So now that I’m in college, I’m seeking any opportunity to express some creative. The course I’m currently studying, Law, does not accommodate for this, so my focus has turned to the societies in university. One of the largest societies in Trinity is the Philosophical Society, or ‘The Phil’ as it’s affectionately known. As one of the oldest societies in the world, The Phil welcomes many well-renowned people to speak to students and staff. A few weeks ago, Olympic rower Steven Redgrave visited, and I was granted the opportunity to create a poster for the event.
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.
Last week was Bullying Awareness Week in my school. This week involves a whole range of activities that have a common anti-bullying message. The art department organize poster competitions, the english department organize poetry competitions, the music department organize song competitions and the maths department stay in their dank, little rooms doing equations, because maths is an emotionless subject. Just kidding. I’m sure the rooms aren’t that little.
Anyway, here’s my entry for the poster competition. It’s really just about how words can take over and make you suffer. You may notice the style is similar to a portrait I made over the summer that I’ve posted here earlier.
Ironically, there’s no capital G or B in the picture, because they’re my initials. I thought that if in a regular picture, the only letters are the artist’s initials, what if I put everything except my initials in it?
(If you don’t see it, it’s a picture of a girl crying. Some people don’t see it first time.)
My friend, Neil, had his birthday over the weekend, and I decided to go out of my way to make a good birthday card. I was thinking some sort of pop-up card, so I googled a bit and I found this tutorial on how to make a card with a hidden ‘secret door’, so it’s called. It was actually really simple and looked great. You can see the finished card below and how it works.
Here’s the message that’s inside:
And then when you open it a certain way…
It was my Mom’s Birthday a while ago, and for a kind of original and personal collection of presents, she asked family and friends to make a picture to hang on the wall. She bought a bunch of the same picture frames in IKEA for us all to use, and let us make whatever we wanted. Unfortunately, I was too busy during the school term to make a picture that would be good enough. So since the summer’s begun, I’ve been working on the portrait.
It combines two aspects of art that I’m into – stencil, inspired by the works of Banksy and such, and doodling. I consider myself a ‘doodle addict’, and if the name weren’t so silly, I might admit it more. Any length of time with a blank page, a pen and zero concentration becomes a breeding ground for doodles.
So i had this idea of combining the two in some way. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, but it wasn’t until I started Googling ‘doodle portrait’ that I found exactly what was hiding in the back of my mind. This British girl, Rosie Apps, creates these incredible ‘doodle portraits’, along with other amazing stuff, and post them on her website, http://www.rosieapps.com. I can’t continue this post without saying how inspiring and contemporary her work is.
The portrait I made is an illustration of a photo of me and my sister when we were in New York. I had to change the size of my head in the final piece because it’s very big in the photo (and in real life), and not very flattering.
Here’s the final picture. Click it to see it larger.
My school, Wesley College, is celebrating 100 years of co-education this year (i.e both girls and boys being in the school). As part of it, my English teacher is compiling a book about the history of girls in the school. So, she asked me to make a picture illustrating in some way ‘the evolution of girls’ hockey’.
The result is based upon that well-known illustration of the Evolution of Man, with the monkey turning into the human:
I took that concept and then combined it with the movement you make when you hit a hockey ball and the different stages of that movement. The shot I used was a ‘drag flick’ shot because it’s a lot more interesting than a standard pass:
To get each stage of the shot I had to watch videos on drag flicking and then pause it and draw the position. Then I took the different stages of hockey in the school, from 1911 to 2011, and drew in the characters into the movement so it’s almost chronological. I scanned them in separatly and stuck them together in Photoshop: