Saturday, 30 January 2010

Photographs of my Models for Ted Baker

These were a couple of final image ideas for the window display brief. I really like the way they turned out. Having never experimented with photographing 3D models before I had no idea how it was going to turn out but working these photos in with my drawings and silhouettes has actually produced some great results!

The way I have worked over the top of these photographs on photoshop has made the images look like an actual window, in my opinion, which I was very pleased about. I think the way I worked for this brief was a very different way to how I have worked in the past, but I'm very happy with the final pieces and intend to carry on with this type of style in the future.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

A Silhouette of Cinderella Running

This is my drawing of Cinderella which I'm hoping to overlay on top of the photographs of my models. I like how her dress turned out, I was trying to create the effect of the dress turning from a beautiful gown back into rags, which is difficult with a single image! I'm also quite proud of the lines that I have created in her hair, she looks distressed and there seems to be a lot of movement. She looks as though she is running really fast!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Jefferey Rudell's Process to Making a Paper Chandeliar

When I stumbled across this step-by-step process for creating a chandelier I was instantly inspired to try and create my own! It looks so amazing and yet the steps seem very simple! I was drawn to the bold silhouettes that were cut out of paper to make this chandelier and am thinking of possibly using it, or something similar, in some of my own future pieces.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Paper Shoes!!!! Inspiration for the Ted Baker Brief

Here is the site where I found these images.

I'm really inspired by these shoes made out of paper, they really remind me of the Cinderella fairy tale and it has inspired me to base this brief around a fairytale. Because the brief was a window display i'm trying think of ways to work in 3D, particularly out of paper.

I love the fact these shoes have a Renaissance feel about them even though they are made out of paper and what seems to be cake wrappers. I love the attention to detail with the pattern inside the shoes. They're so lovely and delicate. . .

Monday, 18 January 2010

More Inspiration for the Ted Baker Brief

Interview with Emma Molony

Hi Gemma

Thanks for your email. i've tried to answer your questions below and hopefully this is helpful for you.
let me know if you need any more info!
kind regards,

Dear Emma,

My name is Gemma and I'm a student from Stockport College, currently studying illustration as a degree and I was wondering whether I could ask you a few questions about yourself and your work? And whether I could display this email and your reply on my blog?
I find your work really intriguing and I'm a great fan of your prints. I love the patterns you have produced for ' The snow queen' project and I'm a big fan of the subject of fairy tales.

I was wondering what sort of things inspire you to produce your images, whether it is environments, artists, designers, subject matters?

mostly stories. things that i read and really like. sometimes it's environments - actually the snow queen all started last january when it was really frosty and i kept seeing all these great ice patterns. and i got snowed in this winter and made some lino prints based on photos i took walking in the snowy valley. seeing other artists work is really important for me too and just going to new environments. you can find inspiration in some unpredictable places. but mostly, i'm inspired by narrative.

And how would you describe your style or working method?

i'm not sure i really have one. i enjoy several printing processes - screenprint, etching, monotype and they all really vary. i do spend time researching though and then i either make lots of drawings directly as monoprints or i do paper cuttings using tiny scissors or a scalpel (in the case of the snow queen, the beastly chronicles wallpaper and the recent Preston Park animated dressing screen). i sort of get absorbed in one project and immerse myself in it until it's completed.

What project has excited you the most and made you want to push your work further?

well i loved setting myself the challenge of making wallpaper - that was a new foray into the more businessy world of design. then with my artwork i loved the Unravelling the Manor project in Brighton - i've always wanted to try and animate and it was great being able to make work about a subject i'm really interested in - basing it all on the history of the Edwardian house. Right now, i'm going to be pushing my work further by creating an interactive wallpaper with the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award residency that i'm doing at The Art Room in Oxford. It will be a lovely new way of working - using chidren's prints to create a wallpaper and working out the possibilities of magnetic wallpaper too. Working on a project basis like this is very exciting.

I'd like to do more of my own wallpaper in the future too.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, I would really appreciate your input and I wait eagerly for your reply.

Best wishes,

Gemma Beaven

Emma Molony

Here is a link to Emma Molony's website

Emma Molony's work is really interesting and I think it relates to my working methods as I like to make models out of paper and create distinctive silhouettes too. I find her work really inspiring as I'm interested in the idea of fairy tales as a subject matter.

Two of these images are depicting the fairytale 'Peter and the Wolf'. I really like the use of a minimalist palette, black and white in this case. I think her strong silhouettes are really effective over a bold pattern like she has done in the first Peter and The Wolf image. It looks like a pattern which has been transferred from some sort of lacey material. Molony likes to print and I think the way she has created the snow through a print from patterned lace looks very convincing.

I'm also captivated by the second Peter and The Wolf image as she has made a scene from the fairytale but she has combined her flat 2D silhouettes with the 3D glass box, I really like the way this creates depth and makes it seem more realistic. I really like the idea of looking inside the glass box to watch a fairytale taking place. It seems a lot more secret and magical.

Another image she has produced in the glass box is the fairytale 'The Snowqueen'. The pattern of the snowflakes against what seems to be a shiny background is really effective and gives the piece a frosty effect.

I think the silhouettes that Molony has created are full of character, I like the top image as she has played with light, shining it through the sihlouettes to create a mysterious atmosphere. I'd really like to produce a set of images experimenting with different lighting and have them as a sort of storyline telling a fairytale, perhaps this could be a future project of mine...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Some Interesting Images of Scenes that could Inspire my Shop Window

The Twilight Saga

I've recently been reading these books and I thoroughly enjoyed them. It conjures a lot of imagery in my mind with the werewolves and the vampires as well as including a North American Red Indian culture.

I also really like the images on the book covers. I like the colour scheme of the red, black and white. I also love the ideas behind them for example, the first book ' Twilight' with the image of the hands offering the red apple which seems to resemble the vampires luring the main human character Bella in, it's similar to the Bible story (where Eve is offered a forbidden apple by the snake in the garden of Eden), or the story of Snow White (with the witch offering Snow White a poisoned apple).

The second book 'New Moon' illustration of the wilted flower looks as though it symbolizes Bella's pain when Edward dumps her.

The third illustration for the book 'Eclipse' shows a torn red ribbon, this could represent how Bella is feeling, that fact that she feels torn between chosing Edward the vampire or Jacob the werewolf. She loves them both but she sees Jacob as more of a friend and yet she doesn't want to lose him.

The fourth illustration for the book 'Breaking Dawn' could perhaps resemble how 'Bella' is closer to becoming a vampire with the idea of the chess pieces on a chessboard. It could also symbolise the Volturi who are a group of leaders for the vampires (you could say the bad guys) and this chess piece could be emphasizing that threat, and how they are after Bella who is symbolised by the red chess piece full of blood.

I like these images as they seem to create an atmosphere. I like the use of photography and the close ups of the elements. I love how simple the images are, using one or two objects to produce a strong and eye catching image.

Container Plus- Inspiration for Design In Context Brief "Selfridges LAB Cafe" "VW Fox Hotel"

I thought Container plus were good people to look at for inspiration as they have produced work for a window display and they have done so in a style which I would like the pursue with this project. I like the idea of working at a large scale for this brief.

The top image gave me the idea of creating a sign that would go up in the window. Ted Baker mentioned in the brief that they are 'snooty' so I thought it would be a nice idea to create a sign similar to Container Plus's which says " Hasten your style and follow this way for jolly good times..." I thought this idea was quite humorous.

Jeremy Holmes- There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly