Design Concepts.

I am now developing a collection of various design concepts, using inspiration from my mood board and own photographs as well as colour swatches from my colour palette. I’ve selected a few of my favourites to display.

Here is a selection of illustrator developed concepts. I have zoomed into a section of one of my own photographs to make abstract shapes, and have drawn around them using different strokes in illustrator. I have used all my colour swatches to fill in the shapes as well as inspiration from the denim piece in my colour board by adding these random strikes of colour onto the denim piece.

I wanted to move on and experiment with more realistic and detailed concepts, here i have sketched a picture out that I took from my own photographs. Using image trace and layering on illustrator I created this concept of a denim jacket which I absolutely love. I love how you can see every little detail of my sketch, in this cartoon like way.

I then developed this further by adding brightly coloured paint sketches to the image. These colours were taken from my colour swatches and arranged in a way to represent the stitches of the denim jacket. I like how this adds an extra layer to the image as well as injecting some colour.

Developing this concept even further, I have experimented in creating this repeat pattern where I arrange the image in various places. I want to experiment a lot more with this technique by making more interesting and eye catching repeat patterns.

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This is another concept design of my sketched denim jacket which i really like. Adding a roughly sketched block of colour onto the background of my image trace has let me inject even more bright colours into my design which I love. I think this will help my repeat patterns become really bright and stand out. I particularly love how much the bright yellow stitches show up in front of the background colours creating this new abstract shape.

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Own Photographs.

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I wanted to make my concepts personal to myself, for this reason I have photographed my closest friends wearing a variety of my denim clothing items. I made sure these were all quite edgy and grungy photographs to correspond with my theme of ‘Urban Beat’. I thoroughly enjoyed taking these photographs, and also made the progress of them very entertaining as I knew the people behind the concepts. This is collection of my favorite photos from the bunch I took.

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These are my chosen three images that I will progress further into my concept design:

Colour and Mood Boards.

To begin the main aspect of my digital module I was asked to create a mood and colour board. I began by using techniques I already had knowledge of such as varying the layers, cutting and cropping images as resizing. I have gathered a number of images from the web and mainly Pintrest that inspire and relate to my theme of ‘Urban Beat’. I then narrowed them down specifically to my favourite and most inspiring imaged to create this mood board.

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I am very pleased with this mood board and I think it reflects my theme really well. I have included a lot of denim and fashion based pictures as I really want to focus my project of urban fashion.  As denim is really big and upcoming material in the urban fashion at the minute, I thought this would be a great area to focus my attention too.

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Following on from my mood board, I have created a colour board. I have used my main three favourite images to create this board and selected the colours that stand out the most to me to create a colour palette for my theme.  I love how bright and vibrant these colour swatches are, I also love how some complement each other very well such as the yellow and orange while other contrast with each other very well for variation such as the red and blue. I will proceed with these colour swatches by using them within my concepts and final designs.

Summary from the Digital Module.

 Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed this module. Coming from a background of little to none digital design experience, I was very surprised by how fast I actually picked the variety of skills up.

Starting with Adobe Photoshop, I struggled at the start with this and couldn’t get my head around the different uses of all the layers on one page, and how I re-sized or edited these layers to create my design. Once I had grasped this technique and began labeling and naming my various layers, I soon progressed within Photoshop and was less afraid of experimenting with different tools and techniques.

Moving on the Adobe Illustrator, this was my favourite one of the two as I didn’t have to worry about pixel size and got to work with vectors, meaning images could be resized to any size with no pixalation. My favourite part of illustrator was using the ‘image trace’ tool, where my simplistic and detailed sketches could be transformed into these, cartoon like images which I could then fill with colour, resize and edit to my preferred look.

My choses design brief was ‘Urban Beat’, I was very excited to dive into this brief and began researching the various words related to my chosen theme, e.g. graffiti, youth, grunge, urban. This inspired me greatly, and led to a mood board and colour board that I am very proud of. From researching and producing these boards, I decided that I wanted to focus my concepts on Urban Fashion.

I am very pleased with the colour palette I had chosen as it is very bright and colourful. I feel like I have the best of both words where some colours really complement each other, e.g. orange and yellow, on the other hand some of my colours contrast with each other to help make my designs stand out more, e.g. red and blue. On reflection, to improve on the use of my colour palette, I would experiment more with adding texture into these colours with more techniques that include layering and gradient techniques, I think this would add another dynamic to my designs and creating more texture would add more individuality to my pieces.

