Bowie | Album Cover

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I began my album cover by deciding that I wanted to have a piece of mixed media behind a David Bowie drawing because of this I used a piece of mixed media and opened it up into Illustrator the point of doing this was so that I could create a pattern when I image traced my pattern I used the selection tool which allowed me to take different areas of my image and move them.

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The reason for this was because I didn’t think the piece of mixed media was good enough I wanted it to be slightly more messy than it was just within Illustrator as if it came to making a pattern it wouldn’t look the way I wanted it to. When I had took areas of the image I grouped them together and then did Object > Pattern > Create Pattern. This gave me an outcome what I liked but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to therefore I went back to my original mixed media piece and placed this into Photoshop.

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I changed the Hue/Saturation as I thought red would go better I then started to place images in my idea for this was because Bowie was many different characters that I could use each drawing I did to create the album cover.

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Adding in two of the pictures and one of my photography pieces I started to place them in different areas but it didn’t look right I decided to add a star behind them as David Bowie’s last album is called blackstar and consists of a black star and smaller stars. I used my mixed media piece to be placed into this and set it at 80% opacity therefore the images above where the main point of focus.

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I decided that a black background would be better however this meant I had to change the colour of David Bowie to white once this was done I experimented further in moving the images around.

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At this point in time my album cover didn’t look good and it didn’t make sense I was trying to create something which I sat and experimented with for a while but it wasn’t working. The piece didn’t look effective and I couldn’t justify why I had done it other than in my mind I thought this outcome would work.

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I had another idea which I wrote down in my sketchbook when I was doing album ideas this was to slice an image up and place it onto a page with another image because of this I took my Aladdin Sane drawing along with Labyrinth I opened a new document and set the size to 12x12cm. This was going quite well however when I added Labyrinth I thought I was going too overboard and decided why not just have my Aladdin Sane piece sliced up to create my album cover.

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Once I deleted the Labyrinth layers I fully completed the Aladdin Sane drawing. To then develop further I merged these layers together and used cmd+j to paste them twice. From this I used the free transform tool and created two smaller Bowies. The reason for this was to make the outcome look more quirky and although you can’t see it together on here was to make sure the back was really plain and simple whereas the front was eye catching.  The only thing I had left to do was placing the David Bowie text. In the end I moved this to the top right as this was the best place to put it as its easy to see and within the plain space it doesn’t go over any of the image which means it doesn’t get lost within the image or overshadow any of the image.

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Now that the front of my album is done I had to do the back. Creating another new document and setting the page to 12x12cm I started off by adding David Bowie songs I took these from spottily and also used the ones I liked most to create the songs within the album I had a total of 16 songs on the back of the vinyl and I added the top left quarter of my Aladdin Sane drawing to take away the complete plainness I didn’t do this right at the end of my page as I need space for when I print to create a fold which will allow me to stick my vinyl together.Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 15.28.23

To finalise the album cover I added a barcode to the back as this is what you would normally see so that it could be scanned if the album was being bought. I then saved this and was ready to print both my front and back cover however I wanted to test it at first so that I could test it at first and then decide if this was definitely the right thing to do for my album cover.

I am going to place my test album cover within my sketchbook as I don’t want to put my official album cover out until exhibition day because I don’t want it to get ruined or marks on it otherwise I will have to do it again therefore I need to keep it in as perfect condition as I can.

Evaluation | Unit 6

Evaluation: Unit 6

Unit 6 is the last brief before I leave for university. This is also the biggest brief to date and at the end there will be an exhibition, which will showcase all of the work I complete during this unit, this means I have to ensure my work is at a high professional standard as it will not only be seen by my teachers but also a wide range of audience members.

The brief theme I was given was rebellion this meant that all of my work had to fit in to some form of rebellion however this was going to be portrayed by me learning what rebellion means to me and what I want to do with it for my outcomes.

After being given my brief it was the Easter holidays therefore this was my time to explore ideas and realise what I wanted to do for my FMP before coming back to negotiate my brief.

On the 18th April I sat with the rest of the class where I spoke about my brief but the first problem I had was my document didn’t convert to Microsoft word and saved as pages therefore I didn’t have my brief printed off nonetheless I spoke about my brief from what I knew in my mind. This didn’t go as well as it maybe would have if I had my brief however from the feedback I received the theme of rebellion wasn’t strong enough although I wanted to do David Bowie because he was so rebellious in the way he acted, dressed and the way he wrote music.  I used Bowie as from conducting a survey I asked the question ‘who rebels in the music industry? (This can be positively and negatively?’) Answers varied from Kanye West, Liam Gallagher, Sex Pistols and David Bowie, As I already had an interest in David Bowie I decided to look further into him to see how he rebelled within the music industry.  To understand further information about David Bowie I realised that David Bowie was a rebellious person in multiple ways first off he didn’t confine himself to being one person he felt like ‘an actor on stage not a rock star.’ He also wrote music by rebelling from watching I realised there was many note changes that Bowie did which not many others would do and it only made sense because it was Bowie. Along with this he rebelled negatively because he did drugs and did nearly overdose several times however I don’t want to focus on rebellion as a negative as the world rebellion to me without creativity put into it reminds me of riots and taking stands against something therefore this is not the route I want to be obvious with what I do also thinking further into this the college wouldn’t like something to be negative as well as people viewing it may find it offensive if I just based my work off drugs it wouldn’t communicate my work in a positive way.

