So much has happened in such a short space of time!
At the end of last week, my boyfriend James (He’s also guitarist in our band!) and I were on the guest list (yeah, for real) for a record label launch in Camden. The label is called Roulette Media Records, and there were several bands on during the night. My idea was to print off some business cards for the event just in case I got talking to some people about my work. However, during hand in the day before the printers decided to entirely collapse on many of us and I couldn’t do it. Which is a shame! mainly because I had to hand in some of my work digitally, but also because of the event. However, whilst we were there we were sort of there pretty much for music matters, so maybe there was no place for it. Part of me wishes it had worked, but I know I’m also not that outgoing so maybe I just wouldn’t have mentioned it anyway. I know it’s going to have to be something I develop later on in my career. John introduced us to artist Kate Moross during the last unit, who has the career I’m pretty much dreaming of! She did work for artist as well as for MTV, and got her career by just talking to people on nights out and who she was near in lines at gigs. I admire her, because I’m stupidly shy and a little socially awkward. Below are my current business card ideas:
Last week was busy and also not, we started our new unit Authorial Narrative. The basic jist is illustrate or animate a story which we have written, whether it be imagined or just a re-telling of something, to a professional level.
On Tuesday we were briefed as well as starting a small 3 day project called “re-think”. We were all given a topic at random, some people were getting really intellectual theories, some people were getting scientists and philosophers. Me? I got “Torture”. Which, yeah could be pretty interesting – my idea of torture is like medieval chambers or dunking witches in lakes. However, we then received information about what our topics were. My small bit of information said something about Nazi’s and Isis. I’m D O N E with this Isis stuff, it’s depressing and not really a topic I want to look into too heavily. Trying to absorb the briefing I sort of just ignored the rest of the info as well, which makes me dismissive I know but I just wanted to work on what my perception of Torture was. I think sometimes when you’re given a tough brief, or fake brief in our case, its good to kind of roll with what you have in your head because then it keeps you interested as well as allowing you to explore a bit more and come up with new leads. I did quite like what I was doing towards the end, but I’ll go into that in a sec. Later that day we were all given a huge sheet of paper and were told to sort of mind map what we had further researched. Here’s my mind map:
The next part of the project was to create an A1 image or 10 second animation based on our topic. Whilst doing the mind map I had confessed to John I didn’t really enjoy looking at this topic (He did offer to have me change, but 1. I wasn’t too interested in them either and 2. I’d already gotten into some sort of flow with Torture) and he said to me that sometimes you just have to churn something out, or you have the right to refuse the job if you like. He put it into the perspective of “If the Torture Museum had hired you to make posters for them what would you do?”. I thought what would be so nice is to create a series of short motion posters as advertisement using AfterEffects … HOWEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. You’re right, it failed on me. Remind me, what did I say last week? I’m never going to use Ae again and I tried and I remembered I’m an idiot. All the files were right though and everything but this time it refused to let me animate more then 2 fames? Also all the files messed up and came up as the same file? I’m not sure if I just over wrote one of them or whatever but I was just losing my mind. I gave in and just printed my images out onto A3 paper. I quite like them actually! I feel so much more comfortable when in Photoshop. I also thought it was weird how I’d kept the same colour scheme as my mind map – sort of anyway with the oranges and yellows. The first one was sort of a replication of my mind map in collage. The second was my take on what Torture was, focusing on Witch Trials. and the third was more of a general idea of torture and showing different examples. They look pretty cool! I’ve had comments saying they’re some of the most striking images I’ve done:
On Wednesday, whilst completing these pieces I was speaking to Phil about what I was thinking of doing for this unit. I’d really like to do something based on a personality, icon or celebrity. Something autobiographical and something I’m good at working with and know I’ll enjoy. Preferably I want to work with a female, because I enjoy drawing women more as well as I find it a lot easier to modify/stylise women (eg. like on the sims I found it way more fun to make women sims because their clothes were a lot more interesting then the men’s) OR I’d enjoy working with a male who is creative or eccentric – much like Manson, because he has an artistic flare/aesthetic which I enjoy working with too. I’m not going to limit myself to a celebrity, but ideally I’d want it to be based on a musician or band, but I’d also be into models, artists or directors maybe? Oddly I’d like the person or person’s I’m looking at to be dead, not to sound grim but then the story already has a conclusion. I’d also accept bands who have either stopped touring or have split up because that’s kind of a conclusion. Some people I’ve thought about are: Oasis/Liam and Noel Gallaher (It’s for personal reasons tho), Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, John Lennon/The Beatles etc. Phil said it’d be super cool to make the Gallaher’s into a biblical thing sort of like Cain and Able because they fight all the time. Already I’m inspired by Dave McKean again, mainly because I brought a copy of Arkham Asylum and I really enjoy the textured comic book look. I’d just like to experiment with a comic but make it a bit unconventional and different like I feel he does. Some other idea’s I’ve come up with are to work with a time period or event in history, I could fabricate the story – much like I would if I were to work with a celebrity. I’d like to do some sort of re-telling of a well known story and make it alternative. Or I’d like to make a story inspired by song lyrics or a poem.
