Urban Beat; Colour Board

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Finishing my colour board for Urban Beat has been successful and satisfying, as now I have my pantone  references I can progress further with my designs. I will use this board to keep me informed of the colour scheme and also remind myself of the grungy, energetic vibe I want to convey with the pop of colour going through my designs. Three of these images are my own. When I went to Boys Village I took these and they’ve become a success with being on my colour board. However, I manipulated them in some way using Photoshop. This was because I wanted each image to fit and portray everything I wanted it to. Here is what I did:

Image One – The Handle

I changed the saturation and increased the exposure. I also added tints of dark pink. Before the image was more of an orange tone, however I wanted it to fit my colour ideas so I enhanced the features through Photoshop. After adding these adjustments the handle started to look exactly how I imagined, with the various shades of pink, ranging from bright to dark.

Image Two – Graffiti
This image was more of a cream overcast, I changed this by tinting it. It went a teal colour with a pop of yellow already in the image due to the graffiti. This fitted perfectly. I then blended this from the right hand side to show a sense of decay within the image as it blends in with the light.

Image Three – Light
I had this image in my mood board, however I didn’t just want to place it on the colour board without changing it to fit more to my colour scheme. I decided it would be interesting to manipulate it and see what I could produce when experimenting. I then added a layer and used the pipette tool to select my colour. I changed the options on the right hand side of the essentials on Photoshop. This enabled me to get the colour I wanted and completely change the image of the original lights. It has become less Photographic and more cartoon like with a silhouette.

Image Four – Rust 
This image was the last one I chose. I had a big gap remaining in the right hand corner and was unsure what to do with it. I decided to look through my photoshoot images and then I spotted an image I was eager to use. It was an abandoned boiler that had gained rust over the years of its decay.

By  using my Photoshop skills, the image on the left is the unedited version, which I really love but it doesn’t fit the colour scheme so utilising Photoshop enabled me to produce the image on the right, and crop the left section to fit it in the background. I experimented with the adjustments to make it fit the colour scheme, it has the light teal and pink that I wanted and I think it fits perfectly for a background image. I then blended the bottom of the image as there was a white space I didn’t know how to fix, so I used the pipette and selected the pantone and used the brush to fill in the space.

Pantone Colour Reference:
Looking at the pantone book last Tuesday I decided on 7 colours that I will be using in my designs. I used a hexagon shape in relation to bolts. They inspired me for this as they are a very urban substance. It also linked in with the bolts that are in the image of the handle. I wanted to portray my colour scheme through that instead of a regular square.

Urban Beat; Manipulating images


This image above was taken in the area I live in. I was walking home one evening and took this shot as I like the composition and the structure of the building.
To fit my theme of ‘Urban Beat’ I manipulated the image below and chose colours to suit my colour scheme.

I was inspired to manipulate the hue to enhance the colours and create the blue and pink contrast. If I was going to use this as part of my final 6 designs, I would check the correct pantone values to match my colour board. So far, I really like the overall feel of the black building with the structured lines as it could be a potential repeat design for an interior, such as wallpaper, cushion, towel, etc. I will create this digitally using the shape tool on photoshop, or simply use the magic wand.

I am pleased with this and hopefully will develop it further and make it fit ‘Urban Beat’ and reach my full potential.

Urban Beat; Experimentation with colour palettes

When starting my colour board, I wanted to try out various colours from three of my images which are below. Two are from the Photoshoot from Boys Village, and the other is of my mark making I had done in last terms.

I enjoyed using the pipette tool and selecting colours to make colour chips. When using this skill over and over I became so used to it, I decided to type in the correct CMYK to have the exact colour from the pantone. I was going to start off with the bottom left image as my colour scheme, I liked the rust, red, and cyan colour, I thought the combination was strong and would depict Urban Beat, however, the top image of the railing handle stood out to me more and thats how I made my decision to have a pop of colour, being the yellow from the railway. I think it’s good to experiment before finalising a colour palette as it helps to make a clear picture of what colours you want. The dark pink contrasting with the yellow convey juxtaposition. The two colours you wouldn’t normally associate with each other conveys the grungy, rebellion, energetic trend I’m working with.

Urban Beat; Experimentation with Illustrator

I wanted to depict Urban Beat through my potential design idea. After looking through the pantones I decided on the colours in the image above. The colours I have chosen are dark which is definitely what I was going for. It’s grungy and depicts urban beat in a way of being rebellious.  I added the yellow hue from the inspiration of the railway. I wanted the pop of colour to give it a feeling of vibrant energy. I think these mix of colours are inevitable for the trend as they fit the values so well.

The brush strokes are also significant as the ridged outline gives it a wild and energetic feel as some of the strokes are never ending and expand in different angles and directions. The second image is where I experimented with shapes, the hexagon  shape is taken from the inspiration of the bolts that have been apart of my research. Again, using the colours from the pantone I expanded the hexagons in various directions, angles and made each one a different size. This conveys the rebellion and straight structure of the hexagon implies urbanisation.

Urban Beat; Finalisation of mood board

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Above is my final mood board for the trend ‘Urban Beat’. I believe that this board portrays the aesthetic of the trend and what I want to produce for my final design, which is something with energy, a sense of rebellion, and a grungy over view. It is also a cool approach to design, showing street strength and graffiti. From this, I will make colour swatches by choosing pantones to create a palette digitally, as well as gathering imagery that fits the colour scheme and trend.

