1) Illustration Day One
5) Crit and Briefing
9) Electric Tape
19) Stop Motion
2) The Science Museum
8) Made To Persuade
We started the day with a peer crit on our typefaces. We were each handed a sheet with several questions on them, such as was the work original and exciting and was there documentation of experimentation. We were grouped in threes and told to go to another part of the classroom and pick fonts to crit and write our comments on their sheets.
The first font was based on cephalopods; however, the sketchbook documenting experimentation was missing. It was very well executed, presented in a book with ample use of the two typefaces she had created, along with some larger scale paper cuts and the definition of the cephalopods she had drawn inspiration from.
The second combined the tape designs and bird beaks. It used black, yellow and red electrical tape to show the beaks of birds catching worms, and presented it in a gif format. While the concept was interesting, the gif was too fast to carefully peruse every letter, and too simple to match up to the dynamic format of a gif.
The third and final one was a typeface based on clothes pegs, presented in the format of a chatterbox, which was unique and interactive and a refreshing change from the usual two dimensional representation of the fonts. The documentation of the idea was clear and precise, as was the initial inspiration, but the watercolour painting of what was supposed to be clothes on a line was too blotchy to make out.
I received plenty of helpful criticisms, such as demonstrating more visual research in the sketchbook rather than workflow and improving my technical skills as the pixels were still visible on the poster. Overall, the font was well received.
After breaking for lunch and returning, we sat down to discuss the next brief, which was the zine based on work by Paula Rego and Honoré Daumier, which had been exhibited in the House of Illustration and which we had visited earlier last Friday. We discussed the overarching themes in their work, from domestic and fantastical to political and humanitarian. After this, a BA student came in and talked about a side project we could do of animating parts of our zines and adding it to a website which we were shown, with other artists’ works and interactive gifs. It seemed to be a fascinating project, but I decided against biting off more than I could chew since my plate was already full with work.
The first project having wound to an end, the class seemed slightly slow and sluggish. I am keen to start the new zine project and experiment with collaging and different styles of drawing, and look forward to the final finished outcome.
18) 40 Hours
20) Zine Crit