I have been practicing an interest in art since I could hold a pen. I live for it and it is what I enjoy. It was only 4 years ago when I decided that I wanted to become a tattoo artist as a career, but I felt I wanted to grow my skills in different areas before I began my career as a tattooist. I feel that at university I have the space and resources to grow my skills effectively and give me a good start when I go into the business world.
My artwork began with pencil portraits, which I used to really enjoy. I dabbled in graffiti and cartoon illustration, but my passion at the time was portrait art. When I was in sixth form I began to take to a more graphic quality in my artwork, and discovered pen & ink. I also began to design in a completely different way – using fine liners and marker pens to create my finished works instead of pencils or acrylic paint. I still use marker pens as I find it gives a soft gradient and a beautiful texture quality to my finished pieces. I hope to grow more as an artist with this course and hopefully by the time I graduate my skills will be developed enough for me to begin my career as a tattoo artist. I have had my ups and downs with university, and the stress that comes with it, but I feel that I have been able to grow and will enjoy returning next year to further my skills.
My Evaluation of Professional Practice of Illustration will be included on the Assignment Submission on Blackboard.
Here is the final for the video I made with the second composition. I am much more happy with this outcome however it was extremely time consuming. The effect on the video, could have been achieved in minutes with a filter on iMovie, however I painstakingly created an animation preset using solids, created my own grain, colour corrections, mask feathering, opacity changing, and finally keyframing, I achieved finally, the old video effect. I will now need to take this into after effects again, create a background in the poster dimensions, and add the logos required.
Here are screen shots from After Effects. What I am doing here, is creating an animation involving grain effects, tints, and scratches. The process was long and complicated, but I feel happy with the outcome. Compared with the last video I made this one took a lot more editing, and was more time consuming, however I feel the outcome is much better. I will post the video once it is rendered.
Here is another composition made up from the material given by IWM. I however added one extra photo from flickr, as I did not feel the material given was quite enough. I like this composition and I am pleased with the background blend between the letter and the landscape, however I feel that there is something unbalanced about the space. I plan to take this into After Effects and create another moving poster.
Here is the final of my moving poster. I want to make more of these to see what I can do with them but I’m pretty unfamiliar with After Effects. Today was my first go on my own… I think if I were to change it I would have the opacity of the first motion (the hand written letter fading in) more obvious.
for the final image I have decided to do a completely digital outcome. I first illustrated my image of the woman, who is supposed to represent mother listening for word from her son. I have used the images provided by IWM in an overlayed manner to create the back ground for this image. I am pleased with the outcome, to turn this into a motion graphic I would want the text to fade in, I am not sure if I want to include audio.
Here is the variation of my illustration that I prefer the most. Again I achieved this by scanning in and using filters on photoshop, however I also overlayed some rough work in my sketchbook to give the image the correct ‘aged’ look.