Tag Archives: Opera

New Quilt Designs

18 Nov

From a previous post that contained a quilt design, I found out that you had to digitise all three designs and not just one.

So these are the other two including originals:

Original (no.2 design):



A combination of the letters of Opera put together.

Original (no.3 design):


My dad said to me when he saw this that the ‘O’ looked like a mouth saying Opera.

Don’t know what designs other people like, would be interesting to know. So far my mum likes the first and second and warming up to the third; my dad likes the first and third design.

Unfortunately I can’t choose the final for the digital quilt — my class + tutor has to on Monday ._.

Opera Posters ~ Final

9 Nov

I’ve finally done my posters for Typography. I first started out with finding out the information of the operas, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte and Le Nozze Di Figaro, which was quite a lot of info to take in but since it is a poster that has to be focused on typography, I was happy that you didn’t have to include images. With these posters, we also had to have them in two colours: black and one Pantone colour. I decided to use shades of blue, yellow and red, thinking of the main primary colours. There is also reasons as to why they were chosen but I’ll explain that later.

These were my initial designs which were digitised from my hand sketched layouts:

(I used just one opera and a typical strap-line at first to visualise what the layout would look like — with the colours I wanted shown)

As you can see, the layouts are all different in some sort of way, and I wanted to pick the one I liked most. I also asked a few more people (really just my mum and boyfriend) of which one they preferred and we all agreed with design 1. I felt in the end that 2 was too typical even though I also liked that layout; 3 was too busy and 4 I just didn’t like. Unfortunately when presenting this in class I was told the layout of the title made it look like a menu and that vertical text should not be done in advertising (I didn’t really ask why…). Plus the pink/red colour I used was quite dark against the background (when printed) so I had to change that also.

In the end, I decided to go with the layout of design 2, and change some of the colours to make it more visible as to what colour they were (so blue would be more blue and yellow would be more yellow).

*Note: I realised after looking at my book now that for the ‘Cosi‘ I done the ‘i’ wrong as it’s meant to have an accent: ` on top instead of the dot, so that is being redone for my final prints.

The colours I used in the end was:

  • Pantone 206 UP (pink/red)
  • Pantone 2717 UP (blue)
  • Pantone 106 UP (yellow — 80% opacity)

How I changed the colour for the Royal Opera House logo and the Arts Council England logo I’ll explain now.

  1. I opened the image, and duplicated the layer.
  2. I then used the duplicated layer to invert the colours (or ctrl + i).
  3. This is the inverted image.
  4. I then chose my colour and with the brush tool set to Multiply mode, I brushed over the image.
  5. I altered the background colour to the colour I needed with the Paint bucket tool.
  6. Ending logo piece.

These are the same steps I took for the Arts Council England logo.

 And these are the final posters:

Cosi Fan Tutte 

I chose blue for Cosi Fan Tutte (That’s How All Women Behave)  as it’s about the course of true love and it not running smoothly for the two men who are the characters in the opera and who test the constancy of their lovers. So it resembles the emotion of sadness/unfortunate events.

Don Giovanni

I chose this pinky-red colour as the character is a serial seducer whose luck runs out when the statue of a man he murdered invited itself for dinner.

Le Nozze Di Figaro 

Last but not least is this one. I chose yellow as the translation of the title, Le Nozze Di Figaro is The Marriage of Figaro, a sort of happy time in someone’s life, as well as the opera being a comedy, hence the colour.

We also had to design tickets in a class workshop and produce them digitally in our own time, with the tickets reflecting the poster design:

Now that’s the end of that. My hands and arms hurt, I’m hungry and I’m going to go for dinner.

Opera Digital Quilt Tile

28 Oct

It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. Done it completely different from the original design.

This was the design from sketchbook. It’s taking the word ‘Opera’, and using the ‘3D shadow’ made from the letters. Apologies for the messiness — it was filled in with black paint and the brush I used was unfortunately not very precise. The layout isn’t great as I did the design quickly in class.

This one below is a digital version (2nd draft). I done it in a completely different colour and composition. I used Illustrator and Photoshop CS5.

Found that the colour makes the white letters stand out, but it seemed a bit plain. So I came out with this, the final design, which was done by duplicating the letters:



The Opera & Banquet

27 Oct

As I mentioned in my last post relating to uni work, I will be talking about the new assignments for both Typography and Research & Reference modules.

Typography: Opera poster x3

Based on three operas, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, all being played for the Winter Season 2012 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

All three posters must have no imagery, but the text must be incorporated as the imagery itself so composition and the type of typeface will have to be taken into account.

We also have to design 3 tiles, then pick one to be put into a digital quilt from the groups we’ll be in. The design has to be based on the word ‘Opera’. I’ve done the design by hand but eventually I’ll digitise it and post it up here. Haven’t yet done the poster designs. Most likely do it tomorrow as my other module is being taken as first priority for the moment until I get the all clear that it’s A-OK.

Now, for Research & Reference, we have to produce a banquet: plate, cutlery, menu, napkin, napkin ring and three other items of our choosing, which will be a drinking glass/cup, placemat and coaster. This banquet has to be based on an artist/designer of our choosing, and I have decided to do English designer and Arts & Crafts founder William Morris. The website provided is based on the company he set up, called Morris & Co. back in 1875.

I’ll admit, I didn’t think of doing this artist. It came about when my mum was watching this programme called Flog It! (which helps people to value and sell unwanted items they have at auctions) and they had a 10 minute or so interval which talked about William Morris. So I guess tv helps in some ways of educating people :3

Anyways, I found quite a few interesting facts, and realised that a bed duvet/curtains in my parent’s bedroom was based on a design by Morris (this was my reaction when I realised it:  :O ), called Willow Bough (1887). As his designs are quite well known, they’re used a lot in today’s printing materials such as duvets and curtains as I’ve mentioned.

As for the information I found, I read how William Morris disapproved the Industrial Revolution, especially the machinery as it was exploited for profit and because of that, moral values of people who worked and crafted goods declined. So as an inspiration of individuality and the craftsmanship of the medieval period, he revived the traditional craft techniques that were once abandoned by the Revolution, proving that you don’t need to use machinery to make such exquisite works. This is what I found quite admirable.

I also found out that Morris also had a passion for hand-made objects, which I will incorporate into the design of my banquet. I have an idea already of what to do, mainly based on Strawberry Thief (1883) and using modelling/baking clay and painting and gluing… Basically making little tiny thrushes and Strawberries and placing them in accordance to what I’m thinking in my head right now.

Oh and just so you know, the creation of Strawberry Thief came about when thrushes kept stealing berries in the garden from Morris’ Kelmscott Manor home in Oxfordshire. Willow Bough is based on the willow trees growing on the banks of the River Thames. I think somewhat it’s quite sweet how the creations started out.

William Morris also worked with the colours: madder red, peacock-blue, russet-brown, sage green and soft yellow. So I’ll be working with all or most of the colours.

And that’s about it. I’m quite looking forward to the banquet, but not so much of the 1500 word essay we’ll have to do….

Anyways, I’m off to do more work now. Try and finish it off so I can have a weekend of video gaming with boyfriend! (Although I am sort of doubting it will happen this time around… T^T)