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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 🙂

Ok! Next one!!


Illustration project

Posted: October 11, 2012 in illustration, Uncategorized, week6, week7
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It is funny how i managed to use up my time and how fast time passed by. Tomorrow would be the deadline for illustration project and i am very unsure how i am doing. I spend all my free time (spent my autumn break too) studying and processing this project and some on the side. Anyway, I am here to learn. This blog is to get a peek as to what was/is in my mind doing this piece. Sketches below include those of my first choice of song. I think i should include it as I did spent much time on it and it did lead me to my chosen illustration.

The big part was the sketch of a yellow negative background, the red part and accent is on the other page. I burnt a whole to show it.

I think the song is really about love and sometimes love hurts

this was inspired by the bond of union by M.C. Escher


chosen  sketch and it is the part of the song ‘and you know, for you I’d bleed myself dry

I really like this  if the background is simpler and the accent red is paint blob

The sketches below were for the first song:

“Using a SRL camera, practicing the use of manual camera controls. In this second learning activity you are going experiment with shutter speed and a manual focus.

You are asked to visit an active environment (anything that moves), creating two series of photos:

Action 1: Use very fast shutter speeds to freeze movements.

Action 2: Using slow shutter speeds to create an illusion of movement (motion blur)

Tip: use a stand or another support for the camera to avoid an out of focus image.

You are required to use a manual focus on all of the photographs, and write down the camera settings for each shot.”

Sunday morning, I went out early to do this week’s assignment. I was lucky with the weather and I hope it continues until I can get some materials for my portfolio due November. Anyways, the autumn color is really making me fall in love with nature and make me forget about time. I took some pictures of the stream nearby for this assignment and also took something else…a type of insect I am not sure what it was. 🙂 (hjortelus?)


It was dark in the forrest so I had to use large aperture and increased ISO to freeze the water which was raging fast. Camera on tripod with polarizing filter (removed for the freezing action) manual focus and spot metering. No photoshop except for file sizing.

1/200 sec; f/4.5; ISO 1600 at 46mm

20.0 sec; f/20; ISO 100 at 38mm

1/20 sec; f/13; ISO 100 at 95mm


1/500 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640 at 130mm

“Using SRL camera, practicing the use of manual camera controls. In this first learning activity you are going to experiment with the aperture and manual focus. (In the next learning activity you´ll be setting manual shutter speed).

You are going to experiment with depth of field creating two series of photos:

  • Landscape (using large depth of field)
  • Close-ups (using shallow depth of field)

Seasonal images (summer, fall, winter, spring) should be the theme for these photo-series.
You are required to use manual focus on all of the photographs, and write down the camera settings for each shot.”

LANDSCAPE (use of large DoF) (used tripod, polarizing filter, auto WB and 18mm focal length) No photoshop editing except for file sizing. Please ignore the unintentional framing.

1/80 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100

1/15 sec; f/11; ISO 100

1/6 sec; f/18; ISO 100

1/4 sec; f/22; ISO 100


CLOSE UP: (handheld, used polarizing filter, auto WB) No photoshop editing except for file sizing. Aperture wasn’t changed, just the focal length.

1/40 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100 at 135mm

1/25 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100 at 200mm

1/50 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100 at 200mm

1/20 sec; f/5.6; ISO 100 at 75mm



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!