I am working on a series of Screen Prints cityscapes as my side hustle to the uni projects.
Size: 42 x 59 cm
The idea for these comes back to the very first project we have been assigned on the Illustration and Visual Media course Year 1 – Brief Encounters.
This illustration was initially painted with ink in black and white scale, I thought it would look great developed as a screen print edition. That also would be a full circle between of my development as an illustrator and printmaker in a year time.
The session was divided into two parts. To start we were sharing our initial ideas and project development with our peers and tutors; receiving constructive critique and feedback, that would help us improve the project in its an early stage.
Second part of the session was a workshop, its aim was to create a storyboard, or a frame sequence and incorporate text within it.
We were given a A1 sheet of paper and had two hours to fill it in with our stories.
Mine was the developed story of migration of the microorganisms:
I was flicking through my old microbiology books and studying shapes and behaviour of singular-cell organisms. They all had that classic look known to all from biology handbooks. However, while reading the description I was picturing them very differently in my head. Instead of these boring forms I thought I would showcase them in a way that I imagine them:
◾Frame one – Open palm,
◾Frame two – Zoom in -> microorganisms visible on the open palm,
◾Frame three – Person is using the hand sanitizer,
◾Frame four – Bacteria are panicking and some are most are killed; there is significantly less of them compering to frame two. (these left are called refugees),
◾ Frame five – Handshake,
◾Frame six – Cross contamination of the bacteria – migration
The idea is still to be developed and sketched properly, possibly finished as an etching.
Aim of this unit is to help us as illustrator engage with identity and social engagement. To explore how visual media and social relationship combine help us indicate where we are at in our human culture and how it impact on society, therefore impact on us.
For Project 1: Identities & Place – Migration and Graphic Storytelling we are to combine image and text and create a short graphic story as an outcome. That should be achieved by exploring the relationship between objects, subjects and the interrogations of contemporary image making practice.
The background for the brief is a problem of migration, showcased throughout visual media including text. That should be based on research and choice of 19th, 20th or the 21st century.
While unpicking the brief I was trying to think unconventionally and answer question ‘Who/what migrates’. Throughout the brainstorming I created a sociogram that depictures my thinking patch:
I decided that my project will be focusing on ‘microorganisms’ and how they move from one place to another. That would incorporate years of my professional work experience as a Biomedical Scientist with a great passion for microbiology and working in the laboratory.
The world that we are surrounded by isn’t built only by things that we are able to see and observe. Often we are rushing to make a judgment on out one-dimensional understanding of surroundings, however there are micro and macro worlds that co-exists together with our. Microorganisms are living microbes that cannot be seen by a human eye without help of specialised equipment; often forgotten in day-to-day life, yet very fascinating. They could be significant for us to keep our immune system healthy, but on another hand they could also be pathogenic, even lethal.
Every time we open the door, shake ones hand, or get our skin in contact with any surface, we spread the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that live on our skin. They not necessarily must be the dangerous one, but in fact we help them migrate.
This migration, as well as many other reasons, has started many outbreaks and caused epidemic, some of them have grown to global scale – pandemic.
My manifesto was successful and clearly get across the message of what kind of artist I wish to be. However, I believe there is a big room for improvement. My animation could have had been more detailed and smoother; is could also include music/audio. Overall, I think that I did well in communicating what i intended.
Turn my weaknesses into strengths & don’t let them overwhelm me!
Aim high and don’t give up!
The outcome is a resultant of many factors, as well as the journey I went through while working on this project. There is a lot of thinking process that went into this piece – as in to the content and the making of the actual animation.