So, I have been pretty bad and not blogged over the past few days... I decided to give myself a little bit of a pre-hand in holiday. So today and Thursday I have been trying to get all of my sketchbooks in order, due to having the blog I decided to go through all of my blog posts and make little QR codes to put into my sketch books. To match up the timeline as well as hopefully making it easier for my tutors to read through my brain mess of work.
so yes I have to admit I really underestimated this task, I have nine different sketch books, and 5 different projects. 4 hours later.... Glad its done now however. I also went back and noticed I never actually finished my website for the student finance part of my project. So I went back and completely finished it off. Here are some screen shots from the site:
the website if you do want to check it out is:
I have to admit I am not too impressed with the website myself. I really under estimated it. I just had so much information, I think, I might actually go back and get rid of a page or change it. Not too sure, as I have decided not to continue with the website or even the student advice idea. As my ideas have developed further into more sort of how corporations treat their consumers and even their workers. Infact, as I have said that, I have actually gone backward looking at my original research, on corporation companies.
I have also been experimenting again with what I will have at my degree show, as I am determined to have a shelf for my piggy banks, although I am now unsure of even having my piggy banks.
this is just looking at what kind of slogans I can put beneath my images, as I am pretty much struggling with that.
I am not too sure if the piggy banks are a bit too much or not enough. I am not too sure, I also have to still try and figure out how to design my piggy banks if I do decide to show them..... SO MUCH TO DO!
Today was very productive, I got my finals done! YAY!!!! and I started to paint my wall for the show:
I have to admit I think I got one of the worst walls in the hall, simply because it had the most masking tape on it as well as holes poked through it.
My wall had the random bar above the wall is directly above my space. We were told that the hall is in the best condition it has ever been in. The hall above is actually the First year hall, so it's a little poetic that our end of year show is being held were in our first year studio.
So the wall was stripped, sanded down, gum strip ripped off and re-applied and painted.
So this is how my wall looks now. I am hoping to have the wall finished tomorrow. I can only imagine I will have to polyfill most of the wall too. So this is all very exciting, then next week we get to hang our work. Then it will be final hand in. The rest of my day I have been spending making QR Codes for my sketch books so my tutors will be able to link what I say in my sketch books to what I write on my blog.
Short blog today, just a little up date on my final weeks of being at university. That's all from me.
So much work done today, So I started to make and edit my editorials, this is just the first sort of drafts:
So I have been struggling with what to say beside the images. So throughout my research I have been looking at some online articles. So just for testing I actually put these articles on to the Coca- Cola image and the Facebook image. I then wasn't too sure with what to say exactly beside my bar-code image. I am still playing around and really trying to word everything right. I have also re-edited my final images again, so they are all parallel and the same side and everything so here is the 3 I am hopefully getting printed off tomorrow!
Tomorrow I get to paint the space I will be in for the end of year show, so I'm not too sure if I will be able to continue on with my research. Or If I will be just concentrating on painting tomorrow.
That's all from me today
Short blog today. So I did some more experimenting with my portraits, my tutor suggest a few changes to the facebook portrait:
I had to change the portrait to look as though it had been projected on. The first image is my original image. the second is the re-edited image. I have to admit I still prefer the first, original image.
This is how my portraits will look at the end of year show. I also got the idea of making these images into editorials. Like you would see in magazines. So I am very excited about developing that idea. I am also hoping to have slogans now underneath the portraits for the degree show.
Again looking at all three of the images together, I prefer my original facebook portrait. I am hoping to get these printed tomorrow, So all very excited for that :)
Short blog today, hopefully more to show tomorrow.
Today I got a lot done. I have re-photoshopped some images, even ordered my deck of cards to be printed for the end of year show. Everything seems to be coming together nicely.
For my deck of cards I had a choice between my three designs:
I have decided to just show my cupcakes, I have also ordered my monsters to be printed and my cupcakes to be printed to hopefully sell at the end of year show :)
I had also experimented with the idea of having all three of my designs together and the jokers and backs of the deck of cards, I just felt that this looked really strange.
I'm honestly just not happy about it, So I have chosen to go for just the cupcake theme.
I also successfully and finally got around to the re-edit of the "No Say" Coca- Cola image, I also went back to the facebook images and the bar-code ones too, and just tweaked them a little:
I went back into my bar-code portrait, I just made the bar-code look a little more realistic, The Coca - Cola portrait I finally edited to a way I liked it. I will admit the almost turquoise background was a little unexpected. Although I have to admit I rather like it and I think it really makes all the other colours within the portrait really pop. The Facebook images, I simply just went back in and made the "F" lighter and more white to really stand out. I really like all of these and I am really happy with these results.
This is an update of what my end of year show will look like. I just have to make a choice of whether or not to have my original Coca-Cola portrait or the re-edit of the portrait. I have to admit while l look at these side by side, I actually think the original Coca-Cola Portrait stands out more compared to the new portrait. I will have to ask around and see what others think. I am hoping to have these printed out either tomorrow or Tuesday.
I am still to buy my piggy banks, as well as dwindling down the slogans or facts I may put on them, although I have to think fast about either paper mache, black chalk board piggy bank and the paint it yourself piggy banks from hobby craft. Again hopefully this will be more items I can sell at the end of year show, hopefully people will want to buy them, I just have to start thinking of how and what way I am going to design them. Which I will hopefully get started on tomorrow.
So, I am very much nearly there, If this was the lord of the rings trilogy, I have just reached Mordor. That's it from me today, hopefully more development to show tomorrow.
Today I didn't get a much done today as I wanted to, I did a bit of research today, looking at piggy banks for the end of year show and even researching prices for foam board for the show, I haven't yet ordered my playing cards. I am still hoping to get others opinions, but I plan of making the purchase tomorrow, as well as trying not to cry over the price of them.
I did however, re-take images for the No Say, Coca Cola image. I realized that all of the images I had chosen to use,like the facebook and the bar-code images. I had my hair tied back in all of them, So although, I felt I had a good sort of contrast with the images I have. I didn't really feel it quiet worked. So I re-took the images. and low and behold, I don't like any of the re-taken photos:
I want to go back again and re-edit the image in a different way. As this seems too worked on.
Short blog today. That's all from me for today.
So I got a hell of a lot done today, I am almost there to having everything finished up, it's just a case of getting things printed and mounted for the degree show. Today I spent mainly drawing up my jokers for the Monster deck and the cup cake deck. I also went back and fixed my traditional deck of cards. I have now gone online and have managed to find a quote to get them printed. I am just not too sure at the moment whether or not to get multiples printed off to sell, as I am a poor student. At the moment I have worked out that I am able to at least get 3 of the cupcakes and 3 of the monster decks printed. I have looked at my traditional deck of cards and although I do like it. I have realized that they more than likely will not be very interesting to others. I would prefer to get all of the one deck of cards, So I am going to ask around and see what others suggest. I have basically until Sunday to decide. As I had hoped to get them printed out for my hand in. But looks like it's going to take roughly 3 weeks to get them sent here, so yea. Anyways here are my jokers I designed:
I have also decided on which backs I want to have on my cards:
I am not too sure about the cupcake backing, I am hoping to use the jumble of cupcakes, although I am unsure. I have however decided to go with these blue and red backs for the Monsters and Traditional decks of cards. The red for the Traditional and the Blue for the Monsters.
I am hoping to do more research into the photography portraits I previously done and get them all prepared as well as my cards above for print for the degree show, I am currently thinking of having the below as my exhibition:
obviously With the Cup Cakes I am planning on just choosing one of the suits and I will do the same with the other two suits, then on the fourth line of the cards I am planning to show the jokers choose one of the backings. to display. I was also thinking about even having some vinyl gold coins around the portraits. I also want to experiment again with words at the bottom or along the top of the portraits with facts. Although I already have a feeling that these may be stronger on their own. However I am still planning on experimenting further.
Even as I look at these now, I have realized I haven't yet bought the piggy banks, I am hoping to also go to hobby craft. Maybe find some cheaper Piggy Banks.... Anyways, to get to the point, I may even experiment and see if I might be able to write facts about how companies exploit people out of money or even just the facts of how money in big businesses are corrupted. I knew my dissertation research would come in handy now!
That's it for me today, hopefully more to show tomorrow.
Today I got a lot of stuff done, I'm happy to say I am nearly finished all of my major images. I went back and began to play about with my posters for the student advice section of my project:
I am actually really happy how these have turned out. Still unsure on the fonts, but I am still very happy with these pieces. They aren't amazing, but i do like my graphics and I put a lot of work into them. I am still unhappy with my coffee cup poster, The other three though, I'm more than pleased with.
I have also started to get my joker done for cupcake theme of cards. I am even starting to think about the portraits of facebook, the bar code and coca cola with possibly going back to putting writings on the posters as a bit of insightful information. I am pretty sure that the portraits of the exploitation will be displayed for my final end of year show. Anyways here is my Joker cupcake so far:
I'm still really not too sure on the colours I am using as I want to merge the red and black suits together, or in this case the browns and the reds. My idea is to try and get it to look like a chocolate and strawberry cupcake. This is still a work in progress, I also have to do another joker for the traditional and the monster decks. I am planning on merging these two together. Either way I don't think it will be too hard as he traditional looking jokers are creepy looking anyways. So it should fit in with the Monster and Traditional suits. So here is hoping I will get this all finished up tomorrow and be able to send them off to get printed for the degree show. It will be awesome!
I got so much work done today, also just to warn you this will be a short blog today. I am literally about to fall asleep!
I finally got around to photoshopping the images I took with the projector:
I am actually so impressed with how the facebook images turned out. I tried so hard to photoshop the apple ones, but it just really wasn't happening for me at all. It just didn't seem to look right. I also went back and actually photoshopped with bar code on the image with the eyes closed. Due to not liking any of the ones that I did take with the eyes closed.
I also got some new variations of my posters for the student posters:
There is still a lot that I don't really like on these posters, although I think I am almost there to get to my finals.
I also have started to created the backs for my deck of cards projects:
So as you can see there are a very bit of variations between the designs and I went for the traditional colours of red and blue.
So today, I have been in a mad mode of panic. I have been working my ass off with panic and procrastinating. I have just sort of been doing little bits and pieces. I am currently feeling like my blood pressure if off the charts and I am becoming slightly more aware of myself in public, in case I throw a strop like a bi-polar 2 year old. Pressure is on and I am freaking out!
I have started to re-design the posters I started last night:
I have started to also photoshop the images I took yesterday, although I have found this to be a slow process. I am unsure of where it is going, although I have to admit. I am unsure of what direction I am going with the photography.
Very short blog today, that's all from me today.
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