So, today I mainly got my pieces placed for the interim show.
I also looked up a for more things on the theory of happiness. Confirming some of my own thoughts. I also spoke to a few fellow students on different courses to get their opinions. I was surprised to discover that. This graph by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Depicts that over the past 50 years. Although pay has gone up. Levels on happiness and well being have went down. I was surprised to find out that actually, this hasn't been something that has gone on in the past 50 years. But very early on in the 10th century economy this was a similar thing. So yea an interesting thing I learnt today. Also just to warn, I may not be able to blog tomorrow as I will be travelling home for the weekend. Hopefully the only disruption will be tomorrow and blogs will go back to normal by Friday.
I have spent most of today researching for this new book cover competition I am doing for Kelpies. The cover is for "Hunt At The Hill Of The Red Fox MI5"
So this book cover will be for 10-12 year old audience, and it's all about spies! Really looking forward to getting stuck in. the Book is set in the Cold War, I have had to brush up a little on my history. But yea, I haven't yet done any sketches for this. As I am currently just processing all the information I have gathered. With the likes of the designs of other Kelpies Illustrators, the cold war history as I mentioned before. And what other book cover about spies have done.
These I am assuming are the first book illustrations. So to my understanding (As the company haven't given too much information) I am designing the sequel to this book. So this in it's self gives me a little more insight into how to design this. As well as looking at these covers and taking notes on what I like and dislike about each of them. I will hopefully have actual sketches to show you tomorrow on my initial ideas on what the hell I'm doing.
Hello, so. I realize I didn't post anything yesterday. With very good reason I did nothing, I also wasn't able to blog via, my phone. So anyways, today I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, due to illness. However I just did a little more research on the kings and queens that have ruled Britain. It started with King Offa (757-796 pictured below), The throne was then handed down to his son, Ecgfrith reigns for less than 6 months.
The throne was then empty for 6 years before King Egbert ruled in 802. This seems to be the first and last time the throne is empty for this long.
Another thing I noticed within the date of all the kings and queens, there really wasn't many that had ruled longer than 30 years. I also thought it was very interesting that the first Queen of Britain didn't happen till 1553, Queen Mary, she only ruled for 5 years and then the throne was ruled by Elizabeth 1st, One of the most famous rulers of Britain, she ruled for a hefty 45 years
So I am now hoping to look into Kings and Queens from Europe and hopefully will start to get a better idea about which historical characters I want to have in my deck of cards. So I think I will more than likely have a few different designs of playing cards. But this will be the first hopefully.
I am now on my last few days with being home, So I am now making the rounds of making sure I see everyone before I leave to go back to Aberdeen. So I have to admit I am unsure if I will be able to post tomorrow, let alone do any more research. So don't say I didn't warn you!
So, lots done today. Started really getting stuck into the ghost story brief. Been doodling all day as well as really familiarizing myself with the brief, as yesterday i got pretty confused by it. Here is just a wee image of my sketch book.
Also looking into the deck of card brief I'm doing, I was researching royalty. Came across a random quiz. "See what King or Queen you are", So I took the quiz just to see what would come up. I had to answer all sorts of questions on what kind of leader you'd be. I'm not very into politics so most of the questions were random picks. I got:
I asked my mum to see if she knew who she was, mainly due to my laziness of looking it up on Google. Her response was "She was really manly"..... So, yea. cheers mummy LOL. I feel like I'm learning!
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