2D II – Project 2 Research

Hey guys!

So I decided I want to use food as a subject for this project, because while doing Project 1, I found it was pretty fun incorporating food into assignments, as it has always been an interest of mine – whether involving cooking, baking or food photography.

Therefore, I would like this project to be a platform for me to express and develop both my conceptual and visual skills in this area, because what better way is there to combine my ‘out-of-school’ passion and art? 😀


Reference artists:

Beth Galton:

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Christopher Boffoli:

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Alison Anselot:

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18 Points of View:
  1. Food from the point of view of starvation is a luxury.
  2. Food from the point of view of children is play.
  3. Food from the point of view of model is calories.
  4. Food from the point of view of farmers is income.
  5. Food from the point of view of the homeless is survival.
  6. Food from the point of view of a chef is creativity.
  7. Food from the point of view of a food critique is a delicacy.
  8. Food from the point of view of obesity is diabetes.
  9. Food from the point of view of an athlete is energy.
  10. Food from the point of view of a cook is a recipe.
  11. Food from the point of view of Instagram is popularity.
  12. Food from the point of view of parents is love.
  13. Food from the point of view of tourists is cultural exchange.
  14. Food from the point of view of friends is gathering.
  15. Food from the point of view of a photographer is art.
  16. Food from the point of view of a food fight is mess.
  17. Food from the point of view of teeth is decay.
  18. Food from the point of view of tissue paper is dirt.

2D II – Project 1 FINAL

It’s a wrap for Project 1! I’m happy to say I had a lot of fun finishing my first ever typography assignment, and there were a lot of things I learnt from it – like working on my conceptual and photoshop skills, sourcing for materials, what types of glue to use for various mediums.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next project after hearing the feedback, because I feel there is a lot of room for further improvement of my concepts and I also want to continue honing my photoshop (something that I found very useful during this assignment), photography, tactile and sensory skills.

Soooo without further ado, here are my final designs for the project!

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2D II – Project 1 Development (#3)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION:

Hello everyone! I just thought I’d separate my process entry from the final work entry so it will be easier to follow.

My final steps for Project 1 included photoshopping, experimenting with materials I had lying around at home, taking photos, and scouting various printing shops.


FUSSY FOOD EATER:

For this piece, I started executing it by creating my own photo to be used as a backdrop. I’ve always been interested in both food and photography separately, and I love it when the two are put together and beautifully integrated. I actively follow food bloggers and instagrammers, read recipes and watch cooking videos to get inspiration for my daily life in general, aside from artistic purposes. Therefore, I was super excited to begin my fussy eater piece.

Another thing that is kind of ironic is that although I like things to do with food, when I cook or bake, I prefer feeding people more than myself. This leads me to the fact that it’s because I’m quite picky, and refuse to eat a lot of things. I can eat the same thing for days without feeling bored. So a lot food is wasted on me because they’re too exotic for my taste (although they’re not actually, I’m just strange).

My concept was to show food wastage, using mould to symbolise decay on the ingredient that I don’t eat. I specifically chose to use basic items like bread and raw meat instead of fully cooked plates of food because to me, as long as a dish contains food that I don’t like, I’d rather not eat it, so the entire thing would be mouldy and cannot show the contrast.

Here are some photos I took with the background set up:

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I used paper towels as a makeshift background to give it a little more texture, and because it’s a medium that is related to the kitchen. I decided to go with the last photo because I feel it’s more compositionally pleasing and organised, and shows the slight grouping of food groups – carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, snacks and fruits (in a clockwise direction), without making the separation too obvious.

I digitally manipulated the mould effect on each of the food products I don’t eat, which was printed on a transparency to act as an overlay-ish effect, as shown below. Even then, I felt it was still inadequate to convey a rotting sort of feeling. So I used double sided tape to stick cotton bits on top of the photoshopped mould to give it a further fuzzy effect.

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MIDDLE CHILD:

While doing some research on Middle Child Syndrome, I saved some articles, which came in useful after that because I printed those out and used them as a 3D medium for the transparency. I wanted each of my pieces to have certain aspects of digital work as well as experimentation with other physical materials.

I started by digitally creating a background of three matchsticks lined up, but they were like legit ugly hahaha. I’ll just put them below to show the process!

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But anyway, feeling very unsatisfied with that, I decided to use real matchsticks and stick them on instead. It was initially very hard to get a visually attractive burnt matchstick without it crumbling away. They were either not burnt enough, or burnt too much that they disintegrated. So I used lit up a box and shortlisted the nicer matchsticks. My other issue was sticking the matchstick to the paper itself because if I only stuck the base, the top burnt bit it would crack up and turn to soot. So I used super glue as a coating to retain the burnt part’s shape, and use the charred pieces from the other test matchsticks and superglued that on too, to give it more effect.

I wanted to further create a negative sort of atmosphere for this one, so I tried burning cloth and painting it with black watercolour to portray a burnt effect. That didn’t work out so well, so eventually I went with using the same cloth dipped in watercolour this time, and using that as a makeshift brush to create a scratchy texture.

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My final step was to paste the articles on the transparency, as mentioned above. I ripped and cut them up, and used white glue with water to stick them on, and created a border so the matchsticks would not be covered.

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SOON-TO-BE PHOTOGRAPHER:

I started by creating a collage of photos from leisure outings or overseas photography trips, etc, that I’ve amassed from over the years since getting more involved in photography. I chose to do this piece because I think photography is a major aspect of my life, as it’s what I will probably be doing in the future. In addition, I also feel that photos have the ability to capture moments in a physical capsule that can be pulled out any time, and acts as a memory holder. When used correctly, it can mentally recreate moments, invoke a sort of feeling (maybe sentimentality, happiness or anger), and basically do what the human mind cannot: remember things clearly.

