Further Research: Ruffmercy + more

I researched all this a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to upload it.

Ruffmercy: 

I wanted to do a bit more research into this guy as I felt he was the most relative to my work. I found out online that his real name is Russ Mercy, so that’s where the name originates. Like I touched on a bit last time he is in fact a huge fan of Basquiat and it is stated in several interviews. It’s interesting to think about Basquiat’s work in an animated format, it pushes whats already great into something extra and it’s weird I’d never thought about it like that before until watching Ruffmercy’s work. It’s reminiscent, a bit, of the way the makers of Montage of Heck animated Kurt Cobain’s drawings. I’d never have thought about that, or what that’d be like until I saw it.

Here’s a couple of examples of that, as a tangent. Looking over them again is really interesting, it gives me a bit of hope as I can sometimes imagine what my drawings will look like as animations but sometimes I wonder why I’m drawing some of these things when I can’t see how they move. I wouldn’t have thought about how Kurt’s drawings could move either! It also shows multiple methods/simple ways to animate such as repetition of words/images or within an animatic.

Anyway, A lot of Ruffmercy’s work is animation on top of film, which also has a really interesting look to it as well.

Colours, Layers, Textures, Use of Overlays – very similar to my own work! Also gives me a bit of hope for my work as well.

I particularly wanted to point out this video for Sunns’ song: Watch You, Watch Me. There’s multiple things and techniques we can take from this video. Again, repetition is a part of the animation process here. Again, we also have multiple colours and layers creating the movement which seems to be Ruffmercy’s staple. This is a good example of how use of photographs can create animation too, as they peel away and fragment the overall image.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris: 

Not a lot comes of these two, but as they create music videos for one of my favourite bands I felt like it was worth a look at some of their other work. It’s completley obvious now I know who else they’ve worked for, clients/works include Korn’s ‘Freak on a Leash’ and RHCP’s ‘Californiacation’, ‘Otherside’ and ‘Road Trippin”. I guess I just feel a bit nostalgic, which is dumb as was born the latter half of the 90’s but I re-lived it I guess as I grew up and became interested in 90’s bands from my mid teens. The pair also directed the film ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.

Freak on a Leash has a bit more narrative, is a bit Scooby Doo-esque and doesn’t really compare to the animation style of ‘Tonight Tonight’. ‘Tonight Tonight’ is a lot more interesting to me personally because of the more puppeteer style of animation which has worked well for me before.

Mrzyk and Morieau: 

After watching their video for Sebastian Teller, I decided to take a look into more of Mrzyk and Morieau’s work. The pair are a female and male duo, from France. They create surrealist illustrations and animations inspired by innuendo and their favourite part of the body is the butt! (As if that wasn’t obvious). I quite like the idea of innuendo or metaphor and using it within this project. Its a way of expressing sexuality in a funny way or potentially offensive way depending on the context. I also really love the way they use shape to create other imagery inside of other imagery. Here’s a few of their illustrations and other works:

I particularly like the video above, although the animation is a bit more intricate in comparison to what I’m looking for, because of the textured backgrounds and the animations over the top. Its a simple way of creating backgrounds with depth, which is something I’m worried about for my video. I don’t want my girls to be dancing in a blank abyss! Interestingly the pair also added some of their illustrations to the graffiti/posters in the back!

Alasdair and Jock: 

Finally, I had a look into Alasdair and Jock’s work as well. Again, I’m in love with the “puppeteer” method of animation – it’s complicated when thinking of all the layers but the pay off is really cool! Their work as been endorsed by Kanye, and was one of the first things to be projected onto Buckingham Palace! Some other parts of their works also use objects and surreal stop motion, I guess what I mean by “puppeteer” comes under that umbrella. I like using the idea of digital puppets to illustrate my story, It also relates to what I’ve been drawing in my large sketchbook. I was thinking about ballerinas and how they look like they’re being controlled by puppet masters with large hands. Its just an interesting visual concept I could work with.

I quite like the use of black/negative space in this video. Its darkness amps up it’s bizarre imagery. In the band we work with a lot of neon so working with black backgrounds would give a big visual impact.

10/12/17 – AND THEN tragedy struck.

I managed get close to sorting everything else out, after my last entry. I went straight to omicron the next day to get the packaging printed on the thickest card/paper they do, this was for both the liner box and the highlighter box. My first issue was the ink wasn’t sticking to the paper, making it look frayed and really manky. Was more stable construction wise though, so we were getting somewhere.

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The same happened with the small liner box, not only that, I had a bit of a problem with the sizing so it just collapsed and looked horrendous. With only a few days to go, and knowing I was having a busy time of it/my days were being lessened by seeing Marilyn Manson at the weekend (he was brilliant.), I had to think fast.

In the mean time I made my highlighter! and pressed it into it’s pan. I really like it, it’s not a turquoise as I intended but it all matches with it’s packaging so I’m happy with it nonetheless. It’s also SO CREAMY as a formula! Like on par with Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit formula texture wise.

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After I finished the product I was quite annoyed with how the decoupage paper peels a bit. I think once it’s on display though and in a cool placement it wont be too visible. The varnish didn’t help with that one, it made everything more sticky. Also, problemo, the compact doesn’t always shut now… oops. The swatch is SO COOL though because you get a nice combination of different glitters, and a shiny unique coloured highlight.

I then stuck on the packaging for the compact too! There’s an example of how the circle looks in my sketchbook with the same image as the box, which I wasn’t as much of a fan of. So I went back to the PS document with the test segments I used and decided to pick something new. I think the new one looks a lot more lively and is a lot more interesting, the repetition last time wasn’t as nice.

In an attempt to sort out the packaging I went into uni last Friday, under Johns suggestion to just buy some paper at the uni shop and use the printers there. I brought the thickest cartridge paper I could find, I knew the ink would be absorbed with that a lot more but the packaging would be matte and a little grainy. I was willing to take that, as long as the box didn’t look like it had been thrown down a flight of stairs. Whilst cutting the paper to size I found some A3 paper in the resource room that was pre-cut and looked nice so I stole one sheet just to test. Sorry. I printed the highlight box onto that first and it looked great! I wanted to copy that to the thicker cartridge but I only chickened out in fears I’d block up the printer… I went back to the resource room for more of the other paper but it was gone! That’s karma! I needed another sheet for the liquid liner box, my plan was to then stick them to the cartridge paper to sturdy them up. The liquid liner box wasn’t to the right size anyway so I decided to not print it after that. I thought that one could look cool as just a sheet of paper with the liner next to it, sort of as a blue print almost. The highlighter box managed to work out really well though and a lot less frayed!

