Project 2 – Experiments experiments..

I’ve done some experiments on my window, using marker and glass cleaner spray. Need just to edit it and see how it looks. If I’m not happy with it, I’ll have to try something else or use the same technique, but in a different way.

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Also, I’ve organised a right order of frames for the video.

Project 2 – GIF’s making and Dragonframe

Today I’ve  mainly learnt how to use program ‘Dragonframe’ and how to make stop motion videos using it, also I’ve learnt how to make GIF’s using ‘Photoshop’. That was quite a useful information, although it has totally changed my mind about the way I want to do my stop motion project. I’m feeling looooooost.

Project 1 – Finale!

Finally I’ve finished with my first proper project! I’ve really enjoyed doing it! I’ve chosen to make a memorial book for these beautiful women, that have been tragically killed by Jack the Ripper. I’ve focused on women, that’s why I’ve represented them as lilies, because most of them had children and had a really hard life. It is disappointing how people see them just as Jacks victims, but these ladies didn’t deserve it.

So this book is binded with a black ribbon, that obviously represents death, respect and sadness. I’ve chosen to make a really simple, black and white coves, only because there are a lot of things that is happening inside of the book. Inside: left hand side pages have a nicknames of ladies, the names how they were known by, framed with four lilies. The right hand side pages has Jack The Ripper letters, that has been sent to the police or Whitechapel hospital. Every letter has a red-blooded” lily on top.

There are few things I’m still not really happy about, but as my first ever book I made, I’m pretty happy with it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practitioner of the Week: Nous Vous Press

Nous Vous is Jay Cover, William Luz and Nicolas Burrows. It’s a collaboration on a broad range of projects including illustration & graphic design commissions, exhibitions, curatorial work, publishing and teaching. Based in London.

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The stuff they do is really optimistic and playful. I like the thing that they uses lot’s of different colours, and their illustrations are really creative. They have got their own different style also.

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Nous Vous does a lot of children books also.

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Risograph Workshop/ Book Binding Workshop

Today we had a book binding induction. Started with looking at different kind of books, printed with risograph or screen printer. There were many interesting examples, that gave me many ideas for my book for Petticoat Lane project. There’s some examples:

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After this, we’ve started binding our own books using glue. It’s a really simple, but exiting way to do it. I’ve made myself a very first notebook! Also, after this tutor has shown us few more different ways you can bind your books. There was a lot to learn from!

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Other half of the day we’ve spent organising and doing riso printing. It was a bit disappointing to find out about a price for it and the thing that we’re not allowed to use it by ourselves, we have to be with a tutor. There’s what we did today:

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10 The Best Photography Practitioners

  1. Theo Gosselin

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O.K! Let’s start from one of my most favourite photographers ever – Theo Gosselin! His work is just perfect! OK we can move on to another one.

Just kidding.

There’s just so much to say about Theos work, that I don’t even know where to start from, even though I want to keep it short and clear.

He is one of those people who has changed my point of view and gave me ideas and inspired to experiment more. Most of his photographs has been taken in the nature or just people he was taking pictures of rooms. His work just breathes freedom and happiness. I don’t know about you, but for me his work is like Woodstock: you can see in the pictures, but you can’t experience it. I adore the main colours in his pictures also, ‘couse it makes scenarios look much older than they actually are. His work is just full of love, freedom, happiness, youth and beauty. It just can’t be any more perfect!

2. Robert Frank

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Totally opposite from Theo is Robert Frank and his work. His work is black and grey and really depressing looking, even though it has some kind of charm! It kind of represents the period of time he was living at and the emotions people there living back then. I think Robert is a really good documentary photographer, but I prefer work that gives me good emotions. It is way to conservative for me, as a young generation person.

3. Eugene Meatyard

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Eugenes work is so weird and different, that is just so brilliant! I like weird things also. 🙂 His work is really unique, because most of the time he includes interesting looking masks on people’s faces. Also he uses lots of silhouettes and shadows, old toys, weird-looking clothing etc. that makes photographs look mysterious and scary. I have never saw such a good horror photography before. So good I’ve found it!

4. Michael Lundgren

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I find Michaels work really disturbing. Majority of his photos show dead animals he found when he was traveling. Even though he takes a lot of pictures of the landscape, they somehow doesn’t look as pleasing as they should do. Also he uses a really high contrast so all of his pictures looks more dramatic than they actually are.

5. Thomas Joshua Cooper

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A great landscape photographer! I like how Thomas uses dark and grey colors and high contrast to show more drama in his work. Also, he mainly photographs mountains and water, but in every picture each of them look so different. Using camera he shows the characteristics of each thing. Also I like the way he uses shutter speed while taking pictures of running water. It gives his pictures more of the ‘flow’ feeling.

6. Nicholas Nixon

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Another black and grey photography artist is Nicholas Nixon. The difference from T. J. Cooper is that Nixon is documenting portraits. I really like his photographs he took of the same sisters during years. It is really interesting to see how they have changed. Also majority of his work is family relating, that I found really interesting.

7. John Coplans

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Such a great abstract photography artist. The way he documents humans body is not really common. People usually don’t see bodies in the way J. Coplans records it. He mainly chooses to record old men bodies that usually doesn’t look really esthetic, but the way Coplans presents it makes them look beautiful and really interesting in the same way. After scrolling through his pictures I had a deeper thought about human bodies, and in the end however it would look like, I still found it beautiful. It just depends in which way it has been presented.

8. Lucas Samaras

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What a creepy and stunning work! I like the way Lucas is using different kind of layers, that don’t usually go well together and montages a  really interesting and kind of messy, but in the organized way, pictures. It is interesting how he makes such a mysterious and kind of disturbing pictures!

