New Blog!!

A new academic years resolution I set myself is to take my blog and social media more seriously than I have in previous years. I need a fresh start where I can post all my thoughts, inspirations and work I create in third year. This is why I have a created a new blog! Please come visit me at:

https://emsophiadaviesblog.wordpress.com/

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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.

Adobe Photoshop – Session 1.

Today was our first ever digital session. I was very excited to dive into the World of digital design as I had dipped into it throughout my Graphic Communication A level. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to learn Photoshop at a higher skill level.

The first thing we learned was that Photoshop is a pixel bases design programme (little squares of colour that build up a bigger image/design). This programme will be great for image merging and editing such as; mood boards, colour boards and customer boards. The main con to Photoshop is that as it is pixel based, the quality of the image deteriorates as it is made larger and larger.

Another important thing that I’ve learned through this session is the various colour settings, what they stand for and why they are used.

  • RBG colour = Red, Green and Blue. This is light generated through the computer screen which means the lights (colours) are directed straight into the eye.
  • CYMK = Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. This is light that reflected into the eye.

The first tasks we complete were the very basics such as; creating basic shapes, filling in colour, adding extra shapes and taking shapes away while the selection lines were still running.

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An interesting thing that I learned today was that I could see and un-see individual layers at any time by clicking the ‘eye’ button on and off next door to the tab of the layers.

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As well as learning the basic such as creating and filling shapes. We also began to edit these shapes using the ‘fx’ tab. Adding effects such as; bevel and emboss, drop shadows and colour over lays.

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Finally we learned to duplicate selected layers by grouping them and dragging them into the ‘duplicate layers’ tab. This means I can now create repeat patterns inside Photoshop which is very exciting. I am very intrigued to see what else I will learning over the next couple of weeks and broadening my digital design knowledge.

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London Life

On the 7th of October 2015 we visited London as a course. This was a fantastic time to bond and create friendships with my course mates. This was a brand new experience for me as I have never visited London before. The busy atmosphere of the city enlightened and excited me as I explored to various areas of the city.

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Starting at the V&A museum, I was completely gobsmacked. Such a grand building full of the most interesting things. My favourite part was the book shop, full of autobiographies, design/pattern ideas and visual stimulants. A long list I created to go on my Christmas list indeed.