My final illustration for an Editorial Project where we had to select an article and produce an image for it.
This Illustration is the final outcome for a project where we had to select an article from The New York Times Opinion Pages. The article I chose was titled Playing the Online Dating Game, in a Wheelchair, written by Emily Ladau. The article was about her experiences of online dating and it explained how she found people tended to focus on her disability and her wheelchair rather than focusing on her as a person. I illustrated this by using a wheelchair with a small doll on it to show that some people focus on her wheelchair and not on her. I chose to use a doll to represent the author as I think that it symbolises how some of the people treated her when they learnt about her disability, as some dismissed her and rejected her, not treating her with respect.
A short analysis of a piece of editorial illustration and how it works within context.
Spite is Good. Spite Works.
By Natalie Angier
Illustrations by Serge Bloch
This article is about spite and how it affects human behaviour. It talks about how psychologists view spite as a negative trait but now it is being considered as something positive because of the role that it may have played in developing some positive traits such as cooperation and a sense of fair play.
Serge’s work illustrates the theme of this article well through the use of colour and subjects. The sickly green colour is commonly associated with negative feelings such as jealousy and spite. The purple contrasts with the green colour which portrays the conflict between the two characters in the images and the conflict that sometimes ensues because of spiteful individuals.
I think that the first image clearly illustrates the idea that spitefulness is ‘the urge to punish, hurt, humiliate or harass another’. It portrays this in a simple almost diagram like effect which is easy to follow and understand.
I think that the second image shows that there is no winner when you are spiteful. It clearly demonstrates that if you go out of your way to hurt or offend others then it will do you harm as well. The simplistic art helps to make this clear as it communicates its message simply.
Serge Bloch has responded to this article with two simple images that communicate their message clearly without unneeded complexity.
A short project where we had to illustrate the mind.
One of the tasks in our one day workshop was to illustrate how we see the mind. We had to do this either using a diagram, visual metaphor or narrative metaphor. My original idea was to illustrate the connections in the mind using literal pathways. I did some sketches of this but I don’t think that they worked that well. I then decided to draw two images of a person with an ant hill instead of a brain. I chose to do this as it works as a sort of metaphor for how electrical impulses carry information to and from the brain, but in this image the electrical impulses are ants and the brain is the ant hill which is controlled by the queen.
10 creative rules to inspire a positive work ethic for my second year at university.
The first task of my second year at uni was to create 10 creative guidelines that would inspire a good work ethic for the year. I came up with these 10 by looking at the way that I work and thinking about the things that I could improve upon. The rules are meant to be motivational and inspiring. The second rule, be self disciplined and don’t procrastinate, comes from me sometimes finding it difficult to start new projects and almost being reluctant to work. The fifth rule is about having materials ready to work with and being ready to start making and creating. The ninth rule is just a reminder to not get behind on my blog and to ensure that I am updating it regularly. I will put these rules up where I will be working in order to encourage and motivate me and help me attain a positive work ethic for the rest of the year.
A summary of what I have learnt during the project Children’s Book Brief.
The main part of this project has been understanding the research and development that goes into producing a children’s book. Another major part of this project was the ability to meet deadlines as this is an important feature when working professionally.
I started this project by looking at different children’s books as well as illustrated books for older audiences. This really helped me throughout my practice as it informed my work and inspired it. I found Anastasia Izlesou especially inspiring as her work influenced me to try a different technique with watercolours that i had no experience with. Experimenting with this technique was a major part of my project as I continued to do this throughout, even making changes to my final pages to try and develop the techniques further. I enjoyed this experimentation as it allowed me to improve on my work and develop my use of colour as well as my use of line. The children’s book The White Hare, illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou also influenced the colour palette of my work as I wanted to use my new knowledge from previous workshops in order to improve the way that I use colour within my work.
This project also allowed me to discover what it was like to work professionally. This allowed me to become familiar with stages of making a book such as creating a flat page plan, a dummy book and developing a few colour pages. I was also able to learn how to use InDesign to put my finished double page spreads together as well as my cover. I also learned how to add bleed lines to these spreads.
This project allowed me to develop and use the skills that I had learnt previously in the year such as how colour can have a big impact on images and the way people see them, how composition is especially important when conveying strong emotions in pieces and how words can also have a massive impact on images through what they say and how they are presented.
A short review of two pieces of student’s work from the degree show at university.
For part of my assessment for uni we were given the mini brief of completing a review of two pieces of work from the third year degree show. We had to choose one piece of work from an illustration student and one from a student from another discipline.
I chose this piece from an Illustration student, Polly Colquhoun, because I liked that it was a 3D piece and I found it intriguing. I also liked the texture within the piece. This piece of work consists of 3 3D scenes that are displayed within a wall. The scenes are accompanied by text which are lines from a contemporary opera called Death’s Other Kingdom. The scenes are quite small but they are illuminated from within which makes them eye catching. All of the scenes consist of black prints on white paper or card. The scenes occupied a space that was quite hidden, this allowed the viewer to stumble upon these little glimpses of a different world. It also allowed the viewer to explore these pieces in the quiet as it was slightly removed from the rest of the show.
This work communicates quietly as the pieces are quite small and almost hidden within the wall. They are there to be discovered rather than there to exclaim their presence. This work is imaginative because it looks unique and consideration has gone into the process of designing and making it. The printing technique and the conversion from flat pieces of work to a 3D scene demonstrates skills. I find the piece captivating because of the little details within the piece and because of how simplistic and rustic the different components look.
The work is inviting and intriguing as it resembles little worlds there for the viewer to explore and experience. The work as a whole coheres well, all of the scenes were made using the same technique of printing and they are all in black and white which makes them fit together well. They all have text underneath which adds more intrigue to the work.
I chose this piece by an Artist Designer Maker student, Sofia Calatrava, because of the interesting way that illustration has been combined with ceramics. I also like the animated ceramic piece that spins to highlight the transition shown on the pot. This piece consist of multiple ceramic pieces that have been decorated with illustrations of faces. This piece is about personality and emotions. It portrays divided feelings. All of the pots follow the same design, glazed white with dark illustrations. A mirror is used to show the opposite side of some of the ceramic pieces, which also demonstrates the split emotion theme of the work. Some of the pots are quite large compared to others which could show that some of the feelings portrayed are stronger than others.
The work communicates quite boldly, the faces on the ceramic are quite imposing and hard to miss. The illustrations clearly show a split or a conflict of the artists feelings. I think that this piece is imaginative because of the combination of illustration and ceramics which is quite unique. It also demonstrates a number of skills which are needed to produce this work. The purpose of the work is to portray the artists self-perception and I think that this is communicated clearly.
This work is intriguing and slightly unnerving because of the stark faces present on the pots. It encourages the viewer to question their own self-perception and think about how they view others. The work coheres as a whole because of the uniformity of the ceramic pieces even if the illustrations differ. The work isn’t hidden in its space, its noticeable and confrontational in the way that it demands people attention.
The further development of my final page spreads for the Children’s Book Brief
In order to improve my work I decided to develop my final pages further. I needed to neaten up the hand written text in order for my pages to look more professional. I did this by writing the text again using a thinner, sharper conte pencil.
I also re-did one of my pages entirely, I kept the same composition and idea for the page but I made the background lighter in order to bring the focus to the foreground of the image. I also changed the colour of the brother and the boar to more purple based browns so that they fit ore with the other colours used in the image. I also developed my technique further by using more of the conte pencil to highlight certain parts of the page other than just the characters. I think that this helped to pull the whole page together and it added a little bit more detail to the image.