Thursday, 3 March 2016

Illustration Project - Check List to date & forthcoming Drawing Tasks

So far you should have the following work in your books:
  • Research into Roald Dahl (1 page is fine)
  • Research into Quentin Blake's illustrations for Dahl's books, include reproductions of his work, background information, analysis of his style and at least one visual response. (2 pages)
  • Research into 2 films inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, some background information, justified personal opinion and images from the films (1 page for each film).
  • At least 3 pages of storyboarding for your photoshoot, this should be a mix of quick sketches and annotation. Sketches should explore potential compositions for photos; annotation should include quotes from the book that you are illustrating and lists of requirements (models, postures, expressions, locations, props, costume, make up, lighting etc.).
  • 1 or more pages showing some good examples of existing storyboards, with brief analysis.
  • Contact sheets of prints from your photoshoot.
  • Larger prints (A4/A5) of a range of your best shots.
  • Research into one narrative photographer with fantastical elements - e.g. Annie Liebovitz, Ruven Afanador, Viona Ielegems, Tim Walker. 2 pages with imagery, background and some of your own analysis of a couple of specific shots, consider what practical steps went into creating the image we see. So discuss location, models, postures, costume, props, make up, composition, lighting, camera angle, post-production.
Now you have some exciting photographic imagery to work from it is time to get stuck into some drawing, which is after all a key skill in illustration.
By Monday 14th March you should complete the following:
  • At least 2 sustained full page careful observational drawings from your photographs, use different media for each of these - e.g. one tonal image in pencil, and one piece in biro. Fine liners or coloured pencils might be other media to consider using for these controlled pieces.
  • 4 or more quick expressive drawings - we will complete these in class against the clock!
  • Research into 2 narrative illustrators, these MUST be one historical and one contemporary practitioner. In this research it is important to give background biographical information on each illustrator, analyse some specific images in terms of content, technique and media and justify your own opinions on the work. You also need to compare the illustrators from different eras and describe how you feel illustration has changed over time. This research is set to meet the requirements of the Narrative Illustration Unit, so MUST be done well. Choose one from each of these lists: 

Chris Haughton

Axel Scheffler

Shaun Tan

Oliver Jeffers

Hope Gangloff

Dave McKean

Randolph Caldecott

E.H. Shepard

Arthur Rackham

Beatrix Potter

Sir John Tenniel

Walter Crane

After you have researched your 2 illustrators you will need to produce some visual responses to their work. These responses should be undertaken in a similar way to how we approached the responses to Fashion Illustrators in the Trashion Project.
  • Using your own photographs as inspiration produce 2 interpretations of your images in the style of each illustrator you have researched - that is 4 illustrations in total. Take time over these and do your best to really replicate the style and use appropriate media.
  • Also over the next 10 days you should complete a second photoshoot so you have fresh imagery for printmaking the following week. If you used the studio for your first shoot then try to do something on location, whilst you may use some common elements (like the models for specific characters) you should aim to investigate different scenes from the original Dahl text you are basing your project around.

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