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This is where it went wrong further.

That day I also brought in my palette, in order to buy some acetate to stick over the pans so if they did break, the product wouldn’t go everywhere. But also to solve in the case that I couldn’t get the cabinet I wanted when putting my work up in the final show, people couldn’t shove their fingers into the make up. I got into uni and this happened:

I was devastated.

So I then had the choice, with time ticking; either to clean it and leave it as it is, working on the look book for it – or to take it home, re-press what shadow I had left and actually have a somewhat decent version of the crucial part of my final piece to have on display.

I chose to do re-press the palette. I cleaned it up, I re- pressed what I had. Added back the letraset letters I lost from cleaning. Re painted and re-varnish the crevice between the lid and the palette as it highlighted the fact that the palette is terribly glued together with hot glue. Now I need to stick in the mirror I brought for it to go on the inside of the lid and  the acetate like I planned and I’m done! If I have time after that, I will do my best to continue with the look book and change the backgrounds. I discussed it with David in a tutorial, we felt like the design of it didn’t match the design of the packaging (even though I really liked it, but as we know I’m a sucker for neons so maybe I’m biased.). We thought about doing some extra more basic collages to put into the background, to darken them and then use the same white writing again over the top with the look instructions and the look examples. Just so the look book was a bit more contextual to the brand image.

Here’s some images of how the palette looks now. I’m still worried the pans are going to smash in transit again because of the lack of green shadow I had left it’s already cracking. If it does, hopefully it’ll be salvaged slightly with the acetate. The letraset also wasn’t my friend, it wouldn’t always stick or would remove previous letters. It created some interesting typographical looks though, better then boring, basic Helvetica.

With hand in tomorrow, I want to collapse. I sort of hoped having a bit of a break seeing Manson would rev me back up again but I’m even more de-motivated and exhausted. Here’s a pic of the man that is though, and ya (special guest appearance) boy Johnny Depp on guitar! Although confined to a wheelchair/stool/leg brace/hostpital bed/machine thingy Maz pulled it out the bag! Honoured to have seen him last night. Think happy thoughts! 24862334_1601034396600160_5522155687643098542_n

 

21/11/17 – Vomits

We’re back after two weeks “off”! It’s nice, just hard to get back into the flow now.

Dissertation: 

I finished my first draft a few days ago. Once I began writing it wasn’t that hard to get it done in time as well as other things for my minor. I’m pretty proud because I passed the 5000 word requirement, which is awesome!

I still need to think of the design part of it now, which isn’t too much of a worry. I can focus on that when we return from Christmas. I also ended up getting a B for my research journal which I’m really happy about!

Minor Project: 

This one’s a bit all over the place, you’ll have to bare with me.

I’ve been working on my logo for what seems like ages. I’ve figured out pretty much everything other then the typography now! I changed the colour scheme to different shades of purple. In one of the books I took out from the library last week, it suggested that purple was used as a metaphorical thing for magic and witchcraft – which I think suited the idea of black cats and rituals! They also said it was a colour of sexuality, commonly used within brands that focus on women. I think anyone and everyone can wear make up (I’m in a band where my boys wear make up so eh.) but cosmetics are predominately aimed at women so there’s that connection, also without it sounding weird (it’s still going to sound weird) cats are quite over sexualised animals in the sense of Halloween, their movements etc so it all ties in together – they’re very feminine animals?? I think is what I’m trying to say. (I’m not sexually attracted to cats 😂)

Below are some fonts I’ve been working with, and then I’ve been putting it with the imagery as well.

As I mentioned above, type is still a little bitch right now. I wanted something a little bit more flat (no textures, as we discussed before) but pretty much simplistic and bold shapes so they stand out from my packaging. I’ve now decided to try and find some that are downloadable, only because time is of the essence and I’d rather be making my products then trying to figure this out. At the moment I’m currently working with the logo below, I tried to move away from the round shape – still including it but making it look like a moon. My friend Phil suggested that I look for type that looks like balls of yarn or other cat related things like Milk, when typing milk into the search engine that was one of the ones that came up. I like this font because it’s a bit quirky, but it’s also bold shape wise (maybe not bold enough but it’s a start.). It doesn’t look too witchy either which I’m quite happy about, I don’t want to be connected with other indie brand that are themed around that kind of stuff, exampled below. I love it in other brands but it’s not what I’m trying to portray, and doesn’t relate to my market based on autobiographical stories or just generalised story telling. It’s just getting it to be legible in terms of looking at it on it’s own, which I think is due to colours and possibly size/thickness, as well as on top of my packaging. I have a tutorial with David Thursday so I’m hoping I can have some guidance.  Ritual Logo Re-Do 4.jpg

I ended up adding a small amount more to my main palette too, I really like half tone right now and wanted to use it a bit more so it matched the highlighter packaging – which on there it was totally unintentional! The eyes and lips in halftone are actually selfies! You can’t entirely see them but you’ll see better examples of this with my look book in a bit (people say they’re not useful, I beg to differ)

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( I still have to add the new type to the name + the logo but I’ll talk about that a bit more later.)

This one isn’t dissected like the Glitter Shot packaging was from one final piece, I could do that but this product wasn’t based on one particular story like the highlighter was. It was harder just to use the images, even though they were already created. By following along with a story it was easier because I could add things I thought were relevant whereas this one had a broad subject. This one HAD to have me as the central point though. (Also, going along with my eye blocking like I do on Teresa May and Donald Trump, no, I’ve not seen a palette with them on it either.)

Below is some colour tests like I did with the highlighter too.

I couldn’t decide between the green and the pink designs, so I made mock ups of them in a booklet form, inspired by storybook cosmetic’s Mean Girls ‘Burn Book’ palette that’s come out recently. Probably a subconscious decision as it’s all over YouTube right now, but logically it makes sense as it’s quite easy to make too with the right materials. I have different layouts on the inside as well. The pink has all 10 shades in a simple order but comes with a brush, the green has just the pans but in an arrangement which I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a palette before.

This was useful because I got to see the palette to scale, colours to scale and all of that stuff but I STILL COULDN’T DECIDE WHAT COLOUR I LIKED MORE. So I took to Instagram, they have polls now. Everyone liked pink more, so fair.

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I then started working on the pans, and practising pressing my shadows. Online there’s a fad of re-pressing broken pans (say if you drop them) with rubbing alcohol, So I found this cute little spray bottle of rubbing alcohol on amazon for a couple of quid.

I had to find something new to use as pans the other day, I did begin to take out pans I already had from an old Make Up Revolution palette but I had an injury involving a scalpel, and it was taking up too much time.

