Thursday, 13 May 2010

Informative Illustration: Postcards

I continued to work with the Time-To-Change campaign structure to produce these postcards illustrating facts relating to mental health. After a really helpful tutorial with Illustrator Matthew Richardson, I chose to use objects as metaphors and attempted to link each to one of the poster designs. In order to reinforce the 'normality' of people who suffer with mental health problems I tried to use an everyday object to represent a group of people. The subtle colour change depicts the one person who may be dealing with mental health problems, thus not infering any sense of a 'lesser being', simply illustrating a fact and informing the reader of the image.

Decorative Ilustration: T-Shirt Design

Seeing as T-Shirt Design was what the area I was most interested in when I started the course this year, it's taken me a while. Final designs for decorative function. Two t-shirts later and it screen printed successfully :)

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Time-To-Change Campaign Posters

I am clearly not very good at this blogging malarky.

These are my poster designs in response to commentable illustration. I have chosen to base my project surrounding an existing campaign related to mental health discrimination. The 'Time-To-Change' project aims to remove stigma associated with mental illness. These include the preconceptions of violence, and the idea of a person being stereotypically 'crazy' as is portrayed in many films and also within the media. I have aimed to create three different 'profiles' within these posters. Each represents a person suffering with a mental illness, however this only becomes clear after reading the text associated with each image. I have aimed to reinforce the 'normality' of people who suffer with mental illness, and give each image a very personal feel. I also wanted the line work to be different on each one, the inital idea was to use mark making as an expression of different emotional states. I would have liked to have developed this further with more time as I don't think it has been conveyed as successfully as i would have liked. My favourite image is that of the elderly woman as i feel it encompasses the personal aspect i was hoping for.
All in all, pretty happy...especially seeing as the words 'commentable illustration' filled me with utter dread at the outset of this project.