Archive | January, 2013

End to Year 3, Semester 1

28 Jan

The first semester of my last uni year ended not too long ago, and the weeks that are going by I am enjoying the time of relaxing, playing video games, and catching up on anime and manga.

But the weeks that went during uni have been incredibly busy, and there is plenty to show : )

So from a previous post based on my calendar I had a discussion with my tutor and realised that my calendar box cover did not include anything in relation to cooking, since that is meant to be a part of it. The only way you know it is a cooking calendar is the back when it mentions it on the text. It was the most simplest thing…. I don’t even know why I didn’t think of it >.<

So it was decided what the design would look like

And this is the final calendar box digital designs:



And here is the calendar box in photo form (fastener et al) with the cards:





I wish to show you the progress of this work, but the file won’t load up for some reason ._.

There was a new brief that happened before the Christmas break, which was set up with numerous other briefs to choose from, set up by design organisation D&AD. The brief I chose was to design a new range of perfume and packaging for L’Artisan Parfumeur.

There were four scents in total, which had to be based on these human emotions:

Scent a: Passion and desire. Sex and lust. Raw and physical.

Scent b: Perfect, sublime love. An interior emotion.

Scent c: Excitement and fear. Adrenaline, exhilaration and thrill.

Scent d: Elegant and dignified. Stormy yet still.

The perfume bottle/package designs had to take a modern approach whilst still retaining the quality of L’Artisan Parfumeur. The final designs are only drawn, so no making was needed *phew*

The file below is my sketchbook work/mood boards/ other stuff that was a part of this project. Just so you know exactly why my designs have become what they are now.


Hopefully that made all sense.

Now here are the final designs of each scent, as a collection together (flat/opened/unopened), symbol collection and perfumes with its individual packaging:





Scent a: Eros

Scent a: Eros

Scent b: Utopia

Scent b: Utopia

Scent c: Dive

Scent c: Dive

Scent d: Tempest

Scent d: Tempest

All of this was done using Illustrator and its 3D effects. First time I tried using it and it was really interesting to use. The only thing I need to work out is how to do a sphere :p

For Experimental Communication, back when I did the Containment assignment, I did it wrong. It was actually meant to be you had to look into objects that are forms of containment. So I looked further into contained messages. My final solution was a fortune cookie, as the message is contained within the cookie, which is then contained within a package. So it is a containment within a containment.

Development-wise, my tutor suggested to me to make my own fortune cookies with my own messages. And I did them over the winter break. And failed. Badly. Just to say, they are harder to make than they look. Only one came out right.

So here it is:


Surprisingly, I still have it after almost a month. And it hasn’t gone mouldy. But it doesn’t have the nice smell it had at the beginning. Plus, I didn’t advise anyone to eat it because:

  1. It was not cooked fully (when not cooked fully, they’re more so like pancakes, but when they did cook, they did taste really yummy!);
  2. It fell on the floor a few times, and
  3. Ryan thought it would be fun to test out whether it could bounce once flung to the floor and cupboards, and it did… o.O’

Unfortunately I can’t remember what message was in that cookie, but below is an image of the list of my personal messages (most are made up, with at least 2 or so taken from the web as I couldn’t think of anymore):


Another assignment I had to do was create a typographical A2 poster of a famous speech, whether it is from a film or an actual person. But it has to contain a substantial part of the speech and not contain forms of illustration.

My choice was to do a speech from the 2002 film We Were Soldiers. I decided to watch the whole film and not just the part with the speech I found so that I can feel what it is like and what imagery I get from watching it. I’m not a war-film person (I’ve always found them boring every time my dad has it on) but this film I would recommend to anyone. It has a lot of tear-jerking moments and although it is to do with war (i.e. Vietnam war) it has some good parts to it. Whilst watching it there is a part in there which made me decide what my wedding song would be.

As for the speech I chose, you can see it on the link. In the film itself, it comes around 38 minutes into it, which I was surprised by as I thought it would be almost halfway it would be in. But here is the speech in text form. It is when Lt. Colonel Hal Moore speaks to his men before going into battle:

Look around you. In the 7th cavalry, we’ve got a captain from the Ukraine; another from Puerto Rico. We’ve got Japanese, Chinese, Blacks, Hispanics, Cherokee Indians. Jews and Gentiles. All Americans. Now here in the states, some of you in this unit may have experienced discrimination because of race or creed. But for you and me now, all that is gone. We’re moving into the valley of the shadow of death, where you will watch the back of the man next to you, as he will watch yours. And you won’t care what color he is, or by what name he calls God. They say we’re leaving home. We’re going to what home was always supposed to be. Now let us understand the situation. We are going into battle against a tough and determined enemy.

