mrdouglaswood

the idiosyncratic musings of a designer

The Eiffel Tower and a Single Line

This week I did intend to write about something that wasn’t illustrations I have been doing. However, my latest one is quite special so I thought I would do it instead.

A few weeks ago I uploaded a piece I had created based on the Forth Rail Bridge and ever since then, I have received very positive comments on it. I also started to receive suggestions of what to do next. They weren’t cars or objects, but instead they were buildings.

After creating a list of possibilities, the Eiffel Tower was chosen. It turned out to be as complex an endeavour as the Forth Bridge. This was because of the portrait nature needed to complete it, and computer screens are in landscape. Nonetheless, the shape was created and I moved onto the next step. Creating the background.

Buoyed by the way the Forth Bridge background turned out, I saw no need to dramatically change it. It looks quite good.

If you fancy the Eiffel Tower on a print, card, phone case, shirt or throw pillow, please head over here.

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If you have any suggestions for any car, object, building or anything done in this style then please leave a comment and I’ll add it to my list.

Outlines

Outlines is an ongoing project that looks at the beauty of motor racing circuits and the iconic nature of layouts. Similar to the Single Lines project, the idea of Outlines lies in the use of lines, but instead of one solitary line, there are multiple.

The inner most line is the real circuit shape. Each corner is present and correct in their most recent form. All the details are there from the re-profiled Bus Stop Chicane at Spa-Franchorchamps to the Nouvelle Chicane at Monaco. The outer lines explore how detail could be lost when trying to expand something already so detailed.

The growing range of Outline images is available to buy on a range of products on RedBubble.

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Forth Rail Bridge and a Single Line

The Single Lines project has proved an intriguing venture for me. From the very start, I knew the style direction I wanted to go in. The problem I had though, was that whilst cars are a huge area of interest for me, they weren’t able to provide the relevant subject for what I had in mind.

I first realised this when creating a Ford GT40 (still hasn’t been completed yet) that showed the iconic Gulf livery. But try as I might, the single line method for doing this was not possible.

Not long after I had stopped the GT40 Single Line, I had a desire to recreate the Forth Rail Bridge.  A huge difference and challenge compared to the cars, but one that still required a huge amount of forward planning. Eleven attempts later I was no further forward and the bridge was, as per all the cars that had gone before it, on a plain coloured background.  I shelved the bridge and went back to doing cars.

Fast forward a few months and I yet again I wanted to do something other than a car. This time, my subject was an iMac G4. A polar opposite to the GT40 and one that proved just as fruitless. Due to the nature of the G4, it needed to be on a plain white background. No compromises. It was then I began looking elsewhere for inspiration on how to take the Single Lines that next step forward, eventually realising the answer was in paint and painting. A few trials on existing single lines were successful and the Forth Rail Bridge design was restarted. A further twelve attempts later I was happy. The result is shown below.

If you are interested, it is available to buy on a range of things on my RedBubble page. I’m tempted to get a large canvas of it for my wall!

This is the direction I want to use going forward. Maybe not for cars, but definitely for big designs.

Let me know what you think, and if there is anything you would like to see as a single line, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

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The Website Returns

Way back on the 13th of April 2013, I made a post saying that my website was no longer online for various reasons.

I am pleased to announce that as of last Friday (31st October 2014), my website, mrdouglaswood.com is back online.

I underestimated how many people would ask me when it would return. Also, whilst keeping a blog is a good way of documenting how well a project is going, my university projects are a good example of this documentation, it isn’t necessarily a good way to showcase finished projects.

If you have a few spare minutes feel free to take a look, and if you have any feedback, let me know as it would be greatly appreciated.

www.mrdouglaswood.com

Single Lines and Outlines

Last year, I posted a piece of work that I had created using a single line. The main premise behind them was to explore the way seemingly complex objects change when you recreate them with a single line.

I received a number of positive comments on them which led me to think how can I take them further. Keeping the initial formula the same (as in create images with a single line), I decided to upload them to RedBubble where people can purchase the designs onto a medium of their choosing. Mostly T-Shirt or prints, they (as of April 2014) seem to be doing quite well.

Whilst this post may be coming across as a heavy advertisement for the designs being for sale, it isn’t intentional. They are a piece of work that I am quite pleased to have done and as I mentioned, they are proving extremely popular.

