Crathes Castle

Whilst the parents were up visiting earlier this week, we went on a lil’ trip to one of the castles my mum is researching for her current project. So I took my camera with me and got a few shots – thought I’d share them with you!

Just a quick post today to keep ya updated! Got my Uni summer project – we have to create a ten page magazine – so I’ll be working on that and keeping you updated with that progress!

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graphicdesignandstuff

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Technicolor Seaside

What is that round bright thing in the sky?!?…

Aberdeen has finally got roastin’ hot, summer sunshine!!! So of course the beach has been the highlight of the week, and I thought I’d post some of my picks that I’ve been messing about with in PS…

… Clearly inspired by the manic colour in Green Day’s music vid “Basket Case” (incase you need reminding 😀  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUTGr5t3MoY)…

Anyways, that was just a quick lil’ update, doodling and sketching at the mo’ so I’ll probably post them up at some point inbetween work 🙂

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Promo Packaging: The rest ‘o the picks!

So my internet’s being co-operative today… here’s the rest of the packaging pictures! These are of the postcards and their packaging, and the t-shirt rolled up/ opened out.

So that’s 2nd year of Uni over and done with for now … I’m off to the pub – cya!

graphicdesignandstuff

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PS – Here’s the link to Eilidh’s animation 😀 :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpXExZYMRT4&feature=youtu.be

 

Design Museum Promotional Packaging

So after three weeks, we have a final promotional packaging and items!

In our group (Visual communication: Ross Geelan, Graphic Design: Me & Maarten Smets, Digital Design Media: Eilidh Dunshire) we had to create a piece of promotional packaging for a “Classic Design” exhibition, along with a promo tee, 6 A5 postcards, a promo item (in our case – 3D glasses) and a fold down A3 poster, whilst Eilidh created an advert on 3D Maxx. Our project was “3D” themed, with a designer per decades of our choice.

50s – Saul Bass

60s – Keichii Tanaami

70s – Bill Gold

80s – Patrick Nagal

90s – David Carson

00s – Shepard Fairey

Here’s pictures of the box, poster and glasses in their packaging – I’ll add a picture of the glasses folded out on Sunday – they have a little more tweaking to do! I’ll add the rest when my internet allows me to load more – sigh!

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xxx

Photos & Sketchy Thingys!

So I’ve got back half of my film photos so far – yay! These were taken with just a wee disposable camera from Boots as a little extra thing to try out in New York. I was quite pleased as there was only 2 dud picks – here’s a select few from the bunch that I’m particularly happy with – and hopefully you’ll like ’em too! 🙂

Also, here’s some bits from my lil A5 NY sketchbook – if you wanna see more there’s a separate page for it 🙂

So that was just a quick wee post before I fill ya in on this Easter project next week! Hope you liked the picks! 🙂

Over ‘n out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

No Adobe … Nope … Not a single bit!

So after a brilliant birthday and St. Patrick’s Day we were given a new brief to do!

For this project we had to design an A2 poster without the help of technology – no Adobe, no laptop, no nothin’!

It’s for a screening of a movie called “Night on Earth” , which is taking place in the main lecture hall on the 10th April. It’s about 5 night time taxi journeys, in 5 capital cities:

Los Angeles

Helsinki

New York

Rome

Paris

We had to pick a capital city out of a cup (not a hat, a cup), and that was our city that we had to convey in the poster.

I got … *drum roll* … Helsinki!

My scene *spoiler alert* is about 3 drunks heading home after one of them has had the worst day ever! He loses his job, his sixteen year old daughter is pregnant, and his wife wants a divorce – oh, and his brand new car gets vandalized as well – all in all, *bad times*.