Thinking further into the theme of rebellion I had to think about how the theme of David Bowie was going to fit creatively to my work. After taking time to see what I needed to do I decided that I wanted to work completely digital as this is something I’ve never done before therefore I am rebelling against the way I normally work.

As well as this I decided to use a wacom tablet to produce my outcomes, this completely rebelled from my normal way of working as if I have ever done digital work before its not been on such a large scale of being fully produced this way normally I stay comfortable and work traditionally and then only enhance digitally.

I decided the best piece of equipment to use was a wacom tablet this meant that my outcomes were going to be detailed and precise.  This is what resulted from my feedback I was then able to update my brief and my scheme of work so that it fit to the work I was going to complete to make sure of this I created a scheme of work so I knew I could meet my deadline as long as I followed this throughout the project.

 

With this being done I added to my research looking into artists such as Helen Green, Natalie Foss and Phillip Dennis. The reasons for these illustrators are different. Helen Green has completed a lot of illustrations on David Bowie, which I really like however doesn’t fit with the way I have worked in the past to me they seem plain even though they’re effective and professional I couldn’t see myself having an outcome like hers but it was good to look at her work as I got to see her use of colour and how she used a slightly different tones.  I then looked into Natalie Foss her illustrations were simple yet her use of colour made the drawing quirky. Nonetheless I think Natalie Foss is helpful to my work as using colour is something I’m good at and will most likely still do when I’m drawing digitally.  I then looked into the work of Phillip Dennis, who uses mixed media to create his drawings this is something I’ve never done before but I’m familiar with using mixed media to create outcomes this is another way for me to experiment and develop further with my mixed media skills and see how the outcomes look.

Out of all the artists I have researched into Helen Green is going to be the most helpful when it comes to drawing Bowie digitally as she is the most related to my work however I don’t want to massively follow them but takes hints of inspiration from their work which will help me produce highly effective final pieces.

To continue my work further I wanted to have an idea of what my moving image was going to be. This was bothering me the most as I had no certain idea set for what I wanted it to be I had ideas such as lyric videos because of this I looked at Maroon five – Payphone as well as Arctic Monkeys – Do I wanna know. This gave me a contrast on what a lyric video could be like if I done it however this means that I would have to have headphones in order for people to listen to the audio even though I can do this I wanted to look into other options so that using headphones doesn’t have to happen. I would prefer my moving image to be able to work without sound even though sound will enhance my moving image I would like people to be able to view it and not have to listen as this may be a problem, therefore I am going to work on a moving image without sound and if in the end sound can be added then I will do this. I also watched TED talks one which Mark Ronson done about the sampling of music and the other being small acts of rebellion by Yang May Ooi. Both of these were beneficial in different ways. The TED talk based on small acts of rebellion was good to watch as it wasn’t exactly fitted to my work in every way however it showed how rebellion can link into a lot of places Yang May Ooi used rebellion to be her true self instead of following what everyone else did. Yang did this in the 80’s this was when being gay was frowned upon and if you was gay then you would get things shouted at you however with small acts of rebellion Yang became herself more and more first off she admitted to herself that she was gay and then began opening up more and more to find out the people who mattered most accepted her.

In contrast Mark Ronsons TED talk was about how sampling has transformed music he speaks about sampling within music such as the most sampled song “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Ric.”  This song is used on the likes of Miley Cyrus – We can’t stop,  and Notorious B.I.G  Hypnotise this opened my eyes to the fact of if people sample from music there must be an impact that its made on someone to do it rather than be original for example Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby somewhat  highlights Quen and David Bowie’s Pressure however its almost exact to it and does that make Vanilla Ice’s work lazy or does it show inspiration. Either way this shows how music can have an impact on so many people and be used whether its obvious or not although I didn’t take massive amounts of information from these videos for my project. From May Yang Ooi’s I especially took the advice to be myself within my work so that it’s individual and showcases me through my work.

