It’s great to get feedback and feel inspired to go back into images I thought I’d resolved and realise that there is plenty more I can make of them. I enjoyed and think I improved the fruit and veg exercise my going back into it. The most frustrating thing is that because my iPad app was playing up and I thought deleting stored images would help revive it, that I cut the book cover illustrations, meaning that though I wanted to have another go at them I would have to start from scratch, and, erm, I don’t have the heart! So though, having looked at Marion Deuchars’ Orwell illustrations, and fully appreciate the further work I could do, I’ve decided not to start for scratch. I realise I should have done the book spines too, and another time I do book covers I will have a go at this. I think Deuchars’ covers are very effective and feel contemporary while retaining a backward look at the familiar and much loved Penguin original designs.
Moving on, I tried to play a bit further with digital versions of the typography for the cut out cards. I agree that the digital type doesn’t work as well as the cut out type, particularly the Stand Up cut out text does work well as it’s integrated with the image more strongly than the other cut out images. But since it’s simpler to experiment with the digital type a bit more I’ve had a go. I am still not convinced the digital type works well, even in these new versions, but I have tried to push the type further, to reflect the meaning in the cards.
I looked at nutrejeweller to understand the idea of cards that can be popped up. I do see that the cards I’ve created could work like this, but I’d have to redo the cut outs and experiment with the idea… I will if I find time!
I’ve been pointed to Mark Hearld and Jonny Hannah which I find quite funny because they couldn’t be more spot on as suggestions for me… I’ve already got books on both of them! I discovered them both while I was doing my illustration course and there was a Mark Hearld exhibition at YSP last year which I really enjoyed. I’ve seen videos of Marion Bantjes talking about her work, and am familiar with a lot of the artists on St Jude’s Gallery website. There are a couple of suggestions on the list that are new to me though, and I will be looking at them over the next week or two.
Finally, having already moved on to section three of the course I realise now that I am not being bold enough with type, which has prompted me to look at the work I’ve already started for section three and to be more bold with the typography and think over it’s role in the overall image more carefully.