Day: February 18, 2014


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From the last post I said that I would research into Dyslexia and how people who suffer from it, see a library. After a chat within groups with lecturers about our work I was told that I shouldn’t really focus on dyslexia because it was too narrow and I was just finding an ‘easy’ route to create work. At that point when I thought I found a solution and was told the opposite I wanted to break down and say what do you want from me! However, I did not do that as that wouldn’t be very unprofessional and I would look like  silly billy! Instead I am going to try and channel this confusion and uncertainty into my work and hopefully improve it.

My aim now is to try and illustrate frustration. Already I am finding it hard to think of things that are new and interesting, but this is whats it’s all about to push me out of my comfort zone and explore. Eek! One of the comments they made was maybe to write down what you (me) think are strong at within our work, by doing this you can then focus on these aspects and use them to your advantage. I find this a bit weird because I don’t want to sound big headed but I might as well have a go. So I am going to use this image I made last week and see what my strengths are:

horse jumping
Horse jumping on large books, showing anyone can be who they want to be even if they are Dyslexic it shouldn’t stop them.
  • Colour
  • Perspective
  • Angles
  • Ratio
  • Lines
  • Textures
  • Tone
  • Sequential
  • Shape

Ok, I can’t really think of anymore. Now I know what my strengths are I can hopefully use the to improve my images, I don’t know how but I guess I’ll know when I get to it. Looking back maybe I was narrowing down my options too much and using the word frustration is large enough to experiment but not too large I have no clue. I think because I am used to getting a brief and then illustrating whats there or exactly what they want e.g. 2 final A4 finals, this new way of thinking i’m finding really hard to adjust to. What I really want to do is illustrating children’s books and I think I’ve got to find a way to link the word frustration and sequential illustrations so that I can improve my way of working and tackling new future projects. So I am going to start with creating a large mind map with frustration in the centre of it.


Presentation Number One

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I had to do a presentation with three other members and I was terrified! I haven’t done one in quite a while and it was to a new group which I wasn’t used to. We had to sum up a text by Glyn Davis and it was called From Mass Media to Cyber Culture (2005). I chose the chapter called Life Online: Fear and Loathing (pg. 223-225) which I found easy to understand. Basically it was about the negative aspects of the internet which included:

  1. The dangers of online gaming: how some gamers can become detached from reality and think they game is real
  2. Paedophilia
  3. Pornography
  4. Racial and Homophobic hatred
  5. Sites that show how to make dangerous weapons
  6. Lying about your Identity

At this stage of the presentation I included this video of an advertisement about people hiding their identity:

This video created by Save the Children Organisation created in 2009, is quite strange and I didn’t think it was going to turn out that way (trying to type without giving it away). I think from the reaction of the viewers they were quite disgusted and found it creepy so the advert obviously got their point across and received the right response from viewers.

The presentation wasn’t being marked but overall I think it went well and everything ran smoothly, if I could improve it I would try and feel less nervous and sound more confident as well as maybe adding more images to the slides. The nerves aspect I guess I have to practice more maybe and try visual techniques of it running smoothly.

After our presentation we looked at Modernism, a break down of the word:

Modo (latin) – just now, recently

Modernus -living in the present

Temporal – present time in contrast to past times

Qualitative – something progressive in contrast to something traditional.

Adolf Loos (1870 – 1933) – a theorist, designer and architect said that a beautiful object requires more than just skills – they need to think more deeply than just what it is.

Post Modernism – Paintings in the late 20th Century was the first art form to be classed a post modernism. It captures the revival and merging of old historic painting techniques and styles.

The difference between Modernism and Modernity:

‘Ism – Often refers to an artists movement.

‘Ity – Refers to any aspect that concern the world at the time.

Post Modernism in Illustration

An era that used a mixture of styles but using traditional techniques from past art. It also included reproduction of famous work that could be now placed in anyones home. Technical reproductions of:

  • Photography
  • Musical Performances
  • Computer simulation
  • Prototypes

Philosopher Walter Benjamin spoke of the loss of aura of an artwork through reproduction, not getting the grand scale of it – the whole feel. We are exposed to experiences or events before we even see them in reality. I agree as you can enjoy a piece of work in the comfort of your own home but when you actually see the genuine piece there is another level to it. Reproductions of work don’t have the same feel compared the the original, maybe thats due to the quality difference or the atmosphere you are seeing the work in.


Benjimin Loeb, Ken Tsui, Randy Che, 2009, Save the Children Commercial [internet]. Available from:, [Accessed 18 February 2014, 3.44pm].

Critiquing my work

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Last week I produced these two pieces and I am going to practice critiquing my own work so that in the future if I am on my work I can decide whats wrong with it and alter it before I send it to a client.

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Horse Jumping on a large book, Dyslexia didn’t put her off from living her dream.

A few pointers on how to improve it:

  • I like the basic angle of this and how there are a few riders and horses in the background and foreground.
  • The colour green stands out and it’s not all neutral colours which I kept doing last term but maybe the rider needs to stand out more than the ‘grass’.
  • The horse on the right in the foreground is too big and needs to fit in slightly better.
  • I like the black horse in the background as it is quite detailed and the tone is lovely on it, compared to the other horses it look different. I would either change it so it didn’t have so much detail or add more detail to the other horses.
  • Maybe the book that is closed, the pages could have people sitting on there so it looks like a stand of spectators watching the competition.
  • Do all the horses need riders instead of roaming around free?
Dyslexia didn’t put off from getting his dream job of being a director nor of her becoming an actress.

A few pointers on how to improve the image:

  • The director looks a bit annoyed and if he’s living his dream maybe his body position should be more alert
  • Maybe the scene layout needs a bit of a reorganisation as it’s a bit higgledy piggledy – people in odd areas
  • The text on the actress would need repositioning as it blends in with the other text
  • There is a lot green in this scene – maybe different coloured clothing
  • The colours on the director and the actress should stand out more as they are the focus- reduce the background colours.
  • The camera should be actually pointing at the acting and not off in the distance.

Overall, I think I am quite quick at pointing things out that I would like to change but the problem is, is that I may not like it but someone else may think it looks better as its unusual. I can only make an image better in my eyes and I think thats what I have to stick too but not go over the top. For clients I would have to bow down to their opinions and I can only suggest how I would improve it but I can’t be disheartened if they don’t accept my advice.

Do the images portray the message that Dyslexia shouldn’t be allowed to hold someones life dreams back just because they can’t read or read out loud very well for example and the answer is … yes. There are ways of getting round obstacles and other people can help with a mental disability like Dyslexia. The only problem with these images, they don’t wow me or it’s nothing new. I think I’ve got to reanalyse what I am looking at through the text The Library of Babel.