Sunday, 1 May 2011

Couldn't not have a post without the mention of the Wedding...

Firstly, I hope you all had you hair done, dresses out etc for the BIG day; the wedding of the year/ century blah blah blah...yes it was lovely but by the time the highlights were on, I was ready to switch over to Channel 4 for Come Dine With Me. The only dilemma I faced was on which channel to watch, BBC or ITV? I went for ITV...
However, this has been to my attention and I thought it would be rude not to share. Very funny...Hope you enjoy!

The Royal Wedding: Abridged! Cribble crap: If you didn't have three hours to watch The Royal Wedding, or the patience, here's an abridged version to get you up... 

Just a couple of clips from the link. I recommend a viewing.

It's been a while...

It has been a while since my last post and I have to say that I am working overtime- or at least, I should say that I am suffering from sleep deprivation!
The interview for Watford is fast approaching- a bit too fast for my liking! I have been up learning, reciting, scribbling down all the UK's leading ad agencies and their clients. I have been reading up on the history of adverts and all the famous campaigns. For example, the Levi's Launderette campaign. I can tell you that BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty) work with KFC, Barclays Bank, Audi etc; TBWA work with Whiskers cat food, Muller Yoghurts and John Smith. I won't bore you anymore, but I feel overwhelmed with information- and I still don't know what is expected of me on the big day...

In saying that, I had a professional portfolio review the other day, in which I received positive feedback and some very invaluable advice- so thats always nice to hear.

I have also been working on a campaign for BirdsEye Fish Fingers as part of my portfolio. I have actually had great fun working on it and experimenting with various slogans. Due to the industry, I won't be posting my ideas up on here yet- maybe in a few weeks IF I get a place on the course. Finger Crossed- or perhaps more to the point, Fish Fingers Crossed!

I was also contemplating working on a campaign to encourage people to take up cycling over the summer- or more simply, to advertise Bicycles... 

As I am updating you on my creative life to date, I wanted to alert you to the typography on the McCaan Erikson Website (Subway, Mastercard, Coca Cola and I Can't Believe it's not Butter). I really loved the hand rendered text and thought that it makes/ ads a really funky, unique quality to the website. It's not as formal as some of the other websites I have been browsing, (like WPP).
So on that note, below is the typography I have been talking about. However in conjunction with the text, they also had some really characterful illustrations on the website like ALOT!

I really like the simplicity of the bear, the use of line and the incorporation of text...please do 'show me the money'...I'm waiting!

AND, now back to my Google collection;

Over the past few days, there have been some really interesting creations. I thought there may have been one relating more to the Royal Wedding- after all, everything else has been, however to my surprise they have decorative and dream like. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Catch up.

Its been about a week since I last updated the Blog- and what a busy week it's been. My postcards have now arrived and they do look good- even if I say so myself. So much so that I am now unsure whether I should print the final images for the exhibition on a semi gloss paper or 100% matte? decisions decisions...
I have also been preparing for my Watford interview and reading up on all the major ad agencies within the UK; all the creatives and which agency have which clients. My main struggle has been remembering all the abbreviations for the firms. For example, BMB, BBH, TBWA and WCRS. I still need to wise up on my advertising history...for example the WCRS Dambusters advert for Carling Black Label. (Apparently the most expensive advert ever made).

The above image is a clip from the famous Dambusters advert.

To continue on my theme of 'cool' Google images, I have one more to upload from the weekend. They have definitely proved to be a point of discussion between me and my friends! 

Going back to the theme of advertising, I just want to alert you to the new T-Mobile advert- a brilliantly funny Royal Wedding some what piss take. (Please excuse the language). It definitely made me chuckle when I saw it. The advert shows Royal look-a-likies bopping/ dancing down the red carpet at the church; they are so accuate, its hard to believe that its not Camilla enjoying a little grove!

The clip above shows 'Prince Charles' and 'Camilla' sharing a romantic wiggle'...

The Whole 'Royal Clan'.

Thats over and out folks!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bill Sharp-

As a point of reference, I am going to add Bill Sharp to my list of research material. He is an artist/ painter of urban landscapes, in which many of his paintings have similar subject matter to my photographs. He primarily uses oil and watercolour paints, yet sometimes ventures into the world of mixed-media. 

Below are some examples of his recent work:

I have to say that I am not a fan of expressionist paintings, moreover I know that the fine art style of image doesn't support my style of work nor my preferred method of working, yet the subject matter does. I think the images above show, like my photographs, how our natural landscapes are being destroyed with the growth/ development of underpasses, train tracks and general construction. 

Latest Photographic work for EEEEMMMMMPPPP.

I am now on Easter break, and even though it should be a time for eating lots and lots of chocolate, sitting in the sun and taking walks along Bournemouth's beautiful beach, I am lucky if I get to leave my room for lunch. Sad times.

I am working on/ experimenting with new photographic images, layering, editing etc. I have also been monitoring my poor bean seeds as well as prepping for my Watford interview. (4 weeks today I may add). And even though that is a fair amount of time, I just feel under pressure to get everything done and to the best of my ability. I don't want to fall at the last hurdle- like the poor horses at the Grand National on Saturday...

I am trying to be as organized as possible and therefore have written my 2000 word reflective essay- although it needs re-structuring and doesn't actually need to be in an essay format. I have decided to submit it in the style of a little booklet so I can incorporate some of my Watford work. Unfortunately, as I have replaced my sketchbook with my blog for the EMP, I can't use my blog twice- ie. in replacement for writing the essay. Again, sad times. 

Anyhoo, below are some of my latest photographic experiments.

Over the past few weeks, I have found that I have a new interest. I am becoming increasingly fascinated by Google's creativity when it comes to their logo. I have been taking note on their varying topics, from cakes/ice-creams and food to Science and technology. It maybe insignificant to most people, but due to the amount of time I spend on Google and how reliant I am on them, I want to thank them for brightening up my daily internet experience. Thanks Google. On that note, below is yesterdays and today's designs.


Saturday, 9 April 2011

The Sun is out and the Beans are growing.

Its been about 10 days since I last checked on the beans, and there have 'bean' some major changes. Sorry for the awfully bad pun! Below are some of the photographs to document their progression.

The photos above show the seed that has had access to normal light conditions and has been maintained at room temperature. In contrast however, the pictures below document the seed that has been kept in the fridge. (Therefore restricted temperature). I am still surprised at how much the seed has grown despite the harsh conditions of the fridge drawer!

So that's it for today with the beans folks! Got to get on with some interview preparation for Watford! Scary stuff.

The only thing I have 'bean' considering (sorry, couldn't resist), is whether I should exhibit any of the Bean Seed photographs at the end of year show? I really like some of the pictures and think they make interesting images, yet I am unsure whether they would fit/ work alongside my landscape photographs. Something to think about I suppose.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Bean Seeds Continued...

Since starting the Runner Bean Seed experiment, I have become slightly excited about their development despite their unusual conditions. (I know they freak some people out)! Here are some more photos to record their recent growth activity...

I have also uploaded some new photo experiments that maybe part of my EMP submission. I am really enjoying Photoshop at the moment (and the results even more so). I hope you like them too :-)

I still just need to work out the size in which I want them printed and on which paper/ material.