Category Archives: dg

2012 semester one folio submission.

hello tafe instructors,
welcome to the online portion of my folio, including research and finished pieces for the subjects, create graphics and interactive digital media. as per luke surace’s request earlier in the year, research uploaded has been kept to a minimum to ease the burden of him going through everyone’s blog.
if requested i can provide research in hard copy.
happy marking,


final dg.

final dg design cover, complete with appropriate headlines.
i’m quite happy with it in the end and i think it really captured that warm feel, which is then questioned by the appearance of blood and a kidney at the bottom of the page.
they say jack the ripper lulled his victims into a false sense of security with grapes and wine.
maybe this has done the same.
i also like the shadows that are in the image, which i think reminds the viewer that there still is a sense of foreboding.

blood and gore and dg.

an early pic from the photoshoot that shows the kidney, (minus blood) and the brown paper, string and parchment.
the floorboards were made with short bits of pine and nailed together and stained with a floor stain and slightly varnished. i didn’t want to varnish to much and get flash of camera lights all over the place.

and below is a sample blood over the kidney shot, just seeing what the blood show up like on camera before the actual pictures were taken.
if i didn’t know any better, i’d say this was blood – it had a slightly thick consistency and the colour if think i got right.

dg shopping list.

1) one sheep kidney
these are most like a human kidney, but are smaller, so i will have to allow for that by making smaller paper, I’m estimating around a5 size paper should make the kidney seem big enough when placed on the paper.

2) fake blood
having a theatre background, i know what i need:
red food colouring
green food colouring
hair gel
chocolate syrup
golden syrup

3) brown string and wapping paper.

4) teabags and coffee to make a suitable parchment paper, not aged, but with a brown texture.

5) odd bits of wood and stain to make fake floorboards.

letters from hell. dg.

here is a copy of the original letter sent to scotland yard that contained the kidney.
it has aged obviously so when i recreate it it will have to look as if it has been done in the art few days.
a bad speller, the letter reads;

‘from hell
mr lusk
i send you half the kidne i took from one women, preserved it for you tother pice i friend and ate it was very nise i may send you the bloody knife that took it out if only you wait a whil longer.
catch me when you can mr lushk’

scans below of my pen and ink attempt at recreating the text from the letter.
i’ve used pen and ink to do this which did require some effort to acquire and old fashioned ink pot and nibs.


dg. final idea.

so the other idea for dg that i had is the one i’m actually going to be going with.
after talking a lot about using stains and dark shadows, it seems to me that there is also another way to show this decade which is not cliche but does still get across the feel i want.
my idea, as you see below is to recreate the ‘from hell’ letter sent by jack the ripper to scotland yard which contained half a kidney and a menacing note. still using the idea of strong reds, i’ve strayed slightly from using a green to create a anaesthetic feel and am including warm colours, such as red browns and such to give a sense of warmth. hopefully juxtaposed with the actually imagery, this will be slightly disconcerting.
my intention now is to use photography to get the image looking as real as possible.
here are some sketches with relative placement of imagery.

the imagery is quite central in this top one, however, i have also given myself the option below, where it is slightly askew.

here is what will be crucial to the image in the end and what i will have to source from a butchers shop:



dg concepts. part one.

here i’ve just started to experiment a little using fine liner and water colours. colour wise i’ve tried to stick to a red and muddy green/black palette, but this is only for experimentation and seeing what feel i get from water colours.

and below are some of the concept ideas for the front cover i’ve had. i’ve got a few more in my head that ill upload after I’ve sketched them out, but here is the start.
rather small, but the idea for this cover was inspired by the silhouette/cut if effect. in the forefront of the image there is a lady of the night with her skirt kitchen up high enough to make the silhouette (who carries a knife) taken notice.

in the ‘from hell’ letter sent to the police supposedly from jack the ripper, there was also half a kidney, jack mentioning he’d eaten the other half and it was nice. this concept is to have a clearly deranged man sitting up to the table with knife and fork at the read to eat a raw kidney. this concept features the face of the ripper, which i’m still not sure i want to see in my image.

