Monday, 24 April 2017

Studio Randoms - Monday 26 April

After a good Easter we're straight back to business!

Busy, busy...

 "This one's small..."

"...but this one's far away." 

Note carefully parked mini Mini

Pre-digital type 

CJ (Year 1 Illustration) organises his life drawings ready for assessment tomorrow

Lucky life drawing

Here's our new studio currency based on the old, imperial system of the 'house point' 

Here's what a two-to-one tutorial looks like

Danielle's (Year 2 Illustration) beautifully crafted piece 

No idea... 

James' work (Year 1 Illustration) for the final project of the year, which focuses on what the students have learned since they joined the course.

 What it says on the tin...

 Apparently these count as one of the 'five a day'

 Thinking cap on...

Arrest All Mimics
Lucinda Rogers

Second year illustrators recently completed a reportage illustration project and wouldn't you know it, this week's Arrest All Mimics podcast features reportage illustrator of note, Lucinda Rogers.

Lucinda has created a successful, decade spanning career. If that sounds like the sort of thing that you might want for yourself, this podcast is well worth a listen (i.e. Listen to this).

Thanks to Ben The Talent Tallon for his podcastery

Friday, 7 April 2017

First Years, Eleventh Project - Product Names and Branding

The first year students have been exploring the power and use of language as a central element of effective visual communication. We asked them to come up with brand names and visual identities for a range of products new to the market. The list included:

  • A chocolate and meat snack bar
  • Sun hats for cats
  • Invisible Clothing
  • Pencils that taste of fruit
Working in teams of two, the students bounced ideas off one another and helped each other refine, edit and focus their visual solutions. 

The difficulty wasn't coming up with a clever name, but lay in designing a believable 'look' for their logo/mark. Target markets/audiences had to be clearly identified before the design process took place. 

Here's a selection from the whole design process: brainstorming; refinement and the creation of the final piece...

Brainstorming 'Michelin Quality Fast Food' followed by two final designs...

What about 'A Desktop Garden'?

...or a square apple?

Recluses could require a 'social network'. Here's what it could look like...

'A Briefcase/Bicycle Combo':

'Hats for Cats'...

Sunday dinner could be spiced up with a touch of 'Fluorescent Gravy'...

What about 'Pencils that taste of fruit'?

Finally, here's a small selection of final pieces...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The day that Reykjavik Academy of Visual Arts came to play

We were recently visited, all be it briefly, by students from The Reykjavik Academy of Visual Arts. Charged with both entertaining and informing them, we decided to get back to basics and do some drawing and making. It was great fun, here are the results of our afternoon.

We'd like to say a big thanks to the guys for popping in, it was a real pleasure to spend some time with you.

Scenes From The Life Room

Here's the final instalment of the 2016-17 season...