A Morning of Drawing at Liverpool Street Station
After getting the new studio brief, which aims to look at the inter-relationships between location and experience, the Author: Reporter studio spent the morning drawing at Liverpool street station, observing the environment and trying to capture it through drawing quick reportage techniques.
My focus on nature is usually centred around botany. However I seized the opportunity to observe a new type of nature for the sake of documenting a place or activity before starting the new studio project. Thus, I ventured to the Natural History Museum to find out about animals. As there is so much to see there, I chose to focus on the preserved zoology collection displayed at the Darwin Centre.
Gin Lane by William Hogarth is an image I first remember seeing when I studied history at school as it depicts a moment throughout the gin craze of the early 18th century. Gin being an alcoholic drink that was consumed amongst the poorer parts of society.
Creating An Abstract Animation
Having experimented with the idea of compiling all my research and experimentation for my piece of moving image and deciding it wasn’t necessarily the most considered or well put together outcome, I decided to work towards a different outcome. An animated outcome
Working Towards a Moving Image Outcome
Moving image of any kind is my idea of a nightmare. Mostly because my creative ideas never stem into the realm of moving image or even dabbling in adobe premiere pro. Therefore I knew this part of the studio brief would be particularly challenging for me thus I vowed to keep it simple
Turning My Sketches Into a Process Book
As I decided that I wanted to make a publication to fulfil the process book/film element, I thought it best to a good idea to create a reflection of my visual exploration throughout the brief by representing my sketches and creating a zine that is an extension or compilation from my sketchbook
Developing My Final Poster
The poster was a mandatory outcome for everyone in the studio as each poster was to be put together in a box as an alternative to a collective publication. In order to keep it consistent, each poster was to be riso printed and have the same text that details the universities involved as well, as the texts studied
Ideas for Collating Work for Final Outcomes
As the overall brief for the studio involved three different outcomes, I realised that it was time to start thinking about how to pull my ideas together towards this
Hand Drawn Typography into 3D
After drawing my hybrid typefaces, the geometric and block like shapes made me instantly think about how well these could translate into three dimensional objects and rather than just dissecting the industrial and modern images of Southampton, use these typographic shapes as my building blocks for my cityscape
The application of typography to or into image
Often, typography isn’t present in my work. Either that or it is an afterthought. Which it shouldn’t be. So I was excited to spend some time working with my current idea and typography before getting anywhere near the final outcome. I wanted to focus mostly on typography that reminded me of the industrial nature of the city that is Southampton so I selected extracts from both Spike Island by Phillip Hoare and Owen Hatherly’s New Ruins.