Exercise: Seeing the light

I started this exercise just before pausing the module so coming back to it felt quite odd. I’d started working on the project using illustrator, and so decided as a first step I’d begin by printing off thumbnails of that work:

Thumbnails of designs in sketchbook

Thumbnails of designs in sketchbook

I did some actual sketched thumbnails for design ideas to try out different combinations. This was to help me plan what I was going to do before actually doing it!

Sketched designs

Sketched designs

I then went back to Illustrator and started working on some of the designs:

print outs in sketchbook of designs - pt 1

print outs in sketchbook of designs – pt 1

print out of designs in sketchbook - pt 2

print out of designs in sketchbook – pt 2

However I was finding it hard to use Illustrator to complete some of the ideas I had in mind. I also didn’t know how to cut out the light bulb from its white box boundary. This was really hampering some of the designs, as you can see in the examples below:

Seeing the light 6Seeing the light 5

I decided I wanted to try using photo shop to cut out the light bulb and re make the designs. I also wanted to try using a more dynamic text. I much prefer the results I got in photo shop:

Light Bulb 1

Light Bulb 16

 

Light Bulb 21

I found the exercise in itself quite tricky, I kept having to remind myself to try different ideas and formats for shapes etc. It was quite easy just to keep the blue shape to a rectangle. The combinations seem endless so it’s also hard to know when to stop! My final 20 designs are printed out in my sketchbook…

 

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