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I found these pots of glitter in the Range, which I am now using the lids as my pans. It’s a bit of a bummer because I wanted to keep the glitter. I’ve kept some blue/green/silver for my Highlighter in a cup but I had to chuck the rest out or it would have gotten everywhere. It was good as well because I could use the actual tubs as my tools for embossing the eye shadow. I’m at a loss with what to use to emboss my shadows, I used foam and glue gun glue on a tub to see if either would work. I don’t know what I did wrong, maybe I didn’t spray enough rubbing alcohol or something but the shadows aren’t really solid and also didn’t press and stuck to the stamps. My next steps are maybe to try with a potato (a few people have actually suggested to me to try dried out potatoes, I’m not mad) or to use the glue stamp again but wrapped in cling film so it doesn’t stick.

Finally, I think I spent the whole of Tuesday creating a look book on Photoshop using my palette. I’m really proud of it actually! This is where I use my selfies again in halftone, just to make it look zine-y. I admit, it’s a bit of a practise for my dissertation design. I wanted to test whether you could get a similar affect using digital resources. Also, the fact that Zines are a way of promoting music, even now, I wanted that connection. I believe it’s sort of zine-ish with it’s block cutting out of images and blocks of colours/half tone. When I did a survey online, posting it to the makeup community on Facebook, a lot of people said that they liked it when their palettes had extras like mirrors, a brush and little booklets with tutorials on how to use the palette. In my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette I got a little look book, so I was inspired by that primarily.

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I found loads of models on google images and just drew in my sketchbook their eyes and lips, then putting them into Photoshop and making looks using my colours. I decided to use the font that was originally used on the brands logo as the titles/collection font. As you can see, the Emotionless/Soulless type on the booklet front will also be on the front of the palette. This was really fun to make because I could just add different products in that exist or don’t exist. This has added a bit of a workload on for me as I’m going to have to make some of these now, I brought a few liners and lipsticks to convert into ritual products. (eg. Drum Stick Jumbo Eye Pencils and Watching You Liquid Liners.) However, this shows my plans for this brand, one day it might be real! All the names of the looks are based on experiences, like with the rest of the collection. I forgot to take photos, but today I cut the zines out in A4 and A3 and folded them. They’re the only zine base I remember making from foundation year, where you make a slit in the middle of the page and fold it up. (They’ll probably be in my big sketchbook/presentation book.)

Now I’m just trying to focus on making the palette, as well as designing the packaging for the other products. I’m in search of materials for the palette – it’s a selection of corrugated cardboard,  foam board, mount board or balsa wood. I managed to get hold of some Decoupage paper to cover the material in before putting the packaging design on. All of the construction will make sense later when I draw out a plan (In my head I have it.). I had the choice between pink and blue – I’m picking the blue, which is convenient because they messed up my order so I got more of that paper anyway. I have VERY nearly all of the shadows, I just need to find a shade for ‘Pay To Play’ which in my head is a really unique colour but I’m sure it can be found. Everything else I have, even the neons!

Below are the other products I’m going to be working on. I really liked the cute box around the Hello Kitty liner so I’m using that as a base. I’m going to make my own box, I like the shape of the liner container too! The jumbo pencil’s I’ve mentioned in my Look Book too.

Other: 

The EP is out in two weeks but it’s still not finished. It’s not my problem because my parts are done, I wish the others would hurry up though.

We headlined the Booking Hall in Dover last Friday night, it was wicked! All my hard work on the posters and ads sold us the most tickets and we won the competition so we headlined. Meaning one day The Booking Hall will select us to open for a touring band in the future. It also means we’ve headlined the same stage as bands such as The Dead Kennedy’s, Dragon Force and Don Broco to name a few.

We were also on the radio the other day too, the only completed song from Holistic is the final track Decade which premiered on The Andy Cousin show Wednesday night before the Booking Hall.

I’ve been thinking about my Major project, I wouldn’t mind continuing this project on slightly. Making a new collection and all that, I think that’s why I’m not panicked if this project isn’t completed as much as it can be continued.

 

 

24/10/17 – *Spongebob title card that says 3 weeks later*

It’s been 3 weeks I think, sorry.

Week by week it feels like nothing really has happened but I guess there has looking back at it. At the moment we’re running two projects – the Dissertation and the Minor Project.

Dissertation: 

I finally came up with a question, my topics changed a fair bit since the summer but even with what I researched it all connects somehow. My question now is:

How the music industry has changed, and is it affecting local music? 

Which I think is accurate to what I’m looking at. It’s taken me a while to get my thoughts together so it’s nice to have it condensed into a question now.

Since then I’ve been looking at popular music theory in books, trying to understand it. Some of it sunk in which helped as it lead me to look at other things by the theorist online, which lead to other theorists and articles which have been quite interesting. I’ve also conducted more personal interviews, zooming in on specific people in the industry. Eg. record label owners, people I know in successful bands, reporters/press.

Its been a bit odd because we had a drama with the journal hand in, which was pretty much just a misunderstanding but that meant we handed in our research for final grading last Thursday (meaning I spent most of last week working on it as well). I won’t know the grade until tomorrow I don’t think but we are still allowed to add to it even though it wont be graded. I’m happy to have the ability to keep researching regardless because I’m worried when it comes to it I’ll run out of things to write about. I might babble a bit here but I’m usually quite good at condensing.

Because we’re arty people, we have to do a designed aspect of our dissertations too; meaning it’s not just a boring essay. The point of me researching into the music industry now is to kind of aid my understanding of it in an artist sense – as someone who’s dream job is to work on the art side of it – as well as a musician sense (because why not keep my options open? I play music too). I think the design part for my dissertation is to create a zine based on the local scene and maybe give out tips on how to make the most of it at attempt to get successful. Other then that I’d quite like to create a cover for the actual essay to either look like one of those weird “Grade” something books you’d get when you start learning an instrument or to look like a record.

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Minor Project: 

My minor project is the biggie at the moment. I’m really enjoying it, a lot more then the dissertation (I think due to not having great (as in unhelpful) feedback in my diploma/first year of degree I’m a bit more self – conscious of my writing skills since leaving school.) IT IS HAPPENING THOUGH. I AM MAKING MY OWN MAKE UP BRAND AND PRODUCTS. I’m actually so absorbed in this right now, and I’m hoping it might become a part of my future.

