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Michael Elliott Art Graphics coursework


Emotional Drawings. This is a page that I drew of emotional squares. I was using the emotion hate. The drawings reflect this as they are dark colours and the contrast of the drawings vary because I was trying to show the hate building up, starting as soft (light shade) too heavy (dark shade). I also tried to use as less negative space as possible, as hate over powers the negativity and takes control of the space.


Emotional Drawings. My second page of emotional drawings is the emotion busy. I tried to keep the negative space as less as possible because I wanted the drawings to be as busy and packed in the space provided. I also attempted to make the drawings as packed out with different things happening at different places but all occurring at once.


Emotional Drawings. This is my final emotional design piece. I used ink as I felt to get the real emotion out I would have to go for a more powerful material. I created this using a mixture of my first designs and used different materials as before (I.e, ink and card paper), and used a larger surface.


Composition Words. This is an image I made on Photoshop that relates to composition. The image was an example of leading lines.


Composition Words. This is an image I made on Photoshop that relates to composition. The image was an example of Negative Space.


Composition Words. This is an image I made on Photoshop that relates to composition. The image was an example of Repetition.


My Collage. We were asked to create some composition and experiment using what we could get our hands on. With this piece of work I tried to show the use of leading lines, negative space, shapes and different types of texture. I tried to keep this artwork to get style of date, the gold material (wallpaper) looks like the style of 1950’s with the texture and plainness about it. I also believe that the flower pattern is also from around this time, which adds to the 1950’s look. The colours I used also creates awareness of the date as they’re dull and old fashioned, fitting in nicely with the style of the other bit’s and bob’s added. I rolled the background lightly with a small amount of red/brown ink, to give the gold wall paper more emphasis. I feel this composition has a sense of mystery. I felt the need to add some negative space as I feel it completes the artwork.


Artist Research – Michelle Thompson. Michelle Thompson completed a bachelor of Art Degree’ in Graphic design at the Norwich school of Art. Then continued on with her studies in London at the Royal College of Art, Graduating in 1996 with a Master of Arts Degree. Since graduating she’s been working on projects encompassing advertising, publishing and design. In Michelle’s work she uses different media such as photography, hand work, computer software’s (Photoshop, illustrator, etc..) and different printing techniques. To create her work photos, digital elements (such as scanners) are often used, with an inspiration of surface and colour. She describes her style as ‘Digital and handmade collage’. I chose to look at Michelle Thompson because her style of work attracted me as I Love the use of colour and the old fashioned in some colleges, but also some sense of modern in different ones. The great thing about Michelle’s work is that she doesn’t stick with certain things, as her work can be completely different, but at the same time, totally similar. The ways in which the work is produced and the materials and media used stay the same. I like how she uses a mixture of pencils, pens, photography, paint and ink. She has influenced me to try similar styles to my work and experiment with all different materials and media.


Artist Research – Michelle Thompson. In this picture there has been good use of leading lines as the way in how the men are placed they’re going from one side of the picture to the other. There is good use of negative space as the picture is quite simple as the backgrounds are light leaving just a little wall paper, so it’s noticeable but not too emphasized. The letters being held by the men are well emphasized as the colours stand out and are a good size so it draws the audience in too see what is actually being spelt.


Kayak. At the start of the year when we were introduced to Photoshop, we were given a picture of people kayaking and a help sheet. We were taught how to experiment with layers and how to move certain parts around. This was my final outcome.


Illustrator Names. I was experimenting with what different effects and styles there are on illustrator. So I created 3 texts of my name and had a play around to see what I could change and create.


Logo Project. For my logo project I have chosen to design coffee logo for a company. I have researched a lot of coffee logos to see what has been done before and what looks good, so I can produce a good quality logo that suits. In my research I found that most coffee logos involved a coffee cup or a bean so I sketched a few logos of coffee related things to see what could be a possible logo. I had to think of a logo that would attract the possible customers, which is eye catching but interesting at the same time. Here are sketches of my possible logo designs.

3 examples of logos used already.


Logo Project. I picked this design as one of my initial ideas to improve because I thought it was quite unique. I am happy with the final outcome as I do feel it meets the objective. I tried to make it a serious but funny logo, and tried to get the point across to ‘chill and have a coffee’, as many people who drink coffee like to relax whilst drinking it. This is what I feel my logo shows.

This design was one of my favourite out of the many designs that I drew. I improved the design to make it look more interesting and eye catching. On the right are the steps in which I improved it.


Logo Project. This is my second final logo deign. It is a coffee bean sitting on the side of a coffee cup holding an umbrella protecting it from little coffee beans falling from the sky. I thought think that this logo is also a fun, enjoyable, relaxing logo that is quite eye catching.

