Here are two GIFs that I made from scraps of textures and paper. The first GIF that I made (the the rat hole/ train tunnel) was a prototype of what I though I was going to create for a final outcome, but I soon realised that it would take a long time to get each frame perfectly timed so that it would run naturally and smoothly. So then I decided to work on my second idea where I played with lighting. Both of these GIFs are based on the rat infestation problem of New York which was told by the article – Man v Rat by Jordan Kisner. The second and final GIF that I created was made from collaged bits of paper, which I then re-arranged together for different frames on photoshop. I then put the frames in order into a gif maker online.
For the second lesson we made small sculptures out of paper and 3-D materials to gives us a better sense of what could be used as possible spot illustrations. These were mainly based on a story called Thirteen Hundred Rats, by T. Coraghessan Boyle. This gives us a better visualization of what work could be produced and generate ideas, which we probably wouldn’t have come up with when using pen on paper. Once we as groups made our 3-D forms, we played around with shadow and lighting, using torches from our phones, a member of our group also created a cage like sculpture that worked really well as a back drop and a great way to create interesting shadows. Different shadows and lighting gave off different moods and atmospheres, especially when the light was focused on a particular object when another object was in the background that could maybe suggest importance of something, or the past and the present. Some backgrounds worked out well too because of the combination of colours.
In this workshop we focused on creating good ideas for illustrations based on an article about the rat infestation problem in New York and other parts of the world, and how it is being treated. This was a good method of generating ideas because it allowed me not to worry too much on the final outcome or the way it looked, only the idea itself. Here is what I drew –
Each drawing was part of a category that we made lists of different words for when thinking of objects, characters, pattern and texture.
The first image is the front cover of the book. I wanted have the front of the pub placed on the front of book and all of the drawings of the pub are placed inside, so that it gives you the feeling of opening up, going through and looking inside this place. The second image will be the inside page for both ends of the book.
Double page spread
These are the images that will be put in the book and are put in order from start to finish. I wanted to start and end the book’s pages with images that remind us of what the pub is like in the present day, but also contains elements that could portray violence and sadness with the use of red and white colour as well as textured pattern, like the rest of the pages. Parts of the book contain dialogue that I drew over myself just emphasise the historical events. I did this to hopefully make the pages seem more immersive and give a sense that their memories are still there, almost as if the voices and events haunt the pages.
I started to play around with the drawings that I had gathered, by photocopying them on acetate and tracing paper, then putting them on top of other ones. I also started to play around with colours and gradients in Photoshop. I chose to limit the colours to dark and light, as well as red. The reason I did this is because I didn’t want too many colours to overwhelm or distract yourself from the actual image. Instead I chose very striking and contrasted colours so that it emphasizes the shock and horror that is contained within the work. This will eventually become a book or booklet. Even though it will contain pages that are very serious, I still want it to include things that you see in the pub during the present day, and how that compares or contrasts to events within the pub history.