Enquire Choreograph Grow: Evaluation

This module has most definitely been the most advantageous in my practice, allowing me to explore live briefs such as the Penguin Book project, and the Creative Conscience prizes offered a fairly accurate experience of working in freelance illustration and completing commissions for companies.

I have also found it to be quite a testing module, as I have explored many different forms of outcomes, such as 3d printing an artist’s object to contain images inside to creating GIFs and an animatic.

Although this project was challenging, it also was the most useful in my studies, as I have been able to explore outside my comfort zone and learn new skills and methods which I will be able to apply to future projects.

I have also gained inspiration and motivation to further test myself by exploring even further outside of my comfort zone, as I have done so during this module and have been happy with all of my end responses despite them being unlike my previous end pieces.

I have been able to see myself becoming more professional throughout this module, by staying on top of blogging more, and making my own website has now started making a footprint online, offering myself a higher chance of being discovered/ my work being viewed by the grand public.

Creating my own professional portfolio of all of my pieces which I have created this year also made me aware of how much my confidence in my skill has improved, despite having outside issues effecting my reliability of staying on top of work I have still found myself being quite proud/ satisfied with my final outcomes. I can also see the progression in style of my work, as I have slowly been adapting to new learned skills to further develop my range of mediums/ forms of responses, whether it be a novel, an animatic, or a 3D object.

To summarise, this module has been the most beneficial in discovering who I want to be as an artist. I now understand that I would like to work more with educational illustration, also I would like to experiment more with hand lettering and logo design, which I developed in the penguin project and found myself enjoying working with these forms of illustration.

Creative Conscience: Final Outcome – REFLECTION

Now that this project has come to an end, I find it is important to reflect on the moments that have been the most challenging, yet the most helpful for my practice.

I enjoyed every single aspect of creating my response to this brief. This is because I managed to incorporate all of my favourite forms of work into it.

Poetry and music has been a life long hobby of mine, so being able to include this in my outcome has made the production of my response incredibly satisfying to view the whole animatic forming.

I enjoyed creating the GIFs as it has been a while since I have properly experimented with creating them, so it was quite a refreshing experience. I also managed to use 2 different programmes, Photoshop animation and Adobe Premier. I will definitely be working on these programs more in the future.

The main issue I encountered whilst completing this project was keeping on top of my schedule, due to outside influences effecting my motivation to stay on top of work; although after getting support for how to deal with these issues, I managed to carry on with my work. If I was not effected by these unforeseen circumstances I would have liked to create more GIFs, and include all verses in my poem rather than a cut down version.

End Result Animatic.

Creating the Animatic.

Taking inspiration from the artists mentioned previously in my blog, I am ready to begin creating my animatic.

To do this I first created a simple story board. I also shortened down the audio as it was initially 3 minutes, but by removing 3 verses I managed to cut it down to 1 minute and 57 seconds, minimising the chance of losing the focus of the audience.

I have begun by creating 2 simple GIFS. I wanted to begin with a GIF that featured the stitch metaphor. This was the outcome of that GIF:

I was quite pleased with the simplicity of the outcome, although wanted to offer more colour in the animatic. I decided to offer this in the following GIF.

This GIF features all of the colours that I have chosen for my colour palette. This was in order to display the chaos and difficulty to focus on one single item.

I look forward to creating the rest of the animatic and seeing what I am able to illustrate.

Creative Conscience: Rough Responses

Once I had composed the music and finalised the poem, I listened to the audio of the poem/music combined and responded with imagery that came forth during the audio was played.

I found the stitching work to be quite effective. Mainly because of the metaphor truly showing. This means I will definitely be taking this metaphor forward in my work.

Although, I would ideally do this work digitally, as I am able to produce the work faster, and do not have a desk in university to photograph on/ borrow a camera and use. Digital work should keep a higher quality than that of phone images.

Creative Conscience: STOP, LISTEN, RECOGNISE.

For this project, I have decided to write my own poem and music to accompany the illustrations in my animatic. This is because I believe it will help keep the attention from the audience, and help them recognise what ADHD is, and how it affects those who are diagnosed.

I’ve written the poem by taking some of my own experiences, as well as information from friends of mine who also have the disorder.

STOP LISTEN RECOGNISE.

To the 19 year old student taking the leap

to live in full independence whilst the pressure falls deep,

trying to impress rather than ingest the info needed to progress in their studies.

To the student feeling belittled, with a lower mark than the others,

despite the fact they were subconsciously working whilst tucked up under their covers.

The doctors say that anxiety is the cause of their lack of motivation,

and depression being the reason that they feel no inspiration.

To the student that this wasn’t news to.

To the student who had always been silently suffering,

but now is all too loud so they are slowly buffering

to the change of being told that they are not like the others.

Your mind is like a ticking time bomb,

you try to work before it starts to go wrong 

and your mind screams to you that YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

To whoever is watching or listening to this;

a student, a teacher, a cleaner, a lecturer,

a grandma, a son, a daughter, a mother

There is more to discover once you uncover

the problems a mind suffers which are kept under cover.

Trying hard to concentrate, 

entering the room ready to create the pathway to your future,

as time goes on the info slips and you’re lost… too scared to ask for help.

STOP. LISTEN. RECOGNISE.

For you see, no mind is like another.

The student who was told anxiety and depression

was the reason they were feeling sever repression

in progressing with others the same speed in each session

STOP. LISTEN. RECOGNISE. ADHD

To accompany this poem, I will compose a simple music background, and narrate the poem myself.