This design was one of my favourite out of the many designs that I drew. I improved the design to make it look more interesting and eye catching. On the right are the steps in which I improved it.


Logo Project. I am very pleased with how this project went. I feel it has improved my graphics skills on the computer, and helped me develop ideas better. I’m not so happy with the final outcomes though as I am very new with Photoshop and illustrator so they are quite simple designs. But this project definitely got me more used to the software's.


Me cut out. This is an image of me standing still. I got a friend to take a picture of me and then I cut myself out on Photoshop. I’ve edited this photo two times. Version one is just the photo cut out with a plain white background, I used the pen tool to cut it out. Version two has an added gradient background with a glowing line curved around me in the photo.

This is the picture with no editing or cutting out.


Me Falling. Here are to pictures that I edited of me falling over. The first edit has only been cut out and is on a plain white background. The second edit is very similar, I just replaced the colours and highlighted certain bits to give it a different effect and look to the first picture.


Me Fighting.


In this picture I have used both of the pictures of myself that I had cut out before and add them together for this piece of work. One of me fighting, and one of me falling. I also took a picture of an alley way down the end of my road and cut off the front and middle of the alley way so that the background (sky and tree’s) was separate, which I then deleted. I added the pictures of me too the foreground to make it look like I am fighting myself. The background was then done by adding cloud brushes to make it look like the sky is cloudy.

Me Fighting.


Two Week Project. Story Line: Follow path of normal people in a normal day routine of walking to the shops innocently from collage on a lunch break and having a laugh together. But this normal day routine is interrupted by a rival group of people that are in the way of their path and start trouble with each other leading to a fight. Techniques/editing: Use my friends Nikon camera to photograph continuously our journey through these events to be put together using Final Cut Pro on the computers in collage and add a good soundtrack over the top to create different effects for each part of the film; such as heavier when fight starts. Also a changing transition between photos going slower at points of tension and build up to create more effect when the music kicks in faster along with the fight and faster transitioning. Soundtrack ideas: Drum and bass, dub step, music with a hard beat to create a good effect to go with the fighting and pick up heavier when the fight kicks off. ‘example-hooligans remix’ would go well with the fight scene. A less heavy song will be needed to go with the start up but not too much contrast so it will fit well.


Two Week Project. The sages of the stop motion film we created: – Plan a story line. – Act out the story line, with pictures being taken every few steps we made. – Collect all the photographs, organize them. – Edit the photographs using final cut pro, making some pictures on for longer than others to fit in with the music.

I am very happy with the final outcome of the two week project. The story line was quite basic but did get exciting towards the end, with a great soundtrack added to draw tension. The group got a long well and there was no problems with the creating, e worked well as a team. The only problem was the editing and putting together as the program was not a familiar software, my class mates and I found it very difficult and long to sort it all out with the music in time as well. But overall the project was a success. It was fun, creative but challenging and helped me meet new people as you had to work as a team. I am pleased with the final outcome and the team work that was made.


Two Week Project. Photographs of the project.


Two Week Project. Photographs of the project.


Glaucoma Project. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disorder in which the optic nerve suffers damage, permanently impacting vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to complete blindness if untreated. Glaucoma can be divided roughly into two main categories, "open angle" and "closed angle" glaucoma. Closed angle glaucoma can appear suddenly and is often painful; visual loss can progress quickly but the discomfort often leads patients to seek medical attention before permanent damage occurs. Open angle, chronic glaucoma tends to progress at a slower rate and the patient may not notice that they have lost vision until the disease has progressed significantly. Glaucoma has been nicknamed the "silent thief of sight" because the loss of vision normally occurs gradually over a long period of time and is often only recognized when the disease is quite advanced. Once lost, this damaged visual field cannot be recovered. Worldwide, it is the second leading cause of blindness. It is also the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. Glaucoma affects 1 in 200 people aged fifty and younger, and 1 in 10 over the age of eighty. If the condition is detected early enough it is possible to arrest the development or slow the progression with medical and surgical means.


Glaucoma Project. What can be done? Although you will never be cured of glaucoma, treatment often can control it. This makes early diagnosis and treatment important to protect your sight. Most doctors use medications for newly diagnosed glaucoma; however, new research findings show that laser surgery is a safe and effective alternative. Medicines are the most common early treatment for glaucoma. They come in the form of eye drops and pills. Some cause the eye to make less fluid. Others lower pressure by helping fluid drain from the eye. Laser surgery helps fluid drain out of the eye. Although your eye care professional may suggest laser surgery at any time, it is often done after trying treatment with medicines. In many cases, you will need to keep taking glaucoma drugs even after laser surgery. The purpose of Conventional surgery is to make a new opening for the fluid to leave the eye. Although your eye care professional may suggest it at any time, this surgery is often done after medicine and laser surgery has failed to control your pressure.


