Local Universe // Risograph Printing

Our Friday afternoon Studio class was a mixture of different things, we began by watching a short film called Logorama by a French Collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short.

It was an animated narrative of a world completely made up of logos and advertising images. There isn’t a proper storyline but enough of one to be able to show different logos in such creative ways. It’s a brilliant film and can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before! It’s very, very clever.

We looked over and discussed what we had found when we all had gone out and looked for signs to draw and photograph. Our next task was to choose one of the signs that we feel could be better or needed work and to redesign it.

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The main part of the afternoon was to have an induction to the risograph printer, a printer that is able to print images like if you were screen printing. You can print layered images, one layer at a time and you can only use one colour at a time. It can create some really cool effects and will be available for us to use soon at an affordable price.

We had a go adding a layer to a piece the second years had done in their morning studio class. They had printed an illustration of a building from the first studio brief so we were told to think of something else to add to the image as a new layer.

We all agreed on adding an image or pattern to the sky portion of the illustration and chose a kind of pattern from one of the zines in our studio library. Tara and Daphne drew up and scanned in the pattern into photoshop and created different gradients between the different shapes and printed it out into an A3 image.


We made a master in the printer and printed on top of the image from the morning and although everyone thought it was quite ugly I kind of liked how it turned out – even if it did look a but messy.

The rest of the afternoon was spent getting blogs ready and getting on with studio work, everyone talking about their plans for halloween.


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