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I have decided to bring back the lamp image from my earlier composition.
I am still undecided about the use of colour in my publication, at the moment I am leaning towards black and white as it does create a more sombre mood.

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Using the same houses and idea of cotton wool for chimney smoke.
This double page spread will be a sort of introduction to London in 1888.

The idea I have in terms of page order is to start at the top with the skyline, then to the houses and the people and lastly to the street floor with rats and murder.

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I’m nearly there!, this is a new composition with a few different paper cut houses to add variation.

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Not sure if the arrangement is too dense? Im getting this printed for my mock ups so I will get a better idea of what works.

This is the double page spread version with the addition of chimney smoke which is scanned in cotton wool.

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The image above is a good concept for the London skyline I wanted to capture for the environment introduction.

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These are just quick mock ups for possible single and double page layouts.
Eventually the text will be a photograph of handwritten chalk text which links to ‘Jack the Rippers’ chalk messages he left on the walls by some of his murders, this will be a constant feature of my publication.

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This is just a screen shot of the raw paper cut scans, I want quite a rich texture for this image but at the same time for it to look minimal and not over complicated.

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I need to decide on a size for my publication to get a proper idea in terms of canvas size to wok with, at the moment I am leaning towards A5 or a typical newspaper size if I decided to create a ‘zine’
With this image it is important to get across the cramp environment of East end streets so I might play around with adding more buildings and making them longer and thinner.

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I’ve started by adding a distorted texture of charcoal, it is such a beautiful texture but its just didn’t sit right with the image even when I lowered the transparency like in the example above.

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This second texture was created using a grey promarker and works a lot better than the charcoal texture maybe because it’s a relatively flat colour and the only distortion is subtle and minimal.

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Initially for this part of the image I hoped to photograph a real flame to sit in the lamp but the result didn’t work as I planned so instead I just used the paint tool on photoshop on a low hardness to create a soft edge like light caught in the thick air.
I’m not sure if I like the colour/if it is needed so I will also try a black and white version.

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This last example is just a play around with transparency and the idea of shadows lurking in the lamps light.
The variation in creeper size does add an eery feel to the image which I love!

My creepers are a representation of the people of west end London in 1888.
I want the scenes to be set in the cramps slums of London.

My first example isn’t really a good representation of what I want to depict but the idea had been in my head for a while and I thought I might as well jot it down as it could be a possible image for the ripper.

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My next ideas work better in terms of creating a place for the creepers to hide…

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This is a really simple representation of my idea, I want to capture the cramp streets with the creepers poking out of alleys.
My final idea is possibly my favourite, this could either work as single pages or a double page spread.
The single page compositions are pretty self explanatory but the double page spread would be completely black with just the outlines of the building, lamp, creepers and so on with just the lights as a negative space.

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Apologies for the shoddy photograph.

I feel I’m nearly there!

The sharpness of the paper cut outs work a lot better for me although I couldn’t create a distressed effect like the paint I have tried to combine the two.

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I actually thought this would add to the image but it looks really out of place against the clean cut line of the rest of the body.
One of my earlier thoughts was that my creepers were not human enough, so to solve the problem above I have added hands to the creepers to give them another human element.

For this is looked at the artist Rob Bliss would was one of the concept artist from the Harry Potter films. In particular I have been looking at his work on developing the dementors.

He has an extensive and beautiful portfolio, I recommend a look.

http://www.krop.com/robbliss/portfolio/#/

The initial drawings were that of almost mummy like figure with the most amazing crooked and elongated fingers which would be perfect for my creepers.

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I am still undecided about the feet, I don’t think they would be that important in the compositions I am thinking about where the figures stand long, it could be an idea to have the figures legs off the page to emphasis hight.

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My final poster is a controversial fact,

It takes 25 otters to make a fur coat

I think this is almost the most important poster and possibly the hardest to convey.
My idea was to keep a consistent background so they still sit as a set and construct a coat out of otter and have it floating on the water.

To highlight the somber nature of the fact I wanted to keep the background rather still and dead so ive not included any fish or swimming otters but instead the grape vines from my first poster.

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So this is the coat, I wanted to keep to using only 25 otters but this proved to be really difficult but I am really happy with my final design.
From a distance it appears to be just a coat until you get up close and see the outlines which I think is quite a shocking image as a fur coat doesnt always highlight the shapes of the animals so I guess its almost an out of sight out of mind situation. 

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I finally added a layer of background colour and used the eraser tool to leave what looks like water on top of parts of the coat.
I then added bubbles to appear as if the coat is drowning under the water.

The final addition was my idea of blood oozing from the coat to highlight (to me personally) the brutally of wearing fur.
I achieved this by taking photographs of ink in water which was really fun to do, I recommend giving it a go the shapes are beautiful.

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Okay so I was hoping to blog my project as I went along but you know how it is when a deadline is approaching and you go into your own world. So basically I ran out of time to blog…

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My ‘amazing’ poster

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After constructing my otters I decided to break up the brown with a lighter face shape, which would also highlight the hand rendered detail.
The example above was my first test but it is possible too much especially as my female otter wont have the same shape on her face.

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These are my chosen shapes for the faces, the only thing I have noticed is to be consistent  with my previous poster the nose would have to be a paper cut shape.

 

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As you can see from this images the colours of the otters is changed (this wasnt intentional but due to my scanner changing the colours) but this does actually make the detail more visible.

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The most important element of the poster, the holding hands. This proved to be rather difficult but I think my final attempt does look like the paws are holding each other.

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I finally made the male otter slightly darker to show a bit of contrast between the two paws and tah dah, two otters holding hands:)

In addition I hope to make some valentines cards in the same design for valentines day next year.

My next poster is an amazing fact.
Otters hold hands when sleeping so they dont drift away, this is such a cute fact so I intend to add an element of cuteness to the poster.

I have started off with my background layer of fish to remain consistent to the previous poster. This is quite a dominant background so I wont need to add too many elements.

I have also added some lilly pads to be a sort of special edition to this poster so there is some difference between my first.

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