Here’s my humble attempt at creating a guide for clients on how they can select image material that’ll keep their designers both happy and effective. It should also be useful for illustrators and photographers and other people who like printing things. It’s supposed to be educational, so if you have questions, comments or corrections, please post them below.
The two most important rules to remember when finding images are:
you need to be legally allowed to use the images
you need enough pixels to print them the right size (unless they’re vector images)
Power depends on knowledge, and Democracy means power belongs to the people – so whether or not a regime is democratic depends on the knowledge of the people. That’s the basis for my finals project in Visual Communication at the Bergen National Academy of Art.
In my home town of Bergen, newspapers are, for most people, the main source of information about politics. The local newspapers provide excellent day-by-day coverage of local politics, but it’s the wrong place to go for the basics, or for getting an overview over an issue you haven’t been paying attention to. My idea is basically to make a website that compliments the role of the newspapers, by providing wider information and analysis, and definitions and explanations of terms often used in the politics of Bergen.
Quick and sloppy explanation: Solipsism is a theory in philosophy that says the only thing that exists is your mind (wikipedia link) — the video illustrates this, by pulling out from a point on earth to a view of the entire universe that spells out the word — the word is inside a dot representing the head of the symbol of a person — which again represents the idea of the mind of the person.
Discovery one: This is a German doll from the 1600s:
A Journey Round My Skull has a long post with some fun old toys — how about some «comic figures with space inside to hold a bird which in its struggles gives to the figures all kind of motions»? That and more here: Apes on a horse and more toys from the void
Second discovery: Testosterone in four acts:
this episode of a Chicago public radio show includes an interview with a man who lost all his testosterone for a while, a former woman who had massive testosterone injections and more information about this notorious chemical: This American Life
Last week I signed up for a class on «object drawing» with the intent that this could help me draw voluminous things, I bought some play-doh and started making simple shapes, sticking them on each other and turning them around. Very much in the spirit of the first Preston Blair lesson where you draw on an egg and draw it from different angles.
I drew the simple, general shapes first, imagining the object in 3D, even drawing out the surfaces I didn’t see
I’ve been doing some dabbling with it before, but I haven’t sat myself down and decided to make a proper effort before now. The lessons can be found here, and I found them thanks to posts by John K, who also comments on the lessons.
Before really starting to construct the drawings in the book, I got myself a basic understanding of the principles and had a stab at bugs:
Amazingly, the drawing kind og looks like bugs and it’s not as stiff as I’d expect it to be from the fact that it’s constructed.
After copying some of the examples from the lessons I also tried making some of my own characters:
I got a tip on how to draw hands in this blog post, which I followed by drawing 620 hands in about a month.
Happily, my favorites are all among the last 300 or so, which I think means I’ve learned something. I’ve scanned some of them here.
I’ll still need to practice much more in order to reach any kind of mastery. I’m done for now with doing 20 hands a day, though.
I think it was a great exercise, though – not only is it a great thing to brag about; it helped me learn to draw hands, it honed my observation skills and the handful of tutorials I followed online made me think more analytically about my drawing.