My first venture since last time was creating a piece inspired by artist collab Husman and Tchaeni. I think I was just using it as an excuse to create and sort of challenge myself to create a collage-y piece by hand and not by Photoshop. It’s not really relevant now but It’s a nice mood board I guess.

collagefinal1.jpg We did proposals for our minor projects that week, I was told my next step was to draw more metaphorical things. Not everything had to be literal images of the band anymore, they could be what I associate with words I think describe my experiences. I have these little prompt cards I made with words like “Anger” or “Time” written on them and then underneath, things I think of when I think of those words. For example, I have the word “Clique” so I put Mean Girls, because the word “Clique” reminds me of The Plastics and “Boo You Whore” and the Burn Book and all that kind of stuff. I haven’t done a lot of drawings since then, I have to been in the mood.

I have however come up with my brand name, brand logo, palette name, palette colours and shade names though! Which is really exciting to me, I can’t wait to see it progress properly (I have to get the boring drawing bit out of the way though 😦 I mean yeah I probably should have done more before but I have to be in the mood like I said ). My brand name is “The Ritual Cosmetics” and my eye shadow palette name is “Emotionless/Souless“. The Ritual reffering to my ritual need to put on make up before a show, because I believe it gives me luck and Emotionless/Souless being a criticism of my bass playing from someone I was meant to trust, to someone in the band behind my back. Bitter, I know. (Lucky for them I was inspired by their attitude so suck on that one)

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Here’s my logo, I’m really proud of it actually! I spent the whole of yesterday working on it. I threw a few ideas together the other day as simple sketches – thinking about rituals, good luck, bad luck, OCD etc. Although I wear make up because it’s good luck in my head, my experience in the band ironically is mainly bad. So I thought a black cat was a cute representation of that irony. It also reminds me of other indie make up brands who use characters in their logo.

I spent yesterday creating type and textures for the logo using inks and poscas. It’s the first time I’ve enjoyed working with type. The hand drawn/textured writing is inspired by Basquiat who I saw at the Barbican a couple of weeks ago – His work is a big thing for me at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago David recommended me this app by adobe where you can either take a photo of something or use a photo you have and it creates a colour scheme, shapes, brushes etc for you to use in Photoshop. A friend of ours took a few photos of our gig at Club Burrito earlier on in the month and I made some schemes from that, as well as from some of the artwork I’ve done for the band too. I also did some grounds for a sketchbook, took some colours and tried to make some schemes but it wasn’t really working out for me as well as the app did.

I cut them out and put loads of combinations together, finally coming up with this!

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I was actually quite scared of the oranges but once I’d used it it just kind of seemed to fit?

Metal Drummers – A deep metallic green, inspired by our luck (or lack of) with metal drummers.

Leia – A vibrant Neon Green, replicating the bass strings on my bass, Princess Leia.

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Pay To Play – A grunge, muted teal colour, a homage to the money you hand over to Pay to Play companies in order to “do an opening set for Noel Gallagher who’s doing a DJ set in the next room”

Rip Off – Shiny pure purple, for all the bands who ripped off our ideas.

Emotionless – The Blackest of blacks

Souless – The purest of whites

Watching You – A lavender, in memory of those we’ve lost who never got to see us play. Who we’re hoping can see us elsewhere.

Rituals – A magic peach, representative of my relationship with makeup.

Burn the Witch – the fiery orange, reminding us of that one metal band who were horrendous at our second ever gig.

Birthday – A bright pink, my birthday is about me, and pink is my favourite colour. My brithday show this year was also bomb!

Each pan will hopefully have a Blissymbol embossed into it depending on the memory the shade represents. Blisssymbols are symbols created by Charles Bliss (I think thats his name, ha) that are used worldwide. He originally created them to allow those with language barriers communicate after World War 2. I found them whilst looking at images relating to the word Ritual on google, when I was creating my logo. I didn’t think they were quite worthy but I thought they’d look good in the pans.

Other things: 

I’ve been thinking about the not too distant future a lot. What the hell am I going to do to leave uni? I don’t want a normal job, I don’t even want an in between period where I get a part time job to tide me over before the creative stuff. I’m not going back to the supermarket, no way. I want to do a masters, but do I want to do it yet? eh.

I also started working for the uni as an ambassador. We pretty much show people round on open days and help them out. It’s a really fun job! I’ve had one shift so far with more to come. I’ve seen parts of the uni I didn’t know existed though!? I’ve been there five years and it’s a small place too!

Not a lot is going on in band world. We’ve had a gig announced in November at the Booking Hall in Dover. I did a poster for it here, yeah it’s the same as my zine cover but that’s why I did it, it was killing two birds with one stone.

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Other then that we’re trying to get the EP done by its release December first. Wish us luck!

 

28/09/17 – Back at it again (for the last time… maybe)

Yo!

I’ve been back at uni for roughly two weeks now, I can’t believe it’s year 3 and uni is almost over! I don’t want to leave still, I have so much fun here.

I spent the summer primarily gigging with the band and recording our EP, we had a show nearly every weekend! In the weeks I recovered, spent the time eating M&M’s, specifically the crispy ones, and researching for my dissertation.

The dissertation is in an alright place, I spent the summer not having a question to answer but seeing connections between the then and the now. I initially began researching into the 60’s, getting stuck on the life of the Beatles (So much for such short lives, completely absorbed me) which is pretty much my downfall because it’s SO GENERIC. The then and now interests me though, I think that’s the main topic of my dissertation. Being in a band I’ve noticed the difficulties of trying to get out there, whereas in the Beatles day, they were just in the right place at the right time it seems. I did a survey on Survey Monkey and posted it in the musicians groups on Facebook, asking about what local musicians think about being in a local band and what they think of the industry. It’s given me an interesting overall view, some answers were very funny. My first question is: “Whats the best thing about being in a band?” and one persons answer was “The Girls and Drugs”. I’m not sure what that says about their musicianship but there we go… What I think was sweet was someone put my band as a band they considered to be successful in the local scene – super cute! Probably trying to kiss my arse a bit but sweet none the less, gave me a smile.

My next step with the dissertation is to ask my friends in higher places (under the influence of our new tutor David) about what they think so it zooms in on specific people. I just need to think about how to word the questions. I also need to think of a basic structure of the dissertation and draw it out in a little diagram. I’ll probably do that next week.

