Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

This is the lovely Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire - just itching to be painted!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

30. GD Typography

Pen and ink on A4 paper
When we addressed typography, our task was to put a single word onto an A4 sheet and choose  the appropriate font, colours, etc, to further define the word.  Every time our tutor repeated the word "word", I realised that that particular word meant a lot of things to me so I used the word "word" as my 'word'!  After messing around with it for a few days, I chose Baskerville (which I heard somewhere used to be seen as a font that indicated reliability).  I also chose simple black and white and then decorated the initial letter with a sort of zentangle that included a few of the definitions set out in the remaining three letters.  Again, I really enjoyed this task. 
My sketchbook now contains numerous patterns and designs. :)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

29. GD Concepts


Pen and ink, 3" x 3"

Our next task was to design 50 concepts based on one theme (here are 48 of them).  Just at the point that I thought I would not be able to think of anything suitable, I came up with the idea of 50 years of Jamaican independence (celebrated in 2012).  There can be a fair bit of negative publicity but there has been so much more to celebrate over the past 50 years and there are many positive role models who deserve to be remembered and acknowledged, as well as the very popular names like Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. 

Those who weren't confident drawing were told they could describe their images in words but I'm happy drawing so most of my concepts are images.  Once I found this theme, it was a thoroughly enjoyable task. 

If anyone is interested, I will happily post a brief description of each image.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

28. GD Logo

Pen and ink on paper
This week, we had to design a logo either for graphic design as the 'product' or the 'process'.  The logo had to serve as a letterhead too.  This is my design.  Below are two pages from my A3 sketchbook showing a couple of my brainstorm sketches leading up to the final image.