Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Final Slideshows

Having researched on the internet I have figured out how to export my slideshows from iPhoto to a QuickTime Player movie and I have uploaded them onto my youtube account, here they are below:




Spellbound






Our Truth





Overall I am happy with both of my slideshows. I feel that a few illustrations let the "Our truth" slideshow down a little bit, and I prefer the slideshow "Spellbound" as I think the illustration is much stronger, but I am pleased with both outcomes, and think both pieces are quite unique.  I feel that I have answered the brief as I think I have illustrated both tracks in a unconventional way.



Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Spellbound - Illustration

For my next music track I also want to produce a slideshow, but this time I want to create it by showing a progression of just one illustration that I will create using acrylic paints.


My slideshow consists of 27 images, including a pencil and a paint brush to show what is actually happening in a more obvious way.  I have used the effect "shatter" in iPhoto, and have fit the slides to the music.


Below is my final drawing of the lead singer of Lacuna Coil - Cristina Scabbia.  I am pleased with my final illustration and the stages of the image work well in the slideshow.




Here are a few of the stages that I have shown in my slideshow:












After finishing my illustration I feel it needs some colour and needs to show that I am actually illustrating for the track "Spellbound".  As the illustration is quite strong I don't want to take away too much attention from it, so I will find a suitable font and add the title to the piece of work and will also experiment with different coloured backgrounds to see what looks the most effective.

Below are a few options that I could choose from:










I have looked a various fonts and the below one I feel works well with Lacuna Coil's gothic style the most.




I like the above colours but I feel i still need to show "Spellbound" I am going to try incorporate the style of the typography in with Cristina to try and make her look "bound".  Below are a few ideas:




Although this shows "Spellbound" better than a plain background colour, I feel that it is a bit too fussy and I still need to experiment with different colour alternatives.






The above idea I have decided to use in my slideshow.  I feel that the white background makes the illustration stand out and gives it a fresher look.  I quite like the swirls and the binding, although I feel the font could have been stronger, I haven't worried about it too much as it's not a typography project!





Friday, 1 April 2011

Our Truth - Illustrations

For my first track I am going to do a few illustrations in my slideshow that link in with the lyrics of the song.  My first is illustration of the song "Our Truth" is to represent the clock ticking.




The next image is to represent the lyrics "killing time"




The next image is to represent the lyrics "ripping off" the best condescending smile




The next image is to represent the lyrics "falling right through"




The next image is to represent lying and "telling more lies"





The next illustration is to represent the lyrics "tease me"




The next illustration is to show the lyrics "stealing time" 




The below image is to represent the lyrics "run away"




The next image is to represent the lyrics "silent sneaking"




The next image is to represent the lyrics rugged the "road"




The next illustration is to represent the lyrics "like we're flying"




After trying to fit these images to fit the musical track, I have had to get rid of two of the images.  I have also put in photographs of Lacuna Coil, and Cristina Scabbia (Lead Singer) and manipulated them in photoshop to give them a painted effect, a bit like my images.  I am happy with most of my illustrations although I feel some are much stronger than others.  Also if I had more time, the paintings I created with black acrylic I would fill in on Illustrator to give a more finished effect.

I have used the theme "snapshots" and had to figure out how long each image was on the screen for to fit in with the music track, each image is on screen for approximately 8.6 seconds and there are a total of 25 images.  This took some time to figure out as I wanted the correct image to appear with the right lyrics of the song to make the images more obvious.



Friday, 11 February 2011

Research into slideshows

After researching possible solutions for my two music tracks, I have decided to create a slideshow for each track.  I will use various mediums, possibly a mixture of type and photography, much like a montage, but my main focal point will be illustrations which I will create using mainly acrylics.  In my slideshow I will have things overlapping, fading out etc and also have my music track in the background.  I could also make my slideshow so the step by step of one illustration and the end slide being the end result of my illustration. The idea behind my slideshow is when a fan of Lacuna Coil downloads any of their tracks or albums they will receive this slideshow for free.
Here are a few slideshows below that I thought might give me some inspiration when designing mine:

The above link is a Slideshow to the Lacuna Coil track The Ghost Woman and The Hunter including artwork from Luis Royo and Victoria Frances who happen to be two of my favourite artists.