I also started on my minor project this week. It’s totally self initiated and the only rule is that it relates in some way to our dissertation. I was thinking about being able to make visual work for my dissertation, as I didn’t really during my research (I only draw if I want too); I came up with the idea about doing a project on what I’ve learnt within this last year in the band. It’s more of a venting strategy, I’m conflicted. I love to perform, I love to make friends and I love creating new sounds. I love to ritually put on make up before shows and be a part of a family of people who support me. However, everything else I TRULY HATE. I hate the travel, the setting up, people stabbing you in the back, the pressure (not on its own either, I’m a girl in a band, it’s 100% worse!) etc. I’m not sure if my project will be comical or moody yet. I want to portray what being in a band is truly like, just for anyone who is interested or so my fellow musicians can relate. I’m not sure of it’s outcome right now because what I thought about doing is something maybe to big for the minor, but I want to completely flip it’s on its head and create a beauty brand/range/campaign from it.

Make up is a huge part of the band for me, I can’t go on stage without it on, it really is a ritual for me and gives me luck. I’m a massive fan of beauty guru’s on Youtube and my biggest obsession right now is Jeffree Star – my collection is getting wild. A few beauty gurus have brought out eyeshadow pallets recently (Laura Lee, Soph Does Nails) and all of them have been inspired by their lives. The shadow names relate to something they love, named like we’d name a paint ‘Ochre’ or something. The brand Urban Decay released collection inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat over the summer. Although not curated by Basquiat himself, the colours and style of the pallet represented his work perfectly. I have the coloured one (there’s a neon one and a nude one) and I love it, the formula quality isn’t great but its creative! I’d like to do something like that, make it inspired by the band and hopefully have a fully functioning pallet by the time we release our EP in December! You can get cheap pallets on the high street now, so I think it would be fun for me to find a few pallets I like – shape wise or colour wise and I wouldn’t mind curating my own brand and re-pressing them into something I totally make my own. I’ve thought about making my own brand before! It’d be so exciting!

So far I’ve just got round to doing some drawings, drawings of friends, of us, of bands we cover or aspire too in a small square sketchbook. I’m actually finding it so fun! Usually I hate drawing but I’m enjoying making grounds and then images on top. Later on I’d like to draw on a bigger scale, either photos I’ve done before or some new ones. I like to draw smaller because the images are quick to create, but I’ve noticed how some are too cramped!

So, lets see if we can get all of this done, between potentially working for uni as an ambassador (I had my interview Tuesday!) and releasing our EP!

30/04/17 – Just get it to end!

Sunday through to Monday was a pretty hectic time for me, we had a gig (a terrible one at that) and things just seemed to escalate from there really. Being in a bad mood on top of the stress of deadlines lead me to shut down most of Monday. I can’t really remember doing any work but I’m sure I’m still on track and ready to hand in all the work needed for Tuesday.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – have all been spent just throwing up my ideas. I hadn’t really evidenced them before but I thought now was a better time then ever. I started off with my pricing list – a folded out brochure kind of thing that just gave all the prices for stuff that I think would be featured in the Pop Up. It was a good chance to use some of my  drawings previously done in the unit too.

The image on the left (the lighter one) was my first attempt in what the pricing list would look like – I felt like i’d started to loose the colour scheme a bit and decided to start again. I found a cheesy “Halloween” phone screen wallpaper thingy on Pinterest and just went from there and made the darker mock on the right. That was a lot more powerful and bold to me so it was a no brainer to use that as my starting point.

The actual physical mock ups are in my sketchbook but this took me a while! I had to try and figure out where to put the image in order to have it be folded out when the list is opened, but match when its shut. And then I had to worry about how the pages printed out and had to make the front smaller then the inside so it didn’t show a white gap where the printer slightly prints double sided not in the same place. This probably makes no sense but I did get to the conclusion and they look great!

Using that design as a starting point I started to do my presentation package, and as I went along with what page I was doing I made the mock up images for. I started off with how my animation screens would fit in the area.

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I chose to use Rivington Street in Shoreditch as the proposed venue for my event as I felt it was the most genuine to the subject matter. Its a large capacity space that has a stage and a overpowering sound system so I felt it was perfect just for the subject matter. So I took images of the venue from the site appearhere.com and then drew over them in photoshop. I felt like this would be the easiest way of customizing the space to my needs. The space above includes a temporary wall, with a large decal over the top giving out a fact, and the screen built into it playing the animation. Also included is the till area, and the sound system.

I did a couple more as shown above. One was what the outside of the event would look like, including signage and decoration. The other is my favourite because it uses the stage area in a really cool way, my aim is to have models on the stage too wearing iconic outfits from the band.  I also managed to find the perfect place to use my massive mural for.

Above is all my signage and labels for the event. I made sure to use similar colour schemes, patterns and images just so it all looks part of the same thing. I think its really important to have continuity that way, especially when you’re using your own artwork because sometimes people just don’t get it. Its really easy to draw something which means everything to you but other people might not see who it is or what it is or understand what its for. Its very different to a photograph where it’s straight to the point and you either know who it is or don’t. Drawings are more of personal look at something. I have used photos within some of it because I love the combination of drawings and photos within collage, I think it creates a quirky style.

Here are two wall decal examples – I think they’re a really good way of presenting info. Its very similar to when you walk into a museum or gallery and see the initial wall with the basic info on it. The textures/images give it a bit more though and are a lot more interesting.

Putting all of this together and my presentation package is all I’ve been doing this week really – I had my first interview with a review zine for local bands on Friday and that was really interesting. I’m looking forward to the summer because I really want to re-brand the band. We’ve come a long way since August and we’ve lost members, gained members, lost supporters and friends but gained new ones. We’re ready for a visual change and have a lot of plans.

Lets have a drink for next Tuesday, wish me luck.

07/04/17 – Big Pantings

On Monday I spent literally the whole of my day sticking my work into my sketchbook, annotating and doing some artists research. I looked into Julie Verhoeven properly as well as Floria Sigismondi. Sigismondi was the director for the Manson videos ‘Tourniquet’ and ‘The Beautiful People’. She’s well known for her jittery filming style, which I really love because it looks like some sort of mental caffeine explosion thats ended in some sort of mental break and describes insanity. I’m not entirely sure how this could relate to my work yet, I feel if I were to make an animation or something it would work because I could use a script to make it jittery. In comparison to Julie Verhoeven, who I’ve used as an inspiration for a drawing style, there’s no visual element I can take from it unless its moving. I also spent most of Monday trying to find a job for the summer, which was a total let down…

On Tuesday we had our weekly tutorial for Spatial Practise. I got to show everyone the work I done last week as well as John my t-shirt design. John was also really impressed with my A2 Manson illustration from last week and got me to do an even bigger one on the wall!! It was quite daunting at first but I’m really looking forward to using them both in my work digitally now.

