Saturday, 28 January 2012

Drawn: Marilyn Monroe

I have began drawing again, as my love for drawing is how my love for design and animation came about.
I have always had admiration for Marilyn Monroe so I simply picked up a pencil and began.
I chose a photographic image of her in deep thought, from a book I have on her. For those who have a vague understanding of Marilyn's background can only imagine what those deep thoughts are. 
I found the original photograph thought provoking, genuine and raw. Extremely different to her conventional way of posing. It shows Marilyn in a different light, rather than seeing her as the usual sex symbol the majority know her as.

The top left image is my original free-hand sketch I did of her. The top right and bottom left I altered the brightness to offer different moods.
The bottom right is one I simplified, filling in block colour to exaggerate specific parts of the image, to create a more graphic look. (The one I used for my blog title).

Friday, 19 August 2011

Mark Demsteader, Emma Watson

The instant I saw these paintings I fell in Love. Done by Mark Demsteader which I am going to mention is from my home City of Manchester. They are absolutely exquisite and feature my new favourite person, the absolutely fabulous Emma Watson. Mark was a favourite artist of the star so was thrilled when she got the chance to pose for him, a job she does so very well.

Mark captures her timeless look but through emotion we possibly haven't seen yet of Emma, seen in the picture second from the top. Her pose and facial expression make her seem vulnerable and delicate. The visual is very moving and really captures deep emotion and thought.

Every piece you view Emma in a thoughtful state which is mesmerising. I absolutely love them all and love the use of media and colour you can also get a sense of different textures from one painting to the next giving great variety and aesthetic.
Excellent, I only wish I could hang one of these in my bedroom!

Emma Watson & Jean Seburg

I've recently become interested in Emma Watson and I think since the Final Harry Potter and Emma's emerging fashion persona, many are intrigued in what she will do next and what the future holds for her.

Being British myself I am proud that Emma is seen as a fashion idol and has even been on the front cover of American Vogue. We've seen her develop and progress over the years presenting herself as the lovely elegant yet chic lady she has become. I think she represents how a 'real' English lady should be, sophisticated, smart, dignified and tasteful. She has the looks of a model but a head on her shoulders.

She hasn't yet, and hopefully never will follow in some of the steps that current a-listers have stumbled down, such as getting hooked on drugs and alcohol. With the present media hype that surrounds celebrities today it's easy for the public and children to choose their favourite and coin as their idol. I think Emma is a great choice for young girls to look up to, it's a shame they're aren't many like her as more and more of young girls are looking towards plastic surgery, painting their faces orange and generally damaging their bodies to imitate the skinniest of celebrities. Emma has a great figure yet not a bag of bones, her look is genuine and fresh and doesn't look like she spends her afternoons caking herself in fake tan or lying on a sunbed. She looks secure in her body and young girls need to take a leaf out of her book.

Emma today is starting to definitely remind me of Twiggy back in her heyday with her cutsie and impish looks. However after reading that Emma described her fashion style as quite 'french' I immediately thought of Jean Seburg (above) who was part of the new wave of french films when she starred in 'A Bout De Souffle'. Jean's style was very french with her impish hair cut, peter pan collars and stripes, a style Emma has definitely taken on. Another similarity is a perfectly structured face, which is purely photogenic, a face which needs no hair for framing.

Emma since has become the face of Burberry and has launched Lancome's new campaign. She has since considered designing her own line.
The best is yet to come!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Give a Gift, Ideas

Give a Gift

To keep the creative juices flowing I thought I'd muck around on Photoshop and come up with an idea for a card design. As ideas began to develop I thought the visual looked very much like a brand for a campaign.

The original idea came from the theme of Christmas. One of the main aspects of Christmas is Gift Giving, however many get carried away with gifts which are materialistic. This is represented through the sugar-coated looking parcels. Many forget Christmas is initially the holiday to give but through a caring loving way represented by the heart which is where the text lies. 'Give a gift' show someone you care.

It doesn't need to be complicated- It's the thought that counts!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

I Wonder Model

I created this display as part of my Degree Show. Part of my Major Project I created titles for my own 'make believe' children's programme, the target audience being between 3 and 5 years old. (Can be seen on my Vimeo account)

I decided to create this model to help viewers establish the setting and feel for my programme. I also believed that if I were to pitch this idea to a television company small scaled models such as this one are created to help viewers visualise the concept and idea of the piece.

I had great fun in creating this model and I am really proud of it.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Disney Art

These images were tweeted by one of the Disney pages I follow. Images taken from the Disney Archives.

These images are absolutely beautiful, of concept drawings and storyboard drawings.

This is hopefully one day what I will be doing. As I've mentioned before my strengths lie in drawing so to be able to look at storyboards from absolute classics is breathtaking for me. I find these images so inspiring.

The images from Dumbo second from the top are precious and are masterpieces.