Love Arts York

For one of my Live projects last year I took part in the Love Arts Leeds festival programme cover design competition. My design did not get chosen for the Leeds festival, however I was contacted by Tom Bailey, of Arts & Mind, wondering if it would be possible to change the colour scheme of my image to be used as the Love Arts York festival. I blogged about our initial exchanges for the development of the brief here. I stated there that I would play around with the ideas and colours to see what could be done – which I did.  Continue reading Love Arts York

Send Design Development

I have developed this design, by duplicating the maps and the smoke brushes. As well as putting a radial gradient on the background, using a darker colour palette than on the bicycle scarf to give a different more elegant feel. I think the gives the scarf an evening wear appearance. I also used the gradient in a light colour palette on the brushes layer.

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Final Designs off too print

SCOTTISH DANCING BRUSHO 2Maps expanded gradient over chalk 2 Sections divide better blue guassain

My three final designs that I will get printed on to silk habotai, as this is a sheer light fabric so it is appropriate for scarves.

I will get a colour test first to check everything is okay as there can be difference between on screen viewing and printing. I didn’t realised they would just print a small version of the print so I had started to remove the colours from the designs with the eyedropper tool on to a new psd. COLOUR TESTS COLOURS

Using brusho in photoshop for scarf design

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Decided to combine the brusho work I had done with the scottish dancing movements as they have a visual quality that I like, with their symmetry, they make good patterns. It took a little playing around to the the movements into a pattern that worked, I used similar techniques to before, duplicating layers and rotating them before interlinking the layers.

I also experimented with different sections of the brusho work, in the end going to quite a small square that I worried would pixilate when I enlarged it, but due to the high resolution as well as the blurry appearance this did not happen.

I now have my third and final design. This one differs from the other two in that the ‘busy-ness’ and more of the abstraction in the the background rather than the foreground. This provides a nice contrast. I enjoy the intricacies of some parts of the pattern compared with the central point, which actually looks like a flower an unintentional nod to a lot of pattern designs that are based around florals as well as a happy accident in the fact they my Granny loves flowers.


Bicycles Developed

Because none of the background methods I had been trying were working. I decided to go back and use a blue background like I had done on previous work as well as incorporating the liquorice layer into the clipping mask. I then tried out different filters such as vivid light, overlay and divide to change the blue I also split the design into segments from the centre point and complied new layers in a new psd document. Below is a selection of the different outcomes.

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Coming up with a second design

Whilst I was stuck with the background on my other scarf I began working on another design.

This time I download some smoke Photoshop Brush packets from the internet as well as turning my maps of Bristol and Scotland into Brushes themselves.

Again I began with a blank pages, using what I had learned and liked from previous design experiments.

I used the Scottish brush, at two different brush sizes and then duplicating this in each corner. I used the Bristol brush one, flipped it and over lapped it slightly, then duplicated it and flipped it again. This frames the different smoke brushes I used, some I used only once others I duplicated the layer 4 times and rotated 90degrees each time – this makes up the central motif. Originally this was all done in black, then I used some of my watercolour work as a background. The black contrasted too highly with the light tones of the watercolour. As well as this the direction of the brush strokes did not work with the four pronged design. maps eraser chalk



This time I started with a blank sheet.

I really like the bicycle wheel as a visual, I decided to draw my own version on illustrator then I resized it a couple of times and made lots of copies to come up with this composition. I think it’s really successful, not too busy, not too plain.

I then moved it into photoshop to add some colour, I tried out a few of my cloud images but a single image wasn’t successful. So I selected sections from 16 different colour images with a variety of colours, labelling the layers with a similar colour so I would easily be able to find and arrange them into this grid. Initial the image wasn’t blurred but later I blurred it to give a better overall impression.

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Playing around with other life elements for design inspiration

Struggling a little with designs I have been producing I have decided to focus on different elements of my Granny’s life. This led me to doing a Google search for imagery of smoke, as my Granny once had to smoke on stage for a part she was playing and this is a story I remember her telling on multiple occasions.

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Editing Balloons

Whilst viewing and selecting my images on Adobe Bridge I noticed that a series of my test shots actually worked really well together as the balloon seemed to travel in an arc. Even though these were the images I had planned on editing I did spend a little time working with them, putting them together in a series. Then I tried out ways to turn it into a portrait image because I was keeping the outcome, the programme, in mind.

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Images in Bridge



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The attempts to turn the picture portrait weren’t particularly successful, either because the images looked too photoshopped or the series affect was lost.

Therefore I moved on to editing the images I had originally intended to do so.

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Tried out this image with a few different blend options to see which looked best
Used white logos as well as black logos, the white seems to stand out more but the black ones look less photoshopped

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I experimented with my editing techniques for different styles of outcomes, but I one addition I needed to make to all the edits. Inserting the Love Arts logo onto the balloons, this was one of the main things I had defined in my original plan for the design. In some cases this was quite challenging and time consuming due to the angles and amount of balloons. To achieve this I used the different ‘Transform’ functions available on Photoshop, most frequently; Distort, Perspective and Warp, each logo needing a different process.

Of all these edits below are my favourites, the more abstract edits are much more visually engaging but I am worried they are too much for a cover design especially as in the striped one the Logo is lost. Added clouds in these images to assist in the compositions, in the blue empty space the balloons felt a bit lost. I have sent them to Graham so am waiting for another opinion. I will also show them at a group crit so I can finalise which image is the strongest as a cover.
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Developing Interactive Bins

Really liked the idea of developing the Can bin I have designed into a game based around Connect4. I have gone back to SketchUp to design this. c41

I have added the textures, Cans and text on Photoshop again. The colour version needs a little clearing up and I think the in situ versions could have some people in actually using the bins. There is a lever on the side of the bin so the cans can be cleared after a game, theses would drop down into the metal container below ready for collection (as mentioned in the text on the bin, along with instructions to the user as well as some facts about how recycling aluminium), the red and yellow bins at each side are again for excess cans and also to give the bin more of a Connect4 feel.