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I had the intention to finish the last one! but in the end I just left it, anything else I want to add I can in photoshop. After the 3 hours it took me to paint this, I took my T-shirt design to the print shop round the corner and got them printed onto tracing paper so they were ready for me to take to Pete the print technician the next day.

Wednesday morning gave me a tutorial in DYP. Which really made me quite happy really – John was super impressed with my posters for the Attic and what opportunities it was going to give me as work experience. I explained that sometimes it was difficult because some of the bands literally give you nothing to work with because they’re new. We spoke about layout after that, I seemed to stick to the same formulas when creating my posters. Headline act at the top, supports under that, then the rest of the info and logos finishing with the address at the bottom. John showed me some examples of how all this information is moved around other posters from other companies. It left me feeling refreshed really, because it helped when I got on with the posters on Thursday. I managed to take my designs up to screen print after but the black on the tracing paper wasn’t dark enough. However, Pete sorted it out for me so it’s not too bad and said I could come back today to get them done.

Thursday I spent most of my day returning from the band practise I had Wednesday evening. When I came back into uni I had a follow up dissertation tutorial with John. Not much had progressed since the week before other then the fact I brought the sketchbook I’m going to use as my dissertation journal and then stuck one page in. It was more of a thinking week on that front – I was sort of believing that we weren’t going to worry about this (other then the proposal presentation in a few weeks) until summer so I didn’t want to start actually researching for it yet (Don’t I have enough to worry about anyway??!?!?!) John was pretty understanding of it though and helped me just define what the title might be – I can’t remember it off the top of my head but it was along the lines of Inclusivity and Knowledge is Power etc. I spent the rest of Thursday, like I’d planned, at home working on the posters for The Attic. I’m proud of them because they are a little but more interesting to me as well as a bit more experimental.

I think the Paisley Mess one is my favourite – the majority of it was a total accident so… Also enjoying the use of blank space.

Today I came in to silk screen but I can’t find Pete?? Also all of the Vis Com foundation students are in there so??

 

31/03/17 – Getting started

Last Thursday saw me attempting to work but not really getting there – I did however, manage to use my previous work based on Maz and put it in a “shop” context. During the week I started to research into the space I wanted my shop to be in, looking at this site called ‘appearhere.com”. Its a site run for pop-up shops, just giving details about the space as well as in depth images of the shop. I couldn’t find too many in Camden but I found a couple in Shoreditch and also a couple in Marylebone. Since playing in Shoreditch last Saturday, I’ve noticed how much of an appropriate area it is considering its full of music venues. I spent Saturday night playing there and then also Sunday going to a gig there for my anniversary with James. It’s a great place for a Pop up shop! I’d been there before too, when on a trip with uni in my foundation year and there’s a whole row of pop up places. The spaces I scouted out are in my sketchbook, and I’ve even drawn on top of them and annotated what I’d do with the space.

Tuesday we had a group crit. I loved the group crits last year because it sort of gets my head together weekly and helps generate ideas. This was also good for me because I have a lot of ideas but I’m struggling to them out of my head. The others suggested I make a brochure for my pop up, make a T-shirt, and do a larger scale drawing. I set work to these right away that day, after putting my scouted out spaces in my sketchbook, starting with the T-shirt design:

I’m hoping on Tuesday to get this sorted with John in order to screen print it. I’d have to do it after the easter break though, which is fine really because then I can sort out how to present my ideas during easter. The tee would count as the 3D presented part of this unit. I spent quite a while getting this idea together! It was just an example piece really so I didn’t bother making my own type, and downloaded one off daFont.com. Luckily it has a comical subject so the font was easy to find – I specifically picked a cheesy Halloween font – and easy to manipulate into the clumps of words it is in the T-shirt. Its also a lot easier to read, in comparison to other gothic fonts which are overly detailed and all bitty.

I spent the whole of Wednesday working on more posters for the Attic, setting the day aside to get my DYP unit done. The posters are still pretty easy for me to do, I’m enjoying working based on the event and trying to apply type to the type already used in logos. They added a few more posters for me to do though, which hit me in the gut a little. I just hope I can get enough done to pass as my DYP unit (along with all the other bits I’m doing for it). What I like about these posters is that I can just use a textured background to make it look more professional! It’s odd that a bit of texture would do that really, in comparison to block colour.

I did another one too but we’re currently chasing the bands up for logos.

I came in on Thursday for the follow up of my ceramics workshop! I had a plan for the day, I was going to “edit” my tiles I’d done the workshop before, by adding more colour to them, and then paint my small heads (Only 5 showed up though from the kiln, which is convenient, any less and I wouldn’t have been happy) white so I could get them in to photoshop and then into mad mapper. The plan for the afternoon, after dissertation tutorials with John, was to do a larger scale drawing of Maz.

Here are my tiles before and after glazing, I almost prefer the glazed colour! Its my Aesthetic…

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Here are my painted heads…

and here’s the start to my portrait of Maz! I’m hoping to complete him next Monday 🙂

During my dissertation talks I also spoke to John about my ideas, Documentary Innovation – the idea that the way we present information is becoming new and more exciting. And Sound and Identity – The idea that is it the sound that identifies a band or the visuals. Thing is, we brought up a lot of interesting points but the two subjects sort of rolled into one and now I’m not sure what my dissertation is about, however, I’m happy I know I have a broad subject at least…

Next week, my plan is to finish Maz, get my t-shirt design up to screen printing and get the screen done, maybe possibly screen print and sort out my ceramic heads and get them into Photoshop! As well as get all my stuff into my sketchbooks…

 

22/03/17 – Workshops life

Time is definatley getting on top of me currently!

My first workshop of last week was on a program called Mad Mapper. It’s amazing! It’s like Photoshop but easier and not Adobe! (So it actually works…) Mad mapper allows you to use shapes to project onto objects. Connected to a projector, you can use your computer to move the shapes to match whatever you’re projecting on and it layers, so some images will project onto objects in the background but not show what the image is on objects in the foreground etc. We were asked to build a set out of paper and used it as if it were a building or something, which is what commonly Mad Mapper is used for. I used my videos from after effects in the week before, as well as using other things from my groups work. my favorite thing about mad mapper is being able to change the colours in an image, it creates something really bizarrely immersive, even if its terrifying. In the future I wouldn’t mind using Mad Mapper to project onto something in my “pop up shop” maybe on some mannequins or on a wall. Using images relating to Manson in some way.

During the workshop, Kat suggested that the best way to go about the project is to make some mind maps. So that night I did. I spent a lot of Monday/Tuesday getting my head together really.

