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Exhibition Work: Blue

A small portrait.

Upcoming exhibition in the Farnham Area!

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https://outoftheblue2017site.wordpress.com/

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Penguin Book Cover Design

As a part of my Uni work I have been designing a book cover for the Student Design Awards at Penguin books. I was most interested in the Adult Fiction book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee so I decided to go with my gut instinct. I had read the book 4 years ago and absolutely loved it. The contrast between the light-hearted child’s voice and the harsh reality of the times makes for an interesting and emotional read. My intention was to produce a cover that hinted at the negative and dark aspects of the book, in previous editions it had been depicted as a subtle, feminine, childlike way that hid the significance of the book. I wanted to make a change.

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Can you see me?

Some work I did for a project at Uni based on the ideas of loneliness and desperation. I did a mixture of mixed media on images found in magazines and some photographs taken in a rundown abandoned car park.

I enjoyed the contradiction of these images together. I believe the effect is subtle but unnerving.

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This entrance way was on the top floor of the car park. Someone had spray painted words onto the walls that makes this frame look sinister. “Help me” , “Welcome to hell”.  collage-3In this small project I was able to experiment in ways I hadn’t done before. I found it effective using white ink as well as black. This effect becomes almost haunting and along side the black ink it gives a contrast to stop the image looking washed out.

9-1collage-1I had fun adding tear lines and blocks of colour to my images, I feel that these additions added a level of detachment from the faces that formed a barrier to isolate the content.

14-2collage-4To this image I tried adding thinner lines in pen to add detail to the face as the figure is farther away from the ‘surface’. This small addition I feel added more emotion and tension.6-4collage-3-2With this image I experimented further by exploring what effect could be produced by cutting up and rearranging the image. This fractured image that is the result brings a sense of distortion to the face that triggers the emotions I was hoping to evoke.

19-2collage-5This image is one that came about though the use of white ink. I used the white at first as a base and then reinstated the black to reform the image. The result is a dark and sinister effect and the addition of the colour red brings the focus onto the mouth. 12-2collage-6