Glaucoma Project. Company Research. While I was researching about Glaucoma on the internet I came across a website trying to raise the awareness are Glaucoma. The website describe all about Glaucoma, from how it start to how to treat it. My company is going to be of a similar thing, but with logos and posters giving information about Glaucoma, as the website I visited (TGF) had none. The website that I came across was called The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) and their mission is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. Founded in1984 by Dr. Robert Ritch, TGF is one of the premier not-for-profit organizations dedicated to eradicating blindness from glaucoma through vital research and education. The Foundation works to encourage and support basic and applied research in glaucoma, to gain and disseminate new information about the causes and treatment of glaucoma, and to further efforts to identify and develop novel approaches to preserve visual function and reverse blindness caused by glaucoma. The website of this company is: http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/about_tgf.htm


Glaucoma Project. Photography Research. Whilst researching what Glaucoma would be like to have I came across some photographs that have been taken out of focus. These photos are mainly all blured with maybe a little bit clear. This is what the vision is like on someone who has the disease. A few of these photos have inspired me to do a similar style of photography for one of my company’s poster.


Glaucoma Project. Artist Research. Matt Herring was born in 1977, in York, England. He trained as an illustrator at Glasgow School of Art (1996-1999) and the Royal College of Art (1999-2001). During his time at the Royal College of Art, his practice developed away from commercial illustration towards a more autonomous fine-art practice. He has continued to pursue an independent practice since leaving art college, focussing on figurative expressionism (2001-2004), landscape painting (2004-2008) and abstract painting (2008-). I chose to look at Matt Herring as one of my artist influences as I had seen quite a few of his artworks before and was drawn to them by the colour and the originality of the work. I also feel his ideas will help me create my final outcome. I admire the way Matt uses bright colours and different tones to emphasise different parts of his work, and how some of his work is very busy and packed where as others have many negative spaces. Matt Herring uses different variety of media in his work such as photography and computer programs. Matt uses a computer to design and finalise his work, so nearly all of his work is on done on computers. His compositions are effective because he has put random images and photos together with different colours making main images and colours dominant in the art work. The use of the colours shows leadings lines and also some grid divisions. The use of bright colours suggest a sense of contemporary, and with the items and images used in the artwork it also shows that the artwork is modern. In my poster design I will study Matt herring’s techniques and combine my primary and secondary photos with using Photoshop and illustrator to design and maybe create an accurate Matt herring like artwork. I will take the way his work is very abstract and the use of colours and images to help me come up with my ideas.


Glaucoma Project.

Matt Herring.


Glaucoma Project. Artist Research. My second artist influence is Jeff Kubina. There is not a lot of information on Jeff as he isn’t a full time artist, he leads a normal life and produces some art work in his spare time. Jeff’s short auto biography: ‘I do research and development of information processing algorithms during the day, but enjoy cooking Italian, French, Thai, Indian, and Ethiopian food—but like eating them even more. When I am not being a dad, husband, developer, or chef, I am usually photographing; most of my public photos are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike on Flickr.’ I found some of Jeff’s work on a site called ‘flickr’, which is where he uploads his photography. His work really inspired me as I thought it was a good way to bring photography and use of my editing skills to bring more awareness of glaucoma and use similar styles in my project.


Glaucoma Project. Here is initial ideas of logo designs for my company on Glaucoma. I will use and improve two of my favourite designs I have drawn, later on in the project and try to have an outcome of an eye catching, professional looking logo.


Glaucoma Project. Final Logo Designs. I have chosen to make 2 final logos that will be used. One will be a picture logo and the other will be a text logo. For the picture logo I’ve decided to make a shield with the letter G, for Glaucoma, in the middle. I believe that the shield symbolizes protection, as I am designing this logo for a company that is help raising the awareness of Glaucoma, and was the most suitable design. My other logo will be type in illustrator and then moved into Photoshop to do more editing. The word is going to be spelt out, but the ‘O’ is going to be made to look like an eye as the disease does affect eyes, it gives more information to people who don’t know what the disease is.


Glaucoma Project. Shield logo. When coming up with my final logo I came up with 3 different shield logos. Only one of them is my final one, but I made 3 as the first two I didn’t like that much and believed they wouldn’t do the job and fit the requirements. This is my first logo. I just put a black G in there with no other effects as I knew that I wasn’t going to use this logo, it was just a practise attempt, experimenting around to see what my final should be like.


Glaucoma Project. This is my second logo. This logo also just has a plain black G in the centre as this logo wasn’t going to be used as the final logo.


