For my project, I decided to select two subjects I felt personally connected with: Psychedelia and Ancient History. Though complete opposites and contrasting, I have successfully combined them to create a range of posters. I combined the classical icon ‘Venus’ with the 60’s icon Joni Mitchell to create a series of prints. The way the colours complemented each other made the prints stand out. I fulfilled the brief and created lots of colourful posters. However, I created A4 posters rather than A2 because of time constraints.
I found a range of different artists that helped influence the genre of psychedelia very easily on the internet. The books I discovered within the Manchester Central Library definitely helped with the progression of my project, showing me a different range of artists that relate to either the pop-art genre or the psychedelia movement.
Though the designs I created were interesting and enjoyable to produce, I feel that if I were to start this project again I might go in a completely different direction. I felt that my research into Psychedelia was very thorough. In retrospect, I would research more artists who focus on classical sculpture. If I had done this and had more time then the direction of my brief would have been different. My interest in classical icons would have encouraged me to experiment with 3D form.
The abundance of work I have created throughout the course has definitely shown I have grown as a creative and shown that I am willing to push myself to use a mixture of media to create a series of different works. One of my personal favourites was when I used Photoshop to change the profile of 50’s icon Buddy Holly into a psychedelic masterpiece.
When I started to develop my ideas, I originally went down the printing route (lino, mono and screen), though I began to develop the use of silk screen-printing too.
The strongest ideas that I had and pushed forward the most within my project were when I used Photoshop. This was the easiest software to use that could help me achieve the artistic vision I had for my icons and poster, enabling me to change the whole colour palette into the tones I wanted and would link with my running theme of ‘Psychedelia’.
Problems did arise when doing the project, specifically when I was doing the silk-screen technique. Throughout each attempt to do this specific technique it somehow went wrong, though the end results gave some quite interesting prints. This technique might have been something I needed to practice more before I began to create my different prints.
The artists that I decided to look at ranged from the pop-art icon Andy Warhol to the psychedelic master Wes Wilson. However, the artists that I used for my final piece(s) were in-fact Victor Moscoso and Andy Warhol because I liked their colour schemes and the techniques they used. You can clearly see the connection of how their work inspired me, especially when comparing Victor Moscoso’s work, ‘Rites of Spring 1967’, to my photo-montage styled poster I created for my presentation. I used a very similar complementary colour scheme and also added the image of a classical figure from my primary research trip to Liverpool Walker Art Gallery.
My ideas throughout the project have developed relatively well; discovering new artists that have a similar mindset to me and seeing how the creation of my own work can be developed to fit more into the style of Psychedelia. The thumbnails definitely helped narrow the direction in which I could take my project further, especially the final variations I created. When creating the final thumbnails I was mindful of my target audience, namely people interested in this style. Those similar to me who love the Psychedelia of the 60’s along with the classical history of the Greeks and the Romans.
I felt that the silk screen technique worked really well for the John Lennon prints. However, when doing the more complex and intricate classical sculpture prints (there were multiple layers) the results were less effective.