Board | Set Up


With all my final pieces on the way to being complete I knew that I wanted a final A2 print as well as a final A3 print along with a plinth to be able to place my album cover on it.

I used paper which represents my A3 and my final A2 piece and began to change around where they where placed so I could find the best area for them. I did this because it makes it easier on show day to know where my final outcomes will be placed. I spend about 20 minutes trying different variations out even moving my plinth to the left so I could see how my board would look from that angle.


In the end I chose this as my final place for all my work to go this made sense as to the right of me no one is next to me along with being in the corner it opens up the space slightly and it won’t bother no one next to me therefore I don’t have to worry about anyone else’s space when it comes to  placing my plinth down because I’m not in anybody’s way. I will then place my IMAC within the hole in the board which will showcase my moving image and my stand will have my album cover on which people can interact with and pick up and look at throughout the show. The reason for my board looking like this is because it makes it easier for people to see nothing is too low or to high therefore there are no constraints against someone who may have a disability and therefore not be able to look up quite high or an adult may not see an outcome if its too low there for this placement is perfect to do for exhibition.


Fourth Bowie Drawing

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This is my final Bowie drawing I could either do something completely different or do a new piece which follows the pattern of what I have done up to now. I decided that I wanted to create a new piece however follow the style of keeping it simple and only using black and white. I had an idea to do a piece which used a lot of David Bowie’s lyrics that stood out to me or where popular. I decided to not add colour while doing this until the end if I wanted to as this would be a nightmare to change if I didn’t like the outcome in the end.

Before starting this I watched multiple tutorials based on creating a typographic piece of artwork however none fit to what I wanted to do therefore I took it upon myself to do what I felt was right and hope in the end my final outcome would be what I pictured in my head.

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I chose the font Impact to write my lyrics with as this didn’t seem too obvious yet didn’t look fancy it was plain, bold and simple therefore worked well and I knew whether the font size was 12pt or 60pt it was going to be legible

I zoomed in to areas like the eyes as this was a crucial areas for me to do to know that the rest of this typographic piece was going to work. I used font size 3 for this as its not an area where I would expect people to read the type its still there however its not legible but this isn’t a problem as all of my other text will be throughout the drawing. You can still tell that typography was used to create the eyes however its not obvious and easy to read but as theres other areas of type going to be on the page this won’t be a problem at the final outcome.

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When looking at this zoomed out it looked okay although the right eye didn’t look correct but I could come back to this once more lyrics where added into the piece.

This is three screenshots all together showing the development of my piece. Doing typographic work takes a lot longer than I thought especially as I wanted the outcome to show Bowie inside and out of the illustration. The other limitations I faced was fitting all the typography in and having to change the direction I didn’t want to mess around with this too much therefore the text either had to be portrait or landscape if any text was slightly curved this is because of reasons like e.g. eyebrows have to be curved in order to make the shape therefore that was acceptable however anything that wasn’t detail and was shaping the face had to be portrait or landscape.

Once all of my Bowie drawing was done in white I was pleased with the outcome however it didn’t have any depth too it and because it was all white there wasn’t a main area of focus I needed to change this therefore I decided that adding different shades of grey will help produce a stronger narrative behind the drawing as people will at first see the white and then notice grey and then darker greys therefore the lyrics themselves should show the popular typography which then leads onto smaller words which make Bowie.

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I experimented with adding grey tones into my image as I have never done this I knew I wanted depth but I didn’t know how After asking for feedback off my friend Bart he said don’t be afraid to go even darker using the grey as looking at it here there doesn’t seem to be much difference in the white from the grey.

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I started to add more grey into the image this is a zoomed screenshot of the bottom of my typographic piece. As you can see I have started to add more greys into the image so that its not as obvious to see anymore and you have to look deeper into the picture to be able to see the message behind it.

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This was the outcome at this point in time however I decided to change my image to black and white so that I could see where the darker areas where and the lighter and then areas which should be white where.

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From doing the outcome some of the words wasn’t all one colour but I quite liked this as it makes you notice the lyrics easier in some areas and harder in others so you have to look deep into the picture to see the rest of the words.

Overall this drawing I like the outcome I enjoyed doing it in the beginning but near the end I just wanted it to be done. The outcome is effective and is going to be used for my A3 outcome which will be printed and mounted onto foam board for exhibition.

