I created my final image for the cover using a stencilled screen print. I like how bright the colours turned out as previously when I have used opaque ink to print with the colour has been slightly off.
After scanning the print I fixed some of the imperfections; i.e. the dark areas around the nose and the misprint around the neck, and cropped the image to the correct size.
I inserted the text that I had hand drawn and also scanned and positioned it in place.
When I printed this on the Xerox printer the blue was too dark and the spine text was unreadable. To fix this I have added a glow around the text itself and have altered the blue to a more of a dark turquoise which made the text more legible.
As I was coming up with some initial ideas, I originally focused a lot on birds however after a group crit I decided to focus more on one of the first ideas I came up with; the two faces and the noose… As I began thinking the idea of birds was slightly overused, and the group had said that this looked much more unique and striking.
I reordered the image so the noose hung down instead of up as I’d had it in the initial sketch s this made more sense and blocked out the colours using a stronger pigment.
I decided to use orange and blue and black and white and these are 2 pairs of contrasting, or conflicting, colours; a key theme of the book.
I had originally planned to use paper cut to create the final image but after a test I wasn’t happy with the way this looks, some I’ve decided to try using screen print.
I want particularly inspired by the theme of “Journey”, especially when we were told that we would have go out into the college grounds and use that as a starting point; however after going on a little adventure with my friend, I found that a few of the photographs I had taken correlated to each other in terms of colour.
I was able to create pick aspects of our journey and apply them to a colour in a sequence… It just so happens that the images appear in the order in which they were taken/drawn, continuing the journey theme.
As I was making the book I found that I kept inadvertent making puns from some of the thoughts I had had during our adventure and decided to including them as text; culminating in the title “Puntone: a journey through colour and wordplay”