Assignment 5 Seven days-Final

I have put the seven days in a list as below. After a reflecting for a few days I am looking back and being critical of my work .

1. Starting a New Job.

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2. Learning the Ropes.

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3. Getting to Know.

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4. Work Harder and Smarter.

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5. Team Work/Cooperation

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6. Bottleneck Situation

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7. Success at Last

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Over all

I want to use these graphic images to convey my seven  stages of learning about a new job. I attempted to improved  to make it more eye catching and understandable to my audience.

I like most of my ideas and my thoughts, but  I feel my main problem is my drawing skill is not sophisticated enough and my drawing is a little rough. I do need some refining work. Especially I need to practical with Adobe Illustrator software.

I did use distortion for this work but it didn’t work out like the my last bit of exercise which used visual distortion in assignment 4. I like the first image with the huge head on the body, but is there a better way to convey the idea of a body which is filled with stress?

Does stage 3 match with the other pictures? I tried to draw the picture simply and put the attention on her inward thoughts. But this picture with clear eyes and nose. Shall I put some more ideas that are getting into her eyes?

In stage 4 the graph is showing things improving. It is a little bit strange in the middle of the open head. I am not sure how to refine it. Should I put some papers on the table that the figure is working on?

In stage 5 I have used images of people holding parts of a key that will add up to a whole. I am not sure that I have made it clear that one person is not part of the group. Also I am not sure if I could draw the figures in a different way to make the picture clearer.

In stage 6 I am happy with the outcome of the picture but feel I could have done the inner image more successfully. I need a quick way to learn to use illustrator to help me instead of using photoshop.

The last stage is quite a simple image of success. It is a simple narrative but it shows my happiness to get to the end of this assignment. I could have used something with a deeper meaning?

I was struggled with this assignment for several months, perhaps I was in a rut but at last it is finished. I was unsure with the early stages of this assignment.

I started off well with a lot of enthusiasm but I struggled to keep this going at the end. I needed to cheer myself up to keep going into the future.


Assignment 5 Seven days-Part 5

5. Team Work/Cooperation

I have done some thumbnails

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Idea 1 I am thinking about using some Lego pieces to build a team shape.

Idea 2 I have the image of the crew of a boat.

Idea 3 I am thinking about showing a lock and a key. The team is working to unlock the lock. Do I need to show the lock and the key both on the picture? Maybe one of them is enough?

Idea 4 I want to use the resultant schematic to show that a team can push results in an upward direction.

I will use my idea 3, but I will put the lock in one place and show a team of people assembling the key to the lock from parts of a jigsaw. Each member of the team has a job to do… apart from one who does not want to be part of the team.

Then my image came out


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I have tried various background colours for this image. i am not sure if these colours match with my earlier image of the women boss.

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I liked the 1st colour background

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6. Bottleneck Situation

After lot of training you reach a stage close to where you want to be with just the final barrier. This stage just like a bottleneck which is a situation that you need to struggle to get free from.

I found out another website which has amazing illustrations for work process.

Some thumbnails

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I have drawn the lines of the image.

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For this image I want to use photoshop to fill the colours in.

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I am going to use last background’s colour

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7. Success at Last


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I worked out how I would like the final image to be and then tidied it up with photoshop

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Added the background now.

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Assignment 5 Seven days-Part 4

Now I am going to improve on my ideas.

I did more research about the illustrator John Holcroft. His style gave me lots of ideas.

Before I produce the seven images I need to decide the seven backgrounds which will emphasise the emotions of the 7 stages which are changing from curious to stress to nervous  to changes to confusion then pleasure.

The colours need to show nervous, busy, dangerous, changing from a peak to a flat surface to convey the emotions. The colours’ palette: A grid 7×4 to show the different colours.


1. Starting A New Job. I have done another thumbnail to show the ideas I wish to convey.

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I have enlarged the lady’s head so that the words can be easily read on the cross-section of the brain.  I was thinking about how to show these thoughtful elements which is better the  figures or words? Then I have chosen the words.

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Then I changed the background to decide which would be the best for this image.

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I am afraid the main problem is that the green words are not clear to read as I intended them to be. Also I could convey the face better but I lost sight of the elements with a simple face to draw attention to the words at the top.

Another try with a different background

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With this I feel the words are a little bit better to read clearly.

2. Learning The Ropes.

I have done some more thumbnails again to help to find best idea.

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Then I have drawn a labyrinth to show when you start a new job and the big lady boss who may be smiling  but still give the new employee lots of stress to start.

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Then I added four colours to the background.

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I chose the second one and changed it a little bit to match the last one and show more stress on the picture with the amber colour.

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3. Getting To Know.

Some more thumbnails

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I have drawn a character’s face who watch, think then react to do the job.

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Then I added the background on it.

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I like the second background colour which has a colour makes the foreground clearer.

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4. Work Harder And Smarter.

I think I have drawn a sketch before which showed a nice idea for the image of work harder and smarter.

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Then I have improved it to use my stage 4. In the first picture I thought to use a simple face which only has a nose on for the character but then I added eyes and a mouth because it is better to match with first stage.

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I am going to try 4 colours for the background

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I am going to use the light red one

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Assignment 5 Seven days-Part 3

Now I am focusing on the seven days after starting a new job.

First Ideas.

Stage 1 Preparing to commence a new job. In this stage I need to produce a character and use it in these 7 stages. In my mind I need to consider that there are lots things that could happen and people who I have never met before. The characters and styles that I will be thinking about need to show the emotions that I am using. I will use a cross-section of the brain to help to convey this.

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Stage 2 What will it be truly like in the new job? There are a lots of questions and worries in my mind before starting a new job. I have to fit in with the working habits of a new boss and also learn to work with a whole new group of people. I am depicting this situation as a labyrinth to be negotiated.

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But is the labyrinth making the image too complex? Does it contradict my original ideas and could I make it more simple.

Stage 3 You could be very busy at the new job and have to engage with a whole new sphere of knowledge. Meanwhile you need to build up relationships with a whole new group of people. I will use my image of a cross-section of the brain and two hands to show all these things taking place at once.

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Stage 4 There are a couple of levels to reach success. You need to move step by step, work harder and smarter. Find the experienced member of staff who can show you the right way to start then follow this way to prove yourself, pitch in, organisation, performance and be yourself towards the future.

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Stage 5 Team work would be a great help going forward. Disagreement and controversy would get in the way of teamwork. I will need to bring a balance to the things I do to make sure don’t rock the boat.

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Stage 6 It is time for you to show you have learnt and achieved.

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Stage 7 Every company has their own scale.

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These just my first ideas I will try to improve them using more emotions.