Drawing three | Bowie

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I decided for my third drawing that I was going to draw completely digitally however I knew I had to use a reference otherwise the drawing most likely wouldn’t work out. I started off using a black outline in a new layer so it was separate from the picture. I did this to keep everything simple and my first intentional plans was to take this out of Photoshop and use mixed media like the artist Phillip Dennis. I wanted to do this because I hadn’t yet used mixed media and I wanted to try Phillip Dennis’ way of working.

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To give me a better example of darker areas I changed the image to black and white However I mixed between changing this back to normal colours  and keeping it black and white. This made it better for me to work as some areas where harder to see than others especially the left side as it naturally had a shadow anyway therefore I couldn’t see creases and wrinkles.

I used the hair brush to add in the hair I did this by taking sweeps where the hair already was however went over it I did this a few times and colour picked it until I thought it looked good and I could develop onto the background.

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This is a screenshot of the image once I began adding the background. Most of this was fully solid black therefore I was able to make my brush bigger and fill in quicker.

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Once this was done I was beginning to really like the outcome as it was and I didn’t want to add any mixed media to it. In my head I realised that if I had been fully digital up to now and I like the outcome this much there is no point of going traditional with this piece and stick to my brief and completely rebel so I have an outcome done digitally.

I began adding shadows in i did this by changing the opacity on my brush tool to 40% however I then used the eraser tool at 20% opacity to smooth over the shadow I had created so you couldn’t see where a new line began along with this I felt more confident having the shadow as I knew that if I erased over it the outcome was definitely going to be smooth.

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I then finalised some of the details and made sure that everything was correct.

Overall, This is the outcome which has surprised me the most as I like it the best compared to my other outcomes this is quite surprising as normally I prefer outcomes which have more colour in them but this is a different way of working for me as I never do digital pieces which means I may like to work digitally using only black and white whereas when working traditionally I like outcomes which have a lot of colour or use mixed media within the outcome.

I also think that even though this drawing was done completely digital I preferred working this way it seemed easier and I worked at ease more even though I didn’t add colour to it and I’m certain if I did I would find drawing completely different as this was quite simple nonetheless I found this my favourite way of drawing digitally up to now therefore I would like to do it again in the future.

Moving Image

I have completed another outcome which is my moving image. I completed another blog post about how this was done however this is my final outcome overall I am happy with the piece I have produced and think this goes well as I now have two black and white outcomes along with this outcome and my Album Cover. I am pleased with this outcome as it overall worked well in the end after fixing the mistakes I’d made. I still feel like some of the images move slightly but I have set guides up on my page to make sure every one of them is equal therefore I know that they are definitely equal to one another when watching I have noticed the with the colour changes it can be quite sudden as each gif starts from a different colour therefore I think this is the problem however I can’t change this. Being critical it would be better if it all flowed together however this would mean doing all of my screen recordings again and re-doing all of my moving image and at this stage I don’t have time to do it This isn’t a major problem as well as it couldn’t as smoothly with me changing from the face changing colour to the hair therefore when it the gif changes anyway theres already a difference.  Looking back over my final moving image the transitions are a lot smoother than before and fit better therefore this isn’t a massive problem and its fine to go up for exhibition.

I did this because I have made gifts within past work as well as this outcome to me was the one which showed work I’ve done in the past as it was colourful however it still related to my brief and rebelled because I did it all digitally. This piece is effective and eye catching meaning that this being played as a gif on exhibition day will be good for all audience members especially younger people as younger audiences seem to be drawn to things which use colour and this uses a lot of it.

Making Gifs

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I wanted to produce a series of gifs with my colourful Bowie drawing in order to have my piece of moving image ready to show on my IMAC for exhibition. I did this by using the Hue/Saturation tool and I put the adjust layer effect all layers below on. In order for just the hair to change colour or just the face I had to merge the layers together however once I had completed screen recording I would undo this so that the layers where all separate again even though I wasn’t going to go back and edit them it was just to be cautious.

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Once I completed all of my screen recordings then I used Photoshop to make the gifs I did this by doing file > Import > Video Frames to layers Once this was imported I had to turn my timeline on this was done by Window > Timeline

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This then allowed me to see the timing and I could select every layer and change the timing I changed them to different times as it depended how quick I moved the Hue/Saturation bar. I did this for every single gif that I created and finalised them all by rendering them out which then allowed me go into After Effects and begin joining them together.

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This is how I exported every gif this was a crucial part of my work as I had to do it otherwise I wasn’t able to go into After Effects and add my gifs. This is because when rendering it saves for quicktime so in reality my gif isn’t a gif its a movie if I wanted a gif I’d save the file differently.

