Category Archives: Week 2 – Idea development and Research

End Result – My Color Collage – Learning Activity 1.1

Learning activity explanation:
  • Use the images handed out.
  • Make a collage where you illustrate one of the ideas you came up with, in learning activity 3.1.
  • The collage should be a composition of the elements in the hand-out of images. Cut and paste.
  •  The collage you create in Photoshop should show inspiration from the design studio you’ve previously written about in learning activity 2.1.
  • Color your collage, and add patterns.
  •  Present you final work on your reflective diary, and explain how you solved the task.

Here’s my final result of the week two assignment, ‘idea development and research’.

Animals - Dreamy - Fantasy

This is how I solved the task:
  1. I first looked through my sketches, and decided on one of the ideas.I created a new document in Photoshop, and selected the background color.
  2. Second, I opened the hand-out documents I had previously saved to my computer, of the elements I needed for my idea.
  3. I cut out the cat, the clouds and the mushroom-house using the Polygonal lasso tool.
  4. I cut out the clouds from different images to get some variations, and I also flipped some of them 180 degrees.
  5. The cut-outs I pasted into my new document one by one, on different layers for each element.
  6. To color in my elements, I clicked on each layer belonging to each element. Doing this, I also enhanced the outline of the collage, as I wanted a clear outline for each element.
  7. Lastly, I linked all my layers, saved as both PDF and JPEG and VOILA – I had my end result.

I love Photoshop. It has NO limits!

In regards to the design studio I’ve previously written about, I really tried to use the thing that appealed most to me in the illustrations they make:

  • “Childish”, animal drawings
  • Mellow, along with strong color usage.
  •  and also, first thing that caught my eye searching through the Internet for them, a purple butterfly.

I’ve also kept my own personal style in this, using a couple of colors in different tones.

Here’s all the colors used:

Until next week: Rock’n’Roll

Idea Sketching – Learning Activity 3.1

“Use the three ideas you came up with in the brainstorming exercise, along with inspiration from the design studio you picked in learning activity 1.2, and come up with at least 9 sketches for a colour collage
Before starting, read the next learning activity – Colour collage 1.1.”
This was another fun task! :)As stated in the activity, we were supposed to read 1.1, before doing this task.
In 1.1, we were instructed to use elements from 13 colour collages handed to us in the learning activity. Have a quick look at them here, if you’d like to:  CollageI decided to make three sketches from each idea I previously came up with, in the previous learning activity, 2.1.

This is the result:

Animals - Dreamy - Fantasy

I Capture Childishness in Nature

Fun - Attitude - Originality

It was pretty hard to try to incorporate inspiration from the design studio I’ve previously written about,, but I think I managed to pull it of in the end.

Next post will show the final result of this week – oh the excitement :p