So I did a mix of library/online research into the movie and Helsinki/Finland (as well as diggin’ out the ol’ Finnish goth albums!) and discovered the library didn’t have many resources on Finland in general – and they only had two books on any form of design/art – so that was a fun start …

… but no, it was actually really good because it forced me to look at every single aspect of Finland that I could find – landscapes, products, jewelry, fashion, design, art, printmaking, album art, drinking …

so here’s some of the mood/research boards:

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So based on the research I felt that the overall look of the poster would have to be ornate, but simple at the same time. The colour scheme based on the goth scene but using a warm colour of paper to print on.

I used the technique “lino printing” to create my image, which is a simplified version of the 3 men at the beginning of the scene drunkenly leaning on each other. The shape, at a glance is also meant to look like a heart forming, and the lines coming from it are like veins, so this ties into the pregnancy. The top left corner of the next board shows the 3 men leaning. Below that are some of the initial idea boards.

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So the next few images are of the lino print process and the layout development of the poster. The font was traced, then altered and light boxed onto the final poster. I also experimented with a mix of textured papers until I got the result I was looking for.

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So after presenting these final four posters at presentations, I ended up with a final result for submitting into the competition…

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So the final also had a bit of painting added to it to make the veins almost ivy-like, and the paper that I chose is much warmer than the others. I’m quite pleased with the final and fingers crossed it gets chosen! 🙂

Anyways, tis the easter holidays and I have a project and essay to do! Shall fill you all in about that soon!

Over n’ out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

PS – Anno, the mood boards were created on Adobe – but they were for the presentation! It was just the poster that had to be done by hand! 🙂

Long Time, No Post! (aka Animation and NYC)

Aka – MAJOR catch up – I was going to be a pain and stick up three separate posts of Saturday but instead you are getting two bearable doses of blogging!

So the stop animation is finished!!! (And we’re rather pleased with the outcome too)

Working with Laura and Jaime was brilliant – I still feel bad about how still he had to stay for each shot (especially the falling scene!) – he did a fab job tho! 🙂

We shot over 3000 images at day and night with different exposures and then edited the frames in Photoshop and the timings in Final Cut. There’s also a bit of audio editing, we added an audio excerpt from an old 40s/50s advert at the beginning and end of the video to help tie it all together.

Here’s the storyboard and some shots:

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The above colour story boards are key points in the video and the below black and white storyboards were transitions for the animatics or overlays.

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This is a screen shot of some of the images from the falling scene we did with Jaime, probably one of the most difficult scenes to do, especially since the camera kept freezing!
 
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Here’s some of the shots where we used some Photoshop, these are just a few as we had to edit quite a bulk or else the effect would not last long enough for it to be seen.
 
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So here’s the link of YouTube if you want to check out the final video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07SoGpFQaN4&context=C497c4f6ADvjVQa1PpcFNbve26cX85rFbFG2-i_wWgvReouDxH1Ww=

Also the initial and detailed animatics can be found at these links:

Initial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZo9Q0h9xYo&context=C42481a6ADvjVQa1PpcFNbve26cX85rKwUs9mFk-5ZkxmkrKsj6oQ=

Detailed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-wN74NTfQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1

So straight after that our class were off and raring to go to the other side of the pond – NEW YORK!!!

We had a great time and crammed so much in – the MoMa, Guggenheim, Empire State building, Statue of Libby, Times Square – and our accommodation was conveniently right next to Central Park.

Our studio visits were fantastic and very inspiring too!

On Friday we went to Utopia Photography Studio and got a great insight into how being driven, inspired and damn good at networking/ what you do, can get you far. We even got a sneak peak at a photoshoot which was brilliant. On Tuesday we visited KarlssonWilker Inc. and got a nitty gritty insight into building up your business and how you gotta go for it and give it a go having your own studio.

All in all it was a fantastic trip and I’d happily go there again!

(Also the food portions were ridiculous! Haha!)

So here’s some picks:

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Anyways, I’ll be posting a bit more NYC picks (like the night-time shots from the Empire State Building) on my second post at the weekend after St. Paddys/ me n’ my flatmate’s 21st!

Over ‘n out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx