Changing Faces


After creating my layout, the idea behind my imagery changed and I wanted to create something quite unique and quirky. I had the idea to use feminine and simple colours to represent how Anna Lyndsey could be using her condition as way to get attention and so this can be seen as something quite glamorous. As well as this I decided to use this particular colour scheme because it made me think of flesh and skin, which is two important elements within the article.

Whilst creating my layouts I also decided to pull out quotes that stood out to me and that would be interesting to base my images around them. I believe my images are very implicit and they definitely make you question why I decided to create them this way. As well as this the implicit images grab your attention and make you want to read the article to understand their meaning.

To create the images I took several portraits of my friend, and then put them through Photoshop, adjusted the grayscale, contrast and brightness. Once I was happy with the images I then used a mixture of oil paints and ripped paper to create the unusual textures. With the first image I wanted to include the element of burning, I decided to burn a hole over the face in the portrait and then place that on top of the textured paint, to give the gruesome feel of raw skin.

I am very happy with the images, they’re all quite consistent and they go with the quotes successfully in my opinion. However I could have used better lighting to capture the images so that the different effects are shown more effectively in some places.  I also believe I could have experimented with more ripped pages and collage within some the images, for example I could have used more pictures of eyes in the last image to show the psychological effect even more.

“Invisible fire,” & “my solitary fashion statement”

maris burnt

“with a girlfriend who is rapidly becoming a freak.”

mars 2nd maybe

“the power and intensity of a laser”

maris 34

“physical, pharmacological, psychological.”

maris last


Images – series

The first task was to create a set of images to go with a particular subject. I decided to start by brain storming several different subjects, for example history, music,English, Mathematics, Science and Welsh. I went out into Cardiff and took several pictures that would work for these subjects. Using Photoshop I started to play around with different filters and colours, and overall I am very happy with the outcome.

The first four pictures below go under the subject History. To create these images I decided to use a filter that made the images look rather washed out, whilst also working really well to create a dated look to the image. I then decided to use the pen tool to create a bold colourful background so that the buildings would stand out further and also make them look slightly more modern.

The next four pictures go under the subject of Music. I decided use a much bolder filter with clear outlines, decorated with bright and striking colours. I am very pleased with the images, i thought that the filter in the second picture worked best as the instruments were clear and that the colour yellow was quite interesting in the third image. So to create the fourth image i decided to put three different images together, using the same filter as the second picture and one image using yellow.

We then had to take this task further, by creating these images using a certain size frame. After some thought I decided that the images I had created were too overpowering and i wanted to go for a much lighter and natural approach. I decided to do some more brainstorming into much more interesting subjects and decided that Botany and computer science would be very interesting to experiment with.


what is botany?

  • The scientific study of plants.
  • Botanists are usually interested in ecology study and interactions of plants with other organisms and the environment.
  • Some botanists study the structure of plants.


Anna Atkins

Karl Blossfeldt

After doing some brief research into what Botany was and what artists used botany in their work I then had a much clearer idea of what I wanted my image series to look like. I thought that Anna Atkin’s work was very interesting, using blueprinting, where an object is placed on paper which has been treated with ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, after which it is exposed to sunlight and then washed in water, leading to the uncovered areas of the paper turning a dark blue. However for my images I wanted to create a much sharper and bolder look to the images so I decided that the botanic artist Karl Blossfeldt was more appropriate. I really like how strong his images stand out, and how detailed each one appears. His work also inspired me to possibly create my images in black and white.


 I wanted to experiment as much as I could to make sure each picture worked with one another and to get the best results. Using Photoshop I started by creating a blank page for each image size and then dragging the images I had taken onto those pages after editing. I decided to make each image black and white, in the same style as Karl Blossfedlt, and then added halftone to the image. I decided to use a coloured halftone as I thought it gave an interesting effect. After creating the images I was really pleased with how they turned out, so I then went on to experiment with the layout.

I decided that I wanted to stay rather simple with the layout as the pictures themselves were quite busy, so I thought it would be best to leave a slight gap between each image. I like the amount of blank space that’s left on the page as it doesn’t attract any focus away from the images. To take this further I decided to experiment with putting the images on a black background, however I didn’t think that this worked very well as the images don’t seem to fade onto the page like they do on a white background.

Final layout
Final layout with a Black background.

Computer Science.

What is computer science? 

  • The study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers.
  • Including Software Development, Information Systems and Digital Systems.
  • Follow several core subjects including Databases, Human Computer Interaction and Software Design.

(information from – website).


For this image series I wanted to keep the same style as the first set of images, but add slightly more colour. I decided to use the pen tool and create an outline around some of the main features in the images and then fill the shape with a dark blue, whilst experimenting with the opacity. I thought I would use the colour blue as it was the colour on the computer’s mouse and that I thought it went really well with the black and white background. Again I decided to add halftone to the image.

