For this project we were given the opportunity to work as an illustrator or a graphic designer to visualize a chosen song’s lyrics. We were aloud to chose which ever song we wanted and we had to visualize that song through illustrations or through branding for promotional material. We were given four weeks to complete the project and in that time we went through several workshops as well but all of the work went towards unit 10 “characteristics and contexts in art and design”
During this project I learned more about a few arts forms such as mono-prints and photo montages as these were the art forms that I used for the final piece. I also learned more about photography during a light room workshop where I learned how to use some of the basic light room tools and how to use them effectively.
During the project I also looked at several artists such as Jesse Treace and Hannah Hoch. These two artists are photo montage artists who we looked at during the photo montage workshop. These two artists used photo montage in very different ways and I preferred Jesse Treace’s work more because his work seemed to look more real then Hannah Hoch’s montages which were mostly different faces and people made up of more different people. It was these two artists who helped inspire me to create a photo montage for my final piece.
When researching my song which was “a real hero” I found out that it was about a pilot who saved 155 lives by performing a near impossible emergency. This was quite an interesting discovery but it seemed a bit difficult to illustrate so I decided to create an final piece that didn’t directly illustrate this story.
For secondary research I collected collections of images and analysed some of them for inspiration for my own test pieces and the final design. I also looked at a few other songs such as “learn to fly” and “in the clear” which are both by the Foo Fighters which proved to be more confusing as “a real hero”. For the song “in the clear” I went into more detail and broke down some of the lines to try and find key words and then visualize those broken down lines.
Over the four weeks I was involved in several workshops which were: a Photo montage, a graphics design, a Adobe Light Room and a Print making workshop which were all interesting and they will all come in handy later on in the course but the Adobe Light Room workshop was the only workshop out of the four workshops that wasn’t useful for this project. In the Adobe Light Room workshop we learned how to use the software which was used to edit pictures and to optimize them. Even though I didn’t use Light Room in my project I really enjoyed working with the software. But for this project it didn’t come in handy because I based my work around print making and photo montages and so this software and skill wasn’t needed.
The rest of the workshops did come in handy and the most useful one was probably the print making workshop as I used prints mostly running up to the final piece. For the final piece i combined several images together to create a final photo montage so the photo montage workshop was really helpful for me as it made me understand how to use completely different images together, effectively, through composition, to create decent pieces of work. The graphics design workshop focused on creating pieces of work using; (Adobe) Photoshop, Illustrator and In design. In the workshop wer were taught how to use the columns tool in In-design to create posters, magazines, leaflets etc. But even though it wasn’t that helpful in this project, it was helpful in general as I want to continue with graphic design in future projects and in university so this session was important.
Initially I came up with the idea to use prints to illustrate the film “drive”, which the song “A real Hero” highlights in and is one of the main soundtracks of the film. Once i made the prints, I scanned them and place them into Photoshop where I edited them and added colored elements. I Liked the outcome of the prints but it was hard to add color to the prints and still keep the print textured look to it. In the end though I couldn’t use them for my final piece because they were basically traces of movie scenes so they aren’t illustrations.
I did gather some feed back from those prints and the main consensus was that the prints needed to be more textured and that they needed to have some color added to them. I was also told that i either need to crop down the prints so that there was something happening all over the page or to expand on the images so that the page was full.
After creating all the prints from the movie traces, I had to change my idea and so I decided to create a mix of images and prints and combining them into a photomontage using Photoshop.
For the samples and the final piece I used inks within printmaking to make most of my pieces. To create the prints I simply used black ink and a sheet of paper which i then went over with a pencil where I wanted the lines to show. I did a lot of test pieces to find out how much ink would be needed. At first I used far too much ink which meant lots of excess ink stuck to the page making it almost impossible to see the design, so it was important for me to do lots of test pieces to get it right. For the final piece I used two elements of print and two images which I edited within photoshop to make a montage. one of the prints was essentially a group of hands in the air and the second was a silhouette of a man which I added a texture by using a sheet of material in the printing process. The main problem I had was with creating the silhouetted man because when I placed the inked fabric into the roller, The fabric would fold in some places and so the outcome would have a very obvious derform. It took several attempts before the print worked and was clear and crisp enough to use in the final piece.
For the final piece I took the concept of the song which was that this man had saved many lives in a horrific situation and against all odds.
So i took a crowd of people, which represent the people that the man saved, and traced out the outline to show there hands to make it look like the crowd of people are thanking or cheering the man.
“155 people on board
All safe and all rescued
From the slowly sinking ship”
The man is obviously representing “a real hero” aspect but the police and the eerie sky are representing the dystopia that the man has saved the 155 lives from.
What I like about the final piece is how the sky and the wall of riot police work well together. They both look like they both originated from the same image which in my opinion makes it look better. I actually like all of the different element of the montage. For the silhouetted man I like the texture that I used for him, for the hands I like how the text looks against the white but partially textured background. What I don’t like about it is how sharp the edges of the man look against the rest of the photo montage. I already combated this slightly by using the blur tool which changed it for the better significantly but i still think it looks to bold against the rest of the image.
