The Original Version
For this task, we were asked to copy exactly how the book cover from Penguin Books looks like by using InDesign. I have heard about adobe before but never really use it at all. This was my very first time trying this software, and I found it is quite difficult to understand how it functions at the beginning, it took me about an hour to figure out its basic controls.
My Version of the Book Cover
The drawing process of each character IMG_2542
I used the penguin logo as the body of each character, including snow white and those seven dwarfs. I drew out their representative clothes to make them look more identical to readers. I found out that many fairy tale book covers are generally in dark colours, I believe it is probably because this colour scheme can create a mystical sensation. Therefore, I chose to use dark green as the background colour and added the pale yellow frame as a decorative purpose.
I really enjoyed doing this task, because it gave me a chance to create or design whatever I wanted. It was indeed a cool working experience with InDesign, it is not easy to use and it takes time to learn. When I was using the software, it felt much more professional compared to any apps that I have used before. I cannot wait to try other software from adobe later the term and create works from it.
Taking Picture from the Surrounding
The Best 3 Images
- A tiny corner from a mental fence
2. The parking label on the floor
3. The building name of Contraction Management and Engineering
When I was searching around the campus, instead of taking pictures of large scale objects, I chose to look at some converted places. I took the above image from an undertaking area where they fenced up the whole building. I started looking closely at any objects and I found that so interesting I would never see those fonts on the fence if I was not standing in front of it at a certain distance. Not only did the distance matter, the angle of how you observe the thing also affect the look of the font. For example, I took the first picture and the third one in a side approach, rather than facing in front of the object. This way can show the depth of the font and create a three-dimensional effect. I liked how these fonts are carefully and neatly done for the second image. It was also interesting to see which strokes got written first, as the texture of its paint shows the layer of brushstrokes.
Grouping those Pictures in Different Category Orders
1. Angle (Looking downwards)
2. Material (Mental)
3. Colour scheme
4. Object (Building’s names)
Classifying is an action to grouping up things that share some same characteristics. I tried to find their obvious similarities between each other, such as the first one, all of those pictures are taken in a downwards angle, from top to down, overlooking at those objects. This in fact shows no depth but only plainness. Another example, some images share the same colour palette, the blue sky, the redness from those signs and the green grass.
This one-day project was really a fun time to experience around the campus. In fact, we seldom have time to hang around and observe things in detail, but today I finally got a chance to have a closer look at anything else in the surrounding. Moreover, I learnt about how letterings corporate with the environment. Some of them with only the intention of decorating purpose, some of them being particularly legible to readers, all letterings have their own function. Overall, it was such an interesting project to do individually or with classmates.
My word for this task is woman and I wanted to show how the society criticises women in general. Not only do women experience in gender inequality, women also always get objectified by others. Therefore, I decided to put on frame to it, just to make it look like a displaying item of an exhibition.
Moreover, people usually describe women as beautiful, pretty or elegant, so I think it will be a great idea to use a goddess to represent the image of a female. As the sky symbolises freedom and the residence of the gods, I used a picture of the sky that i took before as the background.
For my final, I did different hand gestures and took a few pictures of them, I then outlined and coloured them on my ipad. Those hands represented people in the society, all gestures mean their own way of rudeness and criticism. Also, I painted some blood near the intimate part of the statue, to portray the situation of woman being shamed on their period.
The animated version IMG_2409
As this is not my first time doing this kind of task, I have my past experience to help me avoiding some unnecessary mistakes. However, it has been a while since the last time I made a graphic design, so I feel like this is a nice chance to warm myself up before my real classes start. Overall, the task was fun to do, I enjoyed spending the whole day on editing images and drawing on my ipad.
Unlike any other regular shapes, noise has no restricted form. I used an ink pen to draw out an irregular shape and used dots to create a fading effect, just like how noise travels and vibrates in the air. This also showed its volume is gradually decreasing from far to close and formed a sense of distance.
In the next page, I cut off the centre of pages in different sizes. I grouped around 20 pages as one layer and trimmed a smaller size after each layer, which created a depth to the plain page. Moreover, I made a tiny window at the corner of the page. Instead of just drawing it out, I decided to make the window moveable to make it less dull and increase interaction between the reader and the book, because they need to mover the window by their own in order to progress to the next scene.
To me, books are always meant to be stored or treated in a nice way, I never cut or destroyed a book until this project. It was an absolute amazing time to experience something that I have never done before. As it was my very first time trying this, I made a few attempts before my final one.
For example, I was supposed to create layers (shown above) but I did not get enough pages and thickness, so it still looked so plain. I even blackened some areas to make those layouts more obvious, unfortunately it did not really work out.
Overall, I enjoyed the whole process of thinking ideas on how to portray the plot and theme by cutting the book. Indeed, the project provided me an opportunity to explore new methods of expressing idea.