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Making a Proposal I initially started my proposal with just a main idea, not noticing it was very short for a proposal. Therefore I went back to it many different times to add more detail. Thinking more about: the problems I may face, skills I needed, equipment required and most importantly the time needed to achieve it all. For the whole idea of my final project I wanted to use incorporate I had a passion for. It seemed that last semester I had not found the subject that would spark my creativity. Having found a suitable subject the proposal helped to clearly and concisely show my intentions for the project.
Visual Plans These visual plans are both an extension to my proposal and also a guide for myself. Being a person more inclined to see ideas visually, I needed more than just something written to explain what I intended to create. The plans include which skills will be applied to the project, such as illustration, and which ones need to be tried and tested, like debossing, for a final look for the project to be established.
Schedule / Timetable As a part of both my social life and the work for my FMP I have kept a schedule. This is mainly so I am not wasting days leading up to hand-in. It specifies, by colour code, what activities I should be doing at the time. This could be drawing to making mock-up books. It has been very helpful for both balancing my social life and the uni work, and for my time management. I have learnt a great deal from something so simple. This is a vital piece of the FMP to make sure I achieve what I want to achieve in the right time. I have both a schedule and a timetable too!
Beginner Bookbinding I already knew how to make books to a small degree, but wanted to refresh my skill in preparation for the project. My intention was to establish a book that would suit my idea for a information booklet on dogs. Three main types of bookbinding were used: - Pamphlet Booklet - Japanese Stab Bind - Concertina Binding - Other types of Concertinaâ€™s
Beginner Bookbinding Documentation I really didnâ€™t want this bookbinding to go to waste as a simple workshop. As I got home I went through the notes I had made during the workshop, and looked to pick the books apart. I made a personal video for myself where I looked at the books and spoke out about how I felt they would work for my intentions. Revising over the notes taken, I looked at how long the books took to make and came to two conclusions that I knew would work for my ideas.
Applying Knowledge There was one interesting book binding technique I really wanted to make into a small book. This was not an idea for a final book, but turned out to be a success. The idea of taking different pieces of paper and being able to bind them together, with the Japanese Stab Bind, appealed to me. Taking this one idea of having the biggest dog, turning into the smallest dog seemed fitting for this type of bind. Cut by hand and then fit together to create this simple but complex book.
Drawing Dogs The main aspect that needs a lot of attention for my project is the drawings. Taking a skill I had used a lot throughout last semester is the digital vector drawings. I tried different ways of illustrating dogs to see which one would work well. One that stood out for both myself and from feedback, were the off set colour drawings (illustrated on this page). The dogs need a lot of detail and then the colour is added and moved to give a distorted view. It works as it is still shows distinguishing features to identify the dog and visually works.
Dog Poster At first I wanted to make a poster with all the dog breeds on them. It was inspired by a website with a poster of cats! (CatvsHuman) This made me start to draw the dogs from a dog book I own called “The Ultimate Dog Book“ (Taylor, 1990). Its a long process and I have already started to make them digital and still have many to draw. I am having to re-think how many I will be including, due to how much time there is left. Drawing these dogs has really improved my drawing of dogs, I’m more aware of the dogs anatomy.
Great Danes The Great Dane has been the main focus initially for me to experiment with its style for the project. Despite being sure of which style I would like to go for I still wanted to try and different approach, using Photoshop. This enabled me to blend colours together easier than Illustrator vectors. I could add more integrated fur patterns with a paint brush, use different colour effects and textures like a dissolving pattern.
Great Dane Character Sheet As a part of my research I have look at the many books and website showing its character sheets. I needed to think about this for my Great Dane, to make it individual. â€˜Character design for graphic novelsâ€™ book was helpful for me to achieve knowledge about the look of my character and the actions that it makes. I then applied the information onto my own dogs, which I then added the effect onto, just like the other dogs previously.
Colour and Character Having to choose a type of well known fur type known for that breed was made easier from going to Crufts. I could see the dogs up close and ask owners which are the most popular fur types for a Great Dane. Taking this on board I have made a digital version of the sketches with the similar style established previously. Despite the digital being mainly used I did try and colour them manually, including more shading than the digital versions.
Advanced Bookbinding Carrying on and improving from the beginner bookbinding, I thought more about a hardback cover with a more advanced bind. This is: - Coptic Stitch This opened my eyes to something a bit more detailed. Although I donâ€™t think its suitable for my final piece, I was glad I made it as itâ€™s had a lot of good feedback. Its an extra string to my bow, and I intend to improve the book and make it thicker at a later stage. In total this book took 2 days to make. I, again, recorded the whole process for my reference at a later date.
Embossing / Debossing Following up from a workshop where I learnt embossing, I went along and signed up to the print room to carry on the technique independently. I knew that I wanted a paw in my editorial piece, so this was my main focus but I did not exclude the opportunity to actually try letters too. The effect works really well and I much prefer the debossing effect rather than the embossing. I did try and think outside the box with not having a wooden cut out of an actual paw, so resulted in using circular letters and numbers to look like a paw. I did try and cut out a paw from card, but because of the thickness, the results were different.
