The visual communication/message of the piece met the need of the brief because I researched strongly into each conspiracy theory that I worked on. I made sure it was clear what the illustrations were trying to tell people.
I believe that my illustrations in this project may have needed a little more detail? I did indeed back up the reason why I didnt. I do wish that I had known that I had to research into illustrators to inspire me as that I would have probably took a different route.
My strengths in this project were probably my intense journaling, documenting everything I had done in a very organised way. I feel that I made some great decisions with my illustrations and that they spoke for themselves very well.
My weakness would have been that I didn’t really do much research though I don’t feel that this was my fault as I am pretty sure it didn’t say that in the brief. I will read over the next briefs a few times in my future projects. Also my other weakness has to be the fact that I never asked for feedback from my tutors which would have helped me achieve what they wanted to see.
I found my time keeping skills were pretty well set out as usual. I managed to kind of keep to one blog at least once a day.
I wished that I researched more into other illustrators before I got started for inspiration but I did research after and this has told me to always look for inspiration before starting my projects.
I drew conclusion to the project by showing many people my illustrations for some feedback, asking if they understand them.
What I enjoyed the most about this project was creating these cartoon images, learning new things through youtube for the future and look into conspiracy theories as I am rather interested in them.
I have considered the sustainability of my project process and outcomes by making sure the viewers knew what was going on and that the productivity of the book will be made sustainably with gloss paper.
I have considered the ethical implications by taking into consideration the fact that the concepts of these illustrations are beyond stupid. I dont believe in any of the theories that I have based my drawings on and believe I have made this clear from the way I designed the drawings in a cartoon look.
Overall I enjoyed this project a lot and just wished that maybe I took or considered a different route on the illustration path.
Here I am going to do a little research into Dr Seuss and how his style of illustration came into play of being so unique in a very sketchy way.
Theodor Seuss Geisel adopted his “Dr. Seuss” pen name during his university studies at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, most notably for Flit and Standard Oil, and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM. He published his first children’s book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937. During World War II, he worked in an animation department of the United States Army where he produced several short films, including Design for Death, which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
This guys art is a great inspiration for me in this project as that he used to work as a political cartoonist before his book writing. I’m going to take a look around for some of his work and do a PMI on his style.
Plus – The simplicity and unique style of the illustrations are amazing. Whats also good is that its so effective even in black and white as that these were printed in newspapers at the time so it would have been expensive to mass produce back then. Because it’s so simple it sends the message out so clearly and doesn’t leave the viewer thinking what the hell is going on. The use of barely any text is good as it shows that the illustrations talk for themselves.
Minus – Some parts of the illustrations are rather dark though this is due to the needs of printing so I guess it wasn’t his preferred choice. Also taking into consideration the sizing of the illustrations if these were to be printed in small sizes the darkness will consume most of it making it hard to read.
Interests – I love the way he takes something in life that is an awfully bad situation and making it some sort of joke no matter how messed up the war was. This must of created a lot of heat on him as I doubt artists really expressed their feelings in this way on such a tragic time being the World War.
These links into my George Bush illustration really well and this is what I wanted to achieve for that and the royal family illustration. I feel now that if I had known to research this sooner rather than at the end of the brief I would have gone for a style like this but with colour.
In result to this I really wish I had known so badly to research, I thought this was mainly a project that focuses on journaling your development and decision making.
Here I am going to be doing a little research into a cartoonist, this cartoonist is in fact the creator of the simpsons. Back when it first started there was no use of shading and this is the look that I was going to go for as you have seen in the previous blogs. Now the reason why I am doing this blog is that I didn’t realise that I had to research some illustrators for some inspiration and ways on how to tackle certain situations.
Now with Groening, he made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters—while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series The Simpsons, which has since aired 609 episodes. In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox, then picked up by Comedy Central for additional seasons.
Life in Hell caught the eye of Hollywood writer-producer and Gracie Films founder James L. Brooks, who had been shown the strip by fellow producer Polly Platt. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation on an undefined future project, which would turn out to be developing a series of short animated skits, called “bumpers,” for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it. Groening conceived of the idea for The Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks’s office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby. Groening famously named the main Simpson characters after members of his own family: his parents, Homer and Margaret (Marge or Marjorie in full), and his younger sisters, Lisa and Margaret (Maggie). Claiming that it was a bit too obvious to name a character after himself, he chose the name “Bart,” an anagram of brat. However, he stresses that aside from some of the sibling rivalry, his family is nothing like the Simpsons. Groening also has an older brother and sister, Mark and Patty, and in a 1995 interview Groening divulged that Mark “is the actual inspiration for Bart.”