If however, you do like them, please feel free to take a look at the ‘collection’ on Redbubble and if there is a car or object missing that you think should be there, let me know and I’ll add it to my list!

LINK TO SINGLE LINES ON REDBUBBLE

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Three Cars, Three Images

There is only so much you can do without proper internet, so whilst I am trying not to use all the dongle allowance I was playing about with illustrator.

A Focus ST

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BTCC BMW 1 Series

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BTCC Honda Civic (similar to one I did 2 years ago)

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Weekend Mock Ups

I did something I haven’t done in a long while this weekend, some illustration type things on my computer. It has been a while but it was still fun.

The first thing I did, whilst watching Skyfall on DVD was a C30. I tried to keep everything quite clean. It is still a work in progress as you can see.Image

The next thing I did was take three side on views of cars and then to draw them using only a single line. It worked and here they are. An A3 Sportback, a Leon and a Golf.

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Website

Just a small post to say that for the time being my website (mrdouglaswood.com) is currently down.

It does need a little bit of updating done to it, but overall I was and still are quite happy with it.

Watch this space for when it’ll be back.

Setup

In an attempt to keep creativity up at the weekends and do more personal projects, I have decided to show and detail part of my flat. A mundane subject yes, but it also gets me back into the habit of trying to keep adding posts.

Below you can see the corner of my living room in my flat. I have then highlighted everything and listed what everything (almost) is. I am not quite sure what this has to do with creativity. Maybe keeping my skills sharp.

Before

  1.  Grundig TV
  2.  Strange metal wire lamp which came with the flat
  3.  MacBook Pro (15” 2.2GHz Intel Core i7)
  4.  Box of playing cards
  5.  A plant
  6.  Box of Dominoes
  7.  PS3 Dualshock 3 Controller
  8.  O2 Mobile Internet Dongle
  9.  Moleskine (waiting to be opened and used)
  10.  Corduroy laptop case
  11.  750GB Iomega external hard drive
  12.  Apple TV
  13.  Apple Remote
  14.  PS3
  15.  Little Big Planet and Gran Turismo 5 Acacemy Edition
  16.  Giant wooden clothes peg
  17.  Lino print of a bird
  18.  Plant which came with the flat

After

Doing creative things in the flat (namely on my laptop) is quite difficult. I like to work at a desk but there isn’t one. Also, I like to work on my iMac, but I don’t have that in Leeds with me, so the view in the picture is what I am normally faced with when using my laptop (excluding when it is attached to the Apple TV). The dining table isn’t really suited to working at so I tend not to do anything apart from eat there.

夜間night*mode

One of the main issues which my final year project, 夜間night*, tried to solve was young people using their mobile phone too much in bed and not getting enough sleep. There was a sense all through out the project that it could be taken further on the software side of things. I was massively disappointed when my idea for an accompanying application could not be made due to iOS developer limitations. This led to the shelving of the application idea and the focus remained on the physical project.

Recently, in an attempt to get back into the way of thinking, I decided to revisit the idea of a software based 夜間night* but look at it from a different angle. Taking the computer as the main focus and the application I blogged about a while ago, f.lux, I wanted to combine the two to envisage what I am calling 夜間night*mode.

Computer screens are generally bad for your eyes. However, this is more apparent at night when the ambient light is lower and the stark blue light from the computer screen can cause eye strain. F.lux gives the screen warmer tones, matching it more to the artificial lighting found in your home (my f.lux setting at the moment is the equivalent of halogen or 3400k).

夜間night*mode expands the idea of f.lux into what I would imaging being a feature built into computer operating systems. Not only would it change the colour temperature of the screen, but it would make a whole host of visual changes to the computer to make it easier on they eye, which would subsequently help reduce eye strain and help the user get to sleep.

Even though this is just a concept and the result of an afternoon of work, it does provide an endless scope of possibilities to take 夜間night* and turn it into something that will actually be of use to someone. Additionally, with the launch of iOS6 and ‘Do Not Disturb’ there may be a renewed possibility of making a mobile application more relating to my project once more. But that is for another time as I have another personal project that is in the sidelines waiting to be completed.

A full write up can be found on the project page I made for it on behance (click here or on the image below).

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