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



Brainstorming – Learning Activity 1.2

Activity explanation:
“By using at least three separate brainstorming methods, please specify three ideas for illustrations that will reflect you as a creative performer. Idea proposals should ONLY be written in key words.”

The three methods I chose was, a mind map, ABC-method and the morphological method – all written in English, as this is not a hand-in assignment.

I picked the subject “Marit – The Creative Chick”.

It’s a bit of a broad subject, because it can be interpreted in several ways – or so I believe…

However, reading the book “slagkraft” during the week, I’ve really tried not to limit myself. All brainstorming methods have been preformed with this in my thoughts:”What I am as a creative person, what I use as a creative person and what I work towards becoming – as a creative performer”. Hope I’ve done this correctly:

Mind map:


Morphological method:

Mind map – probably one of the most used brainstorming methods out there. You place your subject, theme, or key word in the middle of a piece of paper. From there, you map out thoughts, symbols, words or images that you associate and connect with the theme. One word connects to the next one, and in the end, you’re sitting there with a full map of words. It’s useful for emptying your head to make space for more ideas, and for associating new ideas and words with the theme.
Three words picked from my mind map: Animals, dreamy and fantasy.

ABC-Method – a more forceful method indeed. You write down the full alphabet, and you have to come up with at least one word that is associated with the subject decided in advance.
It’s more forceful, because it obviously demands that you write down words of a specific letter, while still keeping it relevant to the subject.
Please note that I’ve used the full Norwegian alphabet.
Three words picked from the ABC-method: Fun, Attitude and originality.

Morphological method – WOW. This was brilliant, although, I’m not sure I’ve done it a 100% correctly. I have never heard of this method before, so it was challenging, but fun altogether.
In description, it says that you’re supposed to write down in rows a bunch of function concepts, qualities and locations/places (such as on the bus, in the forest etc.). I know – I didn’t get it either in the beginning, and as mentioned, don’t know if it’s fully correct.
After writing down the things I explained above, you put numbers behind the words.
As you can see from my attempt, I chose to divide them in three rows, and I numbered each row from 1 – 7. I tried not to memorize where I’ve written what, to make it as random as possible, and that’s why the rows are not placed next to each other.
For each row, I chose a main sentence start. (“I’m creative when..”, This makes me creative…”, Where do I achieve creativity…”)From there, I again wrote down the numbers on a separate piece of paper, cut them out, folded them, and picked three numbers at random three times. I decided in advance how many attempts I was going to use, to get a sentence describing me as a creative performer.
The sentence used from the morphological method: “I capture childishness in my dreams”.

Although I’ve spent quite some time on my brainstorming, I’m more than pleased with the result, especially in regards to the next task where we’ve had to use the ideas from the brainstorming for several illustrations.

All in all, I realize that I’ve probably used a lot of the same words in the three separate methods. However, I came to the conclusion that it’s a good thing. It’s the same theme for all three methods, and it’s impossible to describe the theme, (moi, as a creative performer), in too many variations.

I had fun doing this 🙂

Check out my illustrations in the next journal entry.



Graphic studio of my liking

I’ve had a hard time finding one specific Graphic performer/studio of my own liking. I’ve used google, links provided by teacher and to search for an artist that I would prefer.

There were tons to choose from, and several caught my eye.

However, after a week-long search, I finally found someone up my own alley.
The designer studio, Signs of the Times DA/Smaapigerne, was founded in 1999 by Kaja Ødegård and Sissel Ringstad.
Both women work with illustration, and graphic design. In fact, they both have a bachelor’s degree in illustration from the same college in England.

Kaja and Sissel works with a broad variety of techniques and expressions.

The reason I chose Signs of the Times/Smaapigerne, is because I simply love their illustrations.
All though all illustrations seem very different from each other, you can still see that they have their own “childish” style.
They also use a well-balanced colour scheme, with a special mix between mellow and sharp colours.

Signs of the Times/Smaapigerne webside: – and they also have some cool t-shirt prints here: