Tuesday, 29 March 2011

New Forest Goodness

A couple more possible illustrations for the Dandy-Lion article.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Dandy-Lion: Initial Images

Aisha has asked me to produce 6 illustrations to accompany an article within her first magazine issue. These are a few early images; they still need a fair bit of work. The project has been in collaboration with photographer Holly smith who has very kindly let me use her photos of the new forest within my images and as a starting point; check out her blog : http://hollylouisee.blogspot.com/

Monday, 7 March 2011

Writing in the sky.

For the Convergence/Divergence animation unit i've decided to start a new blog documenting research and progress: http://rachaeldinnageillustration.wordpress.com/

It's a bit overwhelming trying to combine concept development, visuals and learning a whole new discipline i've never explored before, but it'll get there! I'm exploring the constant flow of human interaction, and the coming together and moving apart of separate entities as a result of this. My particular interest is in fleeting moments that pass by unoticed, and the possible lasting effects they may have upon us. So far i've been reading a lot of sociological theory which has been really interesting but am struggling slightly to come up with set visuals. It's probably because the majority of my concept research has been text based, I need to look into more creative practitioners to gain a better visual understanding. But these are a few stop motion tests i've been doing so far. I'm really liking the effect of the paint on the window... pretty colours are far too enticing.

Narrative Installation

Well it seems to have taken me a very long time for me to get round to, but these are the photographs of my final installation for the narrative unit. I really enjoyed the creation of this piece and the experience. The feedback from my narrative assessment was also a vast improvement on my last unit which was reassuring. It was suggested I could have taken the idea further, perhaps suspending pieces of glass in the air to enhance the darker undertone of the piece and a sense of fragility. I would also have spent more time on lighting as this did come as more of an afterthought, a slightly better assessment of the space would have been beneficial. I think the most important aspect i'll take forward though is the use of a public space, working in the stairwell of the illustration department meant I had to let other students see, and consequently assess my work even if i wasn't comfortable with it. This project has also opened my eyes to the possibility of interiors as an avenue for further exploration, and perhaps how I could apply my practice interior design. I'm pretty sure no-one would want this as a permanent fixture in their home, especially the smashed glass aspect!...but wallpaper design, murals and textile design are all areas i'd like to consider.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Theory Poster

Although I think everyone was reluctant to get started with the poster project it didn't prove too painful in the end! I focused my essay on the 'digital/analogue' debate last year and I was initially trying to steer clear of looking at this for a second time. I'm planning on incorporating the idea of 'the loss of the real' and the search for authenticity, but also focusing on the overload of imagery and stimuli we are faced with in contemporary society.


This is my submission for the Dreambox Exhibition. The event is organised by Arts and Events management students at AUCB, varying pieces of work all based around the theme of 'dreams' are being exhibited at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole on saturday. The photograph was taken on top of a mountain in Switzerland a few years ago, we were so high up the clouds formed a lovely fluffy carpet. I figured that was pretty dreamy.


Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.