THE KITCHEN – VISUALISING THE EVERYDAY
After going through the 3 options for Assignment 5, I decided to go with Option 1: The Kitchen.
Due to a busy time at the start of this year regarding work (school inspection; school concert; school reports; etc.) and wedding planning, it took me longer to complete this assignment. Unfortunately, due to the Corona virus, we had to cancel our July wedding, so all that time spent on wedding planning was a complete waste of time. Anyways, after that I have tried to focus on my assignment, unfortunately due to the corona virus & all the uncertainty that goes along with it, I found it quite hard at times. Enough about that.. here is my response to Assignment 5:
Looking back at my previous work from Part 1 – 4 in Exercise 5.3, helped me to think of ideas/ processes I would like to try again, or experiment with further. The action plans were very helpful in providing me with guidelines to follow. I enjoyed the process of working on this assignment, from the: mark- making; to the photographic/sketchbook journeys; to the embroidery.. to the poster and bag mock-ups, it has been a fun process of experimentation and trying out different combinations of media and processes.
ACTION PLAN FOR ASSIGNMENT 5:
VISUAL ACTION PLAN:
MARK – MAKING:
I started the Assignment by experimenting using a variety of fruit & veggies to make acrylic paint prints with. I chose the following fruit & veggies to experiment making marks with: corn; broccoli; green peppers; mushrooms; onions; lemons & apples.
The onion& lemon prints were my favourites. Although the green pepper also made a fun ‘flower’-shaped print.
DOODLES OF FRUIT & VEGGIES – CHARACTERS:
In response to the March Sketchbook Circle prompt – Fruit & Veggies, I decided to create some doodle characters using Posca paint markers. I used each fruit / veggie name to create a mouth and hair for the characters, using micron pen, and added some arms & legs. Out of all these fruit & veggies, the ‘Lemon’ character was my favourite.
DOODLES & MARK-MAKING PATTERNS:
I decided to use some of the matching fruit & veggie doodles & mark-making to experiment with making patterns. I used the broccoli; lemon & orange doodles & mark-making. Out of the 3, the bright yellow lemon character & mark-making was my favourite combination.
Just for fun, I had a look at the supermarket to see if I can find any fruit & veggies with ‘faces’. I found a funky potato, green pepper & coconut and tried to create some doodle characters with them.
Video’s showing how they were created in Procreate:
EXPERIMENT CREATING ‘LEMONS’ WITH DIFFERENT MEDIUMS\ PROCESSES:
After experimenting with the ‘Lemon’ doodle character & lemon mark-making prints, I decided to focus on drawing lemons.
I used 3 different arrangements. Firstly, I arranged lemons on a blue plate in order to create a Still Life arrangement. For the 2nd arrangement, I cut the lemons into slices. For the last arrangement, I cut the lemon in half.
I then used a variety of different processes to create the drawings, including: blind contour drawings; rapid drawings; & free time drawings.
I then used a variety of different media to add colour to the drawings, including: Koi watercolour paint; Posca paint markers; pan pastel; qouache; micron pen; Sakura moonlight pen; coloured pencils & Koi colouring brush pens.
I thought it would be fun experimenting with a variety of different processes and media to create visual representations of these 3 arrangements of lemons.
I then kept these drawings aside to be returned to at a later date to add detail in the background using collage.
USING OBJECTS – USING LEMONS:
While looking at the cut lemon slices, I was inspired to arrange them in order to create dresses for a collage character. I took photographs of the different lemon arrangements and edited it using Procreate. It was a bit like playing doll, dressing it up in different lemon dress designs. It was a lot of fun & like creative play. I also added some sayings & created it into a simple animation as the ‘doll’ walks in a ‘fashion show’.
BRAINSTORMING – MY FAVOURITE FOOD:
I then thought of brainstorming my favourite food:
BRAINSTORMING – LEBANESE FOOD:
Lemons are often used in Lebanese meals. I thought it would be a fun way to incorporate lemons as an ingredient in my type of ‘world food’ to focus on.
RESEARCH – LEBANESE RESTAURANTS:
I decided to visit 4 of my favourite Lebanese restaurants in order to do research on the decor/ atmosphere/ food/ flavours/ etc. in order to get a more holistic perspective on it. I decided to go on Photographic & Sketchbook journeys at these 4 restaurants.
