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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Assignment Five - Seven Days

The brief is Seven Days, and these can be seven days of the week, or random days that tell a story.
Initially, I had the ideal of seven days in the week of someones life, such as a holiday, or snapshot into someone's diary. Maybe the seven days of the Christmas holiday and the stresses and challenges that come
with it, but then I decided to go for a random seven days of seven different people, at different stages of their lives, starting at the very beginning....as a feotus in its mothers womb. I decided that each image would be accompanied by a few paragraphs of text describing the setting for that particular person, on that particular day in his or her life.



The page above shows ideas and notes, along with a bit of brainstorming, following ideas down certain roads  to see if they led anywhere interesting. Some thumbnails along with copy, describing the day being illustrated.


Timeline.

Feotus.
Baby.
Child.
Teenager.
Forty
Middle-ages
Old-age

I have the idea of showing these seven stages of a life, and somehow conveying
how everything seems to go full-circle, such as starting out helpless and reliant on
others for survival, and then, as you reach very old-age, being in the same position.

Embro sketch
                   Coloured-up digital sketch.
Sketchbook idea, with text
Whilst I like the digital sketch of the foetus, I prefer the watercolour sketch
above, and also the hand-drawn type, which works well and seems to be a bit more 
interesting, especially the way it follows the lines of the baby, much as the lines of a womb 
would perhaps, as it surrounds the child and at the same time, describes it well.


Eric - aged 7.
The sketch idea above is of the seven-year-old, who is at the age when
everything is a great adventure. Every chair and table is for climbing on
and every stick, a sword to kill dragons with.
I think I've captured that feeling with 'Eric' above, who is resplendent in 
his home-made super-hero outfit of bright yellow wellies and cape, made
from his mum's old blue velvet curtains. His attitude and stance say; come
and have a go aliens....if you think you're hard enough.

Terry the teenager.
I think the image above of the teenager captures the physicality of that age-group
quite well. Sort of athletic, but not quite adult yet. Need to add some text to give
him some bones.



This looks a lot better now and I think the font works well along with the 
image and title, maybe better than the hand-drawn font. I like the idea of 
adding the age to each image and may use the vertical text box again, should the fancy take me.
Also, as a sidenote, I appreciate the text is getting a bit silly, but I 
actually believe it goes well with the illustration, so thats how it will probably stay.

RE-THINK. 

Well, its been about a month since my last blog entry, mainly due to holidays etc, and in the interim period I have had a rethink about where I want this exercise to go. I started to think about the seven days themselves and where their names came from, so thats where I am going with this. 

Brief; based on the seven days of the week, produced a set of illustrations depicting how each day
got its name. Each image should contain an illustration and a short passage explaining the accompanying illustration. Style - the set of images should have a 'wood-cut' printerly feel about them, and each picture 
should comprise of no more than two colours each.




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