Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Typographical blast from the past!

Found this typographical 'WOW' experiment I did in an old folder from 1st year. Something about it is making me want to revisit it. Nice colour palette if I say so myself!

Brilliant Guardian 'Open Journalism' Campaign Advert

Just saw this clever advert for the Guardian 'open journalism' campaign. Brilliant idea developed by ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Really interesting concept and beautifully shot.

'Genderbread Person' Sex & Sexuality Diagram

Thought I'd share this cute little graphic depiction of the sex and sexuality scale I saw represented by a gingerbread or 'genderbread person' by via James St. James' blog.

Might have a go at one of these visual guides myself when I find time... Any suggestions on a topic?

Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Banksy at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Banksy 'Cardinal Sin'

Caught the Banksy sculpture at the Walker Art Gallery today. Not generally a Banksy fan but found this piece interesting. Controversy aside, what I found interesting is how the work looks like a normal sculpture from afar. The closer you get to the piece the more you start to notice the pixelation.

The further you get from it the more like a normal statue it seems.
From the other room you would think it was a classic sculpture.

Bit gutted he's done this to be honest as I had my own period of using pixelation in my own work you can see below...

My first 'pixel piece'
My second pixel experiment working with imagery from dreams

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Hand Rendered 'Zine' Style

Zine Cover
Julie Wem Spread

Here are some samples from the mock 'zine' I am creating for a uni re-branding brief. I took the hand rendered style I used on the Valentines card I made a few posts ago and tweaked it a bit to give off the original DIY punk zine ethos. The zine will showcase students work, for example in the spread you can see an awesome photo taken by fellow student Julie Wem.

I'll be uploading some scans of some fanzines I've picked up over the years. Great place to find some interesting ones is the shop in FACT.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Things that terrorise me: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

There is something sinister about a mirrored face.

This is a short film from 1943 I want to share with you. It is called 'Meshes of the Afternoon' and is something that has stuck in my mind ever since I saw it. I think I caught it being shown in the Tate Modern and there's two particular images/scenes that have stayed with me or tapped into some sort of innate fear that I have never forgotten them. Firstly here's the film:

The two things that have stayed with me are the mirrored faced character that haunts the film and strangely the slow manner in which the woman runs up the stairs. Her feet barely touch the stairs as she tries to run. I think this taps into some memory of dreams where I have tried to run or escape something fearful yet my legs and feet won't move or are going in slow motion like hers do. I think the film is based on a dream with the character being asleep at some points and I wonder if this is a feeling they were trying to capture on film.

It took me a long time to actually find out what this film I saw was. I had also exaggerated in my mind the struggle the female character has trying to run up the stairs, possibly merging the scene with a past memory of a dream.

I will be working with some illustrations of some nightmares I have had and no doubt this film will be in the back of my mind while I work.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My Inspiration: David Byrne's 'Strange Ritual'

Images from David Byrne's 'Strange Ritual'

Today's post features something that has inspired my work. Here you can see a set of photos from David Byrne's (of Talking Heads fame) book Strange Ritual. I love the way he has taken photos of such everyday objects and places such as bathrooms but through the colour and lighting has captured the emotion of the spaces. I saw something in these and they inspired my video work on a short 30 second horror/slasher film I created for a uni brief. Here are some stills from my film:

I think you can see the influence here with the tiled floor.
More of a Psycho influence here with the plughole.
I tried to play with colour here to add emotion to the scene.

You can see the whole short on my portfolio site here.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Older than me...

Older than me...

Well for today's post I thought I'd try something a bit different and make a composition using three found objects that are older than me (I'm 27 by the way). The base is a gothic photo of a grave I found in a jumble sale that caught my eye. Then there's an elephant taken from a photo of my mum as a child and overlaid is a ticket stub I found stuck deep inside the pocket of a vintage tweed jacket from the '60s. It must of been the original shop tag that has survived being in the jacket all those years. I got the jacket from a charity shop (surprise surprise!). Anyway I hope you enjoy and are inspired by another daily piece of weirdness.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

You + Me = Forever

Here's the Valentine's Day card I made for my other half. Happy Valentine's my love!
More of my work here.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Accidental Beauty

Accidental Beauty

Sometimes beauty can be found in the strangest places. Here is a photo I took of an almost Swiss style angular shape created by the light and shadows in the corner of the room. Enjoy.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Random post of the day - Badass Grannies

Couldn't think of much to post today so why not post these pics of badass grannies I found in a folder somewhere? Not sure why I saved them but I'm sure they will inspire an idea some day...

Saturday, 11 February 2012

More flyers from the collection...

Neon Indian Flyer

Few more flyers from the collection today. First up this awesome hand drawn flyer for Neon Indian and guests. Gotta love the beard typography here.

I Am Arrows

Next up is this simple front to the flyer for I Am Arrows's album 'Sun Comes Up Again'. Yet another hand rendered style. I think I much prefer this than vector imagery and digital type. I actually caught these play at the Old Blue Last. Good night!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Drive: New favourite movie!

"How bout this… Shut your mouth. Or I'll kick your teeth down your throat an I'll shut it for you…"

New favourite film! Drive with Ryan Gosling (never liked him before, now love him!) directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Must admit it had been off my radar until I saw the cover design brief by Little White Lies.

Not bought an issue for few months as I felt it lost it's original aim of being the 'truth about movies' offering 'The Worlds Deadliest Cities' for the Sin City issue and being more the boring truth of movie finance etc. Anyway I might start picking it up again when I get some damn cash!

Anyway lots of ideas for the cover, none of which I will be sharing publicly ha!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Charity Shop Find - Album Cover

I Just Can't Stop It by The Beat

Another charity shop find. I bought it mainly for the cut out style cover design. Not a massive fan of the album as a whole but have always loved Mirror In The Bathroom.

1978 Skate Annual Charity Shop Find

Had to grab this while rummaging through the boxes of books at the charity shop. Lots of awesome pool skating pics and some interesting examples of 70s design. These are probably the best spreads, there are a few awful ones too but these make up for it! Well worth the few pennies!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Charity Shop Find

Got lucky and found some Creative Review back issues in a charity shop!

Sketchbook Sneak Peak

Sketchbook spread

A peak inside my sketchbook...

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Random Inspiration

Inspiration for the day: Some trippy cloud textures...

Something from my collection...

BODYWORK by Paul Rodriguez

I might start uploading some scans of some postcards and flyers I've collected over the years. Got this postcard in Blackpool and thought it was a weird but interesting image for a postcard.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Childhood Memory

"That will probably die now you know..."

My first blog post! I'll probably use this blog as a visual diary so what better way to start it off than with an image created from a childhood memory.

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