Project Proposal

After thinking of ideas and trying to form a good art movement to focus on and explore i have finally decided to work within Post modernism to create my project. Over the last few weeks i have realised that i have been doing alot of work in my journal which i keep for notes, drawings and anything else that i decide to put down in there. I have also been looking at old illustrations from astrology books and then scanning them into the computer and then digitally manipulating them with my own images to form these ‘collage’ like Images. This got me thinking into whether i could potentially develop it more and maybe combine the two to form a project. i started looking at photographers like Dan Eldon who after his death had his journals published. From this i have decided to develop the journal idea but combine the actual article with digital manipulation to create images. i plan to explore the diary aestetic of my journals and the idea of it’s privacy. Photographically i plan to take ‘snapshot’ like pictures using film of the spaces in which i live i.e Bedroom, but focus on more abstract objects and then afterwards i plan to manipulate these images. there is even the possibility of extending this and investigating more into not only my bedroom but other peoples also. working in Post moderinism i can research into artists like Tracy Emin for this idea, and also Photographers like Jurgen Chill. i plan to put all of the work together using Photoshop after all the physical material has been scanned in and create a digital journal. To present the work i wish to make a zine in which all the images are put together to form a constant collage of images with no borders and also the possibility of printing the pages as seperate articles and framing them and develop this idea as an option of presentation.

This is an example of the images i have been producing.

The Final Book Cover Designs

The Book Covers

These are the three images i have selected for my three book covers. The first one i consider as a minimalist approach, the second one a more postmodern design and the third i hope to get the effect of surrealism. The Postmodern one is the only one i think where i will crop the image and get a more closer view of the design instead of it being the full image. i think this will give a better effect with a certain crop. With the minimalist one i hope to edit the image to give it a more illustartive design. i chose this image because of it’s bold colour and i think when i’m editing the cover i can really bring out the colours by saturating them. i intend to do this to give it a more attractive and eye catching image. i think with all these images i will edited them a little bit to fit in with the design they become apart of. the main thing i will do is to change a few of the levels and saturation. i will be looking and finding fonts to use for the covers from Fontsquirrel. font squirrel is a free font site for commercial use where you can choose to make donations.

Book cover Research

George Orwell’s 1984 book cover

I have been looking at alot of minimalist book covers for my research. i cam across this version of 1984 by George Orwell. i can see that its more of an illustrative design but i like the way that it doesnt give the viewer much, it just has some simple shapes with some colours that complement each other. i think that i can take some presentation ideas from this design as it is composed well and gives an effective design with minimal prescence.

Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork orange

This is another minimal style of book cover design for A clockwork orange by anthony burgess. i think that this photograph works really well. as it’s a simple glass of milk it gives you a sense of intrigue and a clue about what’s in the book. having read the book i can identify with why a glass of milk is used and can say even though its only plays a small part in the story it is a great choice of subject matter to use as the cover photograph.

A Room for Romeo Brass

I started to look at other covers like on DVD’s and CD’s. i scanned in some of the covers from the ones i own, the ones that i feel have given me a few ideas. I really like the idea of these minimal front covers and when i started looking at a few of my dvd’s i came across this one from ‘A room for romeo brass’. i think that the simple pair of pants on the front give a few hints and a certain feel for the film, even before you have seen it. it has a certain amount of comedy to it but also interests you a little to find out what part they play in the story. Once again there is no obvious Inclusion of the pants in the film but it’s one of the things that is highlighted simply for the fact that it has been chosen for the cover. The colours really complement each other being quite primary and i think the handwriting style text really works well as it gives a more personal feel.

Millenium

this is the cover for the box set of ‘millenium’. i consider this to be more of a post-modern or modernist approach to the cover. i really like the colour and layering effect of image and symbol and it really gives of this great texture. The header text is very prominent and its composed well so it becomes part of the cover and the whole image rather than jus simply being placed upon there. i think through the colours used and the choice of image you get this sense of mystery and maybe even a sense of horror. you can pick up what type of programme it is by it’s cover, the cover communicates with the genre of the programme. millenium is a supernatural, drama with mystery and can also be classes as being a ‘thiller’. i think that the cover suggests this very well.

Douglas Coupland’s Generation X

at first i wasnt that impressed by this cover. until i looked at it more closely and realised that in the green there is actually a hue over a photograph to the point where you cant really see it. the photograph is just a simple shot of some clouds but they are really drowned out by this polluted green. this green works really well with the blue. i think that the actual photograph is a bit of a surreal feel but when combined with the rest of the book design it becomes another more minimal book cover design. this has given me the idea of experimenting with photographs to the point where they are not really even recognisable any more, this can give good texture and sometimes a very good surreal feel.

Nick Hornby

i have always liked nick hornbys book covers as they are kind of ‘comic’ like. they are illustrated but they are always in the same design with the text prominent and following through giving it a real sense of prescence. i like the really bold colours and it has given me the idea to edit images acoordingly so they become less real. saturate the colours to make it more attractive to the eye and choose a really prominent text.