Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Commemorative Stamp Design

1. Collect visual examples (20) of stamp designs that are visually engaging to you. 


2. Choose your three favorite designs and make a descriptive list (in bullet form) referencing informational and design elements that are contained within the image. 

1. The central image shows that the Moulin Rouge has something to do with dancing, is upbeat, maybe is busy because of the depiction of all the people. 
2. The stamp states the days of the event and exactly what it is, "les Mercedies et Samedis" "Bal Masque"
1. The colors are very dulled but still look vibrant because of the contrast. 
2. The illustration looks like a painting, maybe a water color?
3. The type is mainly horizontal, but there is a wave added to the Moulin Rouge type. 
4. There's emphasis created in the repetition of the word "Moulin Rouge" using the large "M" and also in the variation of text sizes. 
5. When you look at the image, you first see the illustration. Though it is in the back of the composition, and though its only showing one person in great detail, it looks vibrant and fun and definitely draws the viewer in to learn more. The repetition of the "Moulin Rouge" is where I go next, then to the rest of the words colored in red, then I go to the black text in the upper righthand corner. 
6. The illusion of depth is created by contrasting the light characters in the front with the dark characters in the back. Though that is opposite of how most create depth (using darker objects more forward and lightening them further into the space), it absolutely works. 
1. The central image is of a woman who appears to be fixing an earring (?) in a mirror. The artist was sure to not only depict the woman but also her mirror image. 
2. The "stamp" states the name of the film, "Pulp Fiction" and also the director, "Quentin Tarantino". 
1. The colors are very bright and vibrant. The artist of the poster stuck with red and gold-yellow values, which create a very nice contrast. By using lighter shades in the mirror image, depth is created.
2. The illustration looks like a digitally rendered piece. The bright white shading in the hair, arm, and leg of the woman remind me of gouging in printmaking. 
3. There is vertical type in the title of the film and horizontal type used in the listing of the director. Emphasis is created in the size of the type being used in "Pulp Fiction" when compared to the type size of "Quentin Tarantino". 
4. At first glance, you first look at the illustration of the woman, then to the title of the film "Pulp Fiction." The last thing I looked at was the name of the director in the bottom right. 
5. The illustration takes up more than half of the poster and almost the complete height. The text is aligned with the image on the right side. 
This image isn't very readable, but I chose this as one of my favorites solely for the look of it. I love the color choices, they're very calming and light. The contrast in the green and the pink is striking. I'm a huge fan of flowers, and the design behind the woman is beautiful to me. I love the intricacy of the piece and the whimsical nature of the design. 
3. Though I love the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, my commemorative stamp design will be in the style of Russian Constructivism and will commemorate Mikhail Baryshnikov's as well as other ballet dancer's break from Russian ballet.

4. Examples of Russian Constructivism and my stamp design.