From having a wider range of ideas in mind for my final outcome I moved onto my concepts this is where I began writing all the ideas I had done for final pieces. I realised that  if illustration was something I wanted to do I shouldn’t confine myself to a straight view angle therefore I took it upon myself to watch tutorials which I found on YouTube I completed these within my sketchbook this was helpful as I learn how to draw a face in a way I never knew before and if I do draw an outcome which is on an angle this will be a guide into making the structure fit better. I realised however from this that I work best just going straight into doing a drawing rather than practicing before hand and learning from the mistakes I make along the way. I decided for my drawings to be Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, Pierrot and Davis Bowie in his last years. This didn’t go to plan instead I did Aladdin Sane, Labyrinth and David Bowie in his last years however I then completed a typographic David Bowie drawing therefore the reference picture I used he was being himself and wasn’t being a character.

The first drawing I complete was Aladdin Sane I drew this traditionally at first and then scanned it into Photoshop where I began to develop it I wanted this drawing to be precise along the way I realised a few things one was downloading brushes is a life saver when it comes to digitally drawing as it allows you to flow through your work quicker and also is more effective for example at first I was doing Aladdin Sanes hair with a hard brush and then hoping to blend it all in the end however from realisation hair isn’t something which is focused on in small detail it’s a large area which can be completed quite quickly with the right brushes therefore asking my friend Bart who uses Photoshop more than me for recommendations on where to download brushes from he suggested Shaddy Safadi and Jonas de Ro. The only other brushes I downloaded elsewhere was skin brushes however I had to change the opacity of these to 30% in order for them to not be too harsh when completing the skin. The reason for doing Aladdin Sane and being so accurate was because I feel this is the most iconic Bowie character everyone knows when you see a red and blue lightning bolt on someone’s face their being a David Bowie character.  From drawing Bowie and being so precise in Photoshop I realised how hard it was to draw digitally along with how time consuming it can be looking at my scheme of work I used more time than I should have however working on my days off will mean I am able to make up for this time.

I then traditionally drew Labyrinth and then followed on by scanning this into Photoshop. I decided that since I completely rebelled within my first drawing and worked differently to how I would normally that I needed to bring some of the way I work back. The second drawing meant that I could be more experimental and loose with the way I work whereas before I felt confined to having to make sure everything was perfect. I knew in my mind that using colour in the hair had to happen therefore I went straight in and started with the hair using the hair tool I changed the size so that it was smaller and I could create lines with it. I did this by using different layers which had different colours on this made it easier to get rid of colours add to them and also remove mistakes. Once this was done I wanted the face to be purple however it to be watercolour I downloaded watercolour brushes and started to use them however I didn’t like the outcome they where giving me because of this I came up with a new idea to use triangles I started doing these traditionally however when I completed the face and scanned this into Photoshop you could see where the colours had bled into one another which I didn’t want I needed my outcomes to all be clean cut. As I said I would work traditionally and I’d already gone out of that pattern.

 I opened my Photoshop document and began to use the polygon lasso tool in order to place the triangles in completely digitally this was time consuming however worth it in the end my outcome now looks more professional and effective than before as its clean cut. The next constraint I faced was the bottom of the drawing where the T-shirt was this didn’t fit in with the rest of the drawing to change this I added shadows and also realised that the hair wasn’t as long as it should’ve been therefore some of the shirt was covered which made the drawing of better quality once this was done I saved this and had the idea that this was most likely going to be my moving image.

My third piece I decided to go completely digital I took reference from a picture taken in David Bowie’s Lazarus video the reason I did this is because I wanted to have a recent Bowie drawing this was the last ever video that Bowie did therefore was logical to do.  I used my wacom tablet in order to produce an outline I started with black as this was the most simple to do I was thinking that during the end of this outcome I would use mixed media like Phillip Dennis however the deeper I got into this drawing the more I liked the fact that it was simple. It was also different compared to my other two drawings which contrasted well I now had one precise outcome along with a colourful outcome and then a black and white outcome. Even though I don’t normally work with just black and white I was surprised by how much I liked this outcome. As I liked it just black and white I did no more to it because it simply didn’t need doing I decided that this outcome was going to be my large scale A2 outcome which will be mounted onto foam board for the exhibition day.

I then moved onto my fourth outcome I wasn’t certain on what to do however I had typography in mind or something that didn’t show Bowie’s face yet represented him. With these ideas I joined them together and came up with the idea of using typography to create David Bowie’s face. I listened to David Bowie’s songs and took inspiration from what I heard and wrote down my favourite lyrics, which then gave me a starting point to writing these into Photoshop. I chose the font Impact as it didn’t seem too obvious however it was a bold font that was legible. I used white text and a black background I then also took a picture of David Bowie being himself and used this as reference to help place the text correctly this was slightly more tricky than I thought however in the end worked. Once I completed filling the face in with text I grouped the layers together and created a clipping mask, which then allowed me to use different shades of grey to create more depth within the face, however this would only effect the text and nothing else. The reasoning for this is because the test all being white doesn’t give you a focus area using different shades of grey created a depth in the face however allows someone to see the white first and then look deeper into the picture to realise what the bigger message behind the picture. This is going to be my A3 outcome, which I will print onto foam board.