After researching about his style of illustration and how became pretty big he went through a few prototypes in order to get to the results that are showing today, this tells me that a lot of experimentation went into this and also he works off of feedback which I tend to not really go out and get. This has taught me to constantly ask my tutors for feedback, as that they are kind of the same aspect as a real life client, I have to meet their needs.
Here I am going to be showing my pages placed on mock ups. This is how I want my finals to look like in their final physical form being printed on gloss paper. I did think of printing on old style paper though to complete the comic book look I felt it was necessary to follow other comic books with their printing decisions.
Going on to ways of displaying my queen illustrations again I had a clear thought which I took the fact of the book being manufactured in mass productions it would have to be fairly cheap to make. This was a quick design and was done using simple shapes and experimenting with transparency.
I put these two landscape due to the fact that I didn’t want them running through 2 pages because the crease in between the pages would distort the outcome.
With my next blog I will be linking my finals to the blog. This will be done with using PDFs.
12:00pm – Moving forward to my last emendation to the final illustration I had to set the scene for old Bushy. Placing him in one scene box at the bottom right of the page fitted well with the background that I found off of Adobe stock which was indeed a licensed stock image.
12:30pm – I couldn’t just use a photograph as that it didn’t match the style of my other pages so I admit here and only here is the only time I used image trace to get a quick result to match my style. I didn’t really see this as cheating and found it more as being resourceful and I hope that this does not effect my grades at the end of the project.
12:45pm – I’m using thick lines to split the scenes apart like they do in comic books and story boards. To separate the scenes like this was hugely necessary as that viewers would get confused as to what is going on.
13:15pm – I’m now going to be looking at typography for a tiny tittle informing the viewers that the two scenes are happening at the same time but both in different locations using only one simple word being “Elsewhere”. The font had to be bold, comic style and had to stand out to inform someone therefore I coloured it in red to reinforce this.
13:45pm – I’ve realised that the photograph was taken at night which was not the time of when the disaster happened, so I found another photo again licensed stock photo which was taken in the day time got a vector of a plane and placed it heading towards the twin towers.
15:25pm – When placing George Bust into the scene I added a drop shadow to enhance the focus of the illustration yet balance the focus throughout is. Below is the final result.
19:00pm – I’ve been thinking about the semiotics of the illustration I have created and I feel I need to make it more clear that the dinosaurs are working for a building business. So I think I am going to go with adding an armband with the logo on it of the company and also place the logo on the wheelbarrows that are within the illustration.
19:15pm – So you can see here that I have placed the band around the top of the dinosaurs thigh instead of his arm as you wouldn’t really be able to see it as the arms on a T rex are pretty small!
19:40pm – I have also added done what’d I said at the beginning of this post and have added the logo to the wheelbarrows.
19:45pm – I now believe that I have finished this illustration and I now just need to finish off the George Bush one and think about printing options.
13:00pm – Right so now it’s time to set these illustrations up in a posh gallery way, I’m going to start off with the broken version with the queen being in lizard form. So here I have built a glass sheet to cover the photograph and have placed the illustration on a white border with Queen Elizabeth II placed underneath. To make the object look more like glass I added a gradient of a very low opacity in to transparent.
14:30pm – moving on to the frame this was a pretty tedious job but I made half of the object then copied and pasted it, reflected it to make it completely symmetrical.
16:15pm – To finish this one off I made it as if the whole frame had fell apart with a scratch where the name was with graffiti over it saying “ELIZARDbeth” This works well I feel and brings in that humour I wanted to achieve.
16:30pm – I placed the illustrations into one group and put them on to a dark grey background with a slight transparency.
19:00pm – For the other version of the illustration I just tidied everything up, made the background white and clear, removed the scratch effect from the glass and the graffiti. The outcome was the following.
15:00pm – Today I’m going to be looking at bringing in the wheelbarrow to the illustration. I kept the same style as the dinosaur to keep it consistent and due to the fact that the background is going to be a different style. I want these illustrations to only have a maximum of 2 styles within.
16:30pm – Now that the illustration is done I am going to be looking at setting up the scene, I wanted the background to be as simple as possible to bring the dinosaur illustrations more to the main point of view but also keeping a balance on what is happening in this again comic book scene.
17:00pm – I felt the need to add another dinosaur to the scene as it looked too empty. I also added another wheelbarrow upside down to show that one of the other dinosaurs are on a break.
18:00pm – Moving on to creating a real quick logo for these guys as I wanted to make it look as if they’re a building company back in that era. I took inspiration from the flintstones cartoon with the type they use within the title, very chunky and blocky looking. I also placed a silhouette of a dinosaur within the D as the main element of the logo.
19:30pm – I feel that this illustration is now complete and will start finishing up the other two.