Plan Change As I have received so much positive feedback from both colleagues and Vaughan Oliver on my small dog book with silhouettes, I have thought more carefully about my outcome. It is based upon using a lot more visually appealing features such as; cuts out of the breed (as shown in quick mock up opposite), the debossing effect still incorporated and the illustration technique I have explored. The information will be the same but what the audience is getting in terms of visual appearance will be more elaborated. Clean and simple information graphics alongside a slightly strange illustration style, simple type and clean cut book.
Layouts and Fonts I experimented with looking up fonts that are kid friendly and also easy to read. I also expeirmented with different colour backgrounds that would suit a kids. I feel that as my idea has changed, the colour will not be included and will stay white. The fonts will stay the same and I still have to expeirment with the fonts as sentances alongside each other to see how they sit.
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Crufts 2012 - Day 1 I have over 100 photos of dogs from my first day at Crufts 2012. A massively great and exciting experience, that I have loved every moment of. This opened up my eyes to the world of dogs and how, by having the right camera you can take some amazing photographs. I used the opportunity to get more of my own photos of dogs for a reference to draw from in the future. I did look to seek out more information on the specific breeds I was looking to use for my project. Being able to see them up close and how they act in real life.
experienced how long this takes, I can This project has given me the opportunity quickly and concisely draw the dogs to the to explore and demonstrate (so far) my skills in the areas of illustration and handicrafts. I have really benefited from having a theme same style. I learnt from this exercise that I would need to remember that not only do I Making my own books seemed more liable to my FMP. This has enabled me to have have to draw the dogs due to costs and the quick accessibility of more of a focus for my ideas. Making a plan but I also have to put them into the the books. If ordered it would take 7-11 was a major help in my process as well computer to colour and turn into vectors. business days, but when I make it myself I as sketches the ideas. I will be taking this This alone was not entirely considered can make it in a day. technique of planning along with me into while establishing a style so therefore time One aspect which has been eye opening the future, as it has helped me from being was wasted where I could of started this for me is the aspect of themes. Having not once so disorganised to very attentive to process. I will consider this when it comes had a theme for last semester I felt very what needs to be done by certain times. to the other drawings. lost. I didnâ€™t think about incorporation my passion for dogs with my design work, Both of the bookbinding sessions were very The debossing was a great experience. but it has worked in my favour. I have helpful for my project. They have opened Having not really known how it was made, been able to use my knowledge of dogs my eyes to some types of books that I it opened my eyes to some possibilities. already acquired, from a young age, and thought were impossible to make. I learnt a The coloured paper went well because of then incorporated it with my design work. new skill of making a hard back cover, and the thickness of the paper. It was thinner Its helped me have much more of a focus improved the old skill of making the simple than the white paper, but had more for the project and have a clearer sense of books also. I can see this skill working for me depth to it. I did experiment with different direction for the piece. for the future also. The results of my books types of paper and also different types such as the dog book, were so successful I of thickness in stencils. I learnt that this is My next step moving on from this is to plan to make plenty more of them to enter an easy process and takes 25mins to get make sure to get things done a lot quicker. into book fairs. The quality of this book the paper soaked and dried ready for the The information within the booklet will was reasonably high, even though I did press. The rest is quick and simply a matter be easy to obtain so have not looked into by hand, but I am looking to improve it by of arranging the stencils with the letters/ this bit yet. The design and the choice of laser cutting. The documentation process objects. typeface has been considered, but more will come in great use for me later on, as I learnt a lot about the stencils and how the needs to go into this as time is getting I can recap on how my book was made press works. It was interesting to know that shorter. I am confident with getting this via notes, videos and photos made on the the press needs to be changed depending made in time and to the specifications I day of making. These notes also indicated on how deep the debossing needs to be. desire. how long certain books took to make Having to adjust this was complicated but in comparison to each other. The hard by experimenting with which thickness back Coptic stitch book took two days so was better, I managed to get the perfect therefore has been ruled out as a outcome debossed look. as it takes too long. I will want to consider a I went for the debossed look rather than book that will decrease this timing without the embossed as the effect was much more loosing the quality of the product. noticeable for a debossed effect, rather than a embossing technique. It needed to The drawings have enabled me to look like a dog print, or like a dog had put demonstrate my skill as a illustrator. I feel its mark on it, so it made more sense for it that the style of the chosen look of the to be debossed. dogs is different and visually appealing. This part enabled me to use the skill of using Crufts was a great experience for me vectors which I have now become quick personally and also a great opportunity and easy to do, having mastered making to research for this project. Going up and them. By experimenting and considering speaking to people about their dogs was other aspects of colouring the dogs, such as something I was able to do, and showing using Photoshop, I opened up my eyes to confidence in my aim helped. I learnt from something I could use another time. They going there, not only about dogs, but didnâ€™t turn out bad, they just didnâ€™t suit the also how opportunities like this can help idea I had in mind for my FMP. I wanted with certain projects. Just like going to a something clean cut with no shading. The museum it inspired me and encouraged drawing did take up a lot of the time for this me to do more. project. I tried to spend at least once a day carrying on and drawing the figures. I hope to find that when it comes to the two other dogs to draw for the other books, having Evaluation
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