Sunday, 29 August 2010

A-Z summer project // DUO TONE [inspiration]

duotone [ˈdjuːəˌtəʊn]
n Printing
1. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a process for producing halftone illustrations using two shades of a single colour or black and a colour
2. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a picture produced by this process

- looking at propaganda and what was done with just two colours

I am fascinated by the old propaganda posters. the art style, the visual impact and the almost printmaking like qualities to them.

I visited a propaganda poster museum in China [i know im still catching up with my blog] and amoungst everything on display-all fantasticly fascinating each in their own way- i found these almost simpler two coloured prints the best. At a guess i would say these are all using screenprint or wood cut techniques. I have focused on these as research for DUO TONE. i feel this is most valid, and importantly is most inspiring for me to refer back to.

-i chose not to include some images due to their content-lots of anti american stuff and overly pro communist stuff, considering where I am North Korea is only a stones throw away best not to add some i thought [lol ill add it when i get home!] anyway pretty picture time..

I this this image is so savage! furious communist with an axe hammer!
its interesting seeing these old images, but kind of scary in a way seeing these windows into a past i could never hope to understand

all of these image just scream at me

notice how in a lot of these posters the main character is holding a book? ....

i want to write about the art style, i hope i dont say anything dodgy, but i think the art style and quality of line is just fantastic. this is a beuty of a wood cut.

look! another book!

for anyone wondering what these propaganda books are all about this is the one i was given when i arrived at the  china airport

aah not really! i managed to sneak a cheeky peek at and photo one of them when the guy wasnt looking, 

this whole thing was insane and this was just one of the things i took as a massive inspiration from the things i saw and did in this fascinating country if any of you got to read the yellow paper given out for a small donation at the D+AD student awards one of the 12 important lessons of graphic design was to stop designing and 'watch the tv' as the writer mentioned-what he was saying was to look outside of the design world, to absorb as much as possible, and we will constantly chew on an idea even in our subconcious when not thinking about it, but also important to draw inspiration from outside sources, even things such as tv or football. and i this trip gave me oceans of that
 i thank god i got to go to china

anyone interested can go for FREE!!FOR FREE!! you need to research the study china program
i applied and failed and just went anyway. i strongly strongly recommend anyone to travel
the next study program is over the easter holidays, for that reason you stand a better chance of being accepted because everyone wants to go in summer. and they have included more places, 

you now have a 1 in 4 chance


also if anyone is keen on South Korea the government is doing a big tourist drive and there are massive incentives such as free chauffeur from the airport, free travel accross the country, discounts on hotels etc etc...


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