Posts Tagged ‘Visual Language’

Well thats bye bye for visual language for now, our first term is coming to an end realllly quickly, i can’t believe it’s gone so fast.

So to finish up my blog i added a custom header, it’s a photo from my holiday in Greece a few years back, i thought i should put a bit of warmth on my page since its freeeezing outside. I also added a flickr and twitter feed to my page.

I still have to finish my website, my promo interview and my photography portfolio along with a few other bits and pieces i’ll upload these to when im all done and dusted….

so before I go I thought id leave you with some pics of the crew, well most of them :D, we had fun so far can’t wait to see what happens next….


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Semiotics Assignment

The Brief: Signs and symbols all around us are just that, signs and symbols, and not things themselves, we can come to take for granted. The media provide a flood of different,sometimes contradictory signs, symbols, narratives, and myths, and codes. You are tasked with composing three celebrity portraits (use the same celebrity image for all three)supporting a myth or ideology associated with three different statements:

  • I am feminine
  • I am evil
  • I am wealthy
  • I am popular
  • I am masculine

First of i looked at the various statements and brainstormed them


muscles, strong, fighting, war, rough, tough, bold, mean, cold, hard, stubborn,childish, ego, immature, stupidity, cruel, selfish, gym, dogs, loud, cars, blue, sqaure, sharp, batman, superman, cool, slick , big, dark hero, james bond,
charming, handsome, prince, king, white horse, david beckham, power, farther

I am Feminine:

quiet, soft-spoken, bitchy, focused, beauty, hair, clothes, shoes, cleaning, kitchen, pink, flowers, hearts, soft, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, small, round, narrow, bouncy, wonder woman, cat woman, fluffy, puffy, twinkle, star, glow, Megan Fox, clever, diva, bright, colourful, cute, gentle,princess, queen, beautiful, fertility, birth, mother, laughter, bubbly

I am Evil:

hell, fire, mean , cruel, war, fighting, monster, disease, poison, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, devil, Ouija board, ghost, society, people, bullying, red, black, dark, sharp, bold lost, afraid, terrified, loud, scary, menacing bombs, killing, guns

I am Wealthy:

money, gold, silver, green, paper, mansion, cars, holidays, gadgets, diamonds, celebs, famous, red carpet, rich catwalk, fashion, models, music, rappers, bling, 50 cent, business, entrepreneur, franchise Mac Donalds, Brown Thomas, mines, Sierra Leone, youth, hollywood, america, dreams, lotto, millionaire

I am popular:

mean girls, pink, purple, long hair, gorgeous, america, clicks, cool, liked, envied, resentment, jealous, bitchy girls, cheerleaders, jocks,money, new, wanted, red, foul, idealised, adored, daring, loved, stand out,different, funny, interesting, pretty, entertaining, red carpet, dresses, photographers, photos

Next up i had to pick a celeb to work on… hmmmmm…??????

Maybe Lady Gaga..?

Or what about Perez Hilton….???

Na!!! Marilyn Monroe it is 😀

“Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Although she was an alluring beauty with voluptuous curves and a generous pout, Marilyn was more than a ’50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century.”

I choose Marilyn because i do believe she has one of the most well-known ‘celeb’ face’s on this earth. Just about everyone knows who she is. I choose this particular picture to work with because it’s a picture of an instantly recognizable famous Monroe photo….

I choose to do a collage instead of Photoshop as i have no experience in Photoshop what so ever and felt the more time I wasted learning it myself the less time i’d have to focus on the assignment itself. I’m glad i stuck with collage i think it turned out really well. I noticed most people who done collage used magazine cut outs i went for something a little different. Part of what was asked was how would an advertiser convince a consumer of a product association with one of these statements? So I had the idea of making the three images into advertisements. Just to make them a little more interesting.

So first of was ‘I am popular’. This one was difficult to incorporate into the image, I
first looked at my brainstorm of ideas, ‘photographers, photos, adored,purple,daring, pretty, stand out’. This is what i came up with….


I wanted Marilyn to be center of attention, all eyes on her. Originally i had silhouette of paparazzi in the background but it flooded the image and took the focus of her, so i simply added cameras flashes. I used star like shapes to symbolise the camera flashes, so even tho you don’t see the paparazzi you no they are there. I used bold striking colours so it would pop out of the page. It is a asymmetrical image. I made it into a camera advertisement, i think it works really well.

Heres some images i used in the image and or as inspiration…..









Next up was ‘I am feminine’. Firstly I looked back on my brainstorm, ‘soft, pink, gentle, flowers, cute, bright, cleaning, kitchen’. Heres what i got….


I choose not to draw a black outine on the one, i thought the softer pink lines were more suited to being feminine. I also placed this one on a pink background instead of a white one, which made it more girly and soft. By changing the font to one with flowers it instantly changed the feeling in the image.

Here some images i found that helped me along…..


