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  • Matt Johnson 19:22 on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Photo’s Of Final Project 

  • Matt Johnson 12:22 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Portrait Project Ideas 


    I could produce a paper toy character for parents when their children go to university. The toy idea would fit in with the sentiment that most parents would have towards their children. I would use myself as an example, but the idea would be that it could be produced for any one.

    I like the general design of the Cubee (above) and may use the same basic shape, however I would want to make more of it. I would package it in a box that worked along the same principles, so, no glue or sellotape to hold it together just the tabs. The key to making it personal is in the details. Things like t-shirt designs will make it unique to one person.

    After considering these things I produced this Cubee version of myself.

    Cubee colour

    The details are the t-shirt design which people who know me will recognise and also the trainers. I’ve also tried to add character in the face with a raised eyebrow, another trait that people may recognise of me.

    After this I looked at packaging and as I wanted to avoid using glue I decided to use the same tab and lock system that the Cubee had. This also adds a consistency to the design. I tried a standard box net similar to the one below, but I wanted something a little bit different.

    Instead of this, I went for a two part box. I designed an outer shell that would wrap around the Cubee and lock together, and a bottom piece that folded up and around the feet of the Cubee, holding it in place and slotting into the outer shell to complete the box.


    With the box graphics, I liked the idea of emphasizing the idea of it being made of paper cubes and so I used nets from the various parts of the Cubee as decoration. The colours also emphasise the fun nature, being bright and colourful and childlike. This idea I tried to carry through the typography as well, with a handwritten font that looks slightly juvenile and is consistent in the logo as well. The logo itself is supposed to reflect what the product is designed for, that’s why i chose the name ‘Miss-u’.

    I Then took the principles and designs from the Cubee and it’s box and produced a poster to advertise the product.

    Cubee poster

    These three sections together made up my final piece for this project.

  • Matt Johnson 12:21 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Portrait Project Research 

    por-trait [pohr-treyt]

    1. A likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing or photograph.

    2. A verbal picture or description, usually of a person.

    “I paint people, not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be.” – Lucien Freud

    Portrait Artists

    Lucien Freud – Painter, Andy Warhol – Painter, Henri Matisse – Painter, Rembrandt – Painter, Jan Vermeer – Painter, Thomas Gainsborough – Painter, Vincent van Gogh – Painter, Pablo Picasso – Painter, Francis Bacon -Painter

    Donatello – Sculptor, Rodin – Sculptor, Anthony Gormley – Sculptor, Michelangelo – Sculptor

    Steve McCurry – Photographer, Annie Leibovitz – Photographer, Cecil Beaton – Photographer, David Bailey – Photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson – Photographer


    A portrait is an artistic representation of someone where the intent is to display the likeness, personality or mood. It often shows the subject looking directly at the viewer in order to most successfully engage the audience.

    Portrait Sculpture

    Roman Sculpture

    The art of the portrait flourished in Roman Sculpture, where sitters demanded realism even to the point of being unflattering. During the 4th Century the portrait became more idealised. In Europe, true likeness portraits began to re-emerge in the middle ages.

    Self Portrait

    When an artist creates a portrait of him/herself

    Examples became numerous in the late middle ages but the earliest example is likely to be by Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten’s sculptor Bak. However it seems likely that self-portraits go back to the earliest representational art.

    Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait

    Portrait Photography

    James Dean Portrait Photograph

    Since early photography people have made portraits, and there has been a demand for inexpensive portraiture. In the 19th Century studios began to appear in city’s around the world. Sometime during the early 20th Century photography replaced more traditional painting as the most common form of portraiture, due to the speed of the process, the relative ease and the lower costs. In the 21st Century the rise of social networking websites such as facebook have caused a rise in quick, digital photographs that can be uploaded and ‘shared’ with friends.

    Political Portraits

    Portraits of leaders are often used as a symbol of the state. In most countries it is common for the portrait of the head of state to appear on government buildings, stamps and coins. The excessive use of such a portrait can be indicative of a personality cult. This was seen in Russia in the middle of the 20th Century with Josef Stalin.

    Political Portrait of Josef Stalin

    Written Portrait

    A written description or analysis of a person or thing, often giving deep insight and an analysis that goes beyond the superficial. An example of this is Patricia Cornwell’s book ‘Portrait of a Killer‘ which looks at the personality, backgrounds and possible motivations of Jack the Ripper.


    -BP Portrait Award 2009

    The very best in contemporary portrait painting compete for a first prize of £25,000. The exhibition has launched the careers of a number of successful portrait artists.

    This year the exhibition presented 56 portraits selected from 1,900 entries.

    Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover (formerly Anyaya Linden, Ballerina), by Eileen Hogan – Three part study of subject in slightly altered positions and lighting. The series of paintings starts to imply a movement through life rather the focus being on a single instant.

    Black Mirror, by David Nipo – The dark palette removes some of the recognizable image, placing more emphasis on the emotions and feelings of the subject.

    John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood, by Karl Rudziak – The portrait is hyper realistic and shows obvious ability, yet more importantly it captures a character of not only the individual but also by extension, a larger community of people.


    I want to avoid a hyper realistic or photographic likeness of someone and focus more on capturing a personality and character – ‘More than meets the eye.’

    Photo-collage, Caricature, screen print, typography, mixed illustration

    I like the idea of the portrait being of someone, but for somebody else’s purpose, therefore making the capture of personality essential. Maybe a portrait of someone for somebody who will miss them.


    Cubee’s are free to download paper toys. They do not require glue or tape, just scissors or a craft knife, and can be printed on a single sheet of A4 paper. On the website there are lots of different designs from the creator as well as lots of designs from other people. There are designs of original characters and also ‘fan-art’ of various cartoons, video games and films.

    A Cubee Net for the Character ‘Kakula’

    Here is another paper toy, this time to build a Barack Obama.

    I like the idea of building someone and that you could possess a memento of someone else in this way, but why would you want to own something like this? It might be something to do with someone you admire or idolise. A public hero such as Obama is very iconic at the moment and inspires a lot of merchandise with his image. Someone may wish to have a toy like the one above as a celebration of him. Another reason maybe as a memento of someone you love, almost like a photograph. There could be various reasons why you might miss someone. It might be a deceased relative or someone who has gone away. The idea of representing them as a toy, as opposed to the traditional photo, would be that the fun of a toy may better represent their character or how you feel about them. The toy idea may remind parents of children that have gone to university, and although they have grown up their mum/dad will always think of them as kids.

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