As I was getting my head together Tuesday, John came round to give tutorials. We sat for a long time talking about how I can make my idea different from whats already been done. He suggested a few artists for me to continue looking at too – including Kenneth Anger again (who is a delight, for reals) and a fashion illustrator called Julie Verhoeven. After this Tuesday (yesterday) I’m quite interested in her work and the way she draws. Drawing is still a chore for me! I’m happy to use her strong, sometimes coloured outlines, and then to colour in sections of my piece in other colours. It works really well with my subject matter too! I’ll talk more about that in a minute. The suggestion from John was to watch some Manson videos and then list off the things that pop into mind as well as relate to the imagery. For example, John and I watched Tainted Love – looking at the imagery we associated Manson with High School Stereotypes (Jocks, Cheerleaders, Libarians) and the idea of sacrifice, animals and identity (The girls in the room with the bunny heads – who also relate to playboy I suppose). This was the springboard into making work.

Over the weekend I went to Brussels again to visit my best friend as a suprise for her birthday! Because of this I spent a lot of my time rush arranging insurance and euros and everything else. However, I also got commissioned by two people within the SAME HOUR, which was a bit of a miracle considering I’d never been commissioned before ever. My friend Karl in a band (my band are good friends with) called Hair Trigger asked me to do their logo for them. Which is amazing and a total honour! Initially they asked me just to create the revolver shape, but then we progressed further into the type. I couldn’t promise anything but I just started playing around in Photoshop and came up with this! Karl was skeptical at first but then it grew on him. Which was a lot of luck really, as my type is totally not up to scratch. I’m so chuffed with the way it looks, and think it describes them so well!

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Our friends at the Attic have also commissioned me to do 11 (I know, it seems like a lot but it’s pretty easy to cope with in terms of time management) for events they’re doing over the next few months. It’s really fun for me to discover new local bands this way and think about what imagery or type would work for them. Here are the 3 I have done so far:

So this was literally what most of my week was taken up by, yesterday was my first chance to actually work on Spatial Practices! I spent the whole day drawing in the style of Julie Verhoeven and actually enjoyed it. What I loved was using sharpies and pencils together to create texture and atmosphere. John also let me photocopy some of my work and use it on the projector. I enjoyed making weird videos of it using snapchat filters. Something quite common in the 90’s was  in the style of using a fish eye lense to warp some of Mansons photos and videos so that’s what I tried to replicate yesterday. I went to see Taking Back Sunday with James a few weeks ago, we’d gone specifically to see the support act. As we ended up on the highest balcony I had a lot of fun taking videos and not really focusing on the performance – just on how I could translate their visuals.

Last Thursday I also took part in a ceramics workshop! It was interesting anyway! First we painted tiles, I did a portrait of Manson’s face – trying to layer the colours of the tile paint. It was quite difficult because you can’t always tell if the paints working/layering until the tiles been in the kiln. After lunch we were let loose with the clay and could just make whatever we wanted. I found it really hard to come up with something. Tina the technician came round earlier in the day to show us how to make little people out of a ball of clay and our thumbs, so I did that. I thought once they were in the kiln I could paint on them different characters from Manson’s life. They could be cute little ornaments for my pop up shop! I molded them and then tried to adapt the shapes with a knife to make them more refined. I wasn’t too obsessed with accuracy really, I thought the paint would distinguish theme more!

For now I’m doing as much work as I can, tonight I have band practice as on Saturday it’s our second London gig in Shoreditch! Then the day after is my anniversary. Next weekend I’m also at a wedding so it’s pretty busy for me right now. I’m just hoping along with my comissions I can get my shit together…

 

 

 

12/03/17 – Spatial Practices

So a few weeks have passed, apologies for the off updating. The first weekend back we had our first ever London gig and then this week has been pretty insane too time wise.

Tuesday the 28th saw us briefed on our new, and final unit for year 2 ( 😦 I don’t want to graduate yet 😦 ) called Spatial Practices: Narrative Spaces. This is a combination brief between us (IA) and Graphic Design – divided into 5/6 separate other briefs. We were asked to pick one of the 5/6 and are asked to work with that for the rest of the unit. I had a hard time choosing between:

  • Branding Experience: A pop up shop for a “brand” of our choice, in a city of our choice. We are asked to create the shop, its signage and merchandising etc.
  • The UCA final show (for this year) catalog – Editing and trying to represent both courses as well as possible.
  • Illumination/Literature Live: A piece of work – inside or outside – as to be used in the Whitstable Biennale. Specifically an animation but its based on something from literature.

I read all the briefs carefully, and had to think about my own work when considering which project to take part in. I chose branding experience in the end because I felt like it would be a challenge for me. It (like most of the other briefs really) was pretty Graphic Design based but for some reason in my head it resignated in terms of my previous work. I could also relate it to myself and my practise, a lot of Bands do pop up shops around London so I thought it was a good way of creating something I was interested in. Also I got to pick the place the shop was in – all the other briefs are for specific places such as Margate, Canterbury and Whitstable which I have done SEVERAL briefs on in the past. Also merchandising is sort of my forte, especially when it comes to bands so it just means again I can do something I enjoy.

Later on that day we did our first workshop for this unit, which split us into groups of a mixture of GD and IA. I was the only student in mine from IA. It was a bizarre experience – the week before when I had a DYP tutorial with John he said about a list of words and how our previous work related to some of them. Keeping that in mind, when the Graphics students decided to create work from scratch out of some of the words on the list (ours were: Sea, Monsters and Angles??) I felt like I was a bit out of the loop. I rolled with it however and decided to do what my understanding of it was later (I’ll show that in a minute) Then with those words we were to create an installation in certain areas of the GD block. All of them turned out quite narrative really which surprised me, in my mind thats more of an illustrative thing but we were the minority class so?? Its just fun to work to a time limit, as well as with projectors and colours and everything else.

I had an idea to translate this next piece into something a bit more 3D/Layered but my brain’s been a bit fried so I might use it in the future. My 3 words that I thought related to my previous work were: People, Portraiture and Music. It was cool just to combine all my previous units together and all my extra work that I do for fun on the side.

The next day we had a lecture with a Graphic Designer/Space Re-creator Richard Wolfstrome. It was an interesting look at how you can put imagery into space and makes you realize how you sort of take the simple things like signage and notices for granted. It relates to this unit but I felt like he was too graphic designer for me, I felt like it would give me ideas but it wasn’t pushing my brain to ultimate interest anyway.

