Craig and Karl workshop

For this lesson we were split into different groups which would do different workshops. I stuck with the graphic design workshop because I intend to do graphic design at university level . In this workshop we were shown Craig and Karl’s work where they had taken the faces of famous people and then separated the main sections of the face and then adds different colored textures to all the different sections.

In their work they always uses a very wide range of colors along with a variation of simple shapes or stripes. The colors that they use are almost always vibrant colors and they always uses thick lines to separate the different sections of the face which helped emphasize all the different areas and colors which makes their work really stand out. Also the way that they choose there colors is interesting, as a whole the colors wouldn’t work together but they work well together with the other surrounding or adjacent colors. For example, in the Kanye West piece, there are two sets of colors which work naturally. The blue hair and the red forehead compliment each other well, also the green dotted cheeks and the purple stubble also work well but if you swapped any one of those colors I highly doubt it would have the same effect.

They also don’t tend to use textures within any of their work which gives the work more of a simplistic theme even if some parts of the faces can be quite hectic but they do use a lot of shapes within their work. Each section of the face is filled in with either a variation of stripes, lots of small circles, a plain block of color or squares but the squares aren’t as common as the other forms.




After we were shown Craig and Karls’s work, we were shown exactly how to create similar artwork in their style. We used Adobe illustrator and the image which is directly below fro the workshop, although the image below was already edited and but into the simple form that we’d use for our first test pieces. But before we made the test pieces we were shown how to make the different textures and backgrounds that’d we’d use for the different section of the face. First we were shown how to make a texture with circles which we did by creating a circle with the eclipse tool, dragging it into the swatches tab, double clicked that circle within the swatches tab which opened an options menu which allowed us to edit the layout and spacing of the different circles. Then we were able to use any of the shapes tool to create a shape filled with the circles we had just made. To make the colored backgrounds we made a replica of the shape but gave it a color instead instead of circles which we then placed behind the circles. Once we’d grouped together the two layers we were able to use it for our test piece. To make the textures that uses lines and overlaying shapes we were shown a different method. First we made a stripe or a shape, copied that shape using the alt key, then selected both of those two shapes and then went into the blending tool options which was under the “object” tool bar. After we had the right settings selected we changed how many shapes we wanted to be included in the texture and applied those settings which created the pattern. Then we added a colored background the same way as in the previous method.

Once we had learned those two methods we went into the test piece and experimented with the new tools. We kept the different patterns and textures to their separate sections by using the pen tool and then making clipping masks for each individual section.aiw_2525137b00000000000000000000


The first two test designs are above which I used to get used to the new method and design so naturally they both look terrible. In the first design none of the colors matched up and the patterns didn’t work with the sections they were in. In the second design there wasn’t enough variation in colors and the line thickness that I used for all the patterns are too similar and there isn’t enough sections of the face which are simply block colors. I also only used lines in the second test piece so there needed to be more shapes.

In the design below we were asked to do the same thing in the test pieces but with a person that we chose ourselves. There is an improvement in the design but I still really disliked the outcome. Although there are more colors it became too many colors and the colors became too random in too random positions. But in this test piece I did make some use of the patterns for example the brown stripes kind of replicate the hair and for the mustache and beard I used a weird line pattern to try and replicate the beard from the actual picture but the blue color and design of the lines didn’t make it fit well with the rest of the piece. Also the size of the dots on his side burns and the right hand side of his face are too similar so neither stand outs more than the other. To make one portion more bold, which I think should’ve been the ear and sideburns, I could’ve made the green dots a lot larger, similar to what Craig and Karl do in their work. 001

For my last design of the workshop I tried linking to the Constructivism movement which is what I want my project to be based upon. I took a set of colors which are mainly used within Constructivism which are black, reds and yellow. I tried using a basic set of red and yellow to create a piece but the whole thing ended up looking like something from McDonald’s. So I changed up the color palate  and used a much darker red which was more like burgundy and a creamy yellow and the difference was huge. The image below is the final outcome but before it got to that stage there were some differences. The ear and the right cheek had each others pattern and color, The beard just below the mother was the burgundy color instead of black stripes and the red lines around the eyes were black. I changed them to what they are now because I asked for feedback and was advised to make these changes which I 100% agree with now.

I like the colors that I chose and how I used them because I used a limited color palat and the burgundy and the creamy yellow turned out to be nice colors to blend together so I’ll probably use this color palate again in the project. Using different sizes of shapes and spaces gave different tonal effects which I really liked using I also like the use of stripes within the hair and facial hair sections but where I used dots, I tended to use the same sizes for each section which may have been for the better, but I think using larger dots on the forehead may have improved it by making the eyebrows and the eyes stand out more. Another problem is that the yellow areas are made up of stripes which is hard to tell at first glance because the spacing is so small, so having a burgundy or black background may have improved it, But then the whole piece would look darker which may have had negative effect.

Overall I’m happy with the final outcome and I’d like to use this method again and maybe even in my final piece.




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