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I visited the end of year show which contained 3rd year and FDA work and if I am being brutally honest, I was disappointed with the Illustration displays.  Some of the work was great, a couple of pieces in particular caught my eye, but generally, the standard of illustrations weren’t displayed to their full potential.  Some of the boards looked cluttered, with images that were repeated and pieces that detracted away from other better work by the same illustrator.  If an illustrator doesn’t have one obvious style then it is hard to display this on the limited space provided.  The graphic design displays on the other side of the room were simplified to just one image per designer, this made the walls more uniformed however on some of the pieces it was hard to see what the immediate point of the piece was so it could end up being skimmed over as people focus on the more impact pieces.   The displays by Matthew Roberts and Jeremy Keeling worked very well as they were larger than the average A2 board and were printed to a high quality.  The pieces them selves were intriguing and beautiful to look at.  I also liked the work of  Lizzie as she has a similar style to my own.  The way she displayed her business cards was very different as they were in teacups on little shelves, next the the packaging she had designed.  It was obvious she had put a lot of thought into the whole look of her space.  I also liked the post labels by Jessica Knight and how they hung at the bottom of her board.  However there was no correlation with the pieces above it.  Megan Hindley produces some fantastic characters and her one colour screen prints looked great.  However I feel the arrangement and selection could have been better.  She had produced some large scale drawings directly onto walls early in the year and I feel if she had produced this again for the final show her work would have had a bigger impact. 

The fine art and applied art galleries on the other hand were very impressive and in comparison ours lacked that dramatic first impression and original thinking for the displays.  In Fine art, Tracy Hulse created an entire study in detail, including the skirting boards.  Her collections of objects were intriguing and as soon as you walked into the room you wanted to start peering into every cupboard and corner. She could have just displayed her object collections in glass cabinets in a more clinical way, but the whole feel of the room played the more important role.  Samantha Hind produced some interesting key casts, but what was more intriguing was the display where you had to peer through key holes to see the images behind. Perhaps some of the pieces in the design com room could have been displayed in a similar, interactive way.  Carol Wynne produced some very interesting goggles that you looked through to see her photographs, again an interesting way to display her photographs.  I also liked the work of Chris Bradshaw as it reminded me of a great business card design I had seen on a blog.   The applied arts show was also impressive.  I particularly liked Ffion Thomas body piece made from thousands of small paper manipulations as I have also recently been doing a lot of work with paper engineering. Having the piece attached to one of the photos tied in perfectly with the other photographs. I also liked the work of Megan Owen and Carys Boyle. The work that I was most impressed with was that of Janice Parker.  The illustrations themselves were great, but to have them printed on ceramic and then displayed in a 3d compilation combining wire and copper were fantastic.  This is defiantly a medium I shall explore next year.

I and  other students from Design Com level 5 have already decided that our show next year with be more dramatic and interesting and will show our problem solving and creative abilities to the best possible standard.

Samantha Hind

Samantha HindTracy HulseCarys BoyleFfion ThomasMathew RobertsJeremy KeelingJanice ParkerMegan HindleyJessica KnightMegan OwenLizzie

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Black and white drawings

I began this brief by drawing people having conversations, including quick three second drawings and ‘not looking at the page’ drawings.  However these images were very linear and didn’t have any depth. I have never experimented with using only block black ink to add shadows before so i had no idea if this style would suit me.  I loosely drew the facial details from photographs of people in the process of talking, and deliberately allowed the characters to have slightly exaggerated features so they are more interesting to look at .  Then using a brush pen I filled in the shadows, taking care not too add to much black.  I was pleased with the results mainly because they were such a surprise. Some of the images were hard to produce because the original photos didn’t have a lot of shadows and I had to exaggerate or guess where the shadows should be. I plan to further develop these images, perhaps screen printing them or scanning them into photo-shop.

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