Reporter : screen printing

In terms of screen printing my layered prints it was a long and difficult process. I had to make sure that the two layers would line up properly. I then had to edit the images in Photoshop to ensure that they were all clean and bitmapped correctly. I then took the images into in design in order to lay them out exactly where I needed them on the page.

I then printed these. After washing and putting emulsion onto my two screen I exposed the images and began printing. The Second layer of the illustrations did not come out as cleanly as I would have liked them to. I also found that the coloured paper looked nice, however too many colours was beginning to feel overcrowded. I wanted my prints to be perfect so I began the process again for my second screen.

I started fresh in order for me to get the most perfect finish.

The second time around on a different day in the print room I re printed the bottom layer images of my buildings again in order to get the perfect finish. I then tested printing my people again and they came out far clearer and the colour blue was really strong.

The screen print room then closed and I had to continue this another day.

Unfortunately, when I went back to the screen printing room on another occasion someone else had used my screen and it was re exposed with completely new images. This was really hard for me as I had already been back in the screen printing room twice to perfect my images and I had to take time to go and focus on something else. As a result I did not have the appropriate amount of time to repeat this process again and had to start planning a new way to complete my prints.

 

 

 

 

 

Reporter: New Title Page

As my project became more specific I decided to change the title of my project in order to have a more suitable opening title page.

My project discusses looking up and tearing ourselves away from our phones. I decided that they term “what’s up” is a direct reference, almost like a factual statement. Without the question mark it implies that I am trying to show people what is up above us. But the common question “what’s up?” is what will come to mind when people read the front title page. It will act as a friendly reminder for us as a society to question “what’s up?” why are we so engrossed in our technology?

 

Once I had decided on a new title I was back in the letterpress room in order to print. As my box is meant to be soulless, modern and ‘perfect’. The idea is that once you open my box you are hit with the colourful prints displaying the culture and beauty of the city around us. Seeing as my screen-prints are using bright pinks and blues I decided that I needed to have a title page just as vibrant’; especially as it’s the first thing viewers are going to see when they open the box. I began using blue ink for the lettering, however I still felt this was not vibrant enough. I have pink as the background colour for my screen-prints I decided to try my hand at mixing two coloured inks to make a vibrant pink. The pink would contrast well against the brightly coloured paper.

In regards to the way I arranged the letter I decided their arrangement needs to reflect the idea up and above. I tested out the phrase placed on its side so that you ready them sideways as they work their way up the page

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I began by placing ‘What’s up’ along the left-hand side however I felt the page looked blank as though it was missing something that was meant to be there. I switched the name to the left and placed the text in a more central position which I felt filled the space more.

Reporter: Boxed Set design

I began thinking about neat compact jewellery boxes I have seen before.   The sharp folds give the satisfying sensory experience I was hoping for.

I felt that a shape like this but using a different material would be intriguing. The shape almost reminds me of a spaceship which works well within my idea of ‘what’s up’ and modernity. I looked into making my own version in white card and used a plate and precise folding method to make a prototype.

However, the card was too thick so it was difficult to get a neat fold. However, I was really pleased with the general shape and technique of making this box I went to purchase more card stock and came across a silvery blue card which was the perfect thickness. The slight shimmer to the paper would add emphasis to the folds. The colour and texture of the paper makes me think of technology and the soullessness that I am searching for shows through.

Reporter: Laser Cutting

Today we had a laser cutting workshop. This was exciting for me because I never thought that I would get the opportunity to work In this kind of media.

The first stage of this process was through a tutorial with Ricardo in which he demonstrated how we prepare images for laser cutting. Using Adobe illustrator, he demonstrated how we changed the colours of the lines and arrange our images in order for the machine to recognise what actions it needs to take. We also had to take into consideration what the machine could physically do for us and how long it would take.

One of my stronger images from my derives is what I wanted to use. Seeing as this was just one work shop I wanted to get the most out of it by producing something that I could take further in my work. We were given a talk about what materials we could possibly use and shown some examples. I found the acrylic was the most visually appealing and looked more well finished. I also thought about other ways in which I could use my final laser cutting and thought about using it in a similar way to lino printing. Using acrylic would give me this opportunity as it could use ink on it and still be able to wash it off.

Preparing the image on illustrator wasn’t too difficult once I understood what to do. I first put the image through Photoshop and changed the levels to simplify the image. I then put it back into illustrator and because I was only etching I only needed one colour.

I chose the brightest and most vibrant colour acrylic to reflect my idea of bringing our surroundings to life through colour. The edge of the acrylic almost looked neon because it was so vibrant.

I was really pleased with the final outcome of my laser cutting and the way the light shone through it was beautiful. I would be really useful to take picture it in front of more historic architecture to create a contrast.

