October 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
I was given this image in class to carefully examine. I concluded that the naivity of the image is a direct reflection on the message being put forward, “I’m no good”. Its monotone and simplistic style adds to the mood of the image. It has a harsh quality to it, which may be a method of showing the artists frustration and in some ways has purposefully been made to look “no good”. There is a feeling of depression, which is provoked by the quick style of the image, the text and lack of colour. It is very direct and to the point and the simplicity of it shows in the composition also, central image and heading. Its “doodly” nature has a relatable quality to it. The image describes it all, the text is simply confirming the image. When I was first given this image I didn’t immediately like the style of it, however after researching his work some more I found some excellent pieces that I actually loved, and the child-like and seemingly effortless nature of his work has grown on me. For example the illustration below.
Front cover of ‘Illustrated Ape’ ‘The Girls Issue’.
October 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Windsor McCay was the first clasical artist to come to animation. He was a cartoonist and animator best known for the comic strip Little Nemo, begun in 1905. His early animated films far outshone his contemporaries and they set a standard followed by walt disney and others in later decades. In the short animated films Mc Cay created, he hand drew every single frame, with which they each required thousands. McCay went on tours with his films giving lectures, doing drawings, and interacting with his films playing such tricks as putting his hand out and petting his characters in ‘Gurtie the dinosaur’ which at the time was so new and amazing to the audience. His animated films are very cute and have a great likability to them. McCay is such a celebrated artist that GOOGLE Doodle has recreated the adventures of Little Nemo for it’s 107th aniversary of the animated film. Follow the link below.
October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
During a lecture on the history of animation i descovered an animated toy called the thaumatrope which is a simple disk with a cord attached and when spun the images moved. This alone was exciting enough watching how an image can come to life. This toy is closely linked to pixar’s explanation of how animation works. I was completely amazed after seeing this and only wish i could see it in real life. Animation comes from the latin: Anima ‘soul’ or ‘breath of life’
“Animation film visualises the invisible. The creative imagination gives life to the abstract and the amorphous” – Veronique Steeno
“Animation can explain what the mind can conceive” – Walt Disney
October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
During my lecture on the history of graphic design, one thing i found interesting was how far back graphic design dated. I was under the impression it was a relatively new form of art when actually it dates back as far as Ancient Egypt, The Roman Empire and The Trajan Column combining word and image to celebrate the victories of the Emperor Trajan (98 – 117AD). The artwork that caught my eye was that of Jules Cheret (1836 – 1932), ‘The father of the modern poster’. Around this time there was confusion as to whether posters like this were fine art or commercial art however in Cheret’s posters we start to see the beginning of the distinction betwen the two. This french painter and lithographer focussed on the promotion of the events and products and had a more considered approach to advertising design.
‘GRAPHIC DESIGN AS A WHOLE IS ALSO OFTEN REFERRED TO AS VISUAL COMMUNICATION OR COMMUNICATION DESIGN. VARIOUS METHODS ARE USED TO CREATE AND COMBINE WORDS, SYMBOLS, AND IMAGES TO CREATE A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF IDEAS AND MESSAGES.’ Wikipedia