As for my Aladdin Sane outcome I developed this further in Photoshop to create an album cover I did this by slicing some of the image using the marquee tool using guides every other 2cm’s. I merged the layers together and then duplicated them twice again which led on to me creating two smaller Bowies. I had my front cover near enough done however I needed to create the text saying ‘David Bowie.’  I did this using illustrator I wasn’t sure if  I wanted to have an existing font to use for the cover therefore I did try but it didn’t seem right because of this I moved onto using my wacom tablet within illustrator and writing David Bowie over and over until it was perfect. I then copied these into Photoshop where I placed them until I was content with the placement this was the front cover done however I needed to move onto the back cover. Using the font Helvetica I took songs which I like of Bowies and began to write them in order I placed these on the left and added a barcode this looked too plain therefore using my Aladdin Sane drawing I took the left quarter of the face and placed it on the bottom right of the page this took away something which was too simple and made it simple yet effective. I printed these off in A3 as beforehand I had set the document up to 12x12cm . To finalise this I used a scalpel and began cutting I did a test at first using normal paper so that I knew how to do it and even more so that my disk would hold in it without breaking the paper. This worked effectively I then printed this out again using better paper and did the same process again this worked and is now one of my final pieces complete.

I also added a disk to this however its plain I would prefer for this to have something on it such as the lightning bolt this would make sense because its Aladdin sane along with this will be good for someone to look at as the front cover is quite bold and eye-catching with a lot to see where as this would rest the eye and be plain for someone to look at in contrast.

The last outcome to be done was my colourful Bowie drawing I wanted this to be my moving image therefore I took inspiration from Helen Green and created gifs I did this in Photoshop and screen recorded me changing the Hue/Saturation I then did file > Import > Video frames to layers.  This allowed me to pick a starting point and an ending point to my gifs as well as this I limited this to every two frames. This gives me less frames to work with however wont ruin the flow of my gif as if done correctly it should still run smoothly. I had a couple of minor problems with creating the gifs such as the whole image would change colour rather than just the face to avoid this problem reoccurring I would take the layers I wanted to change on their own and merge them into one layer however this was only so the screen recording was successful once it was done successfully I would undo them so they where all separate layers again. Once I had took all of my screen recordings to create my gifs I rendered my video this meant that I could then go into After Effects and add the videos in. I used After Effects as it was the software I used for my moving image and I was working in the same way importing videos which where rendered from Photoshop in After Effects therefore I knew what I was doing and I know the software works effectively and will give me the outcome I want. It took a couple of times to get perfect nonetheless it all worked smoothly in the end I didn’t add audio to my moving image because it doesn’t need it the gif shows a series of changes throughout one image and music couldn’t do much to enhance therefore is pointless to do when it works fine on its own.

In conclusion being given the brief of rebellion has been a positive thing at first I wasn’t sure if my outcomes would be that good, especially as its something I’ve never done before but over time I have learnt to use a wacom tablet although there is more to learn about it my outcomes look effective and professional and some are even different to when I planned them out. I have also realised from this project that drawing digitally only using black is a strong point for me as it allows me to keep the drawing simple yet add slight detail such as shadows therefore my work in the future should incorporate using this skill the my advantage. I have also realised from this project that I can push myself further and learn more instead of just sticking to what I’m used to and how I’ve worked within the past. From this project I feel I have learnt the most and also learnt my ways of working differently  Rebellion now means to me that I don’t have to confine to one way of working but I can push myself and go in other directions with my work to experiment and learn what I’m good at and only improve on it in the long run. I am overall pleased with the work I have done and know that its at a good enough standard to show for exhibition.

Survey

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I have produced three drawings up to now however I need to decide which of the three should be printed in A2 I used survey monkey in order to conduct a survey and ask which drawing people think should be printed large scale.

In my opinion I wanted this to be drawing three Bowie in his last years I took this from his very last music video Lazarus. Although this was my opinion I wanted to see if people agreed with me from the results I can analyse these and say that most people agree with me. I am now going to print this in size A2 to print for one of my finals which I will mount onto foam board and place onto my board for exhibition day.

