Using the Wacom tablet/Pen

It was my first time using a Wacom tablet and pen, it was very hard to use it first I had to get a feel of how to navigate myself around the screen. However, I found it more useful then when I had used the mouse, with the pen I am able to draw the detail more freely just like if I was using an actual pencil. Whereas the mouse I am more restricted.

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the garment silhouette and texture where I can easily replicate with the use of the Wacom tablet as I can create fluent brush strokes but also make smooth curved lines. With more practice I do feel I will be more confident with the Wacom tablet and use it for all my illustrations. My aim is to continue using the Wacom tablet to become more confident with it and able to freely use it for every design aspect of my work.Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 15.48.22.png

↑ (Final Illustration)

As it was the first time using the Wacom tablet and pen I only created a simple final illustration of my final pieces I used the sketch I created photocopied them and used them as guide lines when creating my digital drawing on illustrator.

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Knot Samples

Knots 

It was something that I have never done, it was a new experience for me even though it is a very simple technique, easy to do and it did not take long. What I liked about it was the very simple look it has also how you can play around with it. It can be placed anywhere on a garment which I love. I was pleased with the outcome. I started off with the first fabric I got which was cotton muslin fabric I got a ¼ meter of it as it was the first try and I did not want to waste much fabric, the fabric itself is very light weight, it holds its structure which was a key thing however, when I created few knots I realised the fabric was unable to crate very big knots as it was very thin cotton muslin I did try knotting twice, over lapping the knots they just did not come as oversized as I wanted. Moving on, I then tired with a thick jersey fabric, with the thickness of this fabric it helped creating big knots I was pleased with the outcome also the fabric was not fraying whereas the muslin fabric was fraying a lot causing it to have a very messy look. It would have caused me a problem if I use knots in my garments as I would have had to over-lock all the edges of each strip before I create knots with it and you would have been able to see the seams.

 

 

The reason for getting the idea of creating knots is because they linked to me concept very well, the idea of creating coral rocks if I had more time I would have liked to replicate the coral reef using knots in using other fabrics colours, also applying other sample work with it such as some bead work so I have a mixed material sample, this would have given me more ideas that I could have used in my designing. I do feel that I could have done more samples relating to this technique maybe add other embellishments with the knots see how that works or use a thick fabric to create very oversized Knots.

 

Beads and Sequins Sample

When doing my designer research, looking at the designer garments picking out small sections of the surface design I was able to create range of bead and sequin samples that relate to my concept, another place for inspiration was Pinterest I found a range of bead work that catches my eye and was interested to replicate. I found it very useful to do as many samples as I can even if they looked similar it was for me to see the little changes I have done and how the outcome came out. The sample were very helpful the design development stage as I have something to refer back to get a visual image of how they would fit on the garment but also I am able to show what the small details on my sketches look 3D. Furthermore, with creating the samples I was able to place them in different positions on a mannequin I was enable to see how they would look on a figure also see where they look best placed another thing it helped me be inspired when designing as I can visual the samples and add them on the garment knowing it will work well.

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At the stage of creating my samples I experimented with different colours to get an understanding of what colours I could include in my designing, it enabled for me to see what colours worked well with each other and how I could use the colours to my better understanding to fully showcase the range of colours in coral reef in my work.  It was another way for me to use as a guide in my designing as I always have problems picking colours as I have a hard time imagining how the colours will work together and by these samples I am able to see if they work or not, this way it makes it easier getting all the final materials for the final garments.

Design Developments

When starting on my design developments I made sure I had enough research in my initial sketchbook and main sketchbook to help me create wide range of design without being stuck coming up with designs. it was important for me to take my time when designing as I had to make sure all my designs fitted with my concept and my aim, the designs had to fit with the process of all my designs, looking in my sketchbook you are able to see it being very sculptural with that in mind I did a mixture of design from simple garments with small design surface on some sections of the garments to very sculptural exaggerated garments, that could be oversized tops or abstract pants. With creating wide range of samples I had tired many techniques which helped me to find what technique I would be using in my making and what colour I would be using which made the next stage of making very easy to begin with.

Design development stage was very important for me to do I had to make sure what I am designing links to all the research I have done and initial research I have done. I began with creating very simple silhouette of outfits that can be worn day to day, such as long evening gown for special occasion or simple tops, bottoms with surface design that I select from looking at all the samples I have done.

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When designing I did not feel they strongly linked to my theme as they were either very simple and coral is very vibrant, bold with unique shapes and creatures with that in mind I continued designing but more extreme exaggerating the silhouette make sure structural objects that represented the coral reef. I was pleased with the overall look of the exaggerated garments and I knew I would be creating garments that are based on those exaggerated designs.

Third Peer Assessment

The third peer assessment done around the 7th week of FMP. It was different to the other last two assessments as this one was done with two people looking at your work they had to write down the strengths of the work and the improvements.

My strength was the wide range of samples, primary and secondary research I had done. The areas that I needed to improve on was more drawings in my sketchbook which both peers had written.

With that in mind I took the advice and did more drawings to strengthen my research to show that I have focused on the texture and I am trying to replicate that within my sketchbook.

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Sketchbook Initial Responses

Continuing to create responses I started to experiment with straws this helped create the rippled and coral effect how they are overlapping and in different heights. The colours that I used were mainly blue red and pink. After doing this response I do feel I need to go back to this page to improve as I can add more details and mediums this way I can further develop the response so I can have inspirational responses that I can use in my designing stages.

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