9. Philippe Halsman

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What a legend! I have never heard his name, but I know most of the pictures he took! Probably because he took so many good pictures of S. Dali, M.Monroe, M. Ali, A. Einstein etc.. I think the most interesting thing about this photographer is the way he organizes scenarios for the models while he’s taking pictures. Each of them are different and really challenging.

10. Annie Leibovitz

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I have always really respected this woman, since I get to know more about photography. I think she’s like Philippe Halsman, but ten times better. It is not just because she’s well know, because she’s a celebrity photographer, but the way she captures emotions is just brilliant. Each of her photographs has a really interesting and different scenario from each other. Also I like that she’s not sticking only with black and grey, but also she experiments a lot with the colors.

 

 

 

Drawing: 10 The Best Drawing Practitioners

  1. Tala Madani

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To begin with, my friend recommended me to check out this talented artist Tala Madani and I’ve found her art really unique and inspiring! Most of it is really disturbing, because she draws lots of naked people in quite a provoking poses. Otherwise her work is really colourful, and that makes viewer to see it in a positive and playful way. I believe her art might look disgusting for most of the people, but I think she gives lots of interesting ideas too.

 

2. Saul Bass

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A brilliant filmmaker that creates amazing film posters and logos! I want to really shortly discuss his poster art. Saul designed plenty of them! I really like how artist has his own style: really bright colours, screen print – looking, really bold and straight forward drawings. He uses lots of silhouettes that I really like. I think by drawing silhouettes he gives more space for imagination. Also it makes posters look really simple, but really clever and tricky to look at the same time. The other thing I like that his work looks sci – fi or even scary.

 

3. Dryden Goodwin

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Opposite to Saul Bass is this really great artist Dryden Goodwin. His work looks really complicated at the first look, but after some time of staring at it and trying to understand it looks peaceful and full of harmony. I like how Dryden makes all these thousands of lines look like a one solid piece (portrait). Also his style is like mapping on people faces, it kind of looks like capillary. He also draws on real people pictures that makes it more interesting!

 

4. Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picaso! One of the artists that made me fall in love with art and colours! His collage looking paintings are just incredible! His art is really unique and gets stuck in your head. I like how through rough-looking shapes he perfectly shows an object. His portraits show people faces really well, using abstract figures. His art leaves space for viewers interpretations as well and that is brilliant!

 

5. Philip Dvorak

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I’m so happy I’ve found this artist! I really like his art! In most of his illustrations he draws really elegant ladies surrounded by erotic, disturbing things and skulls. The technique he uses makes his drawings look really clean and precision. It’s pleasing to look at his work even though it is not that easy to do that. Also I like his scrubby lines, that makes his art special.

 

6. Jerry Shawback

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This artist doesn’t use much colour, even he paints amazing portraits. Jerry’s drawings are simple, but they say a lot. He somehow, using few simple lines, makes portraits that perfectly describes people. It looks like artist is breaking a law, drawing these sketch looking drawings, but in my opinion, that kind of abstract art will be really big in the near future. Also Jerry shows that everyone can draw, and you don’t need many tools for this.

 

7. Leonardo da Vinci

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Totally from Jerry’s Shawback’s is Leonardo da Vinci’s art. Well who doesn’t know him? Leonardo is genius, who left lots of great things after himself, including his paintings. They are still leaving people with lots of questions. Talking about his style, Leonardo’s paintings are so precise, everything in its own place. Portraits are looking just alike like people he painted, so real, warm and so mysterious. Also I like how he uses geometrical shapes in his paintings, everything looks really symmetric. There’s so much to say about this artist, but I wont go deep into this (this time).

 

8. Giuseppe Arcimboldo

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In some way Giuseppe’s art is similar to Leonardo da Vinci’s, but the big difference is that Giuseppe uses fruits, vegetables or simply flowers for his portraits. It’s such an interesting way to represent a person. Also his portraits looks like sculptures. I’m surprised how realistic it still looks! I think everyone must to have a print of his painting in their kitchens (I’m going to get an apple).

 

9. M. C. Escher

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Another great artist is M. C. Escher. I love his art since I was really young. Optical illusions were always something I was into and Escher’s work is just the best example. Artist does only black and grey drawings, that makes his art to stand out. I really like how his work is so tricky to look at and that it makes people to think. Eschers art is really precise and neat, this is something I was always into. Also the self-portrait he did of his holding a sphere is a masterpiece! I couldn’t imagine anything more perfect than this.

 

10. Michael Paulus

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I’ll end this blog with Michael Paulus. This artist mainly draws anatomy of cartoon characters and I think it’s just brilliant! That’s such a unique idea, that makes viewers see cartoon characters in the really different way. It kind of makes people think that they are real. I think his work is really ironic and absurd at the same time (and that’s not a bad thing).

Core Workshop – Drawing – Day 2

Such a great day with such an interesting tutor David Price!

Firstly we’ve started it with drawing natural and man – made objects on A1 sheets using only ink and charcoal. Drawing realistic objects is not what I’m good at, but this time I really enjoyed doing that, although my drawings wasn’t that good. I really need to draw more!! There’s some examples:

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After this we’ve moved on drawing a massive, 10 meter long, collaborative drawing. I’ve really enjoyed it and I really like the result:

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The last half an hour we’ve spent on doing the same size coloured piece, that in my opinion didn’t worked out as good as black and grey one:

I definitely feel a bit stronger in drawing after this week! Thank you Kieron Baroutchi and David Price!