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I opened up after effects the first thing I did was import my videos however upon realisation my screen size wasn’t correct this meant I had to go into my composition settings and change them.

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changed my composition size to 1920×1080 the reason for this is so it exports for Youtube in 1080p. As my file won’t fit perfectly onto the full screen and it wouldn’t if I tried I am going to place my gifs in the middle of the screen and use the shape tool to create two blocks side to side so that my screen is perfectly centred. I also didn’t want the screen to be black as the remaining area of my image which isn’t filled in is white therefore its more clean cut to have a clean white cut at the end

I added all of my videos in by opening them up in finder and dragging them into the box in the left corner.When I did this i was then able to put them into the layers section this then allowed me to move and place them so they played one after another but smoothly so that it fit as one. This was all I did for my moving image however at one point in the moving image the whole screen is filled with David Bowie. To do this I had to move them to the side of the middle picture I had to place them so that they went over the edge but this was fine and still the whole gif was near enough on the page.

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I now needed to render my video therefore I had to change the settings I made sure the quality was set to best and the resolution to full this meant that there will be no pixilation within my video and when uploaded to Youtube it will be set at 1080p. I then had to change the lossless settings to make sure my video was set up for Youtube I went into format options and changed the code to H.264 I then lowered the quality down to 80 and limited the data rate to 20400. This means that my file now won’t be as big as it would’ve been by changes these settings I saved these and then rendered my video which didn’t take long because my moving image only lasts around 35 seconds however on exhibition night it will get played on repeat. I then uploaded it to youtube which gave me my first try through this video I was able to notice mistakes therefore I had areas for improvement

This is the first try of the video from what I noticed in the video theres a mistake around 6 seconds as the image doesn’t fully with onto the screen therefore I will go back into After Effects to ensure that this is changed to fit the full screen. The next mistake I made was the last transition changed and looked slightly smaller than the others along with this the video wasn’t running as smoothly as I planned when the gifs change therefore I needed this to improve.

This is my second try of editing Bowie I still noticed a change within one of the images that it was slightly moved compared to the gif before therefore I took this into consideration to make sure that it worked the next time I did it because of this happening the gif after didn’t look right I took into consideration that this may be the gif before making it seem although its a mistake but I made sure to double check it when correcting any mistakes again. The last mistake I made was at 20 seconds you could see a black line within the middle bowie image which I didn’t want there as well as as the gifs end the screen goes back to black because of this I had to add another shape tool which I could place back on after the three gifs had changed so that I still had a white screen for the image isolated on its own in the middle.

My third try was the one that worked successfully this was then my moving image working perfectly therefore my moving image was now complete and uploaded to Youtube therefore the only thing I now have to do is place it onto another pen drive for exhibition.

Photography | Fail

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I began editing my images of Bart I wanted to edit them so that I didn’t show all of his face or it looked quite hallucinatory. I started off by using the marquee tool and then using cmd j to copy this into a new layer I could then resize and moved around I could also change the opacity of the layer

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When editing these images I knew they wasn’t strong therefore I didn’t really know what I could do after experimenting for a while this was the outcome I got it stuck with the theme of being quite hallucinatory however I couldn’t see this being a final piece.

To be critical of this piece its not anywhere near up to the standard it should be because this photo shoot didn’t work out the way I wanted it to anyway I decided that there was no point in waisting more time than I had already spent on this and if later on within my work I think that I could possibly use this outcome of a part of it then I will but for now I’m not going to experiment further as I would rather move onto something else which will be beneficial for my final outcomes.


Bowie | Illustrator

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I worked on Illustrator to complete my type for my album cover. I did this using a Wacom tablet as I wanted to have more of a written type than a bold type such as futura. In the beginning I did use Impact to write out David Bowie and see if I could make any manipulations over it however I didn’t like the way this worked since this didn’t go as well as expected I knew I wanted to experiment with using my wacom tablet to produce a type. With time constraints and it not even being with doing of creating a full alphabet I used illustrator so that I could use the brush tool in order to create David Bowie of my album cover.

I wrote out David Bowie over and over until I wrote it perfectly I then joined them both together and corrected any mistakes I had made and this was my type complete I didn’t take too much time up doing this as it looked effective therefore I saved my document for when I was ready to add the text into my album cover which I completed in Photoshop.

The reason for this type was so that I had something on the album cover which was more loose and was a contrast to the surrounding image around it. I gained knowledge of using the brush tool within illustrator to create type although I didn’t spend long on it I was able to see how the brush tool worked and even though I didn’t do much editing I still was able to produce an effective type overall.