Therefore, I used photoshop tools to desaturate and blur out the photos that are outside of the lens that I printed on the transparency, to show that what is not captured in the camera will eventually become lost in the innumerable memories we hold in our minds. I also tried using a collage with smaller photos, but I felt that the one with larger photos was better because the photos could be seen more clearly, which conveyed the message more accurately.

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I wanted to use translucent paper instead of transparent ones, but after searching a couple of printing shops, I could not find any of suitable opacity and thickness, so I went with transparencies instead (which is good because I feel like it worked out better this way actually woohoooooo). To further push my idea that moments are clearer through a camera, I used a textured plastic bags to cover the transparent parts, leaving only the lens area completely see through. The photos below show that, as well as an indication to demonstrate what the printed out and desaturated background looks like before they’re both assembled.

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ANIMAL LOVER:

I drew a corgi to show the breed of dog I want in the future, as I love all animals, but dogs are my favourite. Perhaps it’s because I grew up being surrounded by animals. In that past, I have had four hamsters, a bird, a rabbit, and two dogs, on top of the three dogs I have now 😀

I made the corgi out of my name, some drawn thicker than others to give it some shading, and I felt that background was too plain, as compared to my other designs which featured a sort of texture. Therefore, I cut out and pasted a sand-coloured cloth to the paper, in lieu with the organic and nature-ish theme of this piece. I added more of my name in the background to give it extra repetition.

After the steps listed above, I still felt it could be a less flat on the paper, so I used thick paper, wrapped in with masking tape to match the cloth’s colour, and created a pop-up effect, so the corgi would obviously be the centre of attention in this piece.

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For the transparency, I digitally manipulated leaves, some of which I scanned in, and create a border. I wanted the clear plastic to symbolise that animals should not be kept in places like zoos and circuses, because I’m an advocate of freedom for animals. It’s ironic because I love having them around and being with animals, but personally, I feel it isn’t right to keep them sedated or used as tools and props because they belong in their natural habitats. Especially for wilder ones like lions or elephants. The plastic is sort of like a representation of glass, to be caged in.

I have never printed with transparencies before and wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I created two versions of the leaves, one more faded with less contrast than the other.

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LORE 3 – CLYRIA (ARCHITECTURE)

GILDFORD:

One of the farming provinces in Clyria, Gildford is mostly home to labourers who toil day and night on the plantation, putting in effort to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops that are eventually distributed to the other villages in Clyria. Because of the little population and sparse amounts of land (of which only certain areas are suitable for growing crops), houses and farms are sporadically situated. Most farmhouses are made of wood, and have shabby glass windows that can be open and shut to block out rain. Unfortunately, because resources are limited, the houses are susceptible to wear and tear, but cannot be fixed immediately, giving the exterior a rather run-down and dilapidated look. There are also fenced up plots of land that are used to house livestock such as cows and chickens. Houses are isolated, some found in extremely remote areas, and are not easily seen due to the irregularly formed hilly environment.

THE FORCE’S HEADQUARTERS – MYRA, UTHAD:

A more advanced part of Clyria, it houses people like soldiers who are tasked to scavenge and protect, as well as current leaders and politicians. The best materials go into constructing this area, and the most money is pumped into developing the city. Walls are high, made of a Linel, a silver-grey material that resembles concrete, made using natural stone dug out from the deep grounds of Clyria. The army base is a restricted zone, and Linel walls tower solemnly over the camp, obstructing and outsider from looking in. Palm sized square holes are cut out high on the walls so that soldiers have an almost aerial view of the exterior. Thick, sturdy steel doors guard the entrances and exits to the base.

The politicians houses, though, are perhaps the grandest in all of Clyria. They’re constructed from Linel as well, but have been painted a creamy white using organic tree sap. Soldiers guard these houses on rotational duty, for 24 hours.Ornate steel gates that spiral up to at least four metres begin the walk from the first entrances to front doors of the houses. Each house is about 2 to 3 storeys high, proudly showcasing pristine marble-ish looking staircases and intricate decorations on both the inside and outside of the establishment.

2D II – Project 1 Development (#2)

CONTINUATION OF PROJECT 1:

This week, I tried out my initial ideas, as shown below.


MIDDLE CHILD:

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I wanted to use newspapers as the background, to bring across the feeling of ‘in the past’, as I personally feel that middle children are affected by Middle Child Syndrome more during their formative years. I used white glue to stick the newspapers on in a collage sort of way.

ANIMAL LOVER:

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Just to experiment with, I did up a very quick random mock up of a dog portrait, and used glue to stick on materials that I had at the moment, and reminded me of nature – tissue paper, leaves and grass.


FINAL IDEA:

I felt like my ideas were very isolated from one another, in a sense that they did not have anything that linked them together in a way that flowed well as a project. So after giving it some thought, and doing more research, I decided I wanted to use translucent paper (maybe acetate) as a medium that would link all four (YAY LOL) of my typographic pieces together.

I drew inspiration from a design that I had seen previously – it used transparent plastic with mould printed on it as a wrapper for sandwiches, as a deterrent so that people would not steal the food.

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The concept that would be a bridge to link all the pieces together would be by using translucent paper with individualised prints or designs on them, and they would be attached landscape to the top of each piece, and act as an overlay.

For example, for ‘Fussy Food Eater’, I will stage a photograph of each food group, and on the separate piece of translucent paper, print our mould to fit over the foods that I don’t eat, to represent being picky leads to wastage.

For ‘Middle Child’, I may print translucent newspaper/book clippings that are related to children on the overlay sheet, instead of using it as a background for the matches.

I will continue to update OSS when I have more precise ideas to show, as well as first-round experimentations of each piece! (: