Monthly Archives: September 2014

More Lighting Stuff

So I finally finished this thing. Yay!

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I then had to satisfy a curiosity about layers.

2 layer samples

Following this I decided to make a big pile of tetrahedrons to experiment with. I made a few more white ones that other colours because I wanted to try painting with different media like watercolour and inks.

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Faux Futuristic Toy Sculpture Design


Just a sculpture design idea today. I had a lot of fun drawing this. Taking sketchbook doodles and redrawing them in colour in painter/photoshop is really satisfying. This may become a paper lamp tomorrow.

This second one is just me playing around in photoshop. The way I shaded the first image makes it really easy to slide patterns and other images underneath with minimal effort. I stole these patterns off the internet just to experiment really. I don’t plan on using this for anything. I do quite like the colour combination though.


Paper Lamps

I started working on this mainly because I needed decor for my room, but it could easily feed into my main work. I first wanted to replace the ugly glass ceiling light shade that makes a horrible vibrating noise every time my housemate upstairs moves around, but that ended up being a bit of a disaster. It wasn’t till I started doodling that I came up with some potential workable designs.

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Led on to me making this


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I still need to finish the watercolour work on the white tissue surface.

Since then I’ve been trying to figure out what to do next. I had a go at drawing it out in painter and seeing how other colours might look.

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and then [played around with more designs ideas.

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I also wanted to try and make a bunch of samples using tissue I put through my home printer by taping it to a regular sheet of paper. When you add the pva water mix to it the image runs but if you are extremely careful you can keep it mostly preserved

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And here is the little model I tried it out on. each surface had an increasingly clearer image as I got used to preventing the wet ink from running.

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I knew I was going to try a few more of these in the future so I played around with designs which might incorporate a number of these tetrahedrons into another lamp.

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The last design reminded me a bit of an xbox controller and made me think of potentially making an abstract wall piece based on video game controllers. A kind of impractical monstrosity that might work as a piece of art in a gallery space.

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I got distracted by moving house and haven’t really felt that motivated to go back to working on my game. I really should at some point as it’s very relevant to my course, but I’m getting close to my return date to University and I think just getting into the process of making is more important, and maybe developing some ideas that I can get on with making in the studio during the first term which I mostly have free.

My friend gave me her old drawing tablet so I had a go at painting her on Corel Painter. It was pretty fun.

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Here’s one I started of my friend Jess too. I may go back to it at some point but I need to start working on stuff towards my Contemporary Crafts BA.

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