Saturday, 26 March 2011

Exercise: Juxtaposition

I found this exercise great fun. We are asked to create an illustration of book cover  from a still life with a juxtaposition. Although not strictly a book and more of a play or movie, I chose dial M for Murder.

I used some of the lighting techniques from the previous chapter using a snoot to focus in on an old telephone, off the hook, with a blooded knife, using these two objects in a juxtaposition illustrating the title. I added the text and extended the dark background with photoshop to finalise the book cover.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Exercise: Symbols

In this exercise we are asked to think about symbols to subjects that are given to us that could be used for illustration.


A sapling, especially a new oak tree with only two of 4 leaves, signifiying the start of something small that will grow very large over time.

A graphical image showing ups and downs (with an upward trend) this could be superimposed on to a image such as a worker or industry.


Images on a market stall with sweets, brightly coloured and sweeping away with many many varieties.

A picture of an overweight or obese person walking with the body only.


A broken window, graffiti on a wall or building. An image of a gun with a wad of money


 An image of someone holding a finger to their mouth. An image of the Cenotaph on 11/11 or an image of a graveyard with sweeping gravestones, especially of the same type as seen in war graveyards.


A contrasting image of stacks of coins and notes vs. buttons. Another of cake and rice. An image of an African child from one of the poorest nations in the world.  A beggar on the streets on London, or sleeping rough. Could even be extended to Poverty of Spirit an image of a sinner in remorse.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Exercise: Evidence of Action

In this exercise we are asked to take a single image demonstrating that something has happened, specifically either something that has been broken or emptied.

I chose an old vase that was already broken. I positioned it as if an animal or child had broken it, also knocking the candle off it's holder, whilst filling the frame as much as possible. The offending pet looking onward with disappointment. I guess an image like this could be used to illustrate insurance even though it is a bit cheeky.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Exercise: Narrative picture essay

This project requires us to photograph an event in a narrative picture essay. The pictures should form a story and with interest between images along with a short caption for each image.

I chose my son's birthday treat to a woodland activity of climbing through trees and descending on zip wires.

Greeted by a large wooden monkey on arrival makes you wonder are we moving up or down the evolutionary scale?

Safety is the order of the day with double, if not triple fail safes.

Climbing on scramble nets and ladders up to 50 feet above the ground

Crossing between trees along thin beams requires a steady balance

 Having to squeeze through narrow obstacles 40 ft in the air to reach the next base.

Making it look easy, walking on rings was one of the hardest obstacles

One of the longest zip wires from the ground joining up two individual woodlands

Making the first decent, look mom no hands

Its not just for kids, well not just the younger ones!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Assignment 4 Complete

I was glad to finish Part 4, I found it quite time consuming but I was pleased with my tutor's comments and the results I obtained, fair and as accurate as ever.  Part 5 looks very interesting, and I already have plans both the exercises and the Assignment. I can't believe it has taken me this long, for the next modules I must be stricter on myself regarding time.....