Below is a link to my peer assessment of my tour poster:
This photo is from our previous shoot at the start of the term when we used the studio and lights to create our ‘hip hop’ look. Hollie-Mae is posing here for the photo with a classic hip hop move: holding her snapback hat. I created mise en scene through costume and makeup. For example, the chain around her neck, the hoodie and gold sunglasses.
Here I have created a recreation of the NME magazine. Firstly, I was able to manipulate photographs including cropping and resizing the image. Unfortunately, the woman in the middle’s arm was not easily cropped as her jumper sleeve was pale so blended into the background when I went to snip the image and copy it into the cover.
Moreover, I was able to integrate my image, illustration and text as accurately as possible. This is where I struggled as it was difficult to find the perfect font for the main cover lines and smaller fonts.
Furthermore, I followed the colour scheme of the original page as best as I could. I was also able to follow my lick and stick analysis of the conventions of layout and page design as an overall guide for my magazine cover.
Here I am going to list what I did well and what I can improve on including links to how I can improve on these skills.
Things I have done well:
It was quite simple to find similar fonts to the original and I was able to recognise if the original font had son serif or serif then chose the font accordingly.
I didn’t find it challenging to move around the text and place it where it was in the original as I have done this before in a typical word document so found this simple.
I was able to match the font colours well as I know how to manipulate and choose a similar colour to the original.
Things I need to work on:
The flow of the text, eg making sure it isn’t hyphenated
How to place images correctly using InDesign
Finally, how to wrap the text from an image in InDesign
Hollie-Mae and I created a lick and stick mock up using the classic NME cover titled ‘Massive Album Specials’. Conventional technical design features are crucial elements of designing a magazine cover. This shows me that when I create my own music magazine my main cover star will be the focus of my cover, this is because it sets the scene and vibe of the magazine using mise en scene and their outfit.
The mood board above can be seen more clearly by clicking on it.
I chose these nine photos because they were images that communicated stories. Three images that portray distance, three images that showcased composition and finally three images that showed the use of different angles. Images meanings can change simply by the angle and composition that it’s taken from. I chose these images as they are all different to each other and therefore tell different stories. I decided to give each image a handful of hashtags in order to capture the essence of each photo and give a brief analysis. This task also helped me gain experience with the cameras and get used to handling them and tweaking the settings. My favourite shot is the one of my sleeve (the top, middle image). This is because it shows the sky on the right as if I’m looking out at it deep in thought, also I enjoy how my sleeve looks in this shot, ruffled and crisp. This shot is also canted showing that the model may be in a state of sadness or confusion.
A photo’s camera angle can tell a lot about a photo, a photo can tell a thousand words. For example I chose these nine images from our photoshoot around school, that I think represent different stories by using different distances and framing, and these are the shots we focused on. The high angle shots, for example the bottom left picture show a sense of vulnerability towards my model. The mid-shots allows the audience to see the model’s facial expressions as well as their body language which can portray their emotions or current situation.
This image is not our final look for our ‘Hip Hop/Rap’ genre Hollie-Mae and I created a look using items available within the school’s fancy dress bags to successfully convey the stereotypical genre given to us by our teacher. After creating our look we allowed the class to suggest an adjective each to describe the overall image we had presented. Some words suggested include: thug, fresh, cool, expressive, sassy, loud, dangerous, rebellious, tough and funky.
I decided to research the Hip Hop/Rap genre and created a mood board using images I’d found online in order to convey the mise-en-scene of the genre. We used this for inspiration when deciding on what Hollie-Mae would be wearing for our photo shoot. As you can see it is evident that joggers, chains and caps are an essential part of the look so we managed to incorporate these aspects into our final image during the shoot. Even details like their poses have been taken into account and we recreated some of these moves during our shooting.
As you can see above Hollie-Mae and I have created a contact sheet from our photo shoot that used high key lighting in order to create our magazine cover photo. I believe the chains, hoodie, joggers, cap and glasses illustrate and represent the hip hop/rap genre well so we achieved our goal of picking a photo for our cover.
Above is our final image. We chose this because we believe it captures the overall attitude of the hip hop/rap genre. We used mise en scene including costume, lighting, action, makeup and hair, props and setting in order to create our desired final look.
Here I have decoded and deconstructed this album cover, this has shown me that every picture tells a story, and that signs and symbols all have meaning. I will now use these techniques while making my music magazine and every detail, design features, font, colours and images will be there for a reason in order to attract my target audience and communicate my message across to them.