Developments | Evaluation

This week I have been using Photoshop in order to develop my final pieces I have done three drawings which are all different from each other. The purpose of this was so I had a variety of final pieces. The first drawing I did was Aladdin Sane. This was by far the hardest drawing I did as from past work I don’t normally work precisely I normally use a lot of colour and I also work with mixed media which is quite messy. I rebelled against the way I work completely for this drawing to be done as I drew digitally and used the eye drop tool throughout the whole of this drawing to make sure every colour was precise. The purpose of working this way was to see if I could push myself to work differently and see if this had a positive outcome. I independently worked on this therefore learnt more about Photoshop as a software as I used a wacom tablet to produce my final piece. I did this for the reason that when working it helped me to be more precise as well as work quicker as from past experience using a mouse to draw digitally is a hard task which takes up a lot of time and as its FMP this isn’t what I need. Using a wacom tablet improves my work flow and also gives me more effective outcomes therefore I can justify using it. Even though this drawing took a lot of time and being critical of the piece its not perfect. This has opened my eyes to working in a different way and has also highlighted to me that I can work independently even though I’ve never done something and produce a piece of work.

From working and being precise I have realised this isn’t my favourite thing to do therefore the next drawing I decided to do I wanted to be more colourful and show the way I work. Although I was going back to the way I’ve worked in the past I was doing this differently as I was still being digital. Even though this wasn’t my planned intention it happened in the end. At first my plan was to work both traditionally and digitally however from working traditionally to fill in the face with triangles when uploading this into photoshop it didn’t go to plan I could see easily where colours had bled into each other and this also made it more awkward to work digitally again. From not being able to get rid of this I realised that I did say in my brief I was going to work digitally to rebel against myself therefore thats what I should stick to doing because of this I used the polygon lasso tool in order to create triangles I stuck to also working with the colours I had previously used as from looking at it this worked well I have a mix of bold and soft colours and I knew already that this outcome would most likely lead on to my moving image being done as I had an idea to produce multiple Gifs which I could then show on my IMAC for exhibition. From creating this outcome being critical about it I could have showed more dimension within the face especially the nose area is what I see most however its not a massive issue if I was going to print this off and mount it to a board then I would develop it further and add more dimension or maybe a shadow to it to make it look more shaped. I didn’t do this as I decided to save the outcome as I can come back to it when I do moving image.

My third drawing I rebelled even further. I changed the way I did this as I worked fully digitally this was in contrast to my first two drawings as I drew them traditionally before developing them digitally in Photoshop. I realised throughout doing this drawing I enjoyed it. I used a reference picture which gave me my outlines. In the beginning I wanted to use colour but throughout completing this I really thought that the black and white was effective therefore I carried on with it. To the way I normally worked this piece is the most rebellious and fit to my  brief perfectly as nothing was done traditionally for this to be completed. From using the wacom tablet I further about using the flow tool because I applied different amounts of pressure to my pen to make sure lines for areas on the face such as wrinkles to be there but not be as harsh as other areas because this wouldn’t look right. I independently learnt how to do shadows I didn’t do much of this but it added slightly more depth and developed my image for the better I did this by created a new layer and using the soft brush tool with black at 50% opacity to apply onto the face this was still harsh however using the eraser tool at 20% opacity allowed me to get rid of some of the harshness without erasing it fully I preferred doing this from just applying a brush at an opacity because I could add back easier and the eraser also just made the shadow look smoother than when I applied it at first. Overall this is my favourite final outcome I want to use this for one of my pieces to be mounted onto my board however I’m not sure which of my final images I should print bigger than the others. As I wasn’t certain I conducted a survey to ask what one of my three final outcomes should be printed A2 compared to the other which will be A3. Collecting the results at this point in time My last drawing is the one which I will send off to print A2 this is Bowie at this point in time I agree with my survey as this is the piece which looks most effective and professional therefore printing it bigger than the other outcomes means that my target audience will see it first and then look at the other outcomes. This is the best thing to do as its most noticeable along with this I also think because the image is just black and white printing it bigger is the best option as for example if I print Labryinth off A3 size that outcome is really colourful therefore it’s still noticeable and it won’t overshadow any other outcome.

To follow my Labryinth drawing I started my moving image I wanted these to be GIFS. I created the GIFS within Photoshop and then exported them so that I could place them all into After effects and develop further. I have done this however its not fully complete yet I am working for this to be done by next Monday(30th June) so that I have no problems in meeting my deadline. Up to now I have no problems in doing this as its minor editing what needs to be done and then placed onto Youtube to show my final piece.

