Create a series of themed beverage can designs with a consistent visual style. Another one-week project prioritising speed of outcomes rather than depth of research & development stages.
The theme of my label designs is fantasy races, with the drinks being named after commonly used derogatory terms for each race.
The style I decided to go with is a minimalist line-art & inking illustration. This is contrasted by the use of a single bold colour to serve as a banner for the drink's name to sit on. The banner colour is also present in the eyes of each character illustration to add some flare to the black & white illustrations.
The names of all the drinks are hand-drawn type, rendered in a manner that represents the character illustration, to link the two separate elements using semiotic aspects of fantasy pop-culture.
The decision to use a mostly white can was to contrast well within the context of a store shelf filled with many different highly decorated designs full of colour.
Create a series of T-shirt designs with a consistent style & theme, one week project focused on speed of outcomes.
The theme of my series will be folklore tales mixed with skating. I decided to illustrate the characters from Red Riding Hood, but in the midst of skating action, with more modern clothing choices. The illustrations will be accompanied by typography in a graffiti/ street-art style.
The contrast in line-weight and overall stylistic direction between the typography and the character illustrations creates disharmony within the images.
Standing alone; the characters all have a consistent aesthetic, as does the typography. Yet, when they are married together the differences in style is too great.
I believe this is due to the relative time spent on each element, the typography was intentionally very quickly done, without correcting many mistakes in its creation, whereas the character illustrations were slower, more methodical, & precise in their execution.
Each design is tested on a variety of shirt colours to evaluate the change in clarity of design.
To use photography to create a series of illustrations with a consistent visual style/ artistic voice.
The aim of this project is to create artwork quickly, instead of spending days on outcomes we are to spend hours/ minutes so that multiple pieces may be completed within a single day.
There are no parameters for this project, so we are free to create whatever we want.
This project is to last one week.
Research & Inspiration
Since I haven't done any portrait illustrations outside of line art sketches, I searched for tutorials for the medium I would be working in: digital art.
This tutorial covers realistic portraits, which take many hours, if not days to complete, I will have to abridge this process so that I will be able to create my pieces at a faster rate.
Speed in art comes from:
As we are free to create our portraits on any subject, I have decided that mine will have a theme. My series of portraits will be digital paintings of Steven Seagal as he progresses through his career: from young (30s) Steven Segal in the 1990s (The Under Siege era), to the fat, but still producing action movies, (60s) Steven Segal in the 2010s (The Goatee-era).
Currently, Steven Seagal is a target of ridicule as he has fallen from grace quite rapidly as his career progressed, which is why I've got no problem doing a series of (probably unflattering) images on him.
Create (at least) two book jacket submissions for the Penguin Cover Design competition.
The three books featured as subjects for the competition are:
Formatting templates are provided to fulfil the competition's submission requirements.
The required text to be present on each book jacket is also provided.
Diary Of A Young Naturalist
The specific article of clothing to be examined in this body of work (Figure 1) is a production of the JF Fencing Jacket, named for its creator Jessica Finley, produced by SPES, a historical fencing gear manufacturer based in Poland. Its purpose is as protective sports clothing, for Historical European Martial Arts (H.E.M.A.). Histfenc (2021). The jacket (Figure 1) has 10 large (2mm diameter) polished metal buttons up its center which folds across from right to left, for protective reasons within its design for sparring with weapons, which is contrary to the pervasive convention of other buttoned articles of clothing intended for male wearers, as they fold across from left to right as a means to make buttoning them up easier for right-handed individuals.
There are two overt tags/ patches sewn onto the outside facing portion of the jacket (Figure 1). The first of which is present on the front (Figure 2) denotes the manufacturing company & logo. The second patch is located on the back (Figure 3), which describes the year of the design’s creation, the company, the location of production, the polish flag, the polish coat of arms, and the newton rating of the jacket which is a technical specification relevant to its qualifications as a fencing jacket. Within these patches, there are many symbols & associations that’s meaning would be heavily dependent of the viewer’s pre-existing knowledge.
The patches are filled with signs of various designed purposes, to intentionally trigger associations with historical & cultural elements, or to provide uniquely relevant information. For example; “350 N” is a shallow sign (few possible interpretations/ meanings), one that requires a knowledge of either academic physics, to make the connection that “N” is a unit of force, “Newtons”, or an understanding of the wider context of fencing jackets. Without prior knowledge of either of these two things, “350 N”’s intended message would be indecipherable; therefore, this sign must be correctly decoded by the viewer to have any value within the design.
The design of this jacket (Figure 1) is both practical and aesthetically focused to fulfil its role as protective equipment & as a pleasing fashion item. The design takes into consideration the practical realities of its use, but also takes into account the aesthetic sensibilities of those who are likely to see it.
Within the design of this jacket (Figure 1) there are many elements which can be interpreted as having martial and/ or historical connotations, given the wider context of this item & its intended use, and therefore audience, this is an unsurprising direction for its design to take. The design of this object takes advantage of the assumed audience’s likely knowledge-base & exploits their predicted interpretations & capacity to decode signs to induce a greater value & meaning to the object by linking it to a grand historical & cultural narrative.
As to a possible treatment for "A Review Of Some Of The Absurd Entries Onto The UK’s Offensive Weapons List" I would address the absurdity of some of the listings by presenting mundane objects that fulfil the criteria in a satirical manner, highlighting the specific wording of the legislation within the image to inform as well as promote my rhetoric. A satirical campaign against Ninjas could be quite an amusing route to take & has the potential to create some bizarre unique imagery for poster designs. Satirical anti-ninja propaganda maybe.
The treatment for "The Curtailing Of The Human Right To Freedom Of Expression By Insidious Authoritarian Government Action" would be far more serious & urgent in its message. Since this is an immediate, current & ongoing issue that I feel strongly about, I feel like I'm obligated to take it in a far more aggressive & opposing direction. For the imagery I would use in this treatment, I would focus on citizens being oppressed by the state: classic imagery of the state's boot crushing the common man, liberty being undermined & decades of progress lost, the state oppressing the citizenry.
Elliot Watson, Illustrator with a background in historical swordsmanship and all the weird and wonderful trappings that entails.