Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Vis Com: Finishing up Transit Mapping

The second of my postcards, which I subsequently cropped down a bit, was a bit of a wally and didn't check I was working with an A5 sized canvas when I started off, just relied on the dimensions of my scan.

Based on Camel's Head crossing between St. Budeaux and North Prospect, where I often focus on a rail bridge and the trees in the Autumn, which usually turn a golden yellow and stay like it for a few weeks, we seem to have skipped Autumn this year though and they're going straight from green to falling off.

Again I wanted to stick to primarily different shades of one colour, but couldn't resist the bridges blue and figured it would produce a nice contrast. I also became a lot more technical with this drawing, utilising marquee and fill tools to produce shapes, rather than drawing free-hand with the tablet. I also had a greater range of play with the layers, using opacity and clipping masks, as well as experimenting with brush settings to get various textures.

My final image is of a sculpture of a dove which is sat in Milehouse. My focus for this image was playing with shape and shadow.
The dove is sat on a very long and thin central reservation which gradually widens out into a small grassy area. The shape reminds me of the city of Minas Tirith in the lord of the rings, so as I had been playing with scale with the other images, I imagine the sculpture was a large monument of some sort on a raised platform.

When it came to thinking about how to introduce the road, I immediately thought of it being like a river, as there's a sense that the road has a current, in that travelling in to the city can be a smooth and fluid journey one way, but is often a bit of a stop-start slog heading out.
I added little bus-boats with paddles and oars to try and illustrate this idea of flowing traffic and congestion, but they're a bit rough and I'm not sure I like them.

That concludes Vis Com pretty much, there have been a few photoshop workshops with Ben that I think I'll probably refer to in a bumper post later this week when reviewing techniques I've learnt.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Transit Mapping Progression

Got around to installing photoshop onto my home computer!

Meaning I could finish off the first of my final transit mapping images today. 

I had initially planned on producing a fantasy version of a map of the route I take to college, but I couldn't see myself producing something visually interesting if I stuck to the format of a literal map. 

This lead me to producing this image of a landmark I go past every day:

My ideas for the project so far had been to pick out visually interesting things from different areas of the route that I take, with that in mind I just started to have a play with  the Celtic cross sculpture that was recently erected in Saltash. I kind of just went with this idea about how would these places look if they were in a fantasy setting. 

I then figured I'd probably be more comfortable producing 3 postcards rather than a map so decided to progresss with this image digitally.

I wanted to roughly emulate Paul Blow's use of a limited colour palette and not relying so much on line to create shape, but putting line into the shape to create detail.
I dunno what to make of it really. It doesn't feel polished, or of a quality that I'd expect to see as a final piece of work. I feel like I've started way too late on this project and should have been experimenting with ideas ages ago.
I'm still fairly new to photoshop, so I dunno, was it a mistake to use it? 
I suppose I just don't feel as enthused with this project as I did the monster portraits, so now that I've put so much time into making this image and it doesn't feel like a good result, I'm finding that I'm really frustrated. 

I forgot to scan in prelims for the other two images when in college, and my scanner at home has decided it doesn't want to work with this computer anymore since a windows update, so it's just one of those days.