I decided to draw onto graph paper, making doodles/ observational drawings while at the restaurants, as well as leaving additional space for my photographs to be stuck on once printed. I doodled on a variety of surfaces while at the restaurants, including napkins; paper placemats; receipts & customer feedback cards. I also added keywords to describe the atmosphere & decor in each restaurant. Colour was added afterwards, using Posca paint markers.
PHOTOGRAPHIC & SKETCHBOOK JOURNEY:
LEBANESE RESTAURANT 1:
LEBANESE RESTAURANT 2:
LEBANESE RESTAURANT 3:
LEBANESE RESTAURANT 4:
RECIPE – BATATA HARRA:
I must say that so far, this is my least favourite part of this assignment. I do not like cooking.. I can’t cook. Although drawing recipes is not related to the cooking part of it, I didn’t look forward to this part to it. Anyways, I decided to do a ‘doodle’/ collage – style illustration of one of my favourite Lebanese meals, ‘Batata Harra’ (Lebanese Spicy Potatoes), which also has ‘Lemons’ as an ingredient.
Embroidery is often found on Lebanese decor, on either cushions, fabric or placemats. As inspired by the artist Frances Pickering in Part 1 of this course, I wanted to return to the idea of using Embroidery in my illustrations. This time, I decided to look on Pinterest for embroidery I like. After finding something I liked, I decided to manipulate and edit it using Procreate in order to create a new flower design. I then printed it out and used my light pad to draw the flower-design onto a piece of fabric, using Posca paint markers. Then I added embroidery and beads to create a more textured effect. (I later used a stencil to add a ‘wall’ effect)
I created 4 embroidered pieces and incorporated stencil work. It was a fun process 🙂
WALL PAPER DESIGN – MARCH SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE PROMPT – WALL PAPER:
After visiting one of the restaurants, I was inspired to create a wallpaper design similar to the one on some of the paper used to serve the cheese spring rolls on. I loved the pattern and thought it would make a fun wall paper design.
TILES – DESIGN – MARCH SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE PROMPT – TILES:
After visiting the 4 Lebanese Restaurants, I noticed that all 4 of them had fun Middle Eastern designed tiles as part of the decor. I was inspired to create my own tile-design, using the lemon print maker-,making; the wall paper design & a photograph of the Middle Eastern style tiles which was taken at one of the restaurants I visited.
COMBINING DOODLES & MARK-MAKING:
I thought it would be fun to combine the embroidery, mark-making prints & doodle characters together to see what effect it would create. Once again, the Lemon combination was my favourite.
LEMON CHARACTER DESIGN:
I then tried out using different mark-making prints and other backgrounds to choose the best way to add colour to my lemon- character. In the end, I decided my original lemon print mark-making print is my favourite to add colour to my lemon- character.
BRAINSTORMING LEMON QUOTES/ SAYINGS –
COMBINING EMBROIDERY & WALL PAPER DESIGNS:
Then I thought it would be fun combining the wall paper design, embroidery & lemon character together. I tried out different quotes/ sayings to match the lemon character idea. Instead of ‘lemonade’, I changed it to ‘limonana’ which refers to lemon& mint juice they have on the menu at Lebanese restaurants.
LEMON CART & WALL ART COMBINATION:
I was inspired by the fruit cart feature seen in one of the restaurants. I decided to edit it into a lemon-cart. I re-drew the cart, adding the lemon character and the limonana quote. I changed the fruit to only lemons and used the lemon print mark-making as wall art design behind the lemon-cart.
PLAYING WITH DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE PHOTOGRAPHIC/ SKETCHBOOK JOURNEYS:
I played with different combinations by using the: tile design; wall paper design; mock-up embroidery poster; lemon print mark-making; and lemon print/ embroidery chairs/ lamp shades; Rock wall tile photograph.
After playing with these combinations, I realised it was again too many patterns and combinations all together, and tried to look at it more objectively. I think I will re-think these combinations to simplify it to be more effective.
LEMON PATTERN DESIGNS:
I arranged some cut lemon slices on a place to create a pattern. I then re-created using Procreate and experimented with a variety of different combinations, using the: tile-design; wall paper design; lemon print mark-making; photograph of lemons; tube print mark-making; straw blowing mark-making; ‘be zesty’ repeated text & check pattern.
