Renewi would like to commission five historical images to be displayed outside as a mural, depicting different periods in history. They would like these images to show an aspect of everyday life for this period, and materials used. Periods include: • Stone Age Britain • The Roman Conquest • WW2 • 1970s • Present Day Please submit a design concept for at least two of the time-periods and a statement outlining how you feel you have answered the brief. The dimensions of the final designs should be portrait 1.2m (height) x 1m (wide).
Human foot prints in Norfolk
Stone age diet
Planet Earth 2
Leeds train station
Rational As most of the work in my portfolio has an audience of adults, I am keen to take on a brief that is aimed at kids. I want to experiment with imagery that is exciting and engaging yet educational and fits the brief. I will produce a shape based mock up of these two images using Adobe Illustrator so as to gain skills in the program and experiment with colour.
I have chosen to focus in the two time periods, The Stone Age and The Present Day. I have used online resources to research The Stone Age, discovering what they ate, the tools that they used, and the places they lived. When exploring subject matter for my Present Day piece, I wanted to include things that are relevant to the children. As the mural will be in Wakefield, I wanted to show The Hepworth and Leeds train station, these two places show modern technology as well as modern interests. As this artwork’s intention is to spark conversation about waste, I have included imagery of the pollution that we are creating today.
Outcome I am pleased with both of my outcomes. I think that the Stone Age image is stronger due to its use of block shapes and dynamic colours, however the two work well together to represent the differences in waste over time. Although I usually do not enjoy working digitally as it does not always feel like my work, I do think that it has been successful here. Adobe Illustrator has allowed me to create a mock up that is to the correct scale and a high quality. Although I was not successful in winning this brief, by creating a grid composition I have made the mural painting process much easier.
As part of my development I have used my sketchbook as a place to visually list all of the subject matter that I want to include within my mural. Thinking in shape has helped me bridge my ideas onto paper and then to Adobe Illustrator. I have created a grid within the imagery so as to make this large scale illustration a little easier to handle. By doing this I have created a successful composition as the image is balance and proportionate.
Evaluation Unfortunately I was not picked for this brief, however I am pleased with the outcome as I believe that it answers the brief successfully. I feel that my imagery would be visually exciting to children and would work in the environment that it is intended for.