This slideshow is for the Lacuna Coil track Unspoken and shows Photographs of the band throughout










I think I am going to design one track as a montage using several images and do the other track as a progression of one illustration. 

Friday, 4 February 2011

Influences & Research

The first song that I have chosen to illustrate is the song Spellbound.  I have looked at the lyrics for this song and images that relate to it.  I want my work to have a gothic look to it and something I thought could be quite interesting to look at is Salvador Dali's Work for the 1945 Alfred Hitchcock's film, Spellbound, which is about a female psychiatrist who protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.  The film features a famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali that includes some astonishing images, including huge floating eyes, twisted landscapes, and a faceless man in a tuxedo.










Kyle Cooper who is an acclaimed modern designer of motion picture title sequences created the title sequence for the 1995 American crime film Se7en, a seminal work which received critical acclaim and inspired a number of younger designers. According to Cooper, at the time he made the title sequence for Seven, main title sequences were behind of what was happening in print, music videos and commercials. He wanted to create main titles that were raising the bar creatively.
















Below is the opening credits for the film Memento, a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film is about a man suffering from short-term memory loss, that uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. It is presented as two different sequences of scenes, a series in black and white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one common story. During the opening credits of the film, the only sequence to be played backwards is shown. It starts with the developed polaroid photograph of a man shot in the head. As the sequence plays backwards we are shown the photo undeveloping, entering the camera, being taken, etc. As the credits end, we see the protagonist shoot a man in the head.
 











I like the above videos and although it would be a good idea to create something like this, I don't really have the knowledge to produce a short animation, so instead I may create still versions which could illustrate parts of the song in order. I am going to do some more research into what type of solutions I could create and what may help to interact with Lacuna Coil's fan base.  I am going to try and contact Lacuna Coil by emailing their website and their pages on myspace and Facebook to see if I can gain a response from them and maybe some more ideas.  I also like the idea of using polaroids, a few other ideas, even obvious ones could be:

  • Storyboards, comic - strip book/concert programme
  • Poster, scratch cards, badges, t -shirts
  • cd/cover covers - booklet
  • sticker book, flip-book, adult colouring book
  • step by step drawing
  • montage, typography etc
  • crime report folders
  • scrapbooks
  • fan mail etc

Even though i am not going to create a title sequence I have still looked at others for possible styling for my illustration work, there are a few videos that I like below and also a link to the website as there are far too many good ones to put up on here!
















Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Possible Music Tracks

Since I own most of Lacuna Coil's music already, I know which songs are the most popular to their fan base.  Below I have narrowed it down to the tracks that I think I could illustrate well to and that I enjoy listening to the most.  I think listening to the songs along side reading the lyrics and watching the music videos that the band have produced, may help to give me some inspiration for my work.


Heavens a lie - is the first single by Lacuna Coil off their album Comalies. Although frequently labeled as an anti-religion song, such an interpretation is mistaken. In an interview with HighWireDaze.com, leading vocalist Cristina Scabbia explained the meaning of the song; the word "heaven" is a metaphor for a "perfect life". When the phrase "your heaven's a lie" is used, it is referring to people who try to force their opinions on others. Co-vocalist Andrea Ferro refers to this theme at their concerts as a song about freedom of ideas.




Heaven's A Lie Lyrics

Oh no,
here it is again
I need to know
when I will fall in decay

Something wrong
with every plan of my life
I didn't really notice that you've been here

Dolefully desired
Destiny of a lie

Set me free
your heaven's a lie
set me free with your love
set me free, yeah

Oh no,
here it is again
I need to know
why did I choose to betray you

Something wrong
with all the plans of my life
I didn't realize that you've been here

Dolefully desired
Destiny of a lie

Set me free
your heaven's a lie
set me free with your love
set me free, yeah
x 2

Dolefully desired

Set me free
your heaven's a lie
set me free with your love
set me free, yeah x 3



Our Truth & Within Me - were released from the album Karmacode, Our Truth was the first single released and the song was featured in the Underworld: Revolution Soundtrack and entered the top forty on the U.S. mainstream rock charts.




