Joshua Stocker

January 31, 2010, 6:24 pm
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Brief: Create 3D typography which communicates the word behind it
My word is “Horror”
Rather than being conceptual, and avoiding any cliches, I embraced them full-heartedly and created a set of six “scary letters” which in reality… appear to be more cute and nice than scary… But so is the effect of plasticine!


I shut my eyes in order to see – Snow Design
January 11, 2010, 12:37 am
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Update: Won the competition!

Along with the heavy snow falling this week came a brief from my teacher. It asked us to create a typographic design from snow. Of course a million ideas fill your head as you imagine the incredible sculptures you will now create, but when you get out into the cold wet snow, you realise its not as easy as you expected. In fact it turns out that sculpting anything from snow requires far more skill than I have. Feeling the disappointment along with my housemate Jon, we decide the best thing to do is work together. Going into the snow with a mate means you don’t give up so easily. In fact today, we spent the entire day creating our work. Last night was spent brainstorming, deciding on what we wanted to write with the snow, and the different ways we could do this. We came across a quote by Paul Gauguin which read “I shut my eyes in order to see”. We both loved it, and found that creating a series of images would allow us creation of more ideas.

The sentence was split into I shut / my eyes / in order / to see


Once the sun had gone down we set about creating “I Shut”. The first words of the sentence. We used the tops off our coffee and tea holders which are shaped like domes, using them to create perfectly rounded Hemispheres. We made dozens of these which were placed to created italic typography. This was perhaps the most beautiful thing we created all day, but the photo we got here simply doesn’t do it justice.


This piece was created by scraping snow off the ground. I didn’t want us to just get a stick and draw in the snow though, I wanted it on a different scale altogether. To begin with we used a trolley to draw the guidelines with. We then used the lid of a box to scrap the snow away. This technique took a huge amount of time, and was extremely hard work. With such little time to get the whole thing finished, I thought about what we could do to speed the process up. Turning the trolley upside down, I found the weight meant I could simply pull it along, and the snow would come with it.

This sped the process up massively. It was still hard work, but after an hour or two we were finished.


The idea here was, to create the lettering using blocks. Almost like bricks of snow. We gathered up a bucket full of snow, and took it to the path where the snow had faded. The best thing about creating this piece was how so many people walking past asked about what we were creating. Many of them went off to see the other typography we had created around the common, a few even asking where they would be able to find the finished images. I loved creating work which was then left for anyone walking by to have a look at.


This was very simple, and the easiest of the 4 to make. We decided to create the letters on a pile of logs. Scraping the snow off two parts, then putting snow back to create each letter. I really love this setting, these were probably the most successful photographs of the day.


Artist book Postcards
January 7, 2010, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Illustration, University Work | Tags: ,

Last month our class was asked to each make 50 editions of an illustration to be given out to the class, so each of us could create a book from them. I made 5 different illustrations, and printed 15 copies of each one. Below are a selection of the 50 or so illustrations produced by the class, and my own 5 illustrations.

My Illustrations

Class Illustrations

Artists books : The Rules
December 11, 2009, 2:55 am
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This is the last project I leave till the last minute!
I’ve done these up tonight although they should really have been handed in today.
So here they are. I decided instead of making one illustration, I would do 5 and print each one 10 times (printing tomorrow morning)
My rules state:

Be Open
Don’t Forget….:
Be Brave
Leave your Fears Behind
Be Individual

Each illustration is an interpretation of the title (all illustrated onto my very own hand!)

Comic Sans Destroyed
December 9, 2009, 5:34 pm
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Firstly, I want to say a masive thanks to Joe Myers who helped me out MASSIVELY with this project. He’s the man you see in the photographs, and it was a great experience to work with him. Check his work out here.
He also makes dubstep which you can listen to here.

So today, I finally got my comic sans letters destroyed that I created yesterday… all 18 of them! The idea was simple, a man with a baseball bat smashes the crap out of the letters. We had a bit of a hiccup last night when we found out the place we were going to use to shoot the photographs, was in fact only usable at 3am in the morning. We ended up going to Hackney (thanks to Sophia) and after looking around for 15 minutes, found this disgusting, trashy alley way. The place was horrible, but it worked well for what I needed! We got to smashing the letters, and Overall I’m pretty happy with the whole thing. Whether thats cus I finally got it done, or because we made something good, I’m not completely sure yet. But heres a rough idea of what we did. Im going to re-colour them, and probably add and take away some of the photographs your not seeing here at some point tonight.

Thanks again to Joe Myers

18 Comic Sans Letters
December 9, 2009, 3:44 pm
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Here are the 18 letters I’ve made from plaster… Ready to be smashed… So much work just to smash it all up!

Assessment Sheets
December 9, 2009, 3:37 pm
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This is an overall view of everything I have done this term. Theres a few bits missing. Keep in mind these were made to be printed A3, And some of them are overly busy.