Following the same structure as before I wanted to leave enough space between each image so that the page wouldn’t look too cluttered. Overall I am very happy with the final piece and believe that the connection between the first set of images fits in well with the second set. However if I was to create this again, I would possibly make the spaces slightly smaller so that the images don’t take over too much of the page and possibly experiment with creating the images so that the page is landscape and not portrait.

Final layout.
Final Layout with black background.

Image- Movement/Time

David Hockney


Todays task was to design a multi panel composition that included either a collaboration or a journey. Before starting on the task I decided to do some research into the works of David Hockney, who has experimented with ‘photomontage’. As I went through his work I decided to pick out certain images that would be categorised as either a journey or collaboration.


Portrait/ Collaboration 

After forming into pairs, me and my partner decided to start sketching some ideas in our sketch books, of what the image would look like and what pictures we would take. Our first idea for ‘journey’ would be to create an image using the university ground, for example photographs of what we see as we walk into university. We then had the idea of capturing someone moving from one side of the road to the other, perhaps focusing only on their legs and what they were carrying, this to give a sense of character.

We started by taking pictures of people walking in and out of a lift, only photographing their legs and shoes. We found that this was quite hard to do as there weren’t many people  walking around, so then we moved outside and instead I asked my partner to walk across the crossing so I could take a series of pictures.

Instead of using solid pictures I wanted to experiment with using transparent blocks, so that from looking at the image you get the sense of movement. I also decided to  create the images in black and white so that the image wasn’t too clustered with colour. However to make the image more interesting I decided to include one colour, and I thought that Ben’s top worked really well to do this.

Over all I am very happy with the outcome, and believe that I have given an abstract and unusual take on photomontage. I also really enjoyed create this image allowed me to  experiment with different techniques that we have learnt over the past few weeks, and given me a better understanding of the tools on Photoshop.

However I did decide to carry on experimenting to see how else I could create an image in a similar way. Using a black and white effect I decided to create and image, showing two girls walking through the university. To give the sense that the girls are inside, I added pictures of the lights above them. In my opinion the image is very effective, it gives a sense of movement and the different shades of grey also gives the image depth and different shadows. However I think that the images should have been placed on a darker background so that they stand out more and I could have possibly used more of the opacity tool.



After today’s session I decided to experiment with photomontage and portraits. The first portrait I experimented with was a picture I took of my friend Ben. Using Photoshop I chose parts of the image, cut them and then re-created the image on a new page. To create a further effect I decided to create some of the blocks so that they were transparent, and I think that this worked really well!


The second image I created was of my friend Giulietta. Using the same techniques as before I created the images in blocks, but this time experimenting with her looking different ways. To make the image more interesting I then decided to turn some of the blocks to black and white and create some so that they were transparent. However after completing the image I am not so happy with how the blocks are placed, therefore it would have been better if I sketched the image before creating it.

Background prints- Photoshop

For this project we had to take a part of an image and make it into a print using Photoshop.  After choosing an image I would then crop a part of the image that I thought would make a successful print/pattern. Using Photoshop I would then create a grid system that would allow me to place these patterns any way I wanted!

For my first print I decided to use a photograph I took from a small food court in London. I decided that the lights and the disco ball at the top o the image would be really interesting to experiment with. I decided to turn the image vertically and thought it worked really well as a pattern. However I wasn’t so pleased with the colours of the print, personally I think they’re rather old-fashioned and bland. If I was to try to create this print again I would definitely consider chaining the colours to see if the print becomes slightly more interesting.

To show the print as a background I decided to place a picture of my friend Aggie, within a white frame. The fact I chose Aggie to be the face of the print was because she loves to go out and dance so the disco ball and lights print went well with her personality. However I think I could have chosen a different filter for the portrait as it doesn’t fit in with the background.

The next print I created using a watch, creating it the same way as the last print, but this time changing the colours to a pale green. I really like how this print turned out, especially with the framed picture. Different to the first picture I decided to use another picture of my friend from home, but in using a lighter white and grey colour. I decided to put this picture on the print as she is on her phone in the image, showing how much time we spend on our phones and also because my friend is never on time!

For the next print I decided to use a picture of a town house I photographed whilst on holiday in Greece. To create the print I used a part of the building and the flowers, to give colour to the print. I started by sorting the smaller images into straight vertical lines (the second picture below), I really liked this print at first but the more I looked at it the more it strained my eyes, so  I decided to experiment further. I thought it would be an interesting idea to create the print slightly bigger and change the colours to dark green and blue. Even though I thought that this worked really well, I still decided that the vertical lines just weren’t working!

I also experimented with the opacity, and thought that this worked really well. Having placed the picture behind the print gives hit a unique style and I think that this goes really well with the picture I have chosen. However the larger print is possibly my favourite, decorated with a smaller white frame and the portrait image placed in the middle.





Digital print

Experimenting with colours and transparency

Before starting on creating my digital prints, I wanted to experiment with the different filters and colours provided on Photoshop. I started by using the pen tool to follow the Cathedral’s outline, and then fill the shape with two types of different colours, setting the opacity to around 40%. With the last two images I decided to change the filter so that it was black and white, with plenty of contrast. Using the pen tool again I went on to create coloured transparent shapes over the image.

