ART BTEC 2015 intake!

ART BTEC 2015 intake!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Progress Reviews (Ivan's Group)

On Thursday next week we will be taking a day off the normal timetable to do 1:1 progress reviews. You need to ensure you are in for your scheduled appointment. I will be doing the reviews in the little section of the IT room next to our teaching studio. The studio will be available for working if you are coming in before or staying after your appointment - please use it!
Appointments are as follows:




Progress Review 1:1s
Thursday 26th November
9.00
Imogen Andrews
9.15
Emma Knight
9.30
Rosie Millard
9.45
Lauren Day
BREAK
10.15
Krista Kurcina
10.30
Mia Dove
10.45
Sofia Vincent
11.00
Zoe Ireland
11.15
Laura Smith
11.30
Sophie Armour
11.45
Sara Armstrong
12.00
Ruby Cover
LUNCH
1.00
Melissa Mullis
1.15
Sam Thompson
1.30
Katie Bennett
1.45
Taylor Isaac
2.00
Evie Messenger
2.15
Kyle Freeman
2.30
Abi Booley

 Paul will arrange reviews with his Tutor Group in the near future.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Illustrator Responses

OK, to ensure you are all crystal clear about what you should be doing over the next couple of days. What we want you to achieve is 4 beautiful responses to your 2 chosen illustrators using your own photos as the basis for these illustrations.
So you will need:
  • A collection of images by your 2 illustrators - enough to get a really good feel for their style, technique and media.
  • A range of photographs from the figure - try to get some good dynamic poses that have the feel of Fashion illustration/photography. If you are unsure what you are aiming for then flick through a few copies of Vogue and look at the fashion shoots and advertising images.
  • The appropriate media to respond to your illustrators, identify what they use and do likewise. If their work is produced digitally then don't try replicating it by hand.
Once you have all these things you need to really focus on making some impressive responses that capture the feel of each Artist. Use the lightbox to start your drawings from your own photos off if it helps. You might want to use software to extend and stretch the figures in your photos and achieve something closer to the classic fashion illustration proportions (which are quite different to the real proportions of the human body).

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

Raw photo file

Digital Illustration by Jocelyn Gravot


Digitally developed response to Jocelyn Gravot

Fashion Ilustration Research & Development

You need to research the work of 2 fashion illustrators, here are a few good links to explore:




Anna Higgie
Try to choose illustrators that have contrasting approaches and use different media, as you are going to have to respond visually to these illustrators BE REALISTIC and select styles you are confident you can reproduce effectively. For each selected illustrator print out 3/4 reproductions of their work at a reasonable size (A5ish).
You then need to provide some analysis of each illustrator. Find out what you can about them - where they trained, who they have worked for. Most importantly analyse the images you have chosen, identify what media have been used and discuss technique (expressive or controlled?), composition, use of colour. Give your personal opinion on the work, but ensure you give reasons for the views you express.

Present the work thoughtfully (2 A3 pages per illustrator), think about layout and text/titles etc.


Developing your own illustration work involves a number of stages:
  • Using body templates we have distributed come up with a quick range of 6-8 design proposals for your garment (consider conversations you have had with your team when designing - e.g. if you have decided on theme colours or shapes then use them in your proposals).
  • Do the Fashion Illustrator research as detailed above.
  • Take a range of dynamic photos from the figure. Using a studio environment for this will be advantageous (either book the photography spaces in the Stevens block or at least use the booth and lights in the Art Department). Look at Fashion shoots and advertisements to get ideas about suitable poses, enter into the spirit of it and avoid "wooden" poses.
  • Using your own photos as a basis produce two Fashion illustrations in the style of each Fashion Illustrator you have researched (4 images in all), make sure you use the most appropriate media. Take time over this and aim for some professional looking illustrations. See separate post for an example of this.
Having produced some design proposals and hopefully gained some knowledge about Fashion illustration styles the next stage is to put these two things together:
  • In the last phase of the illustration you need to create a polished illustration of your final selected Design proposal. Again use your own photographs as the basis for this, but try to create a personal illustrative style. You might integrate elements of the techniques/media of the Artists you studied, but you should be aiming to take this final image further, and create something more personal.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Fashion Sketchbooks

So what should be going into your sketchbooks over the first week/10 days of this project?
Well, one reason behind using photography to record your Moodboards and not sticking everything down is that it means that the material you have gathered is then available for inclusion in your sketchbook.
So once you have got good photos of your Moodboards you need to divide (and potentially duplicate) the visual material amongst your design teams, and then compile the following:
  • 4 Sketchbook pages of visuals and information on your garment/accessory. Different versions - traditional and radical, history, definition.
  • 4 Sketchbook pages of visuals and information on the object you need to recycle. History, typical uses, unusual uses, previous applications in Fashion.
  • 2 Pages showing some examples of collections, ideally exploring some recycling, try looking at Martin Margiela and Jez Eaton for starters. Provide some analysis.
  • One or more good observational drawings from your object.
  • Printouts of all the slides from your presentation.
After the Presentations are complete we will start to explore approaches to Fashion Illustration, responding to existing Illustrational styles, before trying to develop a more personal style with which to illustrate your own design proposals.

