Monday, October 28, 2013

The Big Update Part 3: The Assignment

I made something wonderful. 
Something I've wanted to make for a while but haven't had any reason to.Which is no excuse really, you shouldn't need a reason to create something wonderful.

But I did have a reason, and so I was able to bring an idea to life, which is the most wonderful feeling a crazy creative person can have.

We were given an assignment at College 2 weeks ago. 

The task was to design a film poster/album cover/book cover/record cover of our choice, and we had to hand make the feature element of our design. 

So basically, get away from the computer and make something with your hands... remember your hands? When they're not clicking or typing they can do OTHER STUFF!!! I totally forgot that!

Now some of you may know I have a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn, and most of you probably know I that love flowers very much.

So I decided to create a film poster for My Fair Lady: The story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady. It's pretty funny actually. 

So for the handmade element of my design,  I made a ball gown like skirt out of flowers.

And now I get to show you the lovely piece I made. 

Due to terrible self esteem, I'm rarely pleased with my own creations. 
This time though, I am so thoroughly in love with this creation.

Even though I was terribly sick when I had to make it, it felt so good to be creating something.
The shabby skeleton of the skirt.
Milk crate to hold it up, cheap hula hoops to make the skirt shape.
Then a lot of sculpting wire, guttering mesh & cable ties!

Here's a lovely photo of my sick, sick face.

Threading and tying flowers to wire.  I think that's chocolate or vegemite on my arm.

Nearly Done.

Finishing touches.
I used a mix of flowers, the main flower used was Geraldton Wax in orange, Pink, yellow and white.
The dress.
The silhouette I traced.
This is what it ended up looking like. The type package I made is a bit messy. Might fix that later.
The finished assignment

The lady that made this project not a horrendous failure.
My super amazing supportive Mum, who had a blast with me in the studio.
We both love flowers and just hanging out in general. Perfect combo.

Remember how I said I was grossly sick?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Big Update Part 2: The Cartoons

In true Saint Damascus form, here are some weird or funny cartoons:

It's daylight savings!
Sometimes everything just feels very big and I feel very little.
Daily Doubts

I'm not entirely sure what's happening here.

This is annoying because I have absolutely no need for an ipad at all. There is no reason for me to want an ipad expect that they are shiny & I do what I want. That is so crappy. Sometimes I think "I should give away all of my things and run into the forest forever so I can avoid all of these privileges I did nothing to deserve".

Pffft That's never gonna happen.

(Hey, the dinosaur cartoon & beautifully illustrated cartoon at the end of this post are by other artists! Not me!... I wish they were by me)

Comic by Lonely Dinosaur T-shirt company

One of the most emotive, striking, truthfully sad series of illustrated images I've ever seen about a big heavy all encompassing feeling most of us know too well.
By Sylvie Reuter.

The Big Update Part 1: College Progress Report

Oh, hello!

I have indeed been a busy pickle.

Here is a graph that shows what I've been doing for the last month:

I've decided to cut into my sleep time to bring you this big 3 part blog post, because who needs sleep when you can coffee!

So let me show you what I've been up to at College. I have been doing lots of drawings! 

Zombies for a Campaign to get teenagers to live without mobile technology.
Quick messy drawings scanned into photohop.

These crazy characters are for an alternative comedy channel website!

Making a desktop background based on the word "soft".
I had major troubles with the scanner when making this, so it's not quite how I want it to look.

Learned how to make gifs! Woooooo! Gifs!
Here are my first ever slightly clunky gifs:

I've done a bunch of other stuff as well, but drawing is my favourite!

Now look, I know that these may not seem very swish or impressive, but I think for a baby graphic designer such as myself, it's not a bad effort. 

My portfolio will be far more impressive once I have finished the course obviously, I just thought you might want to see my progress! 

Also I completed a project over the weekend which is in fact VERY swish and impressive (if I do say so myself) but I am going to dedicate a whole blog post to that assignment. 

Did you know that this course is only 3 months long? I will be graduating in December! 
How crazy is that!? 

I am at school Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm & every minute my brain is being mashed full of crazy new informations. It's awesome. My head is completely exploding, but in a really good way. 

Stay tuned for the big update part 2: The Cartoons.