Overall I am very happy with the images I have created, the different colours work very effectively. However I do believe that the filtered images have worked better than the images without. The filtered images are much more striking and create a much more abstract effect.

I then went on to create much more abstract images using the pen tool.

The task was to transfer a photograph into a digital print using Photoshop. I started by choosing five pictures that I thought would be interesting to experiment with for example, pictures with long lines and blank spaces. Using the ‘pen tool’ on Photoshop I carefully outlined the existing photographs, filling the shapes with a different colour, some had solid colours others where more transparent. Once I completed the image, I would then hide the original picture, leaving only the digital print.

The first print I created was of Cardiff Castle, using four different colours. Overall I am really happy with this print. Even though the print is simple, think it’s a very clear image. If i was to do this print again I would possibly get rid of the white outlines and replace them with black lines so that the print has a more finished look.

Cardiff Castle

Even though it’s a pretty simple picture, different colours are quite effective giving the image depth and show the difference between each shape.This is definitely my favourite print, as it is so clear. I really like how the dark outlines on the print separates the image and makes it look rather abstract. However to make the print stand out slightly more, I could put the image on a darker background.

The cactus on my desk

I created this print using four different shades of blue and black. This print is also rather abstract as their isn’t much detail to the image, however the many colours make the print look busy and full. To experiment further, I think I should have used more transparent colours to give the image a playful nature.

Cardiff City


Prepping for screenprint – Photoshop.

Introduction to Photoshop


Experimenting with the different levels.
Using multiply to mix two effects.

Examples of the different effects on Photoshop. The first picture (stamp) and the last are my favourite and definitely work better as a print. These will be the most successful prints as there is a clear contrast in colours.


Original picture
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Changing the brightness and Contrast.

The first and fourth pictures are my favourite and definitely the best to do a print, as there is a clear outline around the picture and the black and white colours are quite bold and sharp.

Implicit or Explicit?- Portraits.

Todays task was to learn about the difference between implicit and explicit images. From the brief lecture I learnt that when creating a piece of design work using image is always important to see which pictures are implicit and explicit and if they’re appropriate for the audience and information.

In pairs we had the task of taking a portrait image of each other, after 15 minuets of learning about our likes and dislikes. My partner Ben decided that a strong feature about himself was that he’s quite an imaginative person and he’s always daydreaming. He’s also quite short!

So my idea was to take a picture of Ben so that his face was on the bottom of the page and that there was loads of blank space above him. I also made him look upwards to add to the effect. I’m really happy with how this picture turned out. Originally the picture was slightly lighter with a white background, but after putting it through Photoshop and experimenting with the contrast I really like the black and White effect. What I also like his how all the small details like freckles are shown on his face, making it a more natural and organic picture.

In my opinion the pictures shows Ben’s personality really well. The dark space makes him look smaller whilst at the same time, shows that he’s got a big imagination. If I was to change anything on this picture I would possibly experiment with putting slightly more light on his face, to make his face more visible with less shadows, but over all I’m really happy!


The next image is a portrait of me by Ben. For this picture Ben wanted to show how I had a bubbly and wild personality, whilst also emphasising on the fact that I have red hair. The first idea we had was to try capturing an image of me moving so that my hair move and looked almost like an action shot, but this didn’t work as well as we thought, as my hair covered my face too much! So the next idea we thought would be really successful was if I was to lie on the floor and spread my hair out above me. After some editing he was happy with the outcome and I think he’s done it really successfully.


Explicit image

In the implicit image of Ben I decided to capture half of his face to show how he is rather short, so to create my explicit image I decided to use an object to be able to create the same idea, but in a more obvious way! I thought that making Ben hold a tape measure would give the impression that his height is one of his main features and to add to this I decided it would be really effective if he was too look up at the tape measure at the same time.

Again I am really happy with the outcome as it shows Ben’s character and personality really well, however I would have liked for the picture to have a much clearer background so that all the attention is focused  on Ben holding the tape measure.


Newspaper workshop!

In the afternoon workshop we were split into groups of four and given one newspaper each. My group had ‘The Daily Telegraph’, and together we had to find out who was our target audience, what did we think about the layout and images.

We discovered that it’s usually the older generation and business men/ women who usually go for this news paper, as there was a whole section of the paper devoted to that topic area. We thought that the layouts were very misleading, with most of the headings placed next to pictures that weren’t relevant to that quote or text.

From the newspaper we found five different images to study. Two of the pictures were of the The Queen and Prince Charles  caught off guard, really bad quality! Another picture was of a man holding a fossil, that was made to look like more of a piece of concrete which wasn’t a clear picture at all, So therefore it was really unsuccessful! We chose to include the last pictures of an ex soldier standing in front of a large poppy and a picture of Michel Obama and Hillary Clinton. Both pictures had obviously been taken professionally and therefore looked like better quality pictures than the ones from the newspaper.