On Thursday morning we had our first lecture for this unit, where we looked at the methods of story telling in like everything that ever existed. For example, how to grip the reader to your story using dramatic irony or a dangling cause. We watched parts of Toy Story to see these methods in action. We also watched this really cool extra where they explained the first demo of Toy Story was terrible and Woody was a complete arsehole. I quite liked it, maybe because I’m a total monster but also because it was different to what we already knew. Still kind of rolling with the Strange and Familiar themes here aha!
Finally, on Friday I was waiting around for James in town and I came across this book about Nirvana – who are one of my favourite bands of all time and Kurt Cobain is my hero. The book is called Treasures of Nirvana by Gillian G Gaar. I grew up drawing Kurt and Courtney so I don’t think I’d like to work on a re-telling of the existence of the two, or the bands, or anything like that because I’ve done it before; also their whole lives are set out for them within common media as well and I just think everyone and their mother knows what happened to Kurt Cobain. The book contains the story of Nirvana as well as these little pouches with replicas of tickets and tour posters/memorabilia. It reminded me of Marille Fuchon again, in where it uses objects and memorabilia to illustrate or further explain something. Which I thought would be a pretty neat way of telling a story. I also thought it would be so beneficial for the DYP unit because its an example of legit tickets and posters around in a specific time period. From here I came up with the idea that I could try and make up a band, sort of like the Gorillaz, and make a whole life for them and everything – but have it be inspired by stories that have already existed in other bands. I thought it’d be nice to take iconic imagery, eg Abbey Road, and turn it into my own non-existant band. I think for this I’d have to work to a time period maybe, because although I’m making something up from scratch It might be hard for me to not turn it into my own band. What’s great about being the bassist for Aylith’s is it makes the art easy for me because I understand our motives and cores as well was what we’re interested in. This band wont exist so 1. I’m not in the band, even though I’ve made it up I don’t know what my characters like or are as a unit. 2. It’ll be hard to not transfer it into Aylith’s with the colour schemes and Aesthetic. I’ve already sort of thought about doing an 80’s techno band but I think maybe that may be too similar with the ideas of neon. However I don’t know a lot about the 80’s and what was around music wise in the 80’s so maybe neon is just a stereotype?
For now I’m just working on stuff for Aylith’s, getting together some business cards, demo CD’s and whatever all ready for our gig on December 2nd! Yesterday James and I went out and gave posters to people to put in shops in Whitstable (Sorry for the awful quality I’ll try and get some others later):
John’s away in Amsterdam next week with the Foundation students but he’s given us a small brief. The idea is to create another A1 image based on our ideas we’re having, as well as create a 4 Panel comic strip (I can’t remember off the top of my head but it needs to be done a certain way, like the style of the image. Mono… something? or something else??) for our ideas available for discussion next week.