K A P L A N

 We’re beginning to get pushes in all the right directions and before we know it the first brief is being delivered.

Next up? Applying Visual Languages.

This day started with a grand bike ride to university with no rain! Upon arrival the group was split into 2 groups, and me and my group spent the morning with Chris. It’s safe to say we all left the morning feeling rather baffled and confused and full of questions that we couldn’t quite phrase.

Calendars, Desks, Lawyers

It seemed as though we had been handed a brief, with no brief. With gentle yet subtle guidance we were set free on the mission to design something that could be suitable for a flip-desk-calendar that would take home on lawyers desks for the Kaplan company. No limitations. All that we were told to bear in mind is that these people are lawyers, they see and hear some pretty hard and intense things day after day, so it’s up to us to consider what they would want to see each day sat at their desks. Something lovely and wonderful is needed to brighten up their days, no? have EMPATHY.

We started off the session with Chris by brainstorming some ideas that help you to get into a project, here’s a little taster of what we came up with:

  • Write down all the first ideas that pop into your head
  • Dissect the brief
  • Highlight the key words
  • First hand research
  • Jot down your feelings towards the brief –  first impressions
  • Research and doodle!
  • Organise yourself
  • Tidy your desk
  • Brainstorm with others and yourself

Then Chris pulled out some little business card sized cards, and each one had a different little message upon them that intends to help you out of that infamous ‘artists block. Mine Read:

Work at a different speed.

After this we went away to get some sketching done before we had a lunch break, to get some ideas, try to pull ourselves together after that very confusing morning, and try to get something we would be happy to present to the tutors and the group.

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So at first I wanted to try to explore some things that I hadn’t really explored before, and instantly my mind travelled to the circus. This was because of something that was said in the morning meeting with Chris, that just seemed to stay with me.

“Damn everything that isn’t the circus!”

And there you have it, my mind ran away. So i began to research all the people, the colours, the props and the music that goes into the circus, and I began to sketch. My original ideas were to creat a busy scene full of all these beautiful but weird people throwing themselves into strange situations for the entertainment of those ‘normal’ people. I really enjoyed doing so, but again it wasn’t very ‘me’. So I began to work in a different sketchbook to lose the circus feel and I began to develop a very cold looking little boy. Then ‘Cold Ginger Snaps’ was created. After doing lots of little sketches I finally produced two finals of characters that I was happy to send off. Here they are!

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We were also told that we were able to send off any other illustrations that we have done at any point in our lives that we think would be suitable, so I therefore sent off a few more, mainly 5 illustrations I had recently produced for an exhibition, which I will share in a post in the very near future!

As a few weeks went by, I received an email to inform me that my illustration of my little ginger boy was chosen for the calendar, hooray!

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