve. No one else. It’s you who has to pick up those pieces at the end of the day.

Taking this idea forward, I got some ideas down. I wanted to do something humorous, or try to play on the word ‘change’. Change can mean plenty of things, depending on the person using it. Change can be money, change can mean a process or form that is different from it once was. I had three things I wanted to do for this, but I had to consider that it needed to make sense to almost everyone who was going to possibly look at it.
So, the idea of having someone in the drawing go to a change exchange store was out of the picture.

Rubbers/Erasers are often use to erase the mistakes we make and I thought this could possibly be a good method of communicating to the person looking at it. I had some advise from Sara about considering the style of text and making adjustments to the hand, to make it look as if it’s hand drawn to fit in with the idea. This was pretty helpful advise because it opened my thoughts on how i could think about publishing this; I need to keep in mind of how I’m going to do this. I was planning on producing the text in the screen printing room, or drawing it down and scanning it in for Photoshop. On the other hand, I could link this project back to what I’ve learnt in mark making and use mediums such as, charcoal or pencils.

This saying wasn’t the only one I had; I also had another saying I wanted to work with, but coming up with ideas was tough. I did, however, make a very draft ideas, but really, the first idea stood out in my opinion.

Critical Thinking rotation– 1/2

Starting of the week, I was placed in to group B and this was our chance to do some Critical thinking. In my opinion, when approaching this subject, I always make the assumption that critical thinking allows us to ask our selves questions on the things we do or what has been presented. Asking ourselves questions, such as ‘Why’, ‘How’, ‘What’ and ‘When’. It goes much further than this; we have to always consider including the special three W’s and the H words, though, we need to take it to other places. You have to put in a lot of thought in to the production, progress and reflect.

As an illustrator, I often find myself thinking about whether or not does my image strongly reflect what I want to get across or does the stories I write make any sense to other people? what can I do to grasp their attention?

Being given the last task, as I was not in on the Monday of that week; the task was to create two pages for the Zine– The center page and the front page. I also had to select one pillar from the following subjects: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics and Politics.

I was tempted to go with Politics, as my family discuss it quite a bit. I’m usually sat in my chair in the middle of it, just nodding my head and pretending that I understand every single word my sibling and father have to say. Then again, I gave the decision more thought and went with ethics. Ethics usually fit in to morality and what’s right and wrong. I found this amusing because this reminds me of the subject I chose to do for my poster project, so I had some ideas already for what I could do.

What I’ve started to do in my sketchbook is, I’ve begun to break down what Ethics is and what examples could be given from it. I also began to draw quick thumbnail ideas for the front cover, which will be based on the title ‘Thinking it and saying it’. By being playful with the words ‘thinking’ and ‘saying’; the first two images that came to mind were a head and a mouth. The head contains the brain/mind which is thinking so many things, while speech comes out of your mouth.

Another page used for some ideas or quotes I’ve come up with. I wanted to try and narrow my ethic subject to be based on the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’ because I always find that I tend to over worry about things not going the way it should, or that there’s no going back to undo or redo it, but that’s all wrong. There’s always time, there’s always a way of mending your mistakes.

I will discuss this subject further in my next post. That will be posted up tomorrow.

Sara’s Talk: Visual Research

The first talk of the day: Visual research. This talk was used in order to discuss the importance of how we should display, research, analyse, plot, aim and discuss our work.  However, this is often addressed in the form of asking ourselves questions, such as ‘How we will do this?’; ‘What did we do?’, ‘Why did we do it?’.  By using the big ‘How?’, ‘What? and ‘Why?’, it helps us to grasp what we are doing, why we are doing it and how we can progress further.

Here are some examples from the notes taken during the talk:

What?

  • Process of what I’m doing.
  • Visual maps, illustrates and shows process.
  • Research is systematic.

Why?

  • To show everyone your thought process.
  • By having your work in front of you, it helps you to keep a track on what you are doing.

How?
Document:
Photograph, film, draw and write.
Reflect:
Annotate, draw and record.
Accumulate:
Keep everything, but learn how to edit your work.

Other than those few pointers, we learnt about ‘Do’s and don’t s’  of what we can show,  do  or cannot show or do in our blogs and sketch books. I specifically  wrote down these, so it would be a helpful thing for me to keep in mind of the things I can and can’t do in future.

Things we do:
• Draw stick men, make coloured charts, take photographs and then annotate it all.
Things to consider:
• Don’t print things on Wikipedia—pages and then stick in book
• An essay on a subject—just write quick facts.

Finally, our blogs are there to show process and progress. Research is a form of creative process, and we can us it to show others our progress, we can follow our own and even show people in other industries what we are doing.

Work can be documented in many forms. From posters, to photographs or even to tiny, little drawings of men rapping with cowboy hats on pieces of lined paper.

Other considerations for work can be considering how the light is on a painting, or what the background is like, texture of the material that a medium has been used on; I also need to mention their functions and details.