This workshop was about collecting research and recording a place quickly through a number of different mediums such as drawing, writing, listening and photographing things and people. Fast paced and quite intense. With this collected research the objective was then to combine all the information and display it somehow visually. My group decided to go to Spitalfields market and on our way there kind of divided tasks between us (with some overlapping) which meant that when we got there we just kind of split up, wandered around and sometimes connected again to see what we had done.
At last! I’m finished with my zine page and cover. I think I spent more time thinking on how I wanted it to look and what that look would say to someone seeing it for the first time than actually constructing it.
This week I’ve been introduced to drawing people on public transport. A very tricky thing to do, not just because of the obvious “not getting people to notice that you’re drawing them and leave” scenario- but because of other things as well.
Drawing exercise. Studying spaces around uni and trying to capture the certain feeling the space gives= very hard. I haven’t drawn in a long time now and it took a while for me to get back into it again without feeling like a child that haven’t picked up a pencil before. The pens kept slipping out of my hand.
I’ve recently been introduced to the amazing world of fanzines (the non-professional publications created by fans for fans) and I can’t get enough. I love how there seems to be no boundaries when it comes to layout and everything goes. As I am a layout nerd myself and love to play around with how you place text and image, I find this really inspiring!
Creating with purpose
A very important thing to consider when designing is that it’s probably never going to be you designing for you. It will be you- designing for someone else and what you design will not be seen by you alone but by many people (hopefully!) so it’s important to be critical about your work.
I decided to have a bit of fun in PS with one of the prints I made last week where I drew with a marker across a stencil (see markmaking post)! Can’t decide which one of these I like best though, the right one may just be too hipster for my liking but I’m not 100 percent sure about the colors on the left. And looking at it as I write this, the word “from” on the right one I think needs to be smaller and just a tad further down. Had a fun time experimenting though! I’ll put the project on the shelf for now and see if I can come back to it later.
This week has been all about experimenting with different ways of making marks on paper. Using time, movement, feelings, different pens, pencils, inks and paper it’s been an interesting way of approaching a kind of abstract picture making.
After making five animations I didn’t like with planes turning into stars or flowers in different ways and with different planes and backgrounds I decided the problem with all my videos was that they weren’t weird enough. So I made it weirder.
I’ve really been enjoying myself in the letterpress studio this week. There is just something about getting your hands full of paint that’s very calming to me. Using woodletters to print meant I’ve had to approach design in a different way than what I’m used to. Forcing me to plan ahead more yet at the same time accepting the mistakes and make the most out of them too.