Urban Beat; Mood Board Development


Above is my mood board for ‘Urban Beat’ after developing my Photoshop skills. After creating my first mood board I was really unhappy with it as it looked very ‘cut and paste’, like I could have produced it by hand. So with my following mood boards  I wanted to utilise Photoshop and really show my full potential of using it. So I focussed on cropping and cutting the images I had. The girl on the left was completely cut out of the background and the Railway station to the right was cut in half, by doing this it really does make the image stand out and the aesthetic is more pleasing. I really enjoyed utilising the magic wand tool and selection as it enabled me to for fill my goal of manipulating the images. The three lights I found to be most difficult as I didn’t realise how time consuming it was. I got there eventually as I wanted the roundness of the light to keep its circular shape, whereas before I made it really angular and straight edged. I also found a perfect background image to fill the mood board so it didn’t look plain. I then changed the opacity and added graffiti in the background and also at the top behind the lights I added a graffiti sofa. I absolutely love this part of the mood board as it really stands out, the contrast of the light and dark images create a great effect for Urban Beat. Overall I am happy with this, and for my next steps for this project I need to work on producing a colour board that will show my colour scheme for my upcoming designs.

Constellation PDP

The first term of constellation I studied Smells Like Teen Spirit: Subcultures and Street Style which really interested me when choosing our options. I enjoy learning about subcultures and their style and how they originated. I’m also a fan of Goth and Punk, so learning about those gave me a better understanding. I found the learning process to be fascinating as I was amazed to know why they wore the clothing they did and what significance it had to them. The first subculture we explored was Goths. I learnt a number of things I had been oblivious to before. They took elements from the Victorian era and used it to fit their needs and exaggerated their makeup with black eyes and a pale white face. This wasn’t unfamiliar to me as I have seen what goths looked like, however I never knew the meaning behind it. They also changed the concept of objects. They also considered Gothic Literature and novels that signify their subculture. Which are Dracula and Frankenstein. This conveys the ‘undead’ and horror in which they dressed and looked. This subculture then evolved into many more, as they borrowed ideas and combined features from Goth to link to their subculture.

Punk was my favourite subculture to learn about, and after the lecture I found myself wanting to actually be around in the 70’s to witness it for myself. I can imagine it must have been a culture shock to the society as punks really did want to stand out and challenge the system. I learnt punk enabled women to stand up for themselves and challenge establishment and how women should dress and behave.  It was interesting to learn that the punks were so rebellious, and they would have safety pin piercings, which shocked the public along with their crazy dyed hair, Mohawks and dramatic makeup. What I love the most about this subculture, is that it originated in Britain and how fascinating the punks were by standing out from the normative and making a statement to prove a point to the world. Another subculture was Hip-Hop, although in comparison to the others I didn’t enjoy this one as much, although they had similarities to punks. This was clear when learning that they would exaggerate their gold chains and steal the car symbols to wear as a necklace also to signify rebellion and lack of care for society.  Hip Hop subculture was also similar to the goths, as they weren’t shy of breaking rules to make a complete statement with their clothing. They changed the function of sportswear and used it as part of their everyday attire.

From what I’ve learnt during the first term is that it’s okay to break the rules within reason, and make something unique to stand out. I have always had a desire to challenge my art practice, as I like combining things and putting things together that wouldn’t usually go. From this study group it has enabled me to make that happen even more so than before. Also how looking at things from the past can be great inspiration as you can gain more research and make old ideas modern. Punk has also been a great influence to me in the way that they combined an object or idea to change the meaning. For example, they changed the meaning of the safety pin as they weren’t using it to hold something together. Punk taught me about ‘Bricolage’ the ideology of putting together two things to combine and change the object/idea and meaning, the punks did this by using objects like tampons and safety pins as jewellery. The Hip Hop subculture also reminded me of that certain colours have a meaning and can link in with cultures and being a textile student colour is very important.

The second term of constellation I studied The Body. I found this to be really challenging as the questions and case studies we were given were complex and really made us think. I enjoyed the challenge and liked learning about identities and body modifications. We discussed how people are always wanting to modify their body in a particular way to fit the way society and the media portrays the ideal body. We also discussed the idea on how when we upload our pictures on social media, we are making ourselves an object. This was really interesting to think about, we then had to upload one onto our blog and talk about it. The lectures were also enjoyable as there was a lot of group interaction which was nice to hear other people’s opinions and views.  I also learnt a bit of history of the body in the 19th and 20th centuries. I was fascinated by all of the new information I was containing. During the lecture I also enjoyed the many debates that occurred when we were asked ‘Why don’t men wear skirts?’ and how we are being controlled within contemporary society.

I found all this really interesting and chose to combine The body with Smells like teen spirit for my final summative essay. The process of completing my final work in December didn’t go as well as I hoped due to difficulties I encountered.  I didn’t understand how to read academic texts, as admittedly it is daunting picking up a book and the thought of having to read through it all made me less ambitious for the essay, however I then learnt what to do ready for the final constellation submission. I also found it hard to reference correctly within my writing and not to talk in first person, as it makes it less professional. I overcome this by double checking with the handouts on Moodle on how to reference in the right way and making sure I wasn’t referring to myself when writing the essay. Also having a one to one tutorial with the tutor helped a lot and the academic librarian. I now feel confident in writing and I really enjoyed writing this essay. My confidence has grown with writing and reading through academic’s to back my argument and especially finding them on metsearch. Constellation overall has been challenging, learning all of the new theories was difficult at times, but still enjoyable as it enables you to think differently and put yourself in another perspective.