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Reporter: After effects animation

Today we had an after affects workshop with Michelle. After effects is something I am almost afraid to use due to my lack of experience. She showed us from start to finish how to create a moving animation. The way it was set up was almost like a layered set on a stage. This was a really interesting and useful way to approach creating videos through a digital medium.

Once all of our layers were set up we began positioning them at different distances from one and other and adding shadows.

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For my animation, I used the prints and illustrations that I had already produced and scanned these in. The idea behind my project is about people being too engaged in their phones, technology and social media and ignoring the world around them. Therefore, I wanted this to be reflected in a clear colourful way through the use of animation. I layered all the buildings into the frame and positioned them in the way I wanted. I then wanted to add my characters. I scanned in some of my illustrations of people using their phones and placed them at the forefront of the shot.

It was then time to add my effects and animate the characters. I animated the characters so that they remained black and white and glided across the screen seamlessly. I then animated the buildings to dramatically over power the people so they were hugely out of proportion. The buildings then begin to grow bigger and bigger as the people pass by and fail to look up and notice.

I thought this video worked well in representing my idea. However I feel that it lacks a certain finish due to my lack of confidence using this particular adobe programme.

 

Reporter: Sandy’s row Synagogue

On a visit to Sandy’s row synagogue I felt like we had been introduced to a hidden gem. It is London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue and the last fully functioning Jewish community in what was once the very heart of the Jewish East End.

The synagogue us full of history and is beautiful inside. We were shown around by an expert on the building who gave us a talk about all the things the synagogue had been used for. The synagogue is still regularly used today.

The building is discrete. Just a small door in the side of a ordinary looking building on a small street. The colour that is painted on the outside I find really beautiful but it still does not look like anything impressive would be inside. On the visit, I discovered that it was.

Reporter: Forgotton History

There is so much history within the east London area and it is constantly being forgotten. Brick lane and spit fields are now known for being great places for young people to lives with a huge number of exciting events and enjoyment to be had. It is also known for being an area full of modern culture and art. However, people forget what has taken place here. Through looking around and paying more attention to the area I discovered history that I didn’t know about. The area used to be predominantly Jewish and buildings full of history such as the sand’s row synagogue go completely unnoticed. Many politic rallies have also taken place on brick lane.

Buildings that have been stood there for long periods of history such as the Truman brewery and spitlefields market are walked past and ignored on a daily basis. Through my prints, I would like to add some light and colour onto these aspects of the area.

Author : Mono Printing

This is the first time I have attempted mono printing. At first I found it difficult as the method of drawing is not the same as usual. You have to be careful not to lean your hand on the page as this will print through. I also attempted writing backwards

In order for the text to read in reverse.

I was really pleased with the effect the Mono- printing left. The colour of the ink suits the relation my work has to buildings, rubble and industrialism. The cloudy rough texture left behind adds an eerie feeling to these images, which relates well to phrases such as “rising out of the vegetation”. The rough sketches came out in a really positive way.

 

I experimented with shape and the way in which I pressed down on the paper. I did some Negatives of the church on a circular pressed background and I thought that these images printed with a nice ghostly effect representing the history within Southampton.

 

Kickstarter: My Role Within the Team

 

Within the Kickstarter module I am art of the ‘War of Art’ team. As a group of aspiring illustrators, our plan is to create a card game that educates and uses our own designs. We wanted to continue with our plan to produce our own illustrations, however we decided that we needed to divide this workload more equally in order to promote each and every one of us. We brainstormed some ideas for interactive printed products and games came to mind. We began thinking about producing just packs of cards illustrated by us but decided that that this was not unique enough. The game we came up with is similar to the classic top trumps Each card is a different designer/ artist that has inspired us as a student in the field.

My role within the team is to Produce my share of the Illustrations. I selected my four artists based on the ways that they have helped and inspired me within my own work. I drew them all in my favourite line drawing style using black pen. I thought this would be easier to manipulate when edited and expresses the way I usually work. I am also responsible for Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 11.26.04 AM.png

Kickstarter: My Chosen Inspirers

The artists I have chosen I have selected for certain reasons. I have chosen Hannah Hock because her use of collage inspired me to be less of a perfectionist within my work through cut and paste techniques.

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I have also selected the artist Chuck Close. He is a painter and I have huge respect for his work. I also wrote an essay a few years ago on artists who have disabilities and how they adapt the way they work to them. Chuck Close suffers from the neurological disorder prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, which impairs his ability to recognize faces. Being a photorealist painter this was difficult for him. However, he modified his work with this and the result of his new paintings are beautiful.

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Thirdly, I selected ‘the letterpress monster’ Iann Gabb. I find his use of colours and layering hugely attractive and often take a look at his work for inspiration.

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Lastly I chose Anselm Kiefer. On a visit to one of his exhibitions at the Royal Academy I was hugely surprised and impressed by how much I appreciated the scale and intricacy of his work. Not many artists have impressed me this much when seeing their work in person.

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