Silhouettes, development and final design

Work up to the finishing design

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When we had the first lecture with Cathy she talked a lot about the use of silhouettes. saying it takes all the human qualities away from the image leaving it de-humanised. One of my ideas was Alex conducting with his razor(weapon), again going with the idea the music and violence going together. I got Ben to pose so I could trace his silhouette on Adobe Illustrator, before these last couple of weeks I hadn’t used Illustrator to design much….in fact anything, but I’ve built up a lot more confident using it.

after some artist direction these are the Images of Ben conducting…with a knife.

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I chose the one I thought was the most fitting and traced it –

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Inspiration behind my idea is comes from when I wrote this when studying Burgess use of music in the book

As the book is written in the first person, which we feel part of, it’s like the main character Alex is playing what Burgess is conducting. But I also feel like when Alex is the victimizer he is conducting the music, when that changes in the second and third part, as he becomes the victim, it’s as if he becomes deaf and blind, and unable to conduct his own life.

I needed a silhouette that contrasted that of him conducting. So again I asked Ben to pose, this time crouching and holding his head being depressed and wanting to give up on life.

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Again I live traced it on Illustrator, resulting with this

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I spent a good hour experimenting with composition, how it would look and the cover and colouring/layering –

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Before I used Images of Ben I had played around with a simple silhouette  –

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The blue design was the first I did. then I went to the red one’s where I experimented with the type and contrasts of the silhouette, but I came to the conclusion, as aesthetically pleasing the red and black was…it looked like a zombie horror, maybe the imagery didn’t help. I thought the green/blue tone was more neutral and had a more mood ora to it, plus it’s almost the complete opposite to the colour orange.

Using the images I traced I produced these –

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Mock-ups on Photoshop

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I like the monotone and decided to merge the image of him conducting and crouching. I was also inspired by Queens of the stone age: Go with the flow, Music video –

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Final designs

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Book Mock-up

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I wanted to created a minimal design, with not to much information about the story and that stayed away from the cliches e.g. colour orange, the eye, milk, blood, The Droogs outfit, etc. I did spend most of two weeks we had researching, and I’m glad I did. It honestly made the designing process so much easier and compared to last years penguin cover designs, I’m much happier with this outcome, Both contextually and the visual solution to the brief.


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