In my digipak design, my main aim is to produce something that is slick
professional and expensive looking, I don’t want it to look amateurish or wannabe-ish
or have an overcomplicated distracting design.
I want to have a bold, high quality photograph, the artists logo and the title of the album.
This minimalist white background design is inspired by glossy magazines such as
Wonderland and Dazed and Confused. Despite the minimalist idea, I still want to convey
an edginess and an artistic style that suits the music. I also want to style it in a way
that is cohesive with the magazine advert and the music video, so I need to include
a common element.
For me, I think that it is important that I research the style
and look of my artist so I can make a consistent and cohesive
style for my coursework. These are images of Dusepo’s artwork
that I will make a moodboard of for inspiration, and to get an
insight into his style.
Focus on close-up portraits
Experimentation with photoshop
Usage of blur and shadows to bring out the shades in the photo
Edgy/Urban with some horror/sci fi influences
Intense facial expressions
Simple backdrop, makes the person
the main focus of the image.
I find his quirky and unusual portraits
of celebrities inspiring, it seems like
he’s caught them off guard but still
looks professional. I find his portrait
of Mary Kate Olsen inspiring,
seeing as she usually looks stylish
and composed in fashion shoots
I find her distressed and dishevelled
look an interesting juxtaposition
yet she still retains a striking look
about her. When Terry Richardson
photographs in black and white,
I am appealed by the stark contrasts
in light and dark, and how we
are drawn to the portrait.
I definitely want to do a studio photoshoot,
it looks simple yet very slick and professional.
However, I am conflicted about whether to
do a white or a black backdrop. I think that
a certain edge will be retained by using a
black backdrop, and a single white spotlight
could really bring out the shades and tones
in the photo and highlight the styling.
Looking back at Dusepo’s artwork, I think that
a black backdrop would be more suitable.
But it may be more difficult to add detail
such as titles. I want to have a cohesive
style to the digipak, the magazine
advertisment and the music video, so
I want to have an alternative/edgy appeal.
I think it may be interesting if I experiment
with lighting and blur to make an abstract
photo. Whilst reading Dazed and Confused
I was drawn to this photoshoot of Daniel
Radcliffe, it has an avant-garde appeal and
is heavily stylised, despite being very multi
coloured it has quite a dark use of shading
In this studio photoshoot, I think that
I conveyed my want to have a slick
professional and experimental photoshoot.
Things I experimented with included costume,
I wore a Phantom of the Opera mask and a
Rage Against The Machine t-shirt, along with
distressed Converse and a leather jacket, my
idea for this came from a lesson in Postmodernism
when we learnt about the concept of playfulness
and the blurring of high and popular culture.
I also experimented with movement and shutter
speed to create motion and blur in the photography,
as well as experiementing with lighting and studio
backdrops. The inspiration for the blur was an
editorial in Wonderland magazine, and also from
the TV show Misfits, the effects used when a
character turns invisible.