I can’t promise you that I will bring you all home alive. But this I swear, before you and before Almighty God, that when we go into battle, I will be the first to set foot on the field, and I will be the last to step off, and I will leave no one behind. Dead or alive, we will all come home together. So help me, God.

The speech is incredibly powerful, and you feel so moved by it. Well, I certainly did. The imagery I got more so was referred to the battle ground and the bounding by blood. My first idea was to combine soil with red paint (making it represent blood) mixed with pva so that I could paint the words onto a fake grass canvas. That didn’t work. So my plan B was to have the words printed out in outline form and place pva glue over each letter, then sprinkling soil using a tea strainer/sieve thing. And it turned out well.


I only did 3/4’s of the speech. My tutor was very pleased with it. She then suggested that since I did try to experiment using something that could be blood, how about creating another speech in real blood. By that, she meant blood from the butchers.

I was quite hesitant at first but I did email a butcher in the area. And he contacted me back saying he would collect and store some for me. I went to collect it (and there was a lot!), then as soon as I came home I started on the piece, minus the stench from it. In the end I did get used to it, but it didn’t feel nice when it was dripping down my arm as I was using my little finger to write it as it was the best way to get the effect (brushes or using plastic gloves didn’t work as well as getting down to it with the hands!).

And this is what came out of it, the whole speech, and 8 pages long:









I’ll admit that it was fun doing it, and using such an unusual medium made it more so fun.

And that’s about it. Hope you enjoyed this long post. Right now I am working on a picture of Sailor Moon that I drew as I have been in a Moonie frenzy the last few days. So I’ll post that once it’s done : )

One Project Down. A Few More To Go!

11 Jan

Hello again! ^___^

It has certainly been a while since I last posted. Hope everyone has had a good break and New Year’s ^^

Once again it has been a busy time for me, with hand-ins coming up and plenty of work to do/done. That is why this blog looks a bit abandoned for nearly a month.

During the past 6 weeks and winter break I had to make a 32-page book based on the sabbatical I done for the Concept Development module. All the info and work of the sabbatical I done is found on here, my other blog that was created for the module.

The images in the book can only come from the research and any work produced within that brief with any text only kept to a minimum without telling a story, and 10% use of only secondary images, so most would have to be first-hand. As well as this, all the images had to be printed in some form of printing process with the book allowed to take any form, binding and size.

The printing processes I used were:

  • Linoleum printing
  • Disperse dye heat transfer printing: disperse dyes mixed with water and then brushed onto a paper. Left to dry, you can then have a stencil, place it on fabric or a piece of paper, place the paper with the dye mixture on top and on the back of it iron it on which should transfer the colour through, creating a coloured image. An easier way of explaining would be showing these photos:

Ironing the disperse dye through the stencil. Make sure to use a good cloth or newsprint to protect surface/iron from getting any colour on them!


The printed images with the stencils on top.

  • Digital print
  • Photocopy print
  • Stencil/Stamp print

From each week of processing the images, there was something different we had to do:

Week 1: Produce 10 images

Week 2: Use Oblique Strategies to create the next 10 images

Week 3: Use the 20 print-ready images to create the last 12 images and plan out/re-arrange the images in an unplanned order.

The binding I did for my book was a concertina/accordion binding as I wanted the images to follow throughout to tell a story without it being too simple. The original order I planned out was to predictable (one side featuring only ‘trapped’ and the other side featuring ‘freedom’, so this was more so placing the images together with subtle hints of ‘shock values’ as to seeing first happiness then sadness etc.

And this is the book:


The front/back covers: made from mount board, with the image at the front stamped using linoleum and felt pen.



Top view of the inside and how it folds in/out.


A panoramic image of the inside pages of the book. Click for a larger scaled version of this. All of the images are the originals.


If you wish to take a look at the printed images more closely, you can find them here.

There has been a few more projects from the other modules, which I’ll post once done : )