Category Archives: year 2

Easter Project revisited – Chained apple

During my Easter project I came up with the visual response of apple chained and locked up to show how the FBI couldn’t access Apple’s iPhone. I was happy with the idea but the outcome felt like it was missing something and felt like it didn’t fit the article as well as it could have. I decided to revisit this particular image as I felt that it was a clever idea that didn’t live up to my expectation but I knew that a few tweaks could fix that. chained apple

The original image is above and didn’t feel quite right. After thinking about how I could relate the image to the article better I decided to turn the apple into the actual Apple logo. I removed the apple stem and used a few Photoshop tools such as the patch tool to fill in where the stem had come from. I then created the oval shape and used the apple to fill it in so that it looked like part of the apple. As well as editing the apple I added a slight gradient so the background wasn’t so bright and by doing this it made the apple stand out a lot more. I think it now looks a lot better and by creating the Apple logo out of an actual apple it relates a lot better to the article than a random changed up apple. The image now looks a lot more professional and finished.

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Now that I’ve taken some photos of my finished piece I will now edit what I believe is the best one and bring it into Photoshop to play around with lighting and overall finishing touches.

The easiest way I found to edit image is to separate each the image into layers so that I have individual control over each aspect of the image. I usually achieve this by carefully selecting each piece and copying them over to another layer, it can be quite tricky especially images with lots of curves and detail but as my brain is geometric is should be quite simple to separate it all.


In total I separated my photo into 10 layers which ranged from parts of the brain to the plug that is placed on top. From there I deleted the background and replaced it with a complete white one and to make it look like it was still a photo I took the original shadow and placed it in giving it slightly more of a faded look so that it blended in nicely.

My original sketch had sparks coming from the plug which I didn’t actually add to my finished piece. Whilst editing I felt the image looked a bit still and lifeless so I used Photoshop to add a few electric bolts to the top of the plug so that it look like the brain was being charged with electric. This was really simple to do and I even used the paper texture from the brain to make the bolts look like part of the image and not part of post production.

Something that I did struggle with was what to do with the wire that was coming out of the plug. At first I thought it would be a good idea to make it so that it faded out into the background but it didn’t look quite right. I eventually removed the wire all together and drew in a black line that instead of fading out disappeared from the frame instead. I used a photo of a wire which I found online as a resource to make sure the new drawn in line did actually look like a wire and not just a black line coming out of the plug. I ended up curving the wire rather than having it straight as I felt it flowed a lot better and look more natural. I think I liked this idea more because it looked like part of the original photo and looked more professional than a cheap looking fade out effect.

Below is my finished edited photo of my plugged in brain as well as the image alongside the article. I’ve revisited the image quite a few times and even since writing this blog post I’ve noticed a small detail that I wanted to touch up but I think I’m finally happy with how it looks. I love how the image pops out from the page thanks to the brightness of the pink and the plain white background, it really does grab your attention when it’s placed on a page. This is definitely the kind of work I want to do more of and I can definitely say that I’m getting better at not only paper modelling but also editing skills too. One of my favourite artists is an artist called Kyle Bean who I’ve blogged about before. His artwork is very playful and fun yet sends the message he trying to show very clearly and I believe I’ve managed to do this in my plugged in brain. Alongside the text it fits in well and brings a bit more interest to the article, for me personally it draws me in to want to read what the article is about rather than being put off by all of the text.

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Editorial work revisited – All put together

To connect the plug to the brain I carefully cut three small holes in the top of the brain and slotted each
pin in. To keep the plug in place I placed some glue next to each pin using glue on a stick so that I could precisely place it in without getting it all over the brain.image-21-05-16-06-53-4

I wanted the brain to hover but came up with a nice idea to add metal to the wire so that it could free stand anywhere without the need for strings to hang up. It took a bit of working to make brain stand up but once I found the spot the wire was strong enough to hold the position.

I’m really impressed with how it looks and think it’s a vast improvement on the original response. It was a lot trickier and time consuming than expected but the time spent has been well worth it. If I had the time I’d try creating the brain again but in card to see if it looked any better, it would definitely be a lot easier to put together and overall stronger. I now need to take photos which I’ll then bring into Photoshop and edit so that it looks professional and complete.

This year I’ve learnt a lot about how to use Photoshop and have discovered that if I do ever get stuck there always seems to be a video or some sort of guide online which is brilliant. I really want the pink of the brain to stand out as much as possible so it catches the audiences eye so I’ll play around with curves on Photoshop and also look into making the background completely wide so all the focus is on the brain.

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Editorial work revisited – Creating the plug

Now that I’ve put together the brain I need to create the plug that goes into it. To keep with the brain design I’m going to make the plug out of paper as well, I used to creating paper models so it shouldn’t be too hard to make a basic shape that I can make into a plug. For reference I’m using an actual plug so that I make the shape of my plug is just right and looks as realistic as possible.

Below shows the net that I made to create a simple box, the box was then cut out and I added curves to the edges just like on the real plug. I also used a hole punch to create a hole where the wire will eventually go once the plug has been made up.

The pins of the plug were created using thick card and sharpies to color in the gold and black, although an extremely simple idea it works perfectly for what I need. I cut small holes in which I slotted the card in and fastened them using lots of glue on the side that will be hidden away.

Before sealing the top the wire was put inside and knotted so it wouldn’t come out after the plug was finally stuck together. I’m really happy with how the plug looks and size wise it’s perfect for the brain, however I felt it was missing something.  After a while thinking about it I decided to add a small line detail at the top of plug in a darker shade of grey which broke up the lighter grey perfectly.


