Covid Dreams

Covid Dreams

Description:

This project consists of editorial illustrations created by Graphic Design first year students on the theme of dreams sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The illustrations become visual manifestations and interpretations of personal experiences influenced by the subconscious. The COVID-19 context meant that people were increasingly accessing digital platforms to engage socially, for entertainment, to study and work, even for the most personal expressions of grief and love. This project require our students to delve deeper into their own experiences and explore symbols and metaphors by means of creative mark-making techniques for the illustrations. In industry, a concept illustration is often commissioned by an editor or art director of a magazine or news channel, for the purpose of printed and/or online display.   

The project progressively developed into a complete digital illustration. Once briefed, students were required to create a moodboard from relevant examples of editorial illustrations and graphic techniques they desired to draw inspiration from. Thereafter, the students generated ideas through recognised ideation techniques, such as mind mapping. After this stage, students planned visually by creating multiple thumbnail sketches for visual exploration. They needed to explain how the concepts are carried by the visuals. The most appropriate and effective sketches were then selected and further developed into at least one detailed map drawing which contain the essential linework and edges for a seamless transition to digital rendering. This enabled further stylistic explorations, working to the format ratio, a chosen colour palette, and gamut range in the design software. The editorial illustration was applied to a design layout project for this Digifest exhibition.

Artist: First-year students

Affiliation: Department of Graphic Design, Durban University of Technology 

Country: South Africa

Title: The New Reality 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design  

Author: Ayabonga Khanyile

Title: The Wall

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Bandile Duma

Title: Covid Connection 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Hannah Mackenzie

Title: Lockdown 2020 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Jerica Singh

Title: Covid Spaces

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Joshua Robert

Title: Covid Dreams

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Kaliesha Govender

Title: Endless Pandemic

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Lando Shezi

Title: Covid Dreams

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Layolah Pillay

Title: Lockdown 2020 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Levana Hiralal

Title: Covid Dreams

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Lindelwa Mini

Title: Lockdown

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Lungelo Phewa

Title: Infinite War

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Msizi Ntuli

Title: Covid Dreams

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Nox Muteweri

Title: Isolated from the world 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Pariksha Drumchund

Title: The COVID-19 Fight

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Phelisa Hlengwa

Title: Pandemic Paranoia

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Shayde Blackbeard

Title: Disconnect 

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Sinoyolo Tantsi

Title: Some will get richer while some will get poorer

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Siphiwe Nzukulu

Title: Dreams & Goals

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Sufyaan Saeed

Title: Face-to-face

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Taariq Chetty

Title: Were we truly safe?

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design 

Author: Tamia Fynn 

Title: Is it Covid or Control?

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Tembalethu Dlamini 

Title: Devastating Losses

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Tyrese Ramgopaul

Title: PC Shortages

Description: Editorial Illustration & Design

Author: Ziphezinhle Mthembu

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Date

October 13, 2021

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