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Charlotte Bryan EGRD3014: Independent Practice


Independent Work Website and Merchandise While researching and thinking of potential ways to promote myself, I made a website, using work from previous years as well as a blog showing recent activities. It was the first time I made a website and enjoyed making it my own. From this I was also able to do another website, which was a request of my father, who is a sign writer. Link to Charlotte Bryan website: www.charlottebryan.wordpress.com Link to Cedar Signs website: www.cedarsignwriters.com

A project I enjoyed last year, which consisted of producing some illustrations, led me to getting them printed on T-shirts due to their simplicity. I also tried printing the illustration on the cover of a small agenda book to see the result on a different surface. Displaying this on my website enabled me to illustrate a stronger aspect of my work that I was most proud of.


About Me Presentation A presentation based upon my interests, inspirations and my practice. I drew all the images myself, of myself, to illustrate a narrative. Using a voice over and the images to show what was being said. Each image changes in some way relating to the given subject. Doing so, helped me develop my own way of using Adobe Illustrator as well as finding out how to use different tools within this programme. I could then use this skill and apply the techinques learnt to later projects containing illustration.


Dogme 95 1 Day, 3 Tasks I looked at the three main things I usually do most days: illustrating, tidying my room and vaccuming. I examined the work of Francis Al每s, who I found interesting because of his fascination with everyday environments, which were altered by his interventions. One of the qualities of these interventions lied in his use of editing and creating narrative clips from different angles, which were never dull.

Francis Al每s

With this inspiration, I gathered the key moments of the footage to engage in the principle of stop motion and to show the narrative of the three tasks. I chose to follow the first rule from our first presentation, where we were asked to explain ourselves and/on our practice. This was at the expense of the fourth rule.

Link to video


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Hoovering

Illustrating


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Drawing Cartoons Generating Work My characters were generated to help me improve my drawing skills. I also wanted to perfect my technique of drawing these cartoons quicker and with a specific look. Not only doing the more unrealistic monster, but friends requesting for them to be drawn as well as just normal cartoon people. All varying in colour, style and execution.

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Utilizing two of these characters, originally made to be fond of each other, I decided to create a narrative between them. Shelly and Stanley. This made me think more about narratives as previously touched on before. Making the characters interact is something I intend to do more of.

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1. B Bear 2. Gio 3. Milo 4. Dj 5. Rory 6. Clarm 7. Phillip 8. Xavior 9. Fido 10. Nicholas Mckay 11. Corynne Bailey 12. Charlotte Bryan 13. Megan 14. Charlie 15. Paula 16. Zarah 17. Doug 18. Chicki

19. Shelly 20. Stanley 21. Alfie 22. Grandma Pea 23. Grandpa Mac 24. Liam 25. Lilly


I wanted to let them have their own personalities which also showed their traits, so they would become more than just a static image. Choosing two different monsters with two different personalities, I looked into how they would answer questions about themselves. This helped me to build up more of an understanding of how to create more independent characters and make them stand out more.

Name:

Hair colour:

Age:

Eye colour:

Date of Birth (dd.mm.yyyy):

Weight (lbs):

Occupation:

Height (ft):

Country:

Your favourite -

Worst day of the week:

Colour: Food: Drink:

Best day of the week:

Film: Television show: Type of music:

Aim for next year:


Name:

Hair colour:

Age:

Eye colour:

Date of Birth (dd.mm.yyyy):

Weight (lbs):

Occupation:

Height (ft):

Country:

Your favourite -

Worst day of the week:

Colour: Food: Drink:

Best day of the week:

Film: Television show: Type of music:

Aim for next year:


More views of the character in the profile.

Name: Age: Date of Birth (dd.mm.yyyy): Occupation: Country: Worst day of the week:

Hair colour: Eye colour:

Best day of the week:

Weight (lbs): Height (ft):

Your favourite Colour: Food: Drink: Film: Television show: Type of Music:

Aim for next year:


Just like Boris Artzybasheff, picking out features of his characters.