Overall I’m happy with the outcome of my final piece and I enjoyed the project. This is because it let me use elements such as print making, and then incorporating them into graphic design which was interesting and its opened up new options for future projects. But it could have been marginally better if i hadn’t made the mistake of spending a majority of the time creating something that didn’t fit the criteria of the project.
These ten prints are my final test pieces before i created my final piece and with these test pieces I also asked and received some feedback. But all these images are movie stills so I can’t use these for my final piece. For these prints I made them the same way as I made the other prints previously.
Like the previous prints, they are quite simple in the way they aren’t many complications and there is limited shading. I chose to do this again because I like the simplicity of the style and the random textures that comes from the ink because it creates an unpredictable effect but sometimes there is too much extra ink marks like in the 4th,7th and 8th image. But in some of the images I feel the textures work perfectly with the lines, such as in the final piece all the extra ink marks avoid important parts of the mono-print but they make it more interesting and rough.
Once I had finished the prints, I asked for feedback that would improve the prints off of several people. They said that textures or more textures need to be added, there needs to be more colors and shading and in some images the size of the paper needs to be cropped or the drawing expanded so that it fills the page. When I take these prints into Photoshop I intend to use the textures that I made from other prints to place over these original mono-prints to make it more lively. While I’m editing the prints I’m also going to incorporate colors and experiment with just one color to create simple designs, I’m also going to test coloring the whole design with individual colors for different sections of the print to create a more detailed design.
Overall I’m glad with how these prints turned out but once I have incorporated color into the designs and textures they could look many times better.
For my final piece I want to either to use mono prints or pencil drawings. I first I tried creating some mono prints on smaller versions of the images that I want to use for my final piece so that I have an idea of what the outcome will look like. To make these mono prints I simply used two images that I place over a sheet of paper that had the ink layer underneath it. I then went over key parts of the image with a pencil to create the lines for the print.
The images are two images from movie scenes of the film “drive” but for my final piece I want to combine photomontages and prints digitally together.
The main aspect of these prints and in most mono-prints is the lines as they are a limited amount of them and they are the boldest part of the print. This is because the pressure from the pencil is focused onto one spot so a lot of ink is picked up, if not all of it. In these pieces the lines are more defined because there isn’t a lot of dark shading involved so the lines stand out more. The next most improtant part of the prints is the colour and texture. For these prints I didn’t focus on colour because I intended to apply colour within photoshop. But textures are alwasy there in monoprints because some ink alwasy sticks to the paper what it isn’t intended to, unless something is placed there to block the ink such as another piece of paper. the textures in these pieces are there because I used to uch ink and when drawing onto the ink, my hands leant onto the paper causing some of the ink to be picked up due to too much pressure. but these textures are quite light so the lines are still clear.
Overall I’m happy with these prints and I intend to experiment with them some more but I don’t like are these prints are quite messy and scruffy so next time I’ll take off more ink to limit the unwanted ink marks.
For my final piece I want to use either pencils or mono prints so these sketches are just quick sketches of some of the scenes. I like drawing with pencils but i think for this project, inks might be the better option because I think that inks and mono prints will help depict the scene in a simpler way which is what I want from these designs. Also its a lot faster to make mono prints then detailed drawings so I’d rather have multiple prints to work with then 2-4 drawings.
For this workshop we went back to print making where I create several mono prints using black, green and yellow inks. To create the mono prints we used a sheet of plastic to layer the ink onto using a roller. Once ink was evenly spread over the sheet I used several sheets of paper to remove any excess ink that would otherwise ruin the mono prints. Then I’d place a final piece of paper over the ink which I’ll make the mono print onto.
To make the print I mostly used a pencil to create the lines but I also used my fingers and hands to create lighter shades then the shades that the pencil make. I also attempted to make a relief print which didn’t turn out as planned, this is because I used the same amount of ink as if I was making a mono print so there wasn’t enough ink to go through the material onto the paper.
What I like about the mono prints that I made are the thick lines that they created and how they stand out from the rest of the print. I also like the faded textures the prints have that are made either from just from no pressure at all or from my hand leaning on the paper making a bigger textured area. what I also like about using pencils on prints is that when you create a scribbles on the image it doesn’t show up as a scribble on the paper but a block of color where the pencil has been which makes the print look better in my opinion.
What I don’t like about print making is that its a lot harder to create different tones, Yes, you can create a light shade by rubbing a finger where you want it to be shaded or you can use a pen or pencil to create a much darker line but when creating the print you can’t see the marks you are making until you lift the paper up, so you have to make a guess as to how much pressure is needed to create a certain shade which usually ends up being the wrong shade
Overall I really enjoyed creating prints and intend to make more test pieces with mono prints in this project and future projects.