Thess were very helpful toward a subtile colour pallet. I also came up with the idea of a fabric softener as my advertisement. A tad bit stereotypical but i think it works well. The tag line reads “ Give your clothes a lift, with flower blossom fabric softener”. I gave it a pretty font and bedazzled it with flowers. This like the image before is quite simplistic, but i always believe less is more, i let the few images speak for themselves. This is an asymmetrical image. Main focal point is Marilyn. The washing machine and fabric softener image symbolise cleaning, and the pink and flowers appeal to women.

Last but by no means least ‘ I am Evil’. This was by far my favourite of the three. It was the most fun creatively and the most effective image overall. Brainstormed words, evil, devil, fire, black, red, poison, alcohol, dark, sharp, bold, menacing. Heres what i came up with…..

I set this one on a black back ground, again not much on the background, but less is more. I used fire flames instead of a grate blowing up her dress. I used mainly black and red, bold contrasting colours that are also associated with hell, fire, evil, dark, scary….


Heres some images i used as guidelines. I decided to do an alcohol advertisement for this one. Originally i thought of Vodka, but i thought black absinthe was more suited. It’s stronger and therefore more dangerous. The tag line reads, ‘bad girls love… Pandor Black Absinthe.

I changed the writing to a more evil font. This image is a drastic change to the other two, the main difference being the colour scheme. I used devil horns to symbolise the devil and evil. I maintained the same composition in all three images, because one it worked really well the first time and second because i wanted colour, symbols, and shapes to do all the talking, i didn’t want to take away from the focus.

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Design Principles

  • Balance
  • Movement
  • Contrast
  • Emphasis


  • symmetry
  • asymmetry

This famous picture is a perfect example of symmetry

This is a movie poster, i think it’s a good example of asymmetry


  • Size
  • Colour
  • Shape
  • Composition

Thia is a perfect example of contrast in colour


  • line
  • repetition
  • rhythm


Emphasis is the stressing of a particular area of focus

  • Simplicity
  • Placement and Scale
  • Colour
  • Isolation

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Whooooopah! we haven’t had a class in a while, but were back yey!


the study of the relationships among patterns of perception and meaning is called semiotics.

Renee Magrittes

Renee Magritte

This painting was done by Renee Magritte, to show thats it’s not actually a pipe but an image of a pipe…. (hmm deep very deep haha). Margrittes point was we forget that signs ans symbols are all around us, but thats exactly what they are signs ans symbols and not the things themselves.

Signs and Signifiers

A sign is anything that makes meaning, Or in Umberto Eco’s clever formulation: “a sign is anything that can be used to tell a lie.”

Signifier and Signified
A sign is made up of a signifier and a signified…….

Metonymy: one entity is used to stand for another associated entity, most advertisements use metonymy.

We had a look at some creative advertisements on the web heres some of my favourites 😀

Ideology is a loaded word. It can mean many things. One common meaning of the term is “false consciousness,” i.e. a system of ideas that is a problem because it presents a false picture of the world.”

Class activity……  We brainstormed Masculine

  • Muscles
  • Strong
  • Blue
  • Gym
  • Football
  • Hard
  • Bad Ass
  • Fighting
  • Tough
  • Smelly (he he)
  • Cheeky
  • DIY
  • Cars

We were also given some more to think about……

I am feminine, I am weathly, I am intelligent, I am evil, I am popular

That lead us on to our next assignment, we have to compose three celebrity portraits supporting a myth or ideology associated with three different statements:

  • I am masculine
  • I am feminine
  • I am wealthy
  • I am intelligent
  • I am evil
  • I am popular

During our lab class we brainstormed ideas, and came up with the celebrity images we planned on using. I’m thinking either Lady Gaga or Jedward hmmmm..?? We can use Photoshop, illustrator, or collage. Well this assignment should be interesting.


Tha tha tha that’s all folks!


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This week in Visual Language we had a look at, digital imaging. A lil bit more technical than previous weeks, but i really enjoyed it, as boring as that might sound.

Well lets get the ball rolling with…………

  • Bitmaps
  • Bitmap Imaging Formats
  • Vectors
  • Photoshop


A bitmap graphic (raster) is basically a large grid with a lot of little squares. If you put a different colour in each little square, you can build an image square by square. When you stand far enough away from the grid, the individual grid squares blend together and you see a complete image. The little squares are called pixels (picture element software).

Full image

Full image

Bitmap Grid

Bitmap Grid

The image quality is determined by its size and resolution. Resolution could be the Dots per inch (DPI). The traditional rule of thumb is DPI for images that will only appear online and 300 DPI for images that will be commercially printed.Also it could mean how many dots across by how many dots down u want to appear on your screen , such as, 800×600, 1024×768 etc.

