Inspired from the info graphic by Kevin Tong and Tom Whalen I researched previously I experimented with layouts in a similar style but found that a landscape angle was better. I think if i had had the time to refine this particular one further the outcome would’ve been successful. Although I tried to move away from this as I found i was copying the style more than anything.
I then tried a different landscape layout and experimented with using the hexagon pattern acting as a background as well as sectioning for each part of the metamorphosis process. The hexagon pattern in yellow reminds me alot more of bee’s rather than butterflies which could be developed further to be more appropriate although it does still work at the same time. I think overall the colour scheme works well as its postive and a in coordination with the natural theme. If I were to have more time I would definitely consider refining some of the images and change the layout to something on a timescale although it could be integrated with the current theme of the image.
From my initial sketches I wanted a digital outcome so began testing using Photoshop to create poly portrait designs of the individual stages of the process of metamorphosis. I researched many different types of butterfly’s and intended on created multiple images showing the difference between the species within the butterfly kingdom. I kept the colours as true to the real shades that occur naturally. I tested different ways to show thee image of the caterpillar breaking out its egg and preceding to eat it. I found some of these didn’t work well and were not successful however still needs more refining. I found this process of creating the poly portraits of the images out of individual triangles quite time consuming and considered a alternative approach to create them digitally. Although I think that the style works well and collectively with the other images continuing using the same throughout..
My first initial ideas when thinking about visualizing statistics and creating a story sequence were quite contrasting in context as I decided I wanted to look at something I had some genuine interest in. I brainstormed many ideas branching from my own interests, locations, subjects relevant or relate-able to me and things I wanted to learn more about. After having more of a think about what would work well aesthetically and something that hasn’t be covered many times before. I considered the subject of dementia and showing the rate of deterioration and the effects and impact it can have on the individual aswell as the relationship they have with others in creating a help guide. I decided not to continue this idea as i wanted a subject i bit more lighthearted. I then considered the subjects of pirates from a childhood interest and thought the idea of having a target audience of children would be successful in a visual story telling. I couldn’t base any data of fantasy pirate story of course so researched the ‘pirate’ culture that exists today but found that the subject was leading away from the light hearted subject i intended. I decided on looking in to the process of metamorphosis as i have always found it fascinating. When researching I found a really interesting video showing the process of how a caterpillar changes to a butterfly that id not previously seen.
I did some initial sketches of ideas of how to show the process in visual story telling style that facts could also be included. At this point i considered basic layouts for a poster design but could be transferred into other formats.
After randomly coming across this particular piece of work by artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong I instantly admired the composition of this screen printed infographic. I think this is particularly successful as the imagery is strong and gives all the facts without overloading on the information. It flows as one and the limited contrasting colour scheme works well to bring it all together. Aspects of this could definitely work when creating my own design especially as it has made me consider more about the layout and how important the direction of how you read or take something in from a image overall. The non complicatedness of this could definitely be applied if this were to be more of a visual story telling rather than infographics. It has made me consider using more statistics within the story telling ……..
Deciding on the idea of the visual story telling of the metamorphosis process of a caterpillar to a butterfly I researched Damien Hirst and looked into how he presents butterflies in his own work. The textures he uses to give them that life alike quality, the bright and flouncy colours. In particular the way in some of the images, and as you can see here in the detail of the A beautiful thing, that even though it shows them all to be dissected it is not in a gory way or seen in cruel light. I think this is what makes them so successful as they are so intriguing to look at almost from a scientific crossed art aspect as you can see all the details and intiricate patterns that occur in nature. I think it will be important to keep this element within my design as I want to focus on how nature has all these amazing occurrences that you don’t always know or see in detail and up close.
Creating a gif on photoshop was a new element of illustration that I hadn’t experimented with before, the article this piece is in relation to was about poverty statistics around the globe and growth rates in children. This being the first gif I created I went with quite a simple idea of the plants growing on to a water colour background. After completing this version I found the process of making the gif a lot easier than expected so going on from this I can develop this idea further and create a more complex design. However I think for this particular article the simplicity works effectively so I will continue to refine this idea. Now that I have grasped the concept of making a gif and how easy it actually is I can apply this to other projects and incorporate animation into illustration for a change in technique.