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Editorial work revisited – The Making

Cutting all of the template parts out took quite a while as I had to be so precise and instead of printing it on card I decided to print it on pink paper. This made for easier bends in the paper and hopefully looks better when under lighting, only time will tell.


Putting together the brain was a lot more fiddly with paper as it kept bending in the wrong places and was a lot easier to dent by accident. I tried my best to be very careful so that I avoided making any dents as it would ruin the geometric appearance of the brain, dents of course could be edited out in Photoshop but I was hoping to get the most natural look possible.

Another problem with using paper was that you could see through it and actually see the tabs on the other side holding it all together. I’m worried that when it’s under lighting these tabs will become even more visible and even more editing will have to be done on the computer. Unfortunately I feel its a bit too late to start again on card so hopefully I can resolve this issue quite easily using Photoshop, luckily I’ve got quite good at using tools such as the Patch tool and Clone stamp which I believe will fix this issue quite well.

Having the already made up paper brain using the original template was extremely handy in finding out what went where and how it all came together. I found the easiest approach was to make each side of the brain and then put the two halves together. Once again I had to be extremely careful not to dent the paper brain as I was putting it all together but I managed to put it together without causing any major dents that could have caused a problem. Below is a photo of the finished right hand side of the brain which is now ready to be stuck to the left side to complete the full piece.


So far I’m very happy with how it’s looking and cannot wait to finish it all to see how it looks. Compared to my original television idea I think this is a lot more playful and I believe it represents how I like to work a lot better, it’s playful, bright, fun yet has an obvious purpose when placed alongside the article.

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Editorial work revisited – Template

I decided to put together the brain template before I went on to edit the design so that I knew how it went together. As the website I got the template from didn’t have any instructions I felt it was best to copy what I could see from the photos and then that way I could use the finished piece to help me put together my own edited template once I removed all the text.

The template itself was pretty self explanatory although fiddly at times but I managed to put it all together over a couple of evenings. It took longer than expected as I had to carefully cut out each piece and score all the lines so that they were easy to fold into place.

Below is the finished template out together, the original print out size is perfect for that I want it for so I won’t have to change that. I will not take each template piece into Photoshop and remove the text and dark black lines so that it is ready to be printed on pink paper.

Editing the template on Photoshop took some trial an error but I eventually managed to remove the text and change the black lines to a pink. By making the lines pink they will just be barely visible when printed onto the pink paper but as long as I can see them to score that will be perfect. By doing this the brain will look a lot more aesthetically pleasing rather than having big bold lines showing my workings. Below shows the an original template piece next to the edited template that I created on Photoshop.

I’m now ready to print all the edited templates out and start creating my brain! Along with the brain I need to create a plug that will be placed on top but first of all I will make the brain so I know what kind of size the plug will need to be. I think it this all comes together as planned it could be my best work yet.

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Editorial work revisited

A while back I took on an editorial project which was split into 3 parts. The first part was to respond to the article in out chosen way of working, the second was using photography with found objects and the 3rd was to create a GIF. I’ve already revisited my GIF and I’m really pleased with how it turned out, I believe it’s a major improvement on the first one I created.

I now intend on revisiting the first part of the project where I created a figure falling into a never ended vortex of televisions. The paper crafted  object was meant to represent how we get lost in television and how we spend our time going from one screen to another whether it be a television, computer screen or even our phones. At the time I was really happy with how my finished piece turned out and felt it was definitely a step in the right direction for my artwork, I now however believe I can do better. Below is my first attempt at this particular project.TV FinalInstead of redoing this idea and trying to improve it I’ve decided to take on another idea I had at the time but was unsure on how to take it forward. Below shows the quick sketch I made at first in my sketchbook, it shows how our brains are physically plugged into the electronic world. I believe this to be a better representation of the chosen article and now after some research I should be able to pull this idea off.


I’ve found a template online that when printed out allows me to created a three dimensional paper brain. Although I’m not using my own template I’ve decided this particular time I will use the already made template so that I can better understand how templates are created and put together. The template will need some editing on Photoshop to remove unwanted text and lines but apart from that it should be quite simple to make up the paper brain.

Many thanks to Martin Pyka who created the template, link to his site here:

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Revisited – GIF: Finished Piece

After adding a chair into each frame and then putting it all together layer by layer into Photoshop the new version of my GIF has been created. I made sure to play around with the timings and also looped the whole GIF so that it continuously flows with a break.

I think that this revisited version looks and feels a lot more alive and works a lot better overall. I also feel that it looks a lot more professional and believe that my GIF’s can only get better! Acting out the movement and getting it recorded helped a lot to make sure each frame would work with one another and I will definitely use this tactic again if it’s possible.


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Revisited – Gif: Testing

After creating each frame I went onto make a simple computer desk with a monitor and keyboard. To do this I used the same method that I used to create the figures and sketched out the desk on paper before scanning in and using it as a guideline.

Below show a screenshot of how I put the desk together and a quick test GIF that I put together to see how it all worked together.

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I’m really happy with how it looks so far, the movement is a lot better when compared to the original and I think the side on view works really well with the concept.

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Revisited – GIF: Creating the figure

Using the stills I took from the video I traced over each one and scanned them into the computer. From here I could then use the rough sketches as a guideline to create my figure. Although it took a while to do this to each frame of the GIF it meant that each figure was the same size and had a smooth overall movement.

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