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After nearly a month in our new digs, it has been set up (love how the earliest the company could deal with it was 29 days into our moving – sigh – oh wells!).

Mix that with a broken bone (the metatarsal, basically it’s in the foot, and it’s scuppered my big toe) and we have plenty o’ blogging and designing for the next 6 weeks!

So I’ve pretty much finished the mag, just waiting on my fancy paper in the post to print and construct it – hopefully after Friday I’ll be in a lighter cast and will be able to balance myself whilst using the printer – moving from my room to the kitchen’s an adventure in itself right now!

These images here are just some ideas, messing about with collage and photoshop – they’re kind of a spin-off from the mag – it really got me into chopping up old vintage stuff. However, in the mag, the imagery is used to represent the articles, here I’m mashing them up, mirroring images, and messing about with colour. It’s really just me having a bit of fun! Hope you like what I’ve done so far 🙂

I’ve got a few more things to post over the next couple of days, such as my summer “continuous line” drawings, some logo/ poster work I’ve done and my 5min sketchbook. Oh, and a pack of cards too.

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Ink, Ink, Ink

Nearly finished my Blurb book spreads, and I’m starting to think about the new project – web design – luckily it’s an extension of the work from the first project, so that helps a lot!

After receiving feedback from my lecturers on some of my little doodles, that were accompanying my typography and photography, I’ve re-created the pictures by mono-printing them – and in the process I also made my front cover and contents page title… good times!

I created the fonts by drawing them out on card, cutting them out, then printing under/ over them with multiple colours of acrylic paint – on different textures/ weights of paper.

So here’s a sneak peek of the front cover and two of the spreads, as well as some of the raw photographs of the mono printing!

Front Cover.

Contents page banner.

Colour Double Page Spread One. (The dimensions of the book are 18 x 18cm – and I’m aiming for full bleed, falling off the page spreads – the rather informative pages will have a more conservative grid for legibility purposes, but pages like this will be messy!)

Lines Double Page Spread One.

This is a raw pick of the mono print I created for chiaroscuro, and the last image is for planes. These images will stand alone, merge, overlap or hang off the page with the typography and photography.

So once I’ve got my spreads done, and have the book made, I’ll stick up some photos! Also, I’ll post the web link up when I’ve finished this new project.

One more image for the road – turns out red ink on arms is a bad idea – it’s come off – but I looked rather sun burnt on my right arm for a couple of days afterwards – eek! … Don’t ask, we hit a creative brick wall, got bored, and decided this was the best way to spend our time 😛

Over n’ Out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Inky Typo Good Times!

So finally this project is starting to take shape!

Spent this morning photographing my inky prints (which after 48 hours have still NOT fully dried – siiiigh!) at the photography studio. I’m trying to get a mix of flat and shadowy, textured shots for the book.

The inky prints were created using different colours of water based inks, a roller, and wooden blocks that have different fonts and sizes of letters carved into them.

VERY MESSY!

Good times though, and I’m pleased with how some of them turned out.

Rhythm.

Dots.

Chiaroscuro.

The next stage is going to be some messy lil’ sketches – and the book will flow “print/photo/sketch” for most of the layouts. Some may overlap or trail off the page and end on the next. Still deciding this right now, but I have a stronger idea of how I want it look now than I did a few days ago – good times!

Back to designing now!

Over n out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Chiaroscuro & Curry

Just finished my time in studio today – thought I’d quickly stick up a wee post about my progress with this book project.

I’ve finished my research (thank god for that!) and I’m now onto taking photos for each of the basic principles of design.

I’ll then have to narrow these down to ten images, one for each category:

Colour, Texture, Dots, Lines, Dot & Line, Crossing, Planes, Circles, Rhythm and Chiaroscuro.

After that I’ll have to create an illustration for each photograph (using different materials ‘n such) and stick it all together in a purdy layout for publishing … and this is for Friday … sleeping shall be minimal for the remainder of this week!

So here’s 3 of the images that I feel are the strongest so far – shall hopefully get this all done in time!

So this spiderweb that I photographed today is for “Crossing”.

I was lucky enough to be taking pictures whilst there was a burst of sunshine through the windows, and because I snapped this during the blip of good weather, it picked up markings on the glass too – which I thought looked rather sparkly and purdy!

This is for “Texture”. Whilst photographing the walls outside our studio for “Dots”, I noticed a small numerical print on the wall – it looked like a rather rough texture, so I zoomed in and then altered the contrast on photoshop to bring it out a wee bit!

And last, but not least :P, this image is for “Chiaroscuro” (light-dark). Just stumbled across these whilst wondering about Scott Sutherland building and altered the white balance on my camera before taking the shot.

So that’s all for now, since I probably wont have much time to update over the next week!

Off for curry and chat at Jan ‘n Den’s now (biryani goodness!).

Over ‘n Out!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Hangovers and Graphic Design

As you can probably guess from the title, I am rather hungover.
Self-inflicted pain that can only be cured by Super Noodles & Come Dine With Me combo.

Unfortunately neither of those are available to me right now – but onwards with the coursework!

So before all the birthday bash merriment last night there was of course Uni to attend. We had to create a design based on our matriculation number, and these would be displayed in the halls for the Open Day that took place today. They wanted us to voice our thoughts about these numbers through the image, for example “I’m not a number, I’m an individual … aaaarrrgghhhh!”

But I wasn’t in a raging rebellious mood, so I decided to doodle what the I would look like if I was that number…

…TADA!!!

So that took up a wee bit of studio time!

Still working on the massive bulk of research for this first project. When I start getting some ideas together tomorrow, I shall do a lil’ post then.

But for now I’m nursing this sore head with a cuppa!

Over ‘n Out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

We’ve returned from the stone age!

In our new flat, and after a looooong long time without internet, we finally have it all set up and raring to go!

So started semester one of year 2, new project and a short timescale to add to it (the fun begins). We’ve to create and self publish a book about the basic principles of design using photography, sketches and other such things. Shall keep ya updated on that (since I’m now a part of the 21st century again!).

Yesterday we presented our Visual Diaries, didn’t really know what to say or do, so just picked out a few parts like the mural, postcards and other little things like that to talk about – think it went well and the feedback I got back was helpful! 🙂

Here’s some lil’ bits and bobs from the diary,they’re putting them on display in our building, so don’t have pictures of the full thing, but with the images I’ve got, I’ll make a temporary page about it!

So this is the first stage of a final design, but I really liked it before and after the design was all put together, shall have to get a pick of the final thing!

This is a solution me n’ the bf came up with to get the bloody bill faster, lol!

So these are picks of my city view (oooooh, :P!) at nite on a slow shutter speed. I’m pleased with how you also get a vague shape of my room in the window reflection too.

Well that’s all for now, shall get a post up about my new project work asap!

Over n Out!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx