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