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.

 

 

08/11/17 – Siren Noises

Time’s flying so fast I can’t really explain what’s been going on.

Dissertation:

We’re currently on a two week “break” from uni to study and write our dissertation. I’m not worried about it now I’ve started. I’m at 2800 words (possibly more) and that’s over half of the final word count. I’m okay at adding references and quotes, sometimes I find it quite hard with the academic stuff but the theory behind music culture is coming to me slowly now. The draft is to be handed in a week Monday.

Last week we had dissertation reviews, which was okay. It’s a chance for us to sit in a circle and sort out our designed part of the project. I showed everyone my zine cover design, I’ve had a lot of compliments over it. My tutor David wasn’t too into it, from chatting to him I know he was making zines in the 90’s so I understand and completely respect that it’s too digitally altered for him. I think now I have to decide whether I want my zine to look vintage, be handmade and photocopied – which I’m not against because it pushes my boundaries as a digital artist; or whether I want the zine to be more modern, which is actually a thing. I did a bit of research into zine design after that and found modern zines are literally like glossy magazines – they look like the example below. Below that is examples of older zines.

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Minor Project: 

I’m not sure if things are slowing down or if I’m not making enough time for this project.

Before my minor project review, I managed to sort out a piece for my highlighter packaging, inspired by my experience at a gig at a venue called ‘The Harp’ in Folkestone. It was quite a rough show, but it makes for great inspiration.

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I then took sections of it away, being inspired by Basquiat’s way of dissecting paper so he could make postcards with his friends, making the packaging for it. Several ideas are shown in my presentation book.

I really wanted my highlighter packaging to be the same as my favourite highlighters by Jeffree Star. I love the huge pan and massive compact mirror, they’re almost the size of a CD! I found a cheaper dupe of the same pan by Make Up Revolution, which I was really lucky to get because they’ve just changed the packaging for them recently! This dupe and the box is what I’ve used as reference for box measurements, as well as will be my prototype once with a bit of alteration.

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Below is my box as well as it built.

 

My next issue was that my logo got lost within the packaging. I stupidly thought both could be textured and inspired by Basquiat?!? what is wrong with me? Under David and other tutor Anne’s instructions I’m to work on my logo, the cat was actually favoured but I need to work on the type. I’m not a typographer so… this is hard for me. I hate type so much after having it drilled into me over my foundation year. It was also suggested I put the logo on the clear strip, which would lay over the initial box and would be pretty cool. It’d save on packaging as well!

Since then I’ve taken out a few books in the library about Logo Design, Logo Colour and Type. I need to do a bit more research, but funnily enough it’s co-insides with a commission project I’m doing with a band. I wont say much until I’m done with that but it was an interesting project, they gave me a lot to work with and it was primarily cowboy/southern themed. I had to create a type for that too, it was pretty wicked. I’m planning on finishing it up tomorrow.

Today I wanted to go into uni and get some more typography books in the library, but I felt unwell so that’s my aim for tomorrow now. But I think I did manage to sort out the front of the Emotionless/Soulless palette today instead. It took a bit of work, I wanted to make myself central to this piece (because the palette is about me) so I had to take a few approaches before I got it right. The designs below are in order, and the one below that I currently have decided to be my final. I might push it and add more later on but I quite like it as it is. I’ve used that type on the palette name as an example until I figure out what to do with it, I actually might use the current un-favoured logo type for that instead.

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Other:

WE’VE FINISHED RECORDING THE EP (OTHER THAN VOCALS) YAY!

I’m still working on promo too, simple posters, re-uploading things to social media and stuff like that etc.

I also had Ambassador training and another shift, which was awesome. I had to do my first lead tour, which was okay. Sometimes I forget information on the spot, I also get a bit nervous, considering I’m in front of people regularly on stage I wouldn’t have thought I’d find it that hard. I guess it’s because I have to get the information right.

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!