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Back To The Past

6 Nov

So for a project in Experimental Communication I had to do a presentation based three images/instances on how and what influenced me to become what I am as a designer today.

This is the presentation and I hope you enjoy knowing that little bit more about me  : )

“Take One Egg…” Presentation

Whilst I was thinking it through and looking for things, when I thought of my Foundation year I looked through all the discs I had with my work from then on there. As you saw on the presentation, I did an illustration of an area of Covent Garden Market where there were performers (singers, instrument players etc). I still remember that day, Ryan was accompanying me and we enjoyed listening to the women play on the violins/violas and cello.

Anyways, I found some more images that I did back then, and thought I would share them with you. They were my first time in doing proper illustrations on Photoshop (version 7), where I was not yet introduced to the likes of Illustrator etc.

Big Ben

Covent Garden Market

Fleet Street Monument

London Eye

Millennium Bridge

Queen Victoria Memorial

Wonder if they would look the same if done again after three years… Who knows, because I don’t really want to redo them! They’re nice as they are, especially for reflecting back on my work : )

Mars Power, Make Up!

4 Nov

So after a long while of having this on my desktop, I have finally finished drawing and colouring my ultimate favourite Sailor Scout, Sailor Mars, the Guardian of Fire.

More to come eventually, with more updates of work also! ^_^

Mercury Power, Make Up!

13 Sep

I created this quite a few weeks back, but never bothered posting until now.

So enjoy the second Sailor Scout to enter in Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Mercury!

 

 

A Bit of a Moon Frenzy

29 Jul

So the past three weeks that went I was over at Ryan’s, making sure he is ok as he is not allowed to be by himself because of the condition he is in (at the moment I’m having some time to myself whilst his parents take over for a bit). There was unfortunately numerous trips to the hospital because of the “attacks” he has been getting. We found out from the last visit that it is now a major surgery where they are going to have to remove the whole gall bladder because it is compacted full of the stones. It is bad how they have gone through with this and left it too late whereas they had the chance to not allow it to progress this far. And there we were celebrating the National Health Service (NHS) on the opening ceremony of the Olympics…..

Talking of that, I didn’t mind watching it so much. Could have been better (less music involved, less nonsense dancing etc). But that movie shown at the beginning done by director Danny Boyle, I was like (pardon my language at this point in time): what the ****?!

To me it did not make any sense and I wasn’t keen on the fast movement of shots which suddenly became something like that of a freeze frame, similar to the children’s party game where the music plays, you dance and when it stops, you freeze and are out if you make any sort of movement. When I saw a shot of a Goose, my face was this exactly: o.O

When I watched some of it, I said to my parents, all Brits know what some of the bits shown are (like the opening of the soap Eastenders — it was the section where it was a bird’s-eye view of the Thames). Someone from another country will perhaps have no clue what it is (if anyone outside the UK does, I apologise). But yeah, it may be a part of British TV, but I wouldn’t call it remarkable television. And the music used, I felt it was completely mixed up and sounded horrid. No smooth rhythm, flow or anything. Argh!

But I did like the handing of the Olympic Torch to the up and coming young athletes of the future. It was very unexpected and I felt it really allowed an involvement for everyone. With the final Olympic Torch and it coming together, I was so amazed by it. Wouldn’t have expected more by the wonderful Thomas Heatherwick (a British designer whom I am a fan of).

I also liked the display of the Olympic Rings from the use of the event of the Industrial Revolution. As many others would think, it was a truly beautiful spectacle. I didn’t notice it until the rings started rising up.

Anyways, as for the small 5-10 minute concert with Paul McCartney and The Arctic Monkeys, couldn’t they have chosen someone better? McCartney just sang a few songs which I felt droned on and was not uplifting enough. With The Arctic Monkeys, we have all heard of that song they played many, many times before, and it’s boring. Never liked the band and never will. And I would not call either of them the “best of British music”. Paul McCartney was good. When he was in the Beatles. I think it would have been better if they had someone like Muse (who has also done the Olympic theme song called Survival — I am a fan of them so yes I am going to be biased).  Well that’s my opinion of it. Will be interesting to see other views on the whole thing.

Overall, I did highly enjoy watching the ceremony (between the short film and the mini concert). I felt the involvement within it and did love it. The idea of making it fun and enjoyable is great, and that’s what the Olympics is about, not just the focus on being competitive.

As for watching any of the sports, I have been watching the Archery to its fullest. Really gets me excited : ) I used to attend a club back in my teenage years, and how much I loved it so. My first experience of the sport was when I was 11 on a 5-day school trip to a place which did a whole load of activities. I will admit that I was pretty good ; D But in the end the club was cancelled after a few years T_T

That’s about the only Olympic sport I have been paying attention to. So far.

Anyways, moving on now. There is some big news. Well, big and exciting news for me. At the Paris Japan Expo held earlier this month, it was confirmed that there will be a remake of…….. Sailor Moon! It’s not a remastered, but a whole new anime where it is likely it will follow more closely to the manga *yay*. And it will be released worldwide simultaneously. I’m sooooooo getting it when it’s released! I just hope they have better dubbed voice actors, although I prefer watching it in Japanese and reading the subtitles (it’s hard to find animes now with good dubs).

