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look how many yellow ink i used! The cartridge was new by the way.



used A4 artboard in illustrator to print this and it took 7 sheets. 2 of which were not filled up.
70 x 50 cm with 3mm bleed

There, there! Illustration project done and submitted!!! I can say I bled to dry doing this project. Not that the design is that complicated but somehow a lot of considerations were made. New things were learned! I finally got to print in tiles which i have been wanting to do for my photographs!! I printed it 3 times as there were mistakes in the first two copies…the third one where i finally realized what was wrong, my ink went dry!!! So you see? Several nights, i went to bed so late that I didn’t need to change clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok! Next one!!


So after two weeks of trying very hard to put my sketches into digital graphics and really not going anywhere, I found myself re-evaluating my choices. I have been working with two songs for the illustration project. The other one I started last week when I got frustrated with my first choice of song. I found M.C. Escher as an inspiration and would probably pursue tesselation technique later on. Browsing and browsing the net for inspiration and his works, tried the technique which is fun but would take a lot of time for me to apply it to my illustration. The technique lead me to work on my second song, YELLOW by Coldplay.

As I browsed and researched everything about the song and what it means, it came to me that people tend to put so much meaning into things. When we hear a song, we instantaneously associate the song to the singer and his/her life. When we look at an art (painting/sculpture/graphics) we like to pretend that it is very cultured knowing what the artist was trying to convey. We think that every piece of it was made with a very deep meaning and artistic depth. It may be true sometimes but not always. Like in the case of this song, yellow was put on the song because it fits the lyrics! That’s it. Did it made the song less of a song?

Real appreciation of art is not knowing why it is done but how it affects our senses! It is not how well we pattern ourselves to famous and established artitsts but it is how freely we can express ourselves without pretense!

What is good about art is that it is always subjective. There are elements that make it a good one but is it never wrong to add or eliminate something nor it is bad to try something new. Some famous artists dealt with rejections and insults because they were brave enough to change the norm.

Of course, this is my opinion.

Enough of that…my project is to make an illustration poster of a self-chosen song without using words. My interpretation of the song was downplayed and big consideration was put on the majority of the listeners (I hope so)

I wanted it to be simple and uncluttered but I am really considering putting some more texture on the background (I have draft for two different backgrounds.)

I would appreciate constructive criticism and suggestions so I can make this piece better. Thanks!


Oblig03 – Illustration

Posted: September 24, 2012 in oblig03, week6

Today, week 6 assignments were handed in and obligatory 03 was included. The task is to make an illustration poster (no text should be used) of a self-chosen song. After reading the lectures, watching the videos and writing down the assignments for this week, I sat down and listened to my favorite music. I thought i have to decide now so I can listen to it everyday for 3weeks. I chose a song by the Linkin Park – Iridescent. So I browsed for some inspirational music videos. I found this to be my favorite so far:

I listened to many songs and was down to 4 choices; the other 3 were: Dig by Incubus, Fix you by Coldplay and Broken by Lifehouse.

I usually do the weekly activities before the graded ones but this time I am doing the reverse since I will be home for the whole week.ย  Hmmm…not saying I will stick to it, I do have a frog-like characteristic of leaping from one activity to another. So if you see me doing other activities that means I am stuck and need a break. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I forget, iridescent as an adjective meaning having various colors that change with movement and light.