Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Creative Thinking - A4 paper brief?

On Thursday we had a Year One crit looking at responses to the second Creative Thinking brief this year; we asked students can you illustrate a word beginning with the letter A using only one sheet of A4 photocopy paper?

Below are a few of the better solutions. There were of course several things people could do to improve their solutions even some of these below? Research; some students did not go far enough to seek out the words they wanted to illustrate and stuck to the sample words given at the start. Others selected words that caused headaches because they were difficult to make visual connections to - This led to some overcomplicated solutions. Some did not go far enough in making connections to their chosen words, or think laterally enough which led to very literal solutions. Some concentrated on technique over the idea leading to some lovely paper cuts that did not communicate the idea very clearly. Some had the potential to go much further than they did, and take risks.

However it must be said that overall we were impressed and cheered by some of the thinking on display .

Answers from top to bottom: A for Acrobatic, America, Ape, Asian, Acorn, Aztec, Anthology, Adventure.

Boneface in Juxtapoz September Issue

Former UCLAN student "Boneface" who graduated in 2010 has just been featured in the September issue of Juxtapoz. As the magazine puts it:

"everything that's right with the action-gore work of Boneface just might be the same things that make him perfectly wrong for any other creative endeavor. The titles of his humorously brutal illustrations, like 'Actionfu*kers' or 'Over My Dead Body' are so perfectly matched with the bloody, gruesome rendered narratives he creates."

Influenced by computer games, superheroes, nose bleeds, horror and B- movies. Boneface sports a natty line in headgear in the article? You can if you like such things buy lots of his work from
Society 6.

Boneface's work sits alongside articles about Daniel Clowes and David Shrigley click on the title link to find out more about Juxtapoz. 

Macmillan Cancer Support World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Preston Illustration was recently asked to help out on the PR for the Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning which was held on Friday 28th September. They were looking for someone to help by stirring up celebrity interest in the coffee morning. Recent graduate Rik Das hand painted 25 coffee cups to be handed to some very well known celebrities, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry being a couple of the 25 recipients. It's lead to quite a buzz on twitter, as you can imagine, so as the idea was that on the coffee morning these celebs would create a twitter buzz about receiving their personalised coffee cups. It worked.

Well done to Rik for getting involved and doing such a brilliant job of personalising these take away mugs to a very tight deadline.
The event has raised over £600 000 so for Macmillan. However I am sure that if you wanted to you could raise even more money or add your financial support to the project click the title link to see more information or to donate.