Bitmap Image Formats

  • TIFF (.tif)
  • BMP (.bmp)
  • PICT (.pct)
  • GIF (.gif)
  • JPEG (.jpg)

GIF (graphic Interchange Format)

  • 256 colours max.
  • Can be animated
  • Allows single-bit transparency

JPEG (join Photographic Experts Group)

  • 16-bit format
  • Millions of colors at once
  • Perfect for photographs

PNG (Portable Network Graphics)

  • png-8 similar to gif
  • png-24 similar to jpeg, but not half as good


Rather than  being composed of pixels, vectors consist of point, lines and curves. The advantages of vectors are that the file sizes are usually quite small, the y have infinite resolution no matter how large you expand. On the other hand they are not well suited to photographic images, and they are not universally interoperable as bitmaps.


A graphic editing program developed and published by adobe systems.

[Photoshop Tutorial] Heres a link to a Photoshop tutorial, you can find thousands of these on the net. Have a look i think there worth watching. I was really looking forward to getting hands on with Photoshop. I just wanted to dive right into it, but that didn’t happen :(. It’s something im really eager to try out for myself, fingers crossed.



In our lab session today, we had a task to use puppets to do a quick play. This is just another way of communicating visually. This was not one of my favourite classes as we didn’t have very long to prepare, and i hate going into something half-hearted. I wasn’t comfortable standing up in front of people with no idea what i was doing. I’d rather more time for research and planning. Puppets are most definitely not my forte.

Next week we will be going on a trip to the [IMMA]. Following our mid-term break we will begin our next assignment.

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Guess what? Finished the assignment :D. Wooah Hooooo!!

Getting to the last 10 suns was beginning to get difficult, so i came up with a few unusual ideas. This picture was done using gold ink and a coffee mug,  i wanted it to look like the ring coffee sometimes makes on a table as it drips over, i think it worked out well. I used the gold ink for a more sun like effect rather than brown paint.

So that’s that done and dusted, a whole 12.5% of my grade. I’m happy with the work ive done i feel i gave it my all. I used as  many medias as i could, paint, crayons, markers, glue, glitter,ink, paper, photos, pencil, magazines ect. I made some of the sun a little abstract to add more variety. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll be doing next :D.

Heres a close up…..

On the other hand in our lecture we discussed colour. A colour has three qualities hue, saturation and value.

Hue is the name of a colour such as red, yellow, blue.

Saturation is the vividness of a color’s hue. Saturation measures the degree to which a colour differs from a grey to its hue.

Value is the lightness or darkness of a hue.

We talked about the colour wheel, primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

The Colour Wheel

The Colour Wheel

Alog with;
Monochromatic colours, schemes which are made up of one hue with various values and intensities of that one hue.

Complimentary colours, schemes  which  are made up of two hues directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, yellow and violet or red and green or blue and orange. These combinations have the strongest contrast.

Analogous colours, schemes which are a combination of three colours directly next to each other on the colour wheel with one hue in common. For example, yellow-orange, orange, and red-orange have orange in common.

We had a quick look at ‘How to Use Colour and Style to Attract a Man’. It really was a bit of a joke, pink’ men looking for these colours enjoy romantic evenings and the arts:D. Strange.

This week we also looked at Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter. Known for his ingenuity with geometric shapes and use of brilliant colour.

Colour theory according to Wassily, “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul”.

According to Wassily colour, like sound, evokes emotions. ALong with other formal elements, such as line, shape, and form, colour (like music) is a language that communicates to all.

He said he could hear colour and feel sound.

Well thats all for this week, see you soon :D.

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Hello there i thought i’d start of with a little update on my assignment so far, i have around 30 pictures of the 60 done.

Mr. Sun Sun Mr. Golden Sun

Half way there

Ive noticed that once you get about half way through this assignment u have to start thinking outside the box. You have to use a little imagination. Theres only so many ways you can draw a sun, heres one picture of a sun with a bit of a difference.



By putting emphasis on the sun, making it a brighter the colour than usual, i thought it worked well. Lets just hope i finish them in time for friday :D. I’ll let you know how it goes.

So anyway, this week in our visual language class we discussed elements of visual language, line, point, pattern and texture. Without these we cant visually communicate.

Line (horizontal = relaxing)

Line (horizontal = relaxing)

Pattern (Willam Morris/ Tulip and Willow)

Pattern (Willam Morris/ Tulip and Willow)

point (Roy Lichenstein)

point (Roy Lichenstein)

Texture (mark Tobey, creates illusion of texture)

Texture (mark Tobey, creates illusion of texture)

Also in class we were asked to draw in our A4 hardback notebooks:
1. Use dots only to communicate the concepts:

  • Male
  • Female

2. Use line only to communicate the following emotions:

  • Angry
  • Confused
  • In Love
Dots (Male and Female)

Dots (Male and Female)

Line (Angry, Confused, In love)

Line (Angry, Confused, In love)

We also done the ‘Black Square Problem’. By using four flat black squares of the same dimension, create a graphic image to express the meaning of the following six words: order, increase, bold, congested, tension, and playful. Make eight preliminary sketches for each word in the areas indicted. Then select the most effective solution for each and execute it in the larger designated area. (I’ll upload a picture of this later):D

Well thats all for this week…..

bye bye

bye bye

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