Term 1 Developments

Going back to the formative feedback that we were given in term 1 subject area I have decided to go through and develop some previous projects. I have first of all worked on one of the image projects that we were given inspired by David Hockney. Ray advised that I change the outer shape from a rectangle to an ellipses shape as this is a more accurate shape of vision.

I have chosen three different style images that I previously designed and changed them to rectangles forming an ellipes shape. The top three images are my previous designs and the bottom three are my developments. I have done this to see which version looks the best. My favourite is the bottom middle design, this is because I think that the negative space works well, I also think that the ellipse shape works much better than rectangular shape. This is because the rectangles are closer together which creates a closer relationship between the shapes to form an interesting image.

The other two designs that I have developed I do not think are as strong. I like the first one as Think that the ellipse shape works well with it, although I prefer the same design with the use of white space as I think it creates movement within the piece. The third design is my least favourite as this is the most difficult to see because of the change in opacity with the negative space.

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The second project that I have began to develop was the type specimen piece. The middle black on white design was my previous piece. David suggested to improve this design I could try exploring with grey scale. In the first term I did explore using different shades of grey instead of the black on white, although I did not think that this was visually as strong.

I thought that having the piece inverted would look visually stronger and would work well with the typeface as it is a strong bold font. I think that this is a more powerful piece but wanted to take this further by experimenting with greyscale within the inverted piece. The design on the right hand is my favourite. The different shades of grey works well with the hierarchy of the piece and has become a more striking piece of design. I am glad that I have had the chance to develop on some previous pieces of design work as I think that these have improved them.

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Screen Printing

On Wednesday we started a workshop in the print room and completed it earlier on today. I have worked with screen printing quite a lot and is definitely my favourite printing method. I love how quick it is once you are all set up and the over all look of the screen prints. We did two types of screen printing, the screen print of the black detailed cocktail glass is a screen print technique that I am familiar with. We also did a cut out stencil screen print, I have never done this before and I really like that it creates more of a background and able to layer your prints on top of each other to make the image more interesting.I really enjoyed the screen printing workshop and hope to use this method more through my time in CSAD.


Hair Dressing Images


At the start of this project Ray used my previous work of the scissors and the comb for the pattern portrait as an example. Therefore I wanted to explore further into the hair dressing objects and do images for a hair dressing summer course for 18/19. I work in a hair dressers so on my shift I took photos of different elements in the salon that had potential to create interesting outcomes such as the water from the basin, brushes, hair mouse, clippers etc. I had such positive feedback about the healthy eating images and how I zoomed in to show the texture of the fruit and vegetables that I thought this could be used in a similar way. The four final images that I have chosen are bleach, a brush, a hair doughnut and water spray from the basin. I adjusted the brightness and contrast of these images to make them more interesting and striking. Even though I have used a similar technique to the healthy eating images by the way I have enhanced the brightness and contrast and cropped in to different elements of the photo. I think it has created a very different outcome to the healthy eating images whilst still being very visually effective. The colour scheme of the images group them stylistically and the way that they light shines on the objects shows texture well. We had specific measurements that we had to follow for the four final images and present them on an A3 piece of paper. Working to specific measurements was more difficult but I think the images work well together as a final outcome.

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Cocktail Making Images

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We have been set a new task which is very similar to the last briefs where we had to create images for a summer course for 18/19 year olds although we have been given some more specific design requirements about the size of the final 4 images. I decided to take images for a cocktail making course, I wanted to the focus on a vibrant and colourful colour scheme. This is to show the fun aspect of the cocktail making course but because of how vibrant the images are I think it suggests a ‘drunk’ illusion for the eye. I have cropped into the photographs so it is more difficult to see what each image is of, this is also made more difficult by the colour scheme. The four final images I have chosen is of a cocktail shaker, sugar around the top of a cocktail glass, a lime and straws. I think the shape and textures of these images along with the bright and vibrant contrast makes them interesting and creates an visually aesthetic outcomes.

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David Hockney Inspired Project

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For this new project we had to get into pairs and looked at David Hockney’s style of photo collage to influence our project ideas. The brief stated that we could chose between the word ‘Journey’ or ‘Collaberation’ to do our pieces on, both of these had to include people in them. We started out by taking photos of a journey through eating food and the destruction of it. For example the journey of eating an apple and the way that it gets smaller as you eat it, we also looked at different food such as a wrap, a kit kat etc. We liked this idea although it did not include people, we considered taking photos of people in it eating the food but chose to think of a new idea.

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Meg and I chose to think of the journey of travelling, to represent this idea Meg took photos of me driving in different locations and angles showing the scenery changing as well as my body language and the steering wheel. We felt that this would be a good way to create movement in the piece. To achieve these looks we first started layering different aspects of photos on top of each other and adjusting the opacity which creates movement in the piece well. With the original colour scheme the image is quite difficult to see so each layer we changed the colour scheme. I think that this creates depth in the photo and makes it more interesting. We were happy with the image we created but wanted to experiment further into layering the photos and shapes with the same opacity to create a more abstract look. I think that this works well using the coloured rectangles as it is very striking. We tried these shapes layered on top of the background photo and also tried taking the background photo away and replacing with a white background. This also creates an interesting effect because of the use of negative space. Both of these styes are influenced by David Hockney, I like the the use of photography, layering, shapes and colour as it is interesting and visually aesthetic.


The final design that we decided to go for was the below image. I think that this is the strongest image because of the block coloured rectangles, the way that they are layered on top of each other and in different positions which creates an abstract look. The use negative space I think makes the rest of the image stand out more than having the whole image together. I think that you can see a strong link between our designs and David Hockney’s style which I think works well.

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Finance Images

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Ray set us another brief to create images for a summer course for 18/19 year olds, I decided to go with a finance course as it is completely different. I experimented with cropping into money, card machine, bank card, calculators, laptops etc. I really liked the colourful aspects of the money and bank card, although I wanted to go with a different way to stylistically group them rather than looking at colour and texture. Therefore I liked the way of taking photo’s of the card machine, calculator and key board all in a similar angles focusing on the buttons of these objects. I like this as I think they are contrasting outcomes to my healthy eating images.

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Healthy Eating Images

Our brief for this image block is to take photographs for a summer course for 18/19 year olds. I have decided to do a healthy eating course so chose to use images of fruit and vegetables and group them stylistically.


I started off by sketching a variety of different fruit and vegetables using water colours and pens. I began to explore the compositions of the shot and how I would crop the fruit to focus on different aspects to make them interesting.

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I took a range of different photographs and edited the colours by adjusting the brightness and contrast so they are colourful and look visually appealing. I took the photos on a white background so the fruit was the focal point, I think this makes them stand out well.

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I have put an image of the avocado, kiwi and apple together as I think they go well together as a group. The colours and the pips also groups them together well. I have also positioned them in a similar way on the left hand side of the page, this also connects them together. I like the green and brown colour scheme as I think they look organic and natural which represents healthy eating well.

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These are the final three images that I want to use for my healthy eating summer course for 18/19 year olds. I think that these images are grouped stylistically by showing the different textures of fruit. The top left image is a close up of a raspberry, I like the way that the light is shining on the raspberry and the vibrant colour. The top right image is a close up of an avocado, I like the contrast of the smooth bright green flesh inside the avocado, and the dark rough texture on the outside. The bottom image is a close up of a kiwi’s skin, I like the way that the hairs of the kiwi are focused at the edge and fade into a blur, I think this shows an interesting texture. I like how the way that the images are cropped as it doesn’t immediately look like fruit but it is still recognisable.