Category Archives: Experimental

B&W

From my trip to Dungeness I had a number of different feelings towards the places we visited. Especially Dungeness beach which felt like an aftermath after a nuclear war, there was destroyed wood buildings, a lack of people around, beached boats and even a nuclear power plant located nearby.

I wanted to capture the location like it had been frozen in time as it really felt it had been left behind in time. I decided to experiment with Black and White photography for this trip. Black and White photography can convey many different meanings: it can represent realism and age of an image, especially with the historic process of developing black and white photographs. It is also thought that black and white photographs tend to be ‘truer’ to the subject their showing, this may be because things like photo editing and manipulation wasn’t possible back when black and white photographs were only a technical process and not consciously decided.

(http://www.headshotlondon.co.uk/love-black-white-photography/)

• Its timeless – by transporting us to a place that transcends the here and now, black and white pictures can convey more universal themes. They are, quite literally, able to speak across the generations.
• Its versatile – every type of photography, from portraits to landscapes to still lives, is suited to black and white. Furthermore, you can achieve stunning results in any conditions and environment – you don’t need to wait for the sun to come out!
 Its distraction free – busy, colour saturated pictures can confuse the eye—sometimes there’s simply too much going on. Black and white images on the other hand can seem refreshingly simple and it’s often easier to see and interpret the main focus of the picture.
• It can be subtle – dialing down the contrast a little on black and white images can result in beautifully subtle compositions in soft shades of grey. Experimenting with this in post-production can completely change the tone or the mood of a picture in a way that wouldn’t work for a colour image.

 

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Collage Work

After the presentation I received feedback of different ideas that I wanted to experiment with for my front cover. One of them was collage that I was excited to try for my subculture Teddy Boys. Firstly I had a look at some artists who had made famous collage works, such as Richard Hamilton and Hannah Hoch. I thought collage would work well to represent Teddy Boys as I could use different mediums to build up an image featuring their signifying practices.

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Here I started experimenting with some collage techniques, I wanted to experiment with materials that Höch and Schwitters used, like torn paper, newspapers, imagery, stamps, typography.

I started gathering materials that I wanted to use. With Höch and Schwitters artworks in mind I set out creating my collage. I started with some packaging tape which is often used in mixed media works,  and a photo of 1950s London, this image is iconic as it physically represents the streets of London in 1950’s.

img_5178 Using found imagery of a Ted I cut out and made some paper strips to create a collage effect. To create an aged effect I used tea to stain the paper giving it an aged look.

I wanted to incorporate some of my sketches into the collage, I experimented sketching onto a the tape however it didn’t transfer properly without smudging in pen and pencil. I had an idea of using some of my drawings from my sketchbook, scanning them into my computer, then using photoshop to overlay them. This will give me flexibility where I want the
placement of my sketches, decide on the opacity of them and overall give img_5179me much more control.

I also experimented with cut out newspaper articles. I chose do to this as I have researched the Teddy Boys were subject to a lot of press creating morale panic about them. In my collage I didn’t want to show the negative connotations about teddy boys like the violence and flick knifes.

I like the style of collage that I had created and think it works well to showcase the article will be about Teddy Boys, the next stage is to get my sketches scanned in and start digitally overlaying them on my collage.

To show that this is a revival of the Teds I have used a modern technique of collage with the imagery from their era, I will incorporate my own sketches of the signifying practices they supported to communicate what the double page spread will feature.

Illustration Experiment

Here is a quick experiment I have done illustrating a teddy boy using Illustrator. Using a famous photography of a Ted I started illustrating him using the pen and pencil tool to create smooth, organic shapes to build the design. Because it was a black and white image I had to create my own pallets that I thought would be the most accurate. I think I managed to keep the colours consistent especially in the face. I knew this was just an experimentation piece of work before I started so I didn’t go into high detail, however from doing this I feel like digital illustration isn’t a technique that will suit what I want to communicate in my cover for the Teddy Boys. It is too clean and sleek for what I want, although the Teds were clean cut in their suits and hairstyles, their personalities, attitudes and media coverage didn’t show them in this manner.

Something like a digital painting I feel would suit this better as a piece of visual communication as more emotion can be put into it from things like rougher brush strokes and colours used.

Indesign Experiment

This was an experiment in Indesign, playing around with text leading, compound paths and the shape tool. Using the shape tool and the arrow keys on the keyboard it allowed me to divide up a square shape into evenly spaced smaller ones which can be useful for creating columns in my double page spread, and can also be used to create interesting collage effect pictures. Using the ‘gap tool’ I could space my boxes out to my desired style, then I turned the paths into compound paths. Now I could place an image (cmd + d) into the document with the paths selected, which fits just into the boxes I have made. Below you can see the effect it creates.

I wanted to try this using text. I created a text box and made my text, however I wanted it to be bunched together so the image could be clearly seen. Using the character panel (cmd + t) I focused on the leading, which brings each line closer together, and then kerned each line so they were square together. I then turns the text to outlines and made it into a compound path and followed the same steps as before. This creates an interesting typographic effect which I will keep in mind for my spread or cover.