For one of my pro con 2 choices I chose to do web, as I already had knowledge of html and a bit of CSS before hand. I was really eager to start my website as I enjoy coding and designing websites. To get some inspiration for my website I looked at sites like site inspire to see what works well and what doesn’t. Since the website is designed to promote my work I looked at simple grid websites that catch your eye and is mainly focused on displaying your work and getting your attention. After doing research into websites we then began learning html and CSS. I’ve learnt a lot from doing coding since before I only knew basic HTML code but now I’m confident with basic html and CSS and am happy with how much I’ve progressed since doing coding. When designing my website I took my research into consideration and went with a basic grid layout that portrays my work on my home page. Since it’s a portfolio website I wanted my home page to show my work so it’s the first thing you notice when on my website. I decided on a blue colour scheme, as that’s what my logo was. I think a blue colour scheme looks quite fresh and is a nice colour to have as its not too girly and definitely catches your eye. When doing the layout for my website, I put the navigation bar at the top of my page instead of down the side as that’s what catches your eye and it balances out with my logo nicely.
Overall I really enjoyed coding my website as its personal to me, which is nice as you can do everything how you want it, where as if you’re designing for someone else you’ve got to do everything they want. I plan on making my website live and adjusting it to add more of my work and information pages. If I had more time I would have continued coding pages for all of my work to show more information. I plan on continuing to do coding in third year as I liked learning new skills and it’s definitely something I’ll expand on and enjoy doing.
For another of my pro con 2 choices I deciding to do print as its something I enjoy and can experiment with. At the start we was given five different themes to fill a sketchbook on, body, face, object, and place and memory. At first I found the memory one difficult, as I’m only able to draw things if they’re in front of me. In time I began using my skills and incorporating them into my work to make it easier. Whilst doing print I experimented with watercolors, drawing in pen, and I also tried lino printing. I decided to do my final print in lino printing, as I wanted to challenge myself, as I’ve always liked the style of lino printing. When picking a final illustration to do my print on I decided to do it on an owl as they’re one of my favourite creatures and had a lot of detail to incorporate into my lino print. Before doing my final print for the owl I experimented with different print techniques by scanning some of my drawings into my computer and then coloured them in in Photoshop to see how my drawings looked with different styles. For examples I used watercolour and edited some in photoshop to see what works well and what doesn’t. I also done some more paper art illustration in my second sketchbook to use different techniques and see what works. After experimenting a lot I then decided on doing a lino print and printed it out several times until I was happy with the print. I experimented by using both black ink and acrylic colours to add some colour to the print. I also scanned them in and edited the colours.
For my final print I scanned in the lino print owl and edited the colours so its bright. I then continued the print several times and made a nice owl pattern with bright colours. I’m overall happy with my final print and I think it looks very eye catching. I liked doing the print module as I was able to do a lot of drawing and experiment with different mediums, something I don’t do within the communication module.