Glaucoma Project. This is my final logo. This is my favourite out of all 3 of my logo’s as I believe it meets all the requirements . I also asked a few of my peers on their view of the logo and they all said they preferred this one. It’s simplistic, but not too simple, recognizable, eye catching and it does look as though it would make a good logo.


Glaucoma Project. Text logo. These are now my text logos. I have made 6 of these, 1 is the final logo and the other 5 are the same logo with colours changed and little bits added and taken away. Depending on what the logo is put on (the background may be a difficult colour to have the logo on) the logo may vary from the different coloured ones.


Glaucoma Project.


Glaucoma Project. This is my final logo. Out of all the logo’s I believe this is the one that meets all of the requirements. It’s plain and simple but very affective with a professional look to it. This logo is straight to the point and will be remembered to what it is about. The ‘O’, that looks like an eye, attracts people’s eyes as it stands out a lot, so it is an eye catching logo. It almost lets you know what Glaucoma means when looking at it. I am very happy with the final outcome and will place this logo onto my poster about Glaucoma.


Glaucoma Project. Possible Ideas for posters After researching Jeff Kubina I took a liking to his artwork and it inspired me to do a similar style that he does and put it into my art work. Although Jeff blurs his images with his camera, I’m going to take pictures with my camera and then blur and mess around with them on Photoshop and illustrator. I plan to play with the hue’s and saturation levels, making a clear but slight difference to the images to see what looks best and what doesn’t. I will experiment with new tools to get more practice and ideas on what would look good on my final poster and what effects create my work to look like how a Glaucoma patient see’s; maybe using the style of Jeff Kubina.


Glaucoma Project.

I took a photo of my brother and took it into Photoshop. I darkened and blurred the background but kept and lightened the centre of the photo, his face, un blurred apart from his eyes.


Glaucoma Project.

In this version I blurred the Background but did nothing to the centre, his face apart from his eyes being blurred.


Glaucoma Project.

In this image I kept his face untouched, apart from his eyes, I blurred them. I then blurred and darkened everything in the background.


Glaucoma Project. This is a possible idea for a poster. It’s my brother in a room with his hands covering his eyes and the background is all blurred and bended. I took a picture of the room and a separate picture of my brother. I then cut out my brother and put him in the room. I blurred out the windows so they went white, and changed all the colour settings. I then bent the background and added a shadow. This poster is supposed to show that having Glaucoma is ruining his life as he’s vision isn’t perfect and he’s finding it hard to cope with everyday life.


Glaucoma Project. This is another possible poster idea. I have taken a picture of my bathroom and done different edits on it 3 times, so I have 3 of the same picture but with different edits. I have done this so I can experiment and see what I like and what looks good, so I can get the best possible effects on my final poster.


Glaucoma Project. This is another version of the image but with different editing and effects for experimentation.


Glaucoma Project. This is my final possible poster idea before my final poster. These experimental posters have improved my Photoshop skills and I think I am now more prepared to do some high standard posters.


Glaucoma Project. My final outcome of this Glaucoma Project is 2 posters. I have created two posters for my company that raises awareness for the disease Glaucoma. On the posters there is a little information given with a logo of the company and the company website that should be visited for more information about the disease. I have combined my ideas through lot of research and experimentation. The posters combine a mixture of photography, Photoshop, handwork and illustration, with inspiration from the artist’s I researched. The research of composition really helped me out because then I knew what I could add to emphasize something or to control what’s first being seen, that draws in the audience. Both posters have been designed to have the middle main part to be stopped first a it attracts then reader. Then next seen is the bold text that tells a little information about the disease itself. Negative space around the middle image I what makes the most important bits stand out. I think that this project has gone really well and I am happy with my final outcome, although I would have produced more work at a higher standard if I was given the chance to do this again. At the start of the project I had hardly used software's such as illustrator and Photoshop, but I feel as though I have learnt new skills and have improved a great deal. I a lot feel that I have learnt a lot about composition in art as I now know what styles and techniques are used to make an artwork. I enjoyed this project a lot although I feel that I should of worked more. I have learnt a lot though.


Evaluation. I am pleased with how my coursework has gone. I tried to keep up to date with deadlines and complete the work to my beast ability, but sometimes I did struggle to do so. My projects, such as ‘two week project’ and ‘Glaucoma’, were a success and I am happy with the skills I now have with the software's as I was useless at the start. If I could change how I managed everything, I would of made sure I was a lot more organised and made sure I spent more time on certain piece of work. I would have definitely done more artist research a I did enjoy looking at the different styles that artists use and how people work. It inspires me to try more things out and maybe try similar techniques to them, and experiment more. I also enjoyed the final outcomes, because you do little artworks experimenting to build up to the final outcome, and decide what skills and styles you want to use. I found it interesting as I learnt new things.

Mike Elliott - Art Graphics  

My art graphics coursework