Artist Research: Miles Rozel Brayford

Miles Brayford won a gold award for his submission to the creative conscience awards in 2018. He is also currently a student at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

His Animatic was creative for the purpose of educating children in schools, and the general public of gender terminology. This is to try and end the stigma that trans individuals are not equally as human as anyone else, which is completely untrue.

His animatic was light hearted, yet informative. The colour palette’s simplicity also avoids distracting the user from the information in the video, yet equally tells the story as much as the spoken words do. Much like Jessica Jenkins mentioned earlier.

Artist Research: Jessica Jenkins

Jessica Jenkins is a previous winner who also attended Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Jenkins won the silver award in 2016 for an animation touching upon the subject of Mental Health problems not being taken as seriously as they should be.

Her imagery is quite simple with a limited colour palette consisting of mainly blues, greys and pinks. The animation style also isn’t overly complicated which makes it fairly easy to follow along with the story line/ plot of the animation.

The animation is quite dark featuring an attempted suicide, although it is not graphic (no blood or gore).

I found the most effective part of the animation was the simple scene of one character who seemingly doesn’t seem to be suffering from a mental illness due to the pink colour scheme of the figure, hugging the depressed character with a blue colour scheme, and after this act of support was given, the blue in the character had turned purple, to give a sense of a difference made to the characters emotional state and well-being, thus giving the response that Jenkins was going for, which is to realise the importance of supporting those with mental disorders.

Character suffering from mental health issues pictured on the left, supportive character on right.

I quite like the use of the simplified colour palette in the animation, as it doesn’t distract the viewers from the actual story line occurring throughout the sequence, making the message have a clear mark and works effectively.

Creative Conscience: Initial Approach- Research.

Once briefed on the Creative Conscience Awards 2019, I was offered the opportunity to explore a topic, which will also teach me a lot about myself.

There were many options for briefs: Community; Education & Learning; Environment & Sustainability; Equality & Justice; Health, Wellbeing & Disability; War & Crisis; and Open Brief. As I was very recently diagnosed ADHD, I decided I would like to conduct research into the mental disorder and learn more about myself along the way. I would like to create an informative animatic, in hopes it can also educate others.

For this brief, I am interested in attempting to put an original spin on this project to differ my entry to the other submissions.

I would like to explore the metaphor of stitching through my project, mainly due to the connection of the metaphor ‘Hanging by a Thread’, and ‘Stitching it Together’ to reference the way the mental disorder is recognised through multiple symptoms.

I’d like to do this method as I had an instant recognition of metaphors linking to stitches/ threads.

  • Stitches in terms of medical context represents pain/ injury/ recovery.
  • Stitches in terms of art represents pulling something together/ fixing something that’s broken.
  • A thread links to the metaphor ‘hanging by a thread’, which when brought into the context of mental health can represent hanging on the edge of choosing life/ death.
  • Hanging by a thread to the link between augmented imagination and reality (escapism)/ schizophrenia etc.

I have wanted to learn how to use digital stitching for quite a while but have not managed to find a way to fit it in to my past projects time schedule. Although, I would like to try and fit this workshop into my time schedule for this project. If I am unable to do this, I would still like to experiment with referencing the metaphor ‘Stitching it together’, or ‘Hanging by a Thread’.

Observational Artists: Research

Cat O’Neil

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Cat O’Neil is a freelance Illustrator based in the UK.

She has worked with many editorial publishers, stated on her bio, she has worked with The New York Times, The LA Times, Variety, WIRED, The Financial Times, The Economist, Scientific American, Libération, Revue XXI, School Library Journal (SLJ), Time Out (HK),  Woman’s Weekly, Arts Council England, AKA, Cedar Design Agency, British Medical Journal, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Perth Festival of the Arts, Scottish Fisheries Museum and more.

Cat O’Neil Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a First Class Honours degree in illustration.

She has also created more narrative pieces, as she created a self published graphic novel addressing mixed race heritage and what it means to be ‘home’/ how the word ‘home’ differs in meaning between people. This project was even funded by the National Lottery.

O’Neil’s observational drawings caught my eye by the use of colour schemes, line weight, and textures.

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Observational Illustration using collage of multiple sketches.

Manshen Lo

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Manshen Lo creates observational drawings in a vintage comic style, which I find very catpivating. due to the strong lines and simplistic colour palette.

Lo is a Chinese artist who also uses comic art as inspiration when creating her work, mainly referencing East Asia’s Chinese comic art masters such as Youzhi. She also doesn’t just limit herself to Illustration, by experimenting in animation with an aspiration to turn her graphic novels into animations. Lo creates these illustrations by using an ink brush and then digitally colouring her images.

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Penguin Project: Review

This project has been such a grand way to take a dip into the pool of the illustration field. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience working on this live brief as I have pushed my skills/ progress to the limit to achieve a response in such a short time span; yet I created an outcome which I am proud of.

I believe I managed to meet all of my personal aims discussed earlier in this blog, by my outcome being original, and captivating. I believe it will be able to stand out well on shelves and also successfully delivers hints to the themes of the book.

The most difficult part of this project was most definitely attempting to gather as much information as possible within a short time limit to leave enough time to work on development/ experimentation.

Going forward in my studies, I would like to continue this routine to my work, which is to allocate myself a certain amount of days to gather information so I no longer go overboard with my research, which has been my main issue in my past projects.

I am excited to see how this method of working goes with my next brief, as I am in hope that I have found my niche to completing my responses to a standard which I’m proud to present and to a sufficient time before the deadline.