another idea that i had was to display all the entrails and organs out against a gritty stone background. this would be quite disgusting and while there would be shock value involved the ripper never did this kind of thing to his victims, so i’d be using artistic licence.

this idea was to have a fine detailed drawing/etching feel to the pice and overlay it with red/green liquid photography. the final effect is in my head, and that probably the best description of it i can come up with at this stage. will keep working on it.

another plated kidney concept, this time from a birds eye view and a shadow silhouette hovering above. i think this work better the the other kidney plate concept as there is no ripper face to worry about.

this one is my other favourite idea at the moment, and invokes a close up of a preservation jar with half a kidney in it and the menacing silhouette of the ripper in the background. i considered even out tin writing material in this image to give the idea he was just about to write the ‘from hell’ letter.

dg ideas for gore.

when i think jack the ripper, apart from the ghastly movie that was made with michael caine in it, i think of the more recent version that starred johnny depp, although ian holm (pictured below) was the implied ripper of the piece. what I’m interested in gaining from looking at the film again and this picture is the anaesthetic feel that i get from seeding the red from blood and green colour of alcohol (most probably absinthe) that, when mixed together created a really hazy effect. it was most effective when done with liquids. in the picture below you can see a green tinge to everything and i believe this combination, combined with the hello w lighting goes an uneasy feel.

i want to, as much i can try to stick to the kind of styles that were around for magazines and newspapers at the time and just sneak a bit of photography and technology into the piece just a bit. below are some etchings and fine drawings (one of the actual ripper case) that were around in the 1880s.

the picture below emulates the kind of tone that i’m searching from overall. although the is not coloured in any way (and i intend to use reds and greens), it is the dark shadowy feel that gives the sense of menace that i want to capture in the pice. by not seeing the ripper’s face i think the audience would be installed with even more dread. the ripper case was closed without a culprit caught and if i gave my ripper a face that would then give him an identity. i like the idea of this monster remaining nameless, (albeit for suspects). the movie poster from ‘sherlock holmes’ also captures that cold, shadowy feel and the textures in the poster are those i will need to create to embody the notion of gritty victorian london.

the pictures below are from movies. you can see the titles from the mini-series ‘the pacific’ and the recent ‘sherlock holmes’ movie starring robert downey jnr. i particularly like the effect the mixed media has and think that the more frenzied look of the sherlock holmes titles lends it’s to that of a madman serial killer. i do not want to copy these, but simply grab elements (i like how the red ‘stains’ in the pacific titles, for instance.


dg. obscene cuisine.

okay, so the dg magazine is not the one below, but i looked at some past desktop magazines just to see what kind of imagery might suit a a cover of a design magazine. i’m purposely not looking at any dg magazines, but i have taken note of where the logo sits with small white and black squares so when i am coming up with concepts i’m aware where the image will go in relation to the logo. i’ve chosen my decade; 1880s and am going to produce something that highlights the particularly nasty events of 1888 when the still unidentified serial killer, jack the ripper terrier the streets of whitechapel.

just doing a bit of research on blood and wounds. i’ve specifically looked up knife wounds as that was the weapon of the ripper and as such would like to get them right, no matter what medium i’m using to produce the finished product. i am steering clear of using too much photography – none at all if i can as i will try to make the image feel as if it was produced for the most part in the 1880s, albeit with some slight 2012 enhancements towards the end. i’m really interested in getting a blood stain effect going on using possibly watercolours or ink. i’d really like to get a liquid blood stain feel going on…


while i search my mind and books and the net for ideas, i’m reminded that one stage the ripper sent police a half eaten kidney with a letter address ‘from hell’. whether or not i make the kidney a feature at this stage is still something i’m toying with.

dg magazine cover.

pick a decade. any decade.

ok. 1880s.

subject: jack the ripper.

“one day men will look back and say i gave birth to the twentieth century.”