Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Life Cycles Evaluation

You should answer questions in depth.  You should use thumbnail sketches, diagrams or scanned imagery to make your points clearer. Evaluation should be a minimum of 800 words long, word-processed and checked for spelling.
  • How have you approached this project, what did you do first? Discuss the stages of the project such as mindmapping, collation of research and how exactly you arranged and manipulated this information?   Discuss aspects such as composition, using  primary and secondary sources, using text and symbols to get a message\atmosphere over, layout, etc. 
  • What message does this leaflet make about your life cycle?    What do you want the viewer to think when they see these images - a feeling for the moment, a sense of nostalgia, atmosphere, poignant reflection.
  • How has text appeared on your leaflet?  What font have you chosen and what "feel" have you tried to communicate?
  • What workshop techniques have you used within your sketchbook/leaflets and how do you think these have changed, modified or transformed your imagery? Please discuss each technique in turn. 
  • How exactly have you changed/modified and amended ideas and how do you think these decisions have improved your outcome in your sketchbook? 
  • Of the differing approaches to image making that you were asked to explore, which final images do you think are the most successful and why? Discuss each approach in turn. Consider mentioning things such as formal elements, aesthetics, the use of tactile qualities, markmaking, simplicity, linear effects, layout, experimental use of media.
  • Who or what has influenced you for this project (these may be artists, designers, fellow students).  How exactly have they affected your working process or ideas?
  • What techniques, effects or working methods have they achieved in their work that you feel have been a governing influence on your work? i.e.  use of mark-making, layout, colour, surface, ideas, atmosphere, messages suggested. 
  • How have your ideas changed whilst working through this sketchbook.  How do later pages compare with earlier ones.  Have you changed the way you make images?  Are they more experimental?  Refer to the visual approaches more, embrace your life cycles in inventive/original ways, use colour and text, mask areas, make parts legible/illegible etc. 
  • Taking the final leaflet in turn explain how you have developed the sides you have composed.  How have you selected each panel next to one another.  Was this purely a colour, contrasting idea or is there a theme, development of an idea, sentence, order, etc. that the leaflets follow?
  • How would you resolve, modify or change the final piece of work you have produced if you had a further 5 weeks of study. Do you think you have used your time wisely within this project?  How have you used lessons, private study times and have you stuck to the interim homework deadlines?  

Monday, 6 July 2015


Photo Editing, Photo-Shopped Images, Answer the following within your sketchbooks - 500 words minimum.

1.      List some of the digital manipulation you have done to change your photographs and experimental pieces. 

2.      What tools have you used within Photoshop, or other programmes and  how has your knowledge been extended for this project?

3.      Explain in detail, with reference to images, how you have manipulated one image to create an imaginative effect. Illustrate your work with a set of sequential images (screen shots) to demonstrate the changes you have made.

4.      How would you make an image on Photoshop mimic an old photograph? What techniques/tools would you use? 

5.      How can you create experimental images in the darkroom?  Consider photograms, paper negatives, chemical/water effects, sandwich prints? Please show examples. Which ways of working do you prefer with reason why?

6.      Now you have produced your leaflet, what photographic paper could you use to print your imagery out on? Inkjet paper, laser, photographic quality paper; matt or glossy finish etc. What is the difference between these papers and what is the best quality to use for leaflet? 

Please try to use the following terminology to help answer the above questions:
Photographic materials: e.g. light sources (artificial, natural), cameras (digital, film-based), lenses (wide angle, telephoto, zoom, close-up), film (black and white, colour, negative, positive), photographic paper, printers (inkjet, dye sublimation), printing paper, processing chemicals, toning chemicals, dyes, inks, photo-finishing media, image handling software, computers, output devices, printers
Photographic processes: e.g. image capture, recording, image manipulation, editing, capturing movement, focusing, depth of field, calculating exposures, film processing, digital input, output, darkroom techniques, organising, storing, backing up, retrieving, photo finishing, image transfer.

You also need to complete the final overall written evaluation for the project (see guidance at the end of the project brief) this should be word processed and approx. 800 words and should be handed in with sketchbooks and your final leaflet at the latest Wednesday 8th July 2015.