Category Archives: Abstract

Kylie – White Diamond

Have just started a new project inspired by those song lyric + photo pieces of design that are pretty common online. These pieces were firstly inspired by “White Diamond” – an unreleased ballad track by Kylie – which I decided would be the perfect title track to an alternative Kylie album of ballads, from album, b-side and unreleased tracks to reworked hits such as “I believe in you”.  To develop this idea as a design project I started experimenting with imagery and typography, which I hope to expand into packaging and promotion design for my “White Diamond” album concept.

The photo used is from an exclusive poster of Kylie from inside the “White Diamond” documentary DVD, which I photographed using shards of mirror to create an abstracted, fragmented diamond-like image, complimenting the similarly style “White Diamond” text used on the DVD. As well as my own minimal diamond logo concept, I started designing typographic elements using lyrics from different tracks, the “I believe in you” type based on a found font, which I experimented with decoratively by hand then re-created digitally – one of my first developed attempts at hand-drawn decorative typography made digital, which I’m actually pretty proud of (however much my hand aches from incessant pen clicking in illustrator).

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Designer: Super Serge

Thank you to Emily (fantastic blog here) for introducing me to this great designer; Thomas Girault – whose CSS Award-winning portfolio website you should definitely check out here. His work is a  mix of photography, digital illustration, bright colours, patterns and text – creating some stunning compositions and visuals that feel both incredibly abstract and modern, while at the same time quite retro and aged through the black and white photography and textured backgrounds. I would absolutely love to see some large prints of his work.

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Reflections #3

A cover/poster design concept I made for my next (planned) experimental film, Reflections #3 – inspired by the idea of distorted reflections of reality, and representions in different media from fashion photography and mainstream film to pornography, that affect our own views of ourselves, image, relationships and sex – and influence our obsessions with “beauty”, romanticized relationships and manafactured sex. This idea first inspired me to experiment with scanning mirrors – in creating the abstract, fragmented image that I decided to use as the dominant image, with the red-shard motif something I hoped to carry on into the mise-en-scene and framing of the film. Definitely one of my favourite cover designs 🙂

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Where?

Two experimental photographic/typographic spreads developing the concept and aesthetic of my book project – looking at how light, colour and pattern can be more dominant than the physical structure of place in creating atmosphere in the experience of a place.

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Drawing with mirrors

Created these and numerous other images by experimenting with mirrors, light and a scanner.

David Foldvari

Just come across this fantastic Illustrator. Quite surreal, dark imagery distorting the meaning of portraits. Love the mix of textures and media too – the combination of biro and dye here work really well, the slightly red black ink with the single strip of red dye.

“David’s work is bold, darkly humorous and often political in tone, his considered and energetic draftsmanship having led to a prolific output both personally and commercially. Some of his previous clients include the New York Times, Greenpeace, Random House, Penguin Books, Dazed & Confused and Island Records. In 2007 he earned a D&AD award for involvement on Nike Run London and for his input on Beck’s The Information.” – (http://www.bigactive.com/illustration/david-foldvari)

Check out more of his work: http://www.davidfoldvari.co.uk/Site/home.html

Craww

“Ascend” by UK based graphic designer and artist Craww.

Stunning, ethereal illustrative pieces, the use of different media – evident pencil drawing, and paint/dye/watercolour – creating quite a dreamy, airy feel.

Girls with large, expressive hands and sad looks seem quite disturbing for your every day images, the sort that you might think twice about plastering on your wall. The best way to describe Craww’s work is to say that it is simultaneously beautiful and haunting. He uses a variety of different mediums including pencil, paint and spilt ink. The girls in the images tend to take tragic poses and look utterly tormented.
UK-based graphic designer and artist Craww is interested in the ambiguity of images. When you take a closer look at his work it is interesting to see that there is a consistency thoughout the collection of paintings. In almost all of them there are some clearly visible crows. The collection of dark graphics seems, quite bizarrely, to be a good fit for one’s home or studio wall, which is why he formed a team with self-adhesive surface graphics company, Blik. It is now possible to have your own dark, yet amazing, ornamental Craww design decorating your wall.” – (http://www.onesmallseed.net/profiles/blogs/craww-spilt-ink)

Collages with manipulates magazine imagery by me – experimenting with fragmenting images, and different compositions and presentation making use of negative space and symmetry.

Really like the striking colours, and the apparent simplicity of presentation drawing attention to the anbstract, geometric images.

Fine Art experimental work by me – creating art works from limited materials.

Especially like the effects created by the nails on card – using light to “draw” interesting patterns.

Also like the simplicity of the second, collage piece – was originally intended to be shown the other side up, making more use of patterns cut into the red and blue card, but the simplicity of the grey sheet with only the arrow shape showing through was eventually far more striking – through use of negative space.

Work by Ian Francis – Another great example of abstracted figure painting, with an almost graphic, shattered feel to the background.

“Ian Francis was born in 1979 in Bristol, England, and graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. His work concentrates on the particulars of modern experiences things like television, world events, celebrities, and day-to-day living. He held his first US solo show at BLK/MRKT in 2007.”

“Ian Francis’ hyper-intelligent, multi-layered, work is intricate in form and content. It’s effortlessly uncomfortable whilst at the same time dramatically appealing; seemingly parochial yet peppered with pan-national references. Figures in intimate situations are illuminated by far-reaching backdrops. Mainstream motifs play out complex, open-ended scenes made with the ultra-modern methods of graphic art pioneers Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean.

Francis himself says his work is “about pornography and news reports from warzones rather than sex and death”, echoing the atomized and hedonistic nature of modern everyday life. He has repeated that his work is “about celebrity”, but equally it concerns a lack of it. However, for all this the human spirit cannot be dulled and remains a force; hope, pleasure, laughter and love remain. Ian Francis is one of several Lazarides artists originating from the West Country of England.” – (http://www.lazinc.com/artists/ian-francis/)