Research Point – Available Software

Software available to me

I have the full adobe suite. I intend on using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. My knowledge of these programs is very basic, Photoshop being the one I have used most so far. I have a lot to learn in all 3, so far I have been using Youtube, when I’ve struggled to work something out.

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Exercise – Abstract Cities

Abstract Cities

“Create a series of abstract designs in which you balance blocks of subordinate, dominant and accent colours”

I was given a list of 10 cities, to create book covers for. I did some basic research on each city, to get an idea of which colours and shapes to use.

I started with Madrid:

madrid

 006-hotel-madrid-centro-palacio-comunicaciones-1500x900 madrid madrid, daytime

Spain_Flag_big

After looking at Madrid, brainstorming and collecting some images, I decided that I would base my book covers on landmarks and flags. It seemed like a consistent system with which to work through the exercise.

Using Illustrator, I designed my Madrid cover.

Madrid

Although I had used the colours and overall shape I had set out to use, I wasn’t sure that I had achieved what I wanted. I asked someone for feedback, their response being that I had my subordinate and dominant colours mixed up. So I tried swapping them.

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 10.09.05

I wasn’t happy with this version. Red is definitely dominant here, so I swapped it back.

It this point, although I understood the concept of dominant, subordinate and accent colours, the example given in my folder and what I was trying to create was conflicting.

I decided to look at some other abstract artists and see if I could establish colour hierarchy in their work.

Fire-in-the-Evening-1929

piet-mondrian-gray-brown

g022_mondrian_gray_lines

The Snail 1953 by Henri Matisse 1869-1954

Below are my notes on the artists and what I feel is the colour order in each piece.

Scan 1

With this in mind, I felt a bit more confident in creating abstract work with a limited palette.

Madrid Book Cover

Madridv2

Malmo Background

Malmo

463px-Malmö coat of arms

201202-w-new-landmarks-turning-torso

 sweden-flag

Malmo Book Cover

Malmov2

Managua Background

Managua

Sandino

nicaragua-flag

Managua Book Cover

Managua

Manchester Background

Manchester

230px-Beetham_Tower_from_below

Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg

Manchester_Town_Hall_from_Lloyd_St

Manchester Book Cover

Print

Manhattan Background

Manhattan

us-nyman

New_york_times_square-terabass

i_b61477a4cddd3289be1548ef6e3e714cmadison-square-garden-1

Empire_State_Building_by_David_Shankbone

451px-ChryslerBuilding

Manhattan Book Cover

Manhattan

Marrakech Background

Marrakech

MoroccoFlag

800px-MoroccoMarrakech_Koutoubia_mosqueFromGarden1

250px-Koutbia

Marrakech Book Cover

Marrakech

Marseille Background

Marseille

800px-Flag_of_Marseille.svg

notredamedelagarde

saintvincentdepaulchurch

olympique marseille

Marseille Book Cover

Marseilles

Melbourne Background

Melbourne

melbourne-australia-landmarks

Flag_of_Melbourne

federationsq

Melbourne Book Cover

Melbourne

In the Melbourne cover, I decided to swap the dominant and subordinate colours around. Mostly for a change, as red has featured quite heavily in this exercise so far. I also wanted to see if I could make it work. I’m quite pleased with the outcome, I feel it’s one of the better of the series.

Montreal Background

Montreal

Montreal_Biosphere

Casino_de_Montréal

440px-Flag_of_Montreal.svg

Montreal Book Cover

Montreal

Mumbai Background

Mumbai

225px-Flag_of_India.svg

800px-Taj_Mahal_Palace_Hotel

754px-Gateway_of_India

Mumbai Book Cover

Mumbai

Self Critique

This was the hardest exercise so far. I felt that what I understood of colour has been somewhat confused! Because of this, and my strong dislike for abstract art I’m not confident in my execution/final pieces.

Something else that I felt went by the wayside was my font choices. There was no set process to choosing them, I used trial and error, selecting each one as I went along. Looking back, I’m not sure that I could/would have done it differently, unless I had used the same font on each cover.

I think the strongest of the series are Melbourne, Marseille, Marrakech and Manchester, because I think they follow the colour hierarchy as I had intended.