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Final Assignment on “Expressive Image”

For the final assignment we had to do research as well as a final expressive image. We were supposed to take inspiration from other works, first of all we were supposed to look at certain artists such as Phillip Gurrey, Erik Johansson and Alexa Meade.

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PhillipGurrey

First of all I looked at Phillip Gurrey‘s work and I noticed the style it was done in. Personally i’m not a fan and I do think although some of his work is good, s0me of it is the “modern” style of art, which is something I find a bit riddiculous really, where people use something simple and very easy to make for “artistic effect”, for example one of Phillips works is a picture of a black wall with a white streak down it. This kind of “art” is not my idea of something to value. The pictures of people that Phillip did are artistic, but are quite abstract and again, not my kind of taste.

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ErikJohansson

Another artist I looked at is Erik Johansson, and I much preferred his work. I see it as much more artistic and uses image manipulation to create impossible situations. This is much more my thing, and I did think his work looks great, and is very creative. I think that Eriks style is very different to Phillips, as his is more of a image manipulation exercise than an artistic one, although it does have an eventual artistic effect. I think art like this is interesting and much more so than Gurrey’s work. The style it is done in is a sort of laid back, non serious way, for example the digger being used to play noughts and crosses is a child/immature like thing that someone would do.

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AlexaMeade

Another artist I looked at is Alexa Meade. I think in terms of the work, it is good and creative, and expressive in its own way, even though again, like Phillip Gurrey’s work, it is not to my taste. Alexa’s art is all people-based, some of them are featuring people in different situations, as if they are doing something, but some are just of people. But all seem to have a background meaning to them, as is also where her work is showcased on  her website, where everything has a short caption. In my opinion I think that her style is more about expressing emotion through art, which is my interpretation of her unique style.


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This is what I did for my final piece.

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Challenge 4: Common Photograph

This challenge was to take photographs of a specific area, our workspace at college, and present the images creatively. Everyone had different ways of doing this so there were mixed results. Some people just moved physical objects into the shot to make it different, others like myself used image editing to put together multiple images and manipulate the images aswell.

I decided to do this as the classroom and Mac computers are really rather dull, and the room and area lacks colour. So I thought i’d add it myself.

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This is the first idea I implemented. It simply involved copying and pasting the image on a new layer, making it fit the original layers screen, and repeating that. I thought this idea was still dull so I decided on photographing the area and editing them together.

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So for my second idea I took the various photos i’d taken, and arranged them on a black, blank canvas. I chopped the images up into segments, and changed the hue and brightness of different segments. I did this as I thought it added colour to the images and also it was something different to the normal thing to do.

Challenge 2: Internet Memes

Memes are essentially an idea which is developed over the internet, generally used for humour. Is usually is based on an image, but can be created using text, sound, video  or image or a combination of each. Memes may be changed by individuals and also have different meanings over time.  It is only recently they have started to come into general usage, but still memes are usually only known about by someone who is a regular internet user.

For this challenge, I was set to either create a meme or make an image which contains various other memes. I thought I’d choose the latter, as creating a meme goes against the entire idea of memes, which is that they cant be forced, but a shared entity which many people over the internet find humorous or strange. I used Photoshop CS5 to create this image, which is a step away from what I normally use, which is a free open-source program PaintDotNet.

I simply thought of the memes I had heard about, and limited it to 5 memes, and put them on a creative background I had created.

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#1 – Pedobear: This is one of the most well-known memes, of which its origins are unknown. There are rumors it was originally a pokemon which was dropped, but I find this unlikely. The character is supposedly a pedophile bear, and it is often photo-shopped into comics or situations which can cause humorous effect.

#2 – “FFUUUU” Guy: This is not generally known by regular internet users, but stems from a internet comic various people have created. This character features in many comics as the idea of the meme is that people can use it for them selfs, to create funny comics.

#3 – “Y U NO” Guy: Similar to the above, this is another character used in comics for comedic effect.

#4 – Mudkipz: Mudkip is a character which has origins in the Cartoon/Game series, Pokemon. For no apparent reason, it became a meme and is used as a random saying to shout out “I liek mudkipz” on forums and on instant messaging. It could be considered an example of internet slang, and avideo clip of it is also used on YouTube for an irritating effect.

#5 – Over 9000:  Originating in Dragon Ball Z, this meme began when a YouTube user in 2006 uploaded a clip of the animated series where character Vegeta states that Goku’s level is “over 9000″ in a loud and exaggerated manner. As Mudkipz grew, so did this meme, and it is used in situations on forums where something could be exaggerated.

I think Internet memes can be funny and interesting, but you do have to think that they really arent of any substance or value to human knowledge.

Challenge 1: Writing a Tutorial

For this challenge, we were told to create a tutorial which was image-based, which explained how to do a task. I orignally had planned to do mine on something I knew lots about, which was Website Design. I did begin to do this, but then i realised there wouldnt really be an elegant looking solution and it would also take lots of time for someone to follow it.

Instead, I decided to do it on something simple, and back to basics. My tutorial was on Making Toast, and I think visually it came out well.

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Image Sources:
www.creativecrash.com/marketplace/3d-models/c/bread-slice www.civilitasresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/classic-toaster.jpg www.ispg1-2.wikispaces.com/file/view/plate.jpg/116543281/plate.jpg www.yarisclubuk.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/dirol.gif www.yarisclubuk.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif

Challenge 3: Create an Infographic

Task 1: Pre-Production

For the “Create an Infographic” Challenge, I decided to make a basic infographic based on the Toyota Motor Corporation. I did think for a while about what I should base my infographic on, it had to be something I am interested in, but also something with some facts and figures for me to use on it.

I did think about using the online gaming service, “Steam” and its related games as i enjoy these, but instead I thought i’d base it on the giant of a company, Toyota. I chose Toyota as I am a fan of their older vehicles and also admire the massive giant of a company they have become. I appreciate high quality and so choosing Toyota to base my infographic on was a safe bet.

Task 2: Implementation

Below is the results, click the image to enlarge to full size.


Task 3: Evaluation

On hindsight, I could have used a better colour scheme, but I wanted to keep the facts visible as those were what were meant to have the biggest impact on the reader. I think the info graphic is dull looking, and could have been more colorful, but the fact of the matter is that the subject is more of a corporate and fact – and – figure like, so I did think that the infographic should stay that style too.