TRASHION Presentation Schedule


It is great to see lots of sophisticated Moodboards taking shape already, people have started the new project in a very positive way. If you have gathered lots of valuable imagery for each slide/moodboard you could produce 2 slides for each part of the presentation, but do make sure you are being selective and consider layout carefully. Any text you include should be at a scale that will be legible when your image is projected as a slide.

Student teams in each teaching group (upstairs and downstairs) with the same object need to compile and deliver their own slideshow, however some wider teamwork is to be encouraged – so sharing of ideas, information and images with your equivalent team in the other room is healthy.

Judging by where people are at it is realistic to aim for giving presentations next Wednesday – all group members should contribute to the delivery of the presentation, so planning who will say what is a good idea. You will need to explain and expand upon the visuals you put up on screen (don’t just read text off the slide). Preparing and using cue cards is likely to be helpful. Presentations need to last between 5 and 10 minutes, speak clearly (and not too fast), face your audience and most importantly practice your delivery as a group in advance. When you practice try timing your presentation to ensure it is of a suitable length.

Presentation Schedule (Upstairs Group/Ivan’s TG). Wednesday 18th November
Time
Group
10.30am
Paper Plates (Krista, Sophie, Emma)
10.40
Disposable Cutlery (Ruby, Taylor, Laura)
10.50
Plastic Cups (Evie, Mia, Abi)
11.00
Envelopes (Melissa, Katie)
11.10
Drinks Cans (Samuel, Sara)
11.20
Cardboard Tubes (Sophia, Rosie M)
11.30
Clothes Hangers (Imogen A, Zoe)
11.40
Clothes Pegs (Kyle, Lauren D)

 

Presentation Schedule (Downstairs Group/Paul’s TG). Wednesday 18th November
Time
Group
1.05pm
Disposable Cutlery (Vicki, Lauren P, Bertie)
1.15
Clothes Hangers (Amy, Beth, Tash)
1.25
Clothes Pegs (Shirley, Livvy, Charlie)
1.35
Paper Plates (Imogen B, Stan)
1.45
Plastic Cups (Rosie H, Elfie)
1.55
Envelopes (Chris, Molly)
2.05
Drinks Cans (Will, Levi)
2.15
Cardboard Tubes (Tanisha, Georgia)

 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

TRASHION - Who's Doing What.


Student
Object
Garment
Chris Clement-May
Envelopes
Dress
Molly Upfield
Envelopes
Trousers
Melissa Mullis
Envelopes
Skirt
Katie Barrett
Envelopes
Dress
Imogen Bundy
Paper Plates
Shoes
Stan Matthewman
Paper Plates
Jacket
Krista Kurcina
Paper Plates
Jewellery
Sophie Armour
Paper Plates
Shirt
Emma Knight
Paper Plates
Skirt
Vicky Winstone
Disposable Cutlery
Dress
Lauren Perigo
Disposable Cutlery
Hat
Bertie Hase
Disposable Cutlery
Shirt
Ruby Cover
Disposable Cutlery
Trousers
Taylor Isaac
Disposable Cutlery
Jacket
Laura Smith
Disposable Cutlery
Hat
Rosie Humphrey
Plastic Cups
Jewellery
Elfie Hutton
Plastic Cups
Skirt
Evie Messenger
Plastic Cups
Jacket
Mia Dove
Plastic Cups
Bag
Abi Booley
Plastic Cups
Dress
Will Ackroyd
Drink Cans
Dress
Levi Edwards
Drink Cans
Jewellery
Samuel Thompson
Drink Cans
Bag
Sara Armstrong
Drink Cans
Jewellery
Tanisha Brown
Cardboard Tubes
Shirt
Georgia Clay
Cardboard Tubes
Bag
Sophia Vincent
Cardboard Tubes
Dress
Rosie Millard
Cardboard Tubes
Shoes
Amy White
Clothes Hangers
Bag
Beth Williams
Clothes Hangers
Hat
Tash Wiskin
Clothes Hangers
Dress
Imogen Andrews
Clothes Hangers
Hat
Zoe Ireland
Clothes Hangers
Shirt
Shirley Liu
Clothes Pegs
Trousers
Livvy Swain
Clothes Pegs
Shoes
Charlie Lane
Clothes Pegs
Dress
Lauren Day
Clothes Pegs
Shoes
Kyle Freeman
Clothes Pegs
Hat