COMBINING THE ORIGINAL LEMON DRAWINGS & LEMON PATTERNS:
I decided to add collage backgrounds to my original lemon drawings using the lemon patterns & mark-making prints & stencil sheets.
WALL DESIGN – INSPIRED BY SONIA DELAUNAY:
LEMON PATTERN WALL PAPER MOCK-UPS:
I thought it would be fun to experiment using these lemon pattern to create wall art/ wall paper. I made the following mock-ups. The ‘Squeeze the day’ phrase would be a ‘light’- feature attached to the wall and not part of the wallpaper. I thought it would be a cool combination.
LEMON CHARACTER POSTER & WALL PAPER MOCK-UPS:
DESIGN INSPIRED BY SONIA DELAUNAY – WALL ART MOCK-UPS:
VINTAGE- STYLE POSTER WALL ART MOCK-UPS:
I decided to create a restaurant log which can be used on the poster and other restaurant designs. I experimented with a variety of different combinations for my restaurant, called “Limonana”. I think the plain white background with the embroidery is my favourite so far.
POSTER ADVERTISING FOOD OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL – FOOD TRUCKS:
In order to link my posters to the topic of ‘World Food’, I decided to create a ‘food Truck’ which would participate at a ‘World Food Truck Festival’. I used a free mock-up truck design and added my logo and lemon patterns to it.
I then used the original lemon print mark-making as a frame for the poster, adding the embroidery logo at the top and the food truck at the bottom of the poster.
I made a variety of mock-ups to show would my poster design could possibly look like when in use.
I then also experimented with using my vintage-style limonana poster different mock-ups.
CORONA VIRUS – EVENT CANCELLED – POSTERS:
In response to March Instagram Sketchbook Circle prompts: ‘flatten the curve’; ‘social distancing’; ‘ wash your hands’ & ‘stay at home’, I created the following adaptations to my restaurant poster mock-ups. I added a mask to my lemon character.
LEMON CHARACTER COLLAGE:
Just for fun.. I used a lemon photograph as heads for these fashion dolls and added the phrase, ‘Lemon Squeezy’.
USING MODELLING CLAY TO CREATE FRUIT – CHARACTERS:
I bought some modelling clay to create fruit with at the start of this assignment. I kind of got side-tracked by other parts of the assignment and only returned to the clay fruit characters now. I was planning on creating an animation using these photographs of my clay characters. Anyways, I didn’t get round to it all and decisively to use the vintage ‘limonana’ poster design to decorate they ‘lunchbox’- home.
These clay fruit characters could potentially be used in little colouring sheets or activity booklets with fruity stories about healthy eating to entertain guests with kids at the restaurants.
TOTE BAG – MOCK-UPS:
I thought it would be fun to see what my lemon patterns and sayings would look like on a Tote & Shopping Bags. I decided to make a variety of mock-ups to see what it could possibly look like.
CHECK – GREEN:
LEMON PRINT MARK-MAKING:
VARIETY – TEXT:
TEXT – SPLASH:
RESTAURANT TAKE-AWAY BAG MOCKUPS:
FEEDBACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Although I had my personal favourites for the wall paper and Tote bag designs, I thought it would be interesting to see which ones other people like the most.
I made a collection of 9 of the Tote bag mock-ups, with a close-up of each print. I numbered the bag choices and asked my facebook friends to choose their favourites & give a reason why.
From their reactions, I think Nr. 2 & 8 were the most popular Tote Bag choices, with the green background making the lemons stand out more. Personally, Nr.4 was my original favourite, but after reading their responses, I can look at the bag designs more objectively and can agree that the green makes the lemons pop more.
This was their response:
TOTE BAG MOCK-UPS:
WALL ART DESIGN MOCK-UPS:
I then repeated the same for the Wall art designs, but limiting it to 4 choices. Once again, Nr 4 with the green background was the most popular. Personally, the original lemon print mark-making was my favourite for this wall art design mock- up. Interesting results.
MY FAVOURITE IMAGE CREATED FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT:
VIDEO – UNIT 5:
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)