Cropping My Observations
After visiting the Grant Museum and observing the microscopic slides, I knew I wanted my collection of nature from the city to be reminiscent of the specimens I saw. To echo this, I thought about the ways in which I could emulate the look of the microscopic slides by cropping my observations whilst walking, using a circle. I thus decided to use a fish eye lens and set out capturing nature in the city as it cropped my sights, walking around Clapham.
Drawing Out my Initial Poster Ideas
Before working with images directly from my sketchbook, I scribbled three possible composition ideas as a guide so I didn’t feel like I was just making it up as I was going along and that creating a more developed mock up in Adobe Composition would be less time consuming. The process of doing this was helpful in getting me to visualise how my idea would fit to the final poster format, which isn’t something I had really considered in great detail beforehand.
Working with Imagery from My Own Creative Process
Looking at the ways in which other sketchbooks are presented made me think about how best to present my own creative exploration/ process; in terms of the illustration of different materials in many of the publications I looked at, as well as the inclusion of rough sketchbook notes – which is appealing because they feel authentically created.
Turning my Research into a Piece of Moving Image
Having finished my boxset of mini-prints, I realised I had only really used material created by myself, thus didn’t include any of my initial research photography and film. I then thought about whether I could create a piece of film that is a montage of the visuals I collected that I could play out as if it were a manifestation of my memory of the second hand shop- almost drawing on the effect of the earlier tracing paper layered experiments.
Researching for Social Media Posts
One of the main tasks I’ve been set interning at PRICK, has been the responsibility of posting about illustrators who depict plants. I asked Gynelle what she had in mind for the posts, in terms of their content and she just suggested I included 2-3 cacti specific artwork images and a small description about the artist or artwork.
Visit to the Grant Museum of Zoology
After deciding to look at nature as curiosity within the city as a reflection of my obsession, I felt it necessary to look at ways collections are presented to us. Especially specimens of nature. It was thus recommended I visit the Grant Museum of Zoology as a place that is a very good example of displaying such collections.
Nobody Knows: Yoshimoto Nara drawings
Upon looking at presentation of sketchbooks by both Frida Kahlo and Sara Midda, I found myself drawn to the sketches within Nobody Knows: Yoshimoto Nara drawings. It was enjoyable to see that the paper stock used in the book was textured and quite thin, like sugar paper. Thus making the book feel as though it were a sketchbook because the illustrations, although printed, gave off the illusion that they were drawn directly into the book itself.
Sketchbook from Southern France by Sara Midda
After looking at The Diary of Frida Kahlo, I realised I enjoyed the fact the publication itself was made as a replica of her sketchbook so that the reader felt as though they were looking through the physical object itself. Asides from the illustrative use of different media, I really enjoyed the way her sketchbook’s front cover was pictured in the book, almost as if the physical object had been put face down on a scanner.
The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
As I wanted to document my sketchbooks, to show authentic exploration, seeing them as an artefact as oppose to focusing on what the content is about, I decided it would perhaps be helpful to look at other portrayals of sketchbooks in the form of publications to figure out how best to approach documenting my own.
Narrowing Down My Ideas for my D&AD Posters
Despite having decided on three pieces of advice I wanted to use to create my posters, I soon realised I was having great difficulty creating work that experimented with illustration and composition, mostly because the three different ideas had room for individual development. So I decided it would perhaps make more sense for me to pick my favourite of the ideas to develop three posters from. I picked ‘Be and Explorer’ because I think it reflects me most and the way I approach projects creatively.