Thursday, 26 February 2009

Initial Research Tutorial with Kit

This tutorial went really well and has restored my confidence in my idea and that I am on the right track - I needed this!

It was nice to just explain what I have been looking into so far and how far I had got in my sketch book. I explained that I had just started my initial research by looking at the history of Paris and the setting at the time the Moulin Rouge came about. 

Which includes the year of 1889 - Effiel Tower being built, First Cinematic Screening, State of the Industrial Revolution, The Nineteenth 'The Belle Epoque'.

Although these topics don't relate directly to my project I am researching them briefly to give me and understanding of the style of life at this time which would have influenced and been reflected in the 2001 film.

After this I will move onto look at the Art surrounding this era such as: Art Nouveau, Japonism, Post Impressionism, Lithography, Printing facilities at that time and not forgetting Henri Toulouse - Lautrec.

Kit gave me some really positive feedback and gave me even more direction. We agreed that my Illustrations will need to be something new and fresh, and showing the colour and flamboyancy of the Moulin Rouge. She also suggested that I look at new elements I could bring in to my style like screen printing which I will defiantly do.

Artist & work to research surrounding this are Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe prints, and the Banksy Kate Moss prints.

But Kits main advice was to make sure that I am moving forward, and not get carried away with all the research leaving me not enough time to produce my final piece. As there are alot of things I will need to look into like analysis the film and quotes to support my illustrations. I need to focus on moving forward both the practical and modern research with the historical research, keeping the balance right. 

1st Meeting for Pal Manual

We had our first meeting today regarding the Pal manual where everyone showed anything they had produced so far. 



It went really well and we soon established how we were going to work together to produce this as everyone was allocated a different area to develop.

These are as follows - 

Luke is going to reword the existing literature to a much more suitable volume which can then be placed onto the design.

George is going to be in charge of contacting printing companies/ finding out the costs for what we propose to do.

Tom and Lewis will be working together to design the layout of the Pal manual after presenting their initial ideas.

Then Me, Nick and Emily will produce illustrations to support the literature.

However this did propose a problem as we decided that the manual needs to run with an ongoing theme throughout, so by having the work of three different illustrators with three different styles might not work.  So it was suggested that we each come up with our own work and then what ever designs are most suitable/work the best will be used. 

But on the other hand there will be three sections for the manual which are: Principles of Pal, Group techniques and then Activities. Which would mean one of us would be allocated a section each to Illustrate depending on how similar a style we can work.  Only we have to wait for the layout to be designed first anyway, before Tom and Lewis can tell us what illustrations they want for where, which is slightly annoying as I just want to get stuck in.

It has been decided that there are going to be two separate parts that will be produced.

The first will be the actual PAL MANUAL and the second will be more like a folder to support the Pal Manual which you can add handout/your own notes/timetables to etc. As the actual manual needs to be kept so that a wide range of different courses can use it at the AIB, the supporting folder will be more personal to the course of study and the student. 

I feel like we are going to be really successful in working together to produce something worthwhile that will used by students after us to help and support them with their learning, not just on our course but across the whole Arts Institute. 

Brief Pal Manual

Today I was briefed on the Pal Manual, which gave me the basic understanding of what this project is and what is expected to be achieved by us. I am glad that I am now on the same level and up to date with the rest of the group. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Live brief - Pal Manual

I have emailed Kit today after Neil suggested I should regarding the Pal manual. So hopefully as they haven't began with this yet I will be able to work on this brief as well. I am very anxious that I haven't yet done a live brief and the deadline for PPRD is getting closer and closer, plus I would like to work on something that we can leave our mark on for following years students to come.

Hi Kit,

I was wondering if there is still time.. could I join in on this brief.

I emailed Neil at the end of last week to ask what Illustration briefs he had and he recommended I got in contact with you about this one.

I know the others have already been briefed.



Time Planning - Brown Book and Calender

As of today I have brought a small book in which I am going to write lists of everything I want to do/need to do for each day. So it will be like an organiser/diary but will also give me the opportunity of setting personals goals. I am hoping that this will allow me to structure my time more carefully and by seeing a list of individual things I need to do, it will give me the drive to aim to get these things done.

Here is yesterdays list:
  • Carry on with FMP - Complete research in sketchbook on 'The history of Paris at the time of the Moulin Rouge'.
  • Catch up with blog for the weekend and yesterday.
  • Email Sally to arrange a tutorial.
James Ramsay has also emailed round a calender which he has created up until May, for everyone to use - thanks James!!

I will defiantly be printing a copy off of this to use to see what I have got to do, and when its got to be done by.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Session with Charlotte

We had a really helpful session with Charlotte today who after getting us to brainstorm key words surrounding our essay titles, showed us how to search databases to find relevant books, journals, campaigns etc.

I am very pleased we had this session because I have been struggling to find campaigns for my title to hopefully on here it will broaden my choices and provide me with the suitable research which I can then base my essay on.