During the last college term I was asked to design the cover for the Trinity College Social & Political Review. I agreed, and decided I’d break away from the conventional block colour that had been used. I illustrated the University’s famous campanile in Front Square as the cover. Here is the finished product:
Here is a quick and inexpensive (bar one element) Halloween costume I made last year. I’ve seen some quirky costumes, and I especially liked ones that are unconvential, ones that are of things that seem impossible to replicate in costume form, e.g. board games, websites. I went out on Halloween dressed as Youtube.
I screenshot a Youtube site, and then printed it out across six A4 pages. I stuck these pages together on a piece of foam board, creating one image. I then strung the board to another piece of foam board to make it wearable.
The key element was cutting out a square from the screen area and putting my Android tablet in behind it and sealing it there with duct tape. It meant my costume was actually Youtube, I could play any Youtube video. I actually just put Wrecking Ball on repeat for the whole night, but the costume got a great reaction even though it was relatively simple.
I realise the presence o the tablet doesn’t make the costume particularly cheap, but if you do have a tablet/iPad/phablet, it can be a great addition to the costume.
MasquaRave is an annual event that occurs in my University. The event is a masquerade ball themed as a rave, and it’s held in a large castle somewhere in the countryside. I didn’t want to bring a boring conventional mask, so I took inspiration from what my Mom does with furniture. She takes old furniture and ‘up-cycles’ them by decorating them in layers of comic book, or old newspapers, or sheet music, and then sells them on for a profit:
I tried a similar style when making my masquerade mask. I didn’t want to settle for a boring black mask, I wanted something different and noticeable, so these are the results:
It looked great! Here’s the only photo of it I could get from the night:
Here are some of the posters I’ve done for the Phil Society since startying back in college in September. As you can see, most are for the Bram Stoker Club, which is a sub-society of the Phil that does weekly paper-readings on a range of topics:
(Unfortunately, the colour on some seems to alter when I upload the images)
A second logo I’ve recently been asked to design is for Trinity’s Jewish Society. Another member of the Phil is the recently appointed treasurer of the Jewish Society, and asked me to design a logo for the relatively small society. There aren’t that many Jewish emblems, so it was really only the Star of David that I could use for this. It struck me how similar the symbol is to an asterisk, albeit with truncated branches. I used that idea for some of the designs. This was the final page of designs:
The names vary in each logo. That’s because I wasn’t really given the official name for the society, so i just went with whatever fitted the design. In the end, they went for ‘J-Soc’ and chose the design on the top right:
I’ve been asked by a couple of people in the Phil Society to design logos for Phil events in the coming year, or for other societies they’re involved in. The first of these is a logo for a debating competition organised by the Phil for secondary school students. I had a number of ideas that played on images of speech bubbles and quotation marks. This was the final page of ideas:
This was the final logo that was chosen:
The font is Sketchblock (www.dafont.com/sketch-block.font), and it works well as it has a handwritten feel to it that is appropriate for a school debating competition. Maroon is the colour of the Phil Society, so therefore the logo should also be maroon. The event Facebook page can be found here: http://tiny.cc/fyit1w
It’s been a long time since my last post — almost a year, in fact. Due to exams, I haven’t had time to add to this blog. However, over the summer, I had the opportunity to divulge some of my creative interests, this time looking towards t-shirt design.
The reason behind my interest is more necessity than anything else. Before I went away on holidays, I needed a couple of nice tees that were cheap and somewhat expendable, i.e, if it got ruined during the holidays, I could esily pick up another.
Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to find a tee that has a nice design, fits well, and is inexpensive. I did find some plain white tees in H&M that were cheap and well-fitting. Then I thought, why not just create the nice design myself?
So I bought the t-shirts, cut the stencils, and sprayed the design with standard spray paint. Unfortunatly, standard spraypaint fades off fabric after several washes, so at the moment, I’m looking for fabric spray paint before creating any more designs.
In the first design, you might notice that three of the letters are in black spray paint. It spells out ‘ART’, because I thought it would neat to hide an alphabetical word related to the t-shirt within the design.