Antenna: lets him know how deep down he is digging. When too far, it will send a message to his brain Nose: small so dirt can’t get in

Eyes: far apart to have more of a wider vision

Fur: around the eyes to keep him warm and to help stop dirt entering the eyes when digging

Ears: flat to keep dirt out but hearing is minimal

Arms: small to emphasize his massive body

Claws: to help dig and get its food in the soft dirt found in tree roots

Feet: made to perch on tree branches and a big grip for different sized branches

Overlapping teeth: to bite through the occasional roots when digging for food

Body: furry and large to burrow further into the ground. Fur: brown to blend in with the mud, easily cleaned

Belly: furry to cuddle up with and keep warm


Drawing Cartoons Different Approach This was a way of pushing myself to do things I don’t normally do. Drawing realistically, drawing on a big scale and using memory. I wrote down their features and sketched out the way they were standing/sitting. It gave me more of an understanding on how my characters could be improved, have more purpose and more perspective.


Experiments Darkroom

Different Process A path I wanted to pursue which I knew would get me to produce various things in a short period of time was experimenting with the darkroom. Having used this before and liking the results, I tried to use it again with more of an idea of narratives and incorporating text. The text relating to books such as the line ‘Once upon a time’ and other texts from my own personal diary. While trying to use my illustrations, I thought about drawing on top on the images to see if it could be used in some way. I was looking to see if this could be something to pursue as an idea, but it seemed to not go any further than just being nice experimental images.


Final Thoughts Evaluation 3rd Year Work Since the start of 3rd year I have slowly come to realise where I would like to be in terms of both industry and working independently. Having always illustrated, this was the path I decided to take. Although a lot of work done this year seemed to stop short in terms of ideas, I feel that all the projects shown here still taught me something about the way I work. I learnt that practice makes perfect when it comes to illustrating and drawing is something I have to keep up. The negatives of this year for me is that a lot of projects came to a dead end and therefore made me feel a bit depressed and lost as to where I wanted to go. I possibly felt I should of pushed certain ideas more rather than skipping to different ones. The positives being, despite not achieving what I wanted for different projects, I learnt that I have to stick with things more and produce more work for ideas rather than one idea. All this has ultimately helped shape me into a better illustrator. Understanding both the pace I work at and what skills I have that can be used in my work. Overall I have learnt a lot about myself, and way of working. I have a better understanding of what I would like to pursue for an FMP and the future.


Final Thoughts Proposal Final Major Project So far in the year I have been exploring character design and have been interested in the idea of children books and characters. Looking back, something I would be interested in exploring more for my FMP is character design and creating more narrative with the illustrations. This ultimately being produced into a publication. This would mean that building up to my FMP I would need to; explore different ways of drawing my characters, experimenting with different techniques, have a bigger character base and learning more narrative techniques. Finally helping me to develop a final look for my characters and trying out different narratives to be used alongside the illustrations. Using my research made in my External Positioning unit, as a back bone to the work created, I will be using this to explore different publications and narratives that would give me more ideas for my own FMP.


Finally Bibliography Books Artzybasheff, Boris (2008) As I See: The Fantastic World of Boris Artzybasheff. London: Titan Barthes, Roland (1994) Camera lucida: reflections on photography. New York: Hill and Wang Burgerman, Jon (2008) Pens are my Friends. Singapore: Systems Design Ltd. Fletcher, Alan (2004) Beware wet paint. United States: Phaidon

Websites AOI (2010) Association of Illustrators. http://www.theaoi.com/ (Accessed on: 21.09.2011 ) Burgerman, Jon (2011) John Burgerman. http://jonburgerman. com/ (Accessed on: 25.09.2011) Denola, Fabrice (2007) Fabrice De Nola. http://www.denola.com/ (Accessed on: 03.11.2011) Haring, Keith (2009) Keith Haring. www.haring.com/ (Accessed on: 15.11.2011 )


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Charlotte Bryan - Year 3  

Indpendent Practice portfolio. Unit EGRD3014 Articulation

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