Brief – Design a set of at least 3 postcards that say something about who you are, and your interests.
The first thing I did was a couple of brainstorms about me and my graphical interests.
I chose to do 4 postcards, the subjects being Family, Tattoos, Science Fiction and Fantasy. I chose these because I think that they give a good idea of who I am and my interests. My plan is to choose one or more of my graphical interests and designs my subjects based on those styles.
Next I looked up some images to support my brainstorms.
1920’s to 1950’s Advertising
Drawing of our family by Jesse Haylett (aged 4)
Looking at existing postcards
I had a look online to see if I could find postcards that represent the subjects and interests I wanted to base my cards on.
Graphic Novel postcards
Science fiction postcards
I noticed that the postcards all look quite old fashioned, probably due to them more fashionable then than they are today. I think this works well for my 1920’s ideas.
With all the images and subject ideas in place, I started designing my Tattoo postcard.
My first idea was to follow the process, so I took a picture of my tattooist and turned him into a stencil using carbon paper.
Although I like this image, it’s reasoning is not immediately clear. So I decided to try and follow Angelique’s process using the same image.
I’m pleased with this image. I followed a similar process and the outcome is fitting for what I want to use it for. I like the look of the MOLBY advert (above, in 1920’s research) and wanted to incorporate this image in to something like that.
This follows the process I wanted, but after some feedback and looking back over my work, the advert is for a machine, but the machine itself features very little in the final piece. I’m happy with the wording, I chose to write it like this because old adverts claimed ridiculous things, based on what they wanted to sell as opposed to facts.
These are the sort of images that I think should feature in my advert.
Next I wanted to work on my science fiction postcard. After brainstorming and sketching some ideas, I decided that ships are the strongest and most recognisable imagery.
I have, in the past seen some fan art that had recreated images with quotes from the film/series and tried it out with the ships.
Although I like the idea of this, I can’t seem to get it quite right. The image has quotes on it as opposed to being made of quotes. Also, it raises the question, would I have just one card with 3 ships on it or 3 ships on one card? And if there were 3 ships made up of quotes, would the writing be big enough to see?
I went back to my sketchbook and decided to put all 3 ships (Serenity, Millennium Falcon and the Tardis) into one image.
SCI FI POSTCARD
I wanted to follow a similar theme with the Fantasy postcard, so looked at what I thought would be good images from 3 of my favourite stories, Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Game of Thrones.
The shapes of these images do not work well together.
I went back to my brainstorm, and decided to try out a house sigil and motto.
For my Family postcard, I wanted to go back to the style of 1920’s adverts.
I decided that from the few ideas I had, I’d chose to do something with a family tree. I wanted to use a plain tree with no leaves that would translate well into black and white, and images of myself and my husband to illustrate the people in the family.
I turned it into a family tree making/tracking service so that it would fit into an advert. I used the font and address as a cross over from my other interests.
Overall, as my first assignment, I’m pleased with how this went. Looking back over it, I think that the process could have been clearer and more consistent. This was a steep learning curve for me, and I have picked up a lot about research, process and the systems I use on my computer.