Since my last wow blog I’ve undergone a few different changes and had new experiences in the world of graphic design. It’s been a difficult time putting myself and my work out there, I have applied for different internships and been rejected with no understanding of why so the last few months have been a journey for me to accept rejection and focus on myself and the work I want to do.
I am currently working on my photo manipulation and composition skills to further the quality of the work I wish to produce, this has included my understanding of lighting and perspective to a greater degree than I had before but I’ve noticed an improvement in my work because of this. I use a lot of stock photography and my own photography in my work which can make it difficult to get the resources I need especially with a restricted budget but I’ve managed to find alternative methods such as free stock photography websites. The main part I find interesting in creating composites is how using so many different components in a workspace can bring a still image to life but you can also achieve this through different effects and fully understanding the scene of which you wish to create. To further my work I’d like to learn 3D modelling and rendering so that I can create my own assets to be used in either static or motion design, through the university I can get access to lynda.com and this is likely where I will do some tutorials.
Internships have been difficult to attain recently for me, I started the year strongly with working with Alan Kitching and working with MA students creating posters and visual work but the most recent positions I have applied for have not been as successful. An example of this was Atlantic studios a film and documentary company in London that I produced a live sample of work to prove my skills and this sadly did not get me the job, I would like to hear back from them some feedback from my work but have had no response. An upside to this is I’ve recently started working with Miguel Ramos Artime a filmmaker on the MA LCC course and he has appointed me quite a lot of work that surrounding the film he is to be producing in the up and coming year.
For my self initiated project I will be travelling home to the southeast coast to work with Paul Crawley in Margate. Paul is an old tutor of mine and worked at UCA (University of Creative Arts) he’s worked in the industry for many years and has access to some amazing facilities. Paul co-owns a letterpress and design studio in margate and has invited me to come and work alongside him helping to produce some work of his, I will also have access to the full facilities meaning I can produce my own letterpress prints. I am very keen to make some strong political posters in correlation with the recent black lives matter protests depicting the message of “All of the Power to All of the People” this to me is a very strong message in light of recent event from all around the globe and I’d love to show my support to the cause.
Planning for the future
For the coming future, I have a few plans to get myself motivated and goals to work towards, After completing my work with Miguel on his film I shall work towards creating more concept art forms of work combining my photoshop and drawing skills, this will be a challenge but I feel improving my drawing skills will allow for me to create more diverse and better quality outcomes. Alongside this, I’d also like to learn new skills such as video editing/ animation or rendering 3d objects in programs such as blender or cinema 4d. I will also be applying for more full-time positions in studios either that be making concept artwork or your more general graphics work such as promotions and editorial work.
In conclusion for my diploma in professional studies year so far I’ve learnt a great deal about how to work with clients and how to create work that fits their needs which is something I personally have not yet experienced and hopefully I can get more freelance projects to build up my portfolio.