I have also completed my album cover as I think my outcome was good but it wasn’t perfect I was hesitant about what I could use it for. Aladdin Sane is one of Bowie’s most popular characters. In my opinion I see this because of the lightning strike however other people may see it differently but in my eyes I think of David Bowie whenever I see someone with a lightning bolt on their face. From this I know that people coming to see the show whether young or old are most likely going to know who my project is about just from looking at this. I did the front and the back cover on Photoshop as this was the best software to use. I did however create the text in Illustrator I did this as  Illustrator should be used when creating flat graphics or typographic outcomes. As I was producing an album title Illustrator helped me to be effective with what I did. I wasn’t sure of the title I wanted to use my wacom tablet but I also wanted to use an already default text because I have used my wacom tablet for all of my project already I carried on. I did a page of writing each letter of davids name and then joined them to be critical of this it looked awful. I was thinking too much into the type being perfect and realised I should just write David on its own and then Bowie and changes can be made once I have done that. This worked so much more effectively and through a page of writing this I had my final text. I then copied this and pasted it into Photoshop as a smart object. This then allowed me to move the text around to see how I wanted it to be layed out. I used the marquee tool and guide to make sure that every other 2cm I would fill the area with the marquee tool and then use cmd+j too paste it into its own layer From this I could drag the layer out into a new document which was set at 12x12in as I did a vinyl outcome. I then printed this onto A3 paper and using a scalpel and a ruler I had to take some of the edges off and I then took the back side of the album at the bottom and top off so I just left a fold I did this for the top bottom and side of the back piece of my Vinyl cover. The front part of my album I took part of the bottom off. I then left to the top part as a fold so that I could use double sided tape to stick it down along with a thicker left side.  I also created a disk to go into the album I placed this within my mockup and it held well so when I printed off on thicker paper I knew that it wasn’t going to be too heavy to hold and it would fit well.

I am going to work on producing something which goes over the disk as up to now its just plain black and if anyone where to pull it out there would be nothing there I think as the album cover has a lot to look at I will just leave this quite plain with a simple design which should allow people to rest their eyes when looking at it.

I am going to produce one last piece as well as finishing off my moving image to meet my deadline next week I have to do this along with annotations and completing my evaluation to meet deadline.

Drawing 2 | Experimental

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I originally drew my second David Bowie drawing traditionally and then took it digital from doing the first drawing digitally I realised that being precise isn’t my favourite thing to do although it was quite rewarding at the end because of this I decided that although the theme of my project is rebellion and I completely rebelled in the first drawing as I drew digitally and stuck to being exact with the drawing my second drawing fits with rebellion however is fitted more to my personal way of working. I had the concept of Labyrinth having multi coloured hair I went with this idea and starting to do this on Photoshop using the hair brush I began with a light colour yellow and then a dark which was black and after this a red. I did this because black is the most harsh colour yet yellow is a bright bold colour were as red is a mix of harsh and bright I created layers for each of the colours and set the sizing of my brush to 30.

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I began to add further colours in within separate layers this makes it easier to get rid of any mistakes and also if I didnt like a colour in the end delete the layer.I was unto now making progress with my work and it was going the way I wanted it to.

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I added the colours, Red, Yellow, Blue, Pink, Purple, Green, Black and Cyan. Each colour was placed into a layer of its own I carried on doing the hair and this is the last screenshot I did as I knew it wasn’t complete yet however I wanted to o begin other parts of the drawing to see what it looked like and I could make changes at the end.

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I wanted to create a face which was purple and looked as if it was watercolour I downloaded brushes off the internet which where water colours for Photoshop however after experimenting with some and trying to create the outcome I wanted it wasn’t working as effectively as I thought this  would. I wanted some areas to be plain white and some to be darker however I didn’t know how to do this and make it work with this happening I looked at my work traditionally again. I began to use different colours and covered the whole face in triangles I scanned this in and opened up into Photoshop however when zooming in you could see where the felts had bled and it wasn’t the clean cut outcome which I wanted.

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I decided that I did like this so I started to use the polygon lasso tool to fill in triangles I created many different layers so that they wasn’t all as one this made it easier especially if their was mistakes to come back and fix this later on. The purpose of doing this was so I had an outcome which was very different but also something I think shows the way I have worked before although its never been digital it has been colourful and this was a hint of previous work showing through. I want to make sure that I don’t just have pieces which don’t look too different from each other I want to show how I can be diverse and work differently to produce effective outcomes.

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Throughout doing this I haven’t had massive constraints the only constraint I had was at first doing the triangles traditionally which although looked good on paper when scanned into Photoshop and zoomed in I could see where colours had slightly ran and I didn’t like this I wanted this outcome to be clean cut however more quirky than my first.

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At this point being critical of my work what I have done up to now is good but its not fully complete the hair needs to be longer as when looking back over my reference picture Labyrinth’s hair leads to the bottom of the page and I have up to now created a bob therefore this needs to be improved. This is where using different hair layers is most effective as I can go back in and erase and add into them without any problems.

I have also added the eyes into the picture I did this because the face now had triangles all over it and without the eyes the face wasn’t yet complete I completed the eyes by getting my reference picture of Labyrinth and using the eye drop tool to see what his eye colour was I then used a hard brush tool to fill his eyes in at first I thought that this looked quite odd because he’s looking to the side and that means the eye is going to look that way too. I took into consideration that the drawing wasn’t yet complete therefore small things can make a big different.