As this unit has been getting started I’ve taken any spare opportunities to get on with my DYP unit. We’ve now been told it doesn’t have to actually be applied to the brief live, but the unit is more about understanding what’s out there in the real industry. So now i’ve been given the all clear I’m probably not going to enter directly into the New Blood awards as I don’t feel like I’ll have the time to complete it by the end of the month, but I’ll still work on the project as if I am. I’m also a little bit stumped on ideas right now, I have two of the three images I would need but I feel like one of the ones I’ve done already wouldn’t meet the requirements of the brief. It’s not shit, just in my opinion it’s a bit too miserable for the “life affirming and heart warming” vibe they’re looking for. Instead of trying to search for further ideas and go back on myself I might as well flow with what I have and not worry about it as I have now 2 other units to do and think about as well.

  • The George Michael one has come out a completely different colour on here (thanks wordpress) then it is originally – a copy of it will be in my black paged sketchbook when it comes to hand in. The main idea around it was how we take wisdom and inspiration from celebrities, quotes. I chose George because 1. he was beautiful, especially in the 80’s and 2. in the recent events of his death it’s been revealed how much he did for charity and those in need – donating a lot of his money. I felt like the lyrics from probably his most famous song, Faith, was probably the best way I felt of describing my idea. Fans, whether it be in the wake of his death or not, could take inspiration from that quote and it give them courage and strength in tough times they are having too. I think it’s almost there, but I would just need to work on the type, and how to get it to stand out from my drawings.
  • When I spoke to John about this, I’ve learnt a lot from other people’s health and the failing NHS system. I’m not gonna go into detail but it’s about the death of somebody close and how it could have been avoided if something was detected before it got worse. The health thing also goes a little into the George Michael thing too, although (as we’ve recently found out) he didn’t die from drugs overdose a lot of celebrities do die from addiction to illegal and most worryingly, prescription drugs. I learnt a lot about this from Autopsy on Netflix, its about the last hours of several celebs and what actually killed them. That’s why all three of the images here have some sort of vintage medical drawing in the collage somewhere. The last two images are just variations on the health idea. Conveniently in one of the fashion magazines I had there was a photo of Chloe Sevigny for Chanel or Dior or something and the dress she wore had this flower detail. She was lying the floor and as I drew from that the dress began to look like someone who had their insides mauled out or something – a bit like in the walking dead when a zombie gets ripped in half. I thought it was perfect for this idea, and it works really well with the colour/coloured in section of it. The first was just a test, playing with the Urban Outfiters colour scheme at the moment – I’ve been in a few times in recent weeks and the season is pastels as it’s coming into spring. I also just used a photo of my drawing so the second was it actually scanned and with an improved colour scheme. Its a lot darker then the first and that’s why I feel like it doesn’t fit with the brief.

I also got asked by The Attic in Ashford to create a poster for an event in July. I mean yeah it’s for my band but still… We have a few new members so there’s no photos of us yet so I made one up using vintage images from the 30’s. I’ve been reading up on collage and copyright recently – I don’t necessarily wan’t to give collage up as it’s where my work is most sophisticated but I don’t want to get sued either. It’s alright for the moment as I’m not gaining any money from what I do and it’s just for uni work. In the future, from what my understanding is, you can use an image in a context where the original meaning of the original image becomes irrelevant and a new meaning, reading or narrative comes into it with the collective collage. All of my notes on copyright are in my DYP sketchbook, the little green one.

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I still have the ticket price to add but that’s the jist.

Last Monday, March 6th and Wednesday 8th, we did some Aftereffects workshops again with Kat. I love her workshops so much because I learn the most! We learnt how to use cameras, scripts and making the scene a bit more 3D. I don’t know why I wasn’t taught scripts first, and honestly I’m quite angry because a lot of stress, pain and anger could have been prevented as it’s 100% EASIER then HAVING TO ANIMATE SOMETHING BOUNCE OR MOVE WITH A BIT MORE REALISTIC-NESS THEN IT IS ON YOUR OWN.but i’ll let that slide. I edited both outcomes together and have placed them below. I think it’s interesting to learn Ae in a bit more depth now and now I can do new things with it which hopefully I can use for this unit.

I think Tuesday was a studio day, we didn’t do a lot though as I think John, Richard and the other tutors were going around and seeing who was doing what brief. Richard also gave a more interesting talk in the morning about how you can present info in space. I was particularly interested in a pop up shop by Loui Vuitton in Selfridges and some sort of arcade museum. The presentation of both is pretty cool! With fashion being my 3rd love, next to Art and Music, I wanted to combine the three for this unit. I’ve FINALLY decided to go back and work on Marilyn Manson again, thinking about a (pretend) pop up shop in Camden for the 20th anniversary of his alum Anitchrist Superstar. There’s already been a collection of clothing released in collaboration with the brand killstar, I own the hoodie it’s amazing but I want to create something a bit more… fashion week. Maybe a pop up shop which is also a museum, illustrating Manson’s life/career through clothing, images on walls (maybe a time line?) small animated screens and merchandise. But on the models (like most clothing stores have mannequins, obviously) I wanted to re-create or replicate some of the clothes the band would wear between the time frame of either 94-96 or 94-99. I say 94-96 because that’s the time frame between his first album and Antichrist Superstar. Or 94-99 because that’s the span his autobiography has which of course I will be using as research! I don’t need to worry about that just yet as I don’t want to limit myself. I’m just going to work and then decide from then.

Wednesday we also had a meeting about our dissertation, and now we’re going to have that to consider all the way till the end of the year as well and do a presentation as well. At the moment I’m either thinking about the combination between art and music – maybe a sort of appreciation for album artwork and things like that as I feel it’s pretty discarded sometimes. Maybe something about music and fashion or just fashion. I was also thinking about how interesting I found researching about Raphael and the renaissance I wouldn’t mind doing something like that again either.

Friday came our results, a mess up in the Uni’s system seems to have made it hard to understand what we got BUT I think it’s an A. I then had a 3D workshop where we learnt about adhesives and some jewelry making techniques. I thought the jewelry making idea would have been pretty useful as I’m thinking about a fashion pop up shop. Manson wore a lot of rings, so it could be cool to replicate them? We also made a box/mini plinth out of wood and different adhesive methods. I really enjoyed using the drill and also the air dart gun thing. I felt like these would be useful when making a shelf maybe for a final piece/installation. I’d never used either before so it was quite fun!

I may have my time sorted, I’m not sure. Workshops are coming out of my earholes and I have the band and also DYP to worry about too. I’m not going to say where I’m going next weekend on the off chance someone sees this and finds out where I’m going but I’ll let you know when it’s done. The weekend after that is our 2nd London gig and also my 5 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Life will be a lot easier after these two weeks are done for sure.