Incorporating colour into black and white images

So, black and white will be the most powerful expression of a photo, but you also want some colour in there?

Well I have to say, I am not a fan of the one coloured element in the image, so here are some other examples of incorporating colour that I do think offer an elegant solution.


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Emotional Conflict – How to show it without words?

How do artists depict emotional conflict without words? How do they show an individual facing opposing simultaneous emotions? How do they create the tension inherent to that situation?

Here are some images I found around the internet – some photos, some digital art, some paintings. To me they show more than one thing happening at once in the individual’s energy.

The double exposure and clever use of colour brings a lot of energy and movement.

The composite images are a really powerful adjustment to the form of the body. I especially like the ‘muzzle’ effect on the face.

This is an interesting look at the elements that make up someone, their interest etc. I like the background around the faces.

Two faces very cleverly placed on top of each other. It has an effect like there are multiple faces though and took me a while to figure out it’s actually only two!

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Translucent white skin, a dark background, upside down body and rising party balloons… so much going on here. So much tension!

Mona Hatoum:

Mona Hatoum:

Really clever use of scale.

This one looks like a stock photo – I wouldn’t say there is particularly an artistic touch, but it’s an interesting idea of showing emotions.

Jakub Kujawa:

Jakub Kujawa:

Jakub Kujawa:

These drawings by Jakub Kujawa have incredible tension and dynamics. The movement, the shading, the cross hatching.

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Inspiration for an illustrative style

I would like to use a style that’s reminiscent of people’s sketched travel journals for my Digital Design assignment. Here’s some inspiration I found for travel journals, and watercolour vectors made in Adobe Illustrator.

Plenty of inspiration and examples to get me started with sketching…

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Flying Circus – Landing on a Theme

Back to a new teaching period of uni, this time I’m studying Digital Design and Visual Communication.

Digital Design’s first assignment is ‘Flying Circus’, where we need to deck out 3 paper planes with digital designs in line with a theme.

So first things first, time to think of a theme…

The recent events with the election, and political climate has been on my mind a lot. I thought that it could be an interesting theme to explore, along with things like media and the use of fear. I also looked at how this all personally affects me, such as what travelling looks like for me as part of an interracial couple.

Eventually, after riffing on a few ideas, trying out a paper plane or two, I landed on the theme of ‘Three Homes’ which is how I feel about Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. I have 3 homes, but feel like I’m never home. It really does feel like a ‘flying circus’ when we’re pulled in so many directions by family, culture, jobs and preferences.

Here are moodboards I made to reflect each country:


Australia makes me think of space, wildlife, great wine, pesky flies and family.161120-moodboard-3-homes2

Singapore makes me think of great shopping, milo dinosaurs, tropical weather and family.161120-moodboard-3-homes3

And Indonesia reminds me of my favourite food, batik, unfortunately some poverty, and family.

So lots to love and celebrate about each of those places. Next step will be to decide on a plane fold and start sketching some ideas for each plane.


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Studio Assessment 2

The next assessment for Studio built on a new set of skills, mostly on things like composition, framing and cropping. Here is my submission:

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