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The next part for me to do was to fill in the shirt this I found really tricky to do I knew the hair was going to be longer therefore it would be covered however it still had to be effective I colour picked from my reference Labyrinth picture and it was a light brown using a hard brush I was able to fill this in. Being critical of this its not perfect and if the hair wasn’t longer then I wouldn’t say it was finished yet because this doesn’t look right and it doesn’t fit with the rest of the face at all.

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I started to make the hair longer even though I didn’t think that the top was perfect because I didn’t want to go too into detail with it that I wasted time and half the detail you couldn’t see so doing the hair helped to cover the shirt more however I was able to go back and create a new layer and then select a colour slightly darker than what I had used to fill in the shirt using this colour allowed me to create shadows over the shirt. I now think that from doing this its improved my final overall piece.

Overall, I think that this is a successful piece to be critical of my work I do think that I could have been more accurate within the T-shirt area however I don’t see this as a massive problem within my drawing I would change this if I showed more of it. I also think I can justify this because with this being used for GIFS I want to change the colour of the face and the hair the audience who come to see the show won’t look into detail at my drawing they’ll be looking at the colour changing on the screen and the work which is then placed around my images.

This is my final piece I’m not going to use it for a large scale print however this is going to be what I will use for my IMAC I want to create GIF’s. I want to use Hue/Saturation in order to change the colours of certain areas which I will create multiple GIFS and then follow into After Effects where I will place them all together.

The video above is a link to a screen recording I did about how I made the triangles however I’m not sure why its 7 minutes it only lasts around a minute however through the video this gives you an insight to how I created the triangles and filled them in.

David Bowie | Drawing One

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Today I took my first David Bowie drawing digital. I want this drawing to be as precise as it possibly can as I have taken inspiration from Helen Green’s David Bowie illustrations. To start off I have created the lighting bolt this is a simple red, blue and dark brown at first I thought what could be so hard about this but then I realised theres a little more to it than that. Using a hard brush I began to draw however using a wacom tablet for the first time this made me realise how I dont have as much control as I do with a pen from this I worked out the way to fix this problem is to hold shift which helps to draw a perfect straight line this didnt fully solve the problem however was a big help into making the lightning bolt be done quicker.

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Once I completed the lightning bolt I began to do the eyes knowing Bowie has different eye colour I used the picture which I referenced from to draw to use the eye drop tool which colour picked the eyes which then allowed me to paint it in I did this with another hard brush tool and it worked quite well I didnt want a realistic eye because at the  I dont want my drawing to look really realistic I just want it to look like I’ve taken from the photo and been exact with colours what I’m using.

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Once I did the eyes I moved onto the eyeshadow which varied in colour quite a lot and this was especially because the photo has a shine on it which could be from the make up David Bowie’s wearing in the photograph.There was a lot of pinks and purples therefore I used the eye drop tool a lot and the hard brush to create the eyeshadow however this wasn’t most likely the best decision as later on I changed this.

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The reasons I changed the way I did the eyeshadow is because eyeshadow should blend easily my faults where I used a hard brush tool and the colours which quite varied in what I eyedropped therefore it would have been a pain to blend.

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However I did do the eyeshadow on both eyes which without the skin doesn’t look bad but I knew once the skin would be added it wouldn’t look right.

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With this happening I didnt delete the layer but turned it off so when i did come to doing the skin I could switch it back on and see if it did fit in with my drawing however as you can see I decided the next bit to do was hair I downloaded brushes from Shadi Safadi and Jonas De Ro this helped widen the brushes I could use and gave me more of a preferred brush for what I was doing next.

Using the hair brush I colour picked from David Bowie’s hair and used the brush to make sweeps on his hair following the direction in which his hair went from the reference picture I didnt concentrate on this area and by concentrate I mean zoom in and do the hair in small sections as hair isn’t something which is massively concentrated on within a picture therefore the brush strokes can be bigger and it looks better than what it would if you did them in detail. However in the end I was able to look at the hair and then focus on smaller areas which I thought needed a different colour or the hair line was an area I zoomed into to make sure I didn’t overdo it and the colours where mixing in accurately. From colour picking using browns, reds and blacks I had the final hair however on places like the forehead there where loose strands because of this I changed the brush to Hair strands and started to fill these in using the eye drop tool I was able to select my colours and fill this in this had to be slightly more focused therefore I did zoom in and do this with more precision but I didn’t do it so it fit perfectly with the picture because that would take a while and the way my brushes flows onto the head looked fine it didn’t look out of place or odd to be there.

I have now completed the hair, eyes and lightning bolt on my drawing as you can see this was the simplest parts to do however now I was moving onto what I was most worried to do.