Ahhh! I can not wait >w<

More happiness is another ‘Tales of’ game, called Tales of Graces F, will be released in exactly 1 month and 2 days. So it’s an early birthday present for me from myself, hehe. And! Next year there will be another Tales game, Tales of Xillia, released in June/July next year. So that’s my graduation/early birthday present to myself planned out already : p

Also on the list, is the next Hyper Japan event taking place in November. Ryan and I are hoping to go (it all depends on his operation date and recovery time). If we can, I am finally going to go in cosplay mode (if anything goes wrong, I won’t). Ryan is also planning on cosplaying, but I’m keeping hush as to who he is going as : p

I’m not planning on buying it on eBay, however, as I have looked on there and the material used is just horrible (all satin-based… eww!) and I have read stories from people’s experiences and it’s not always 100% accurate on what the manufacturers produce. So I am planning, along with my lack of sewing and crafting clothes skills, to make my costume. I have the skirt already, which is a normal wearable skirt that I have had for a number of years. It’s gonna be fun making it and I have printed out the character I’m going to be (Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon) and indicated what I need to do in each area. If it’s not made in time, it’s no biggy, just will have to wait for the next convention : ) But for now it’s time to collect all the things needed to create such a piece.

And to commemorate the whole Sailor Moon remake and everything else, I have done a digital drawing of Sailor Moon and kitty Luna in my “Little Cuties” style ^_^

Created using Illustrator and Photoshop, I created the shadow from duplicating the figures and doing a colour overlay from the layer properties and placed it where I wanted it. I wanted something nice in the background, and a lot of the time in anime and manga they have backgrounds with simple shapes and the character portrayal at the front. So I just did numerous circles, all in pink as the colour symbol for Sailor Moon is a baby pink colour. Click image for a better and larger view.

May plan on doing the whole Sailor Senshi (Soldiers) in this format. Oh it will be fun. But first I should really get down to some work….

A Little Less Panic and More Work Done

11 May

So this past week has been extremely busy, with another set of late nights and worrying that I won’t get anything done on time before the second year ends *big deep breath — long sentence*. Managed to do my Case Study report and presentation, which took four days to complete to its highest form (although it’s a draft — but tried to make it good). And lets just say that I found it the most interesting thing to do written/report/essay-like wise.

I was lucky that it took only my second attempt to contact a designer and allowing me to conduct my study on them. And although there were mishaps with my questions not being sent properly and going through a long process to enable my contact to receive them, it was managed in the end and I found some very insightful stuff on the design/illustration industry.

Anyways, I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t really done much on my infographics. Been preparing more stuff for animation (which I’m planning on starting this weekend — I created a bridge too using a sunglasses case, polystyrene and masking/cellotape (amazing what normal objects can become)). But I have scanned almost all of the manga covers… Taking forever ._.

But! I have started on my new and last assignment for Portfolio Development, which is Environmental Graphics. The restriction is that it has to be based on a statement on the theme of education and the courses at the university I study in. We did have some flexibility though, and it was that we could slightly alter the quote if needs be to fit in with our design (but if it’s a well-known quote, then it’s a no-no).

I prepared research on the topic and the different types of E.G. you get, and it is a really interesting area to cover in design, since it’s practically everywhere around you. I found some articles from design blogs which mentioned and showed example of environmental graphics, and some I was really blown away by and the ideas behind them are extremely well thought out. Anyways, I looked up on statements based on education and found quite a few.

Here are the ones I felt I could develop into a design a bit more:

“We need a metamorphosis of education – from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.” Learning to Learn (http://www.learningtolearn.sa.edu.au/)

Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.” ― Ken Robinson

“Stock your mind, stock your mind. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
Frank McCourt

The reason some are in bold is to highlight the areas I liked most in the quotes, and where I’ll base my designs on. Also, I didn’t want to focus on just one course and base my design on that. I wanted to include every single course (and don’t ask me how many, you know what universities are like!) and unify it completely as it will be referring to all students and the university itself (unfortunately, these will never be real, only in the digital dream world).

Anyways, these are my designs in picture format. They were originally done using Illustrator and Photoshop, and took me this whole day gone to finish all five.

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.”

Original Image:

 

Image imposed at the entrance/reception of the university:

“Your mind is a palace.”

Original Images:

My boyfriend saw this earlier and commented that the people look like egg cups. I can see the resemblance.

Super-imposed Images:

This area is between the reception and doors leading to cafeteria section (or what the uni calls it, “The Street”)

Between The Street and the library.

 “Metamorphosis of education — A butterfly should emerge”

Original Images:

These two drawings were from photographs I had taken and used as a reference for this assignment. As you saw in the earlier photo it has been raining the last few days, so no butterflies about. So how did I capture one do you wonder? Well, my mum has, in a frame, three (dead) butterflies. She collected them when we went to a butterfly sanctuary years ago and they are still quite reserved remarkably.

We really have some weird stuff in this house……

Super-imposed Images:

The Street/Cafeteria

A pillar near the reception

So that’s all of my ideas. My favourite really is the first design at the reception/entrance and the pillar one. On Monday we’ll see what my tutor says, any crit said and if any changes needed.

I do know that I need to somehow set up the light difference so it looks like they are in their surroundings. And somehow work out how to blend the graphics into the areas they’re on so they “show” the surface beneath.

And at the moment, I don’t feel so panicked as I have been like on the days that has passed. It felt weird today (well, yesterday over here now) but it felt like an overwhelming feeling of calmness… : /

Never know what goes on in this little brain of mine…. Must be all the paracetamol I have been taking for headaches lately.