The summer show is approaching and at uni we’re starting to think about the work we want to be displayed during the exhibition. Obviously you want your best work to be shown and that involves curating all the work you have done this year into what shows you as an artist better.
The Foundling Museum got me thinking about the local area to the university and the kinds of places like the Foundling museum for children in the area. There were workhouses all around the area such as Bishopsgate, Aldgate, Spitalfields, Whitechapel and a lot of others all around London. I thought it would be interesting to look at the lives of the children and people in the workhouses and get a feel for the area in the 1700s and 1800s. I also need some ideas for the current studio brief and this would make quite a good one.
For our current brief, Local Universe, we were asked to put together a short PDF presentation on 3 proposals for ideas for this project ready for the first day back after the Easter holidays. My aim was to get all my ideas to somehow even just loosely link to my FMP, so the project isn’t too far from the work we need to do for that.
Sergio Membrilla’s work is really lovely and very diverse too. I think his more illustrated style where he uses traditional marks really cute and lovely and his more digital work more provocative and remind me of Olimpia Zagnoli’s style a little bit. Like the other artists I’ve looked at I can see this artist would make some really nice editorial illustrations and effective ones too.
Olimpia Zagnoli is an Italian illustrator from Milan. We were shown some of her work when Nous Vous were introducing the brief to the class and I really liked how bold and bright her illustrations are. I can see how she can be used for editorial pieces, her images make you look and intrigued about the article. They’re really eye catching and soft and I think she must have a lot of fun creating her illustrations because they look very fun.
When looking up Andrew Rae from the list of artists recommended to us to look at for the editorial brief I instantly loved his work. His cartoon style is really cool and the way he uses layers characters upon characters makes for really visually interesting work. I think I am more of a fan of his line work but his works are all cool and all tell a story. I love his attention the amount of detail that goes into all his illustrations.
Luke Best is a London based illustrator and we were pointed in his direction to look at for our editorial brief and I can see how his works would work well as editorial illustrations. He has a very colourful style and his works look great in colour. I think the brightness and vividness make them visually striking. I like the use of layers or overlapping in his pieces, it gives some depth to the flatness of the illustrations.
This week I screen printed my posters, wanting to get in the workshop before the rush of everyone else wanting to get their posters done. Thinking I was very organised and I was actually but my first day of printing was a little bit of a nightmare. It was y first time screen printing after just having done an induction and I was nervous about using the equipment but very excited to give it ago and see how my work would come out.
After scanning them in I edited them a bit for example filled in some white areas black that I hadn’t bothered to fill in with marker. I’m super happy with these designs and think they look simple but really cool and funky. While messing around on photoshop I thought I’d try inverting it so that the background when screen printing would be black or a solid colour so I did so and absolutely loved the broken record design inverted, even the other one looks really cool but I thought it would be cool to have one of each kind so that they are a bit different.
I sketched out various ideas the week we were given the brief for the posters and I really liked one of my ideas, the one with a broken record on the front. This one stood out to me because of the title, Rough Trade, I immediately see the poster being a little rough around the edges and use hand typography, not neat. My way of working isn’t very neat or detailed so I thought it would fit well.