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I began by using a skin brush at 100& opacity and colour picking from an existing David Bowie picture which I referenced from when I was traditionally drawing this to me was looking harsh but I figured this was the part which was most harsh with colour therefore I carried on…

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I carried on colour picking and filling the face in so that I could end up with the skin working out but from what I was seeing some colours looked too harsh and others looked too light because of this I needed to work out another way to do this at first I thought about just picking skin colours in photoshop and using them to create this however that was also a challenge to me as then I would have to make the pink go in and blend it correctly and most likely in the end it would still look odd.

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With this  problem occurring I colour picked from the face created a new skin layer and painted all over the face using the large skin brush. I then changed my opacity to 30% as this meant the colours I picked now would go on and I could use my wacom tablet and set the pressure brush tool icon to be on this meant that when I was filling in the skin I could be harsher with it if need be and also I was less likely to make a mistake but I could still see the difference in colours slightly however it no longer worked like before where they looked too harsh and different from one another. If I now try to blend it it will blend a lot better and not look as harsh.

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From what you can see the right side of the face now looks more highlighted and instead of the blusher looking like a complete rough mess it looks blended in with the other skin whereas before it didn’t. However I still had in mind that by the end of this drawing the drawing was going to look too pink and not like the skin you normally see on a drawing nonetheless I carried on and kept colour picking from the picture which I had referenced from in the beginning to carry on further and see the outcome in the end.

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Once  I had completed my skin I still wasn’t happy with the colour as it looked way too pink because of this I created a new layer and changed it to overlay. I chose the large skin brush and set the opacity to 20% and then began to go over with the colour  (RGB) R:253 G:230 B: 215. This was a light tone to the skin which didn’t see too harsh yet I knew would brighten up the areas which needed it most. From the screenshot above you can see the difference instantly within the completion as it now looks less harsh but theres still areas which need to be fixed.

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To be critical of my work there is still areas needing to be fixed I noticed that the jawline wasn’t centred the right eye wasn’t the same as the left. Therefore I made the changes to finalise the drawing using the free transform tool I was able to copy and flip the eye so it went onto the right side correctly I then fixed the jawline so that it was more equal and centred rather than quite rough I also changed the neck and the chest area the add more shadows to look more realistic there was still areas of the skin which looked slightly too pink because of this I changed the opacity to 40% and the areas which where really light I went over and made even lighter however I did this on a separate layer so that it wouldn’t effect any of the layer below this means that if it did look too harsh I could get rid of it without effecting what I have already done this worked quite well and I was now content with what I had done and was ready to move onto my second drawing.

From doing this drawing I have realised that drawing digitally is a lot harder than it looks. This has tested me to my limits as this is far from the way I’m used to working however is good for me as I am becoming more independent in learning the software on my own and I am learning further skills as I am developing with the way I work digitally. This drawing has also been a challenge for me to do as I am normally quite creative and free with the way I work as I work quite rough as well as colourful therefore I’ve had to be strict in how I work but this has also took more time than I planned in my brief but I am now working out of college to complete my drawings as this is what needs to be done in order for me to complete my work on time.

I have now saved this so I am ready to print this off large-scale for exhibition.

What does rebellion mean to me? | Update

Unit 6 is my final major project which gives the chance to show a contrast in my past work to now. At this point in time I have come to the realisation that rebellion to me means working digitally as normally I stay quite safe and work traditionally and then take my work digital which is only minor edits because of this I decided that my project is going to be based around digital illustration at first to me I had the idea of following the way Helen Green works which is when you see it you know the drawing is Bowie using correct skin colours, hair etc. I have done this with my first drawing of Aladdin Sane nonetheless I found that working so accurately doesn’t make me interested in what I’m doing to solve this problem I decided i was drawing Labryinth next therefore I could have fun with it I especially imagined the hair being colourful and because of this once I moved on started doing this colourful I then wanted to also mix back with traditional and I did but when the image was scanned and zoomed in on Photoshop it just didn’t look professional therefore I went back to working completely digital.

In conclusion rebellion means working out of my comfort zone and doing something which I have never done before working fully with digital software and not coming out of it up to now is a task however my outcomes are of a good standard I am also learning throughout using the software therefore developing my skills further. Throughout doing this I have realised just how hard I think it is to draw digitally but this is because I have never done it before but also how much more efficient it can be to work completely digital as you have more of a clean cut outcome.

Along with the theme of my project I still want to stick in someway to the way I work which I feel is quite messy, colourful however stripped back at the end this is however working differently up to now as normally I work with mixed media and I haven’t but that doesn’t mean my outcomes still dont resemble how I work because that is a crucial part of my FMP although I’m rebelling I want to still show I can work with colour and I can be diverse too as it only helps me further and widens my skills for the future.