Our Truth Lyrics

Clock is ticking while I’m killing time
Spinning all around
Nothing else that you can do
To turn it back

Wicked partnership
In this crime
Ripping off the best
Condescending smile

Trying to forget
- Wasting my time
We’re falling right through
Lying to forget
- Telling more lies
We’re raising our truth

Go on and tease me

Clock is ticking while I’m stealing time
Can’t you turn it back?
Stop the cycle
Set it free
Run away

Silent Sneaking
Along my Path
Rugged the Road
But we feel it
Like we’re flying

Trying to Forget
- Wasting my time
We’re falling right through
Lying to forget
- Telling more lies
We’re raising our truth 




Within Me Lyrics

Something about you
That makes me feel bad
I wasn't there when a thin line
Destroyed your soul

I search every corner
There's nowhere to hide
How I feel ignorance
Sacrifice some days it's harder
Let's face it, it's all about me
Deeply into your own

Deep within me
Life's crawling and wasting my days
Another night gone and I know there will be another way
I'm leading myself to be free in this eternal goodbye

Something about you
Will make me stronger
Now I'm aware when a man falls
Rebound, my fault

I search every corner
There's nowhere to hide
How I feel ignorance
Sacrifice some days it's harder
Let's face it, it's all about me
Deeply into your own

Deep within me
Life's crawling and wasting my days
Another night gone and I know there will be another way
I'm leading myself to be free in this eternal goodbye, goodbye

Here I wanna be (no more lies)
Here I wanna be (no more lies)
Here I wanna be, here I wanna be (no more lies)
Here I wanna be (no more lies)
Here I wanna be

Deep within me
Life's crawling and wasting my days
Another night gone and I know there will be another way
I'm leading myself to be free in this eternal goodbye, goodbye
x 2




I Like It Lyrics

Everything is different today
I like it, like it
I feel very different today
I like it, like it

I'm not gonna be in your parade
'cause I don't like it
You think I'm a dirty little game
You think I like it
You made up this fantasy with me
But I don't like it
I want you to get away from me
That's how I like it
How do you like it?

Today I'm gonna fly
There's nothing that can keep me on the ground
Touch the sky
I'm free inside

You think you're the master, I'm the slave
You think I like it
You don't even know me anyway
That's how I like it
I'm getting ready to move on
But you don't like it
You can kiss your fairy tale away
I like it, like it
How do you like it?

Today I'm gonna fly
There's nothing that can keep me on the ground
Touch the sky
I'm free inside
x 2

I'm free to do what I like
I'm celebrating my life
I'm free to be what I like
I'm celebrating my life
I'm gonna get what I like
I'm gonna celebrate 'till I die
I'm celebrating my life

Today I'm gonna fly
There's nothing that can keep me on the ground
Touch the sky
I'm free inside
x 2




Spellbound Lyrics

Burning here, in the room
Feeling that the walls are moving closer
Silent scene the dark takes me
Leads me to the ending of another day
I'm haunted

Tell me who you are. I am spellbound
You cannot have this control on me
Everywhere I go I am spellbound
I will break the spell you put on me

Velvet drapes, glowing candles
Silent whispers of words inside of my head
The night that comes, it waits for me
Lift me to the ending of another day
I'm haunted

Tell me who you are. I am spellbound
You cannot have this control on me
Everywhere I go I am spellbound
I will break the spell you put on me

Break the spell...

Tell me who you are. I am spellbound
You cannot have this control on me
Everywhere I go I am spellbound
I will break the spell you put on me

Everywhere I go I am spellbound
Everywhere I go I am spellbound
Everywhere I go I am spellbound
I will break the spell you put on me


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Illustrations of Music Artists

Here are some illustrations by Matthew Hollings and Paul Holland that I have found that might be helpful when deciding what type of style to adopt for my work.





























Jonathan Allardyce's work



I am considering doing one of my song choices on a canvas or a set of canvases/mdf panels to illustrate my chosen song.  I could use acrylics or a mixture of typography and other things to create a montage. I could also design my work in a storyboard type style or comic book/strip to show different stages of my chosen music track.  I will first pick my two songs before I decide on my illustration style.