Over all, I am happy with my collection of designs, I think they all complement each other well as well as standing on their own as individual designs alone. To progress further with these designs, I would start to research and experiment with placing my designs onto actually objects. I would also like these objects to relate to my theme of ‘Urban Beat’ and look into electronics and social media. This means I could place my designs onto laptop/phones cases, profile background/skins as well moving into the urban fashion element and placing my designs onto clothing items.

I would like to carry on developing my digital skills throughout the rest of my time through university and summer and improve upon my knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator so that I can contribute these into my next body of work and add a new dynamic to my work.

Reflective Blog: The Body in Society.

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Throughout my last term of first year, I was extremely lucky and gain the opportunity to attend my first constellation study group choice which was a top called ‘The Body in Society”. This was originally meant to be lectured by Ashley Morgan but as she was unable to give the lecture, so the lovely Davida Hewlett managed to step in a takeover. The very interesting concept, the lessons I attended were about exploring a variety of theories on how the body is viewed and treated throughout a variety of societies, ranging from past societies to contemporary societies in today’s day and age. There has been vast amount of way the body has been viewed over the year, mainly due to being stapled with artist’s concept influencing out images of our bodies. As we have a lot of stigma talking about the way we look with body shaming becoming a bigger problem in today’s society due to a growing celebrity culture and social media. This is what mainly interests me in choosing this topic to study through constellation. It was also very interesting to see past examples of how the body was seen in society and discuss with my class how this does and doesn’t compare to today society.

I particular favourite lecture from The Body in Society sessions in term two was week five were we discussed how the body is controlled throughout a variety of societies. This lesson was one of the biggest influences for my constellation essay and what it’s about. We began the lesson by looking Bentham’s prison, the Panopticon, and the idea of control through isolation rather than through physical and mental force like other prisons.

Our first discussion was about a particular question; “In the past, how was the body controlled?” We debated and discussed different aspects on how it may have been controlled, we came up with examples such as, Religion (found to be the biggest of the control elements through time), suppression of sexual appetites as well as the concepts and stories that have been told about heaven and hell. A lot of these aspects are still an issue of control today. Religious still being a main aspect of control is contemporary whether it is control for good reasons or unfortunately control for bad reasons.

After discussing how the body was controlled in past societies, we moved on to discuss Michel Foucault’s theory of “visibility is a trap”. We mainly focussed on how this theory relates to Bentham’s Panopticon. Here is a small paragraph on how I introduced Foucault’s quotes into my essay and my thoughts about it: “(Foucault) suggests that “visibility is a trap” unlike other prisons “He is seen, but does not see, he is the object of information but never the subject of communication” reacting to the face the prisoner is an “object of information” The prisoner is a passive object. They are owned; they are never free and cannot communicate unlike a “subject to communication” who is free and powerful and can communicate freely. This will affect and control the prisoner in a way he on constant high alert. The unknowing nerve of whether they are being watched or not have the inmates caught inside a power sit in which themselves are the bearers.”

We then moved on to discuss how the body is control throughout contemporary society. The examples we discussed were the difference between dress sense in sexes and what each sex is supposed to wear, sexual orientation, body images/body shaming and the control social media now has on society. A lot of this lecture influenced what my essay was about, comparing past situations with control throughout today’s society due to social media. It was interesting to place Foucault’s “visibility is a trap” into other situation throughout different societies and see how it applied.

As a person, I am a lot better at the hands on, creative part of my course and I do struggle to concentrate on theory sides of work. I found that these session was extremely interesting and excited me, this helped me overcome my stigma with written works and lectures, and as a surprise to me, I was excited to start my essay and write down and discuss as the ideas I had that were flying around in my head.

To conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed my session of constellation lectures based on The Body in Society. It got me to think and consider a number of issues such as why we are expected to wear certain clothes and look a certain way in today’s society. Furthermore, how we accepted into group based on how we look and what trends we follow rather than our personality, the way we act and the people we are inside. I have considered how I can incorporate my constellation work into my subject module; I have decided to pick the topic “Urban Beat” in the digital part of our module, which concentrated on contemporary society. I could incorporate this topic into my module by researching into trends and how the body is controlled in urban society and reflect this within my digital concepts and prints.