For this mini brief, i was tasked with creating a Diptych stamp (a stamp that works across two, but also works as one when separated). It needed to be Tokyo Olympic themed.
Japan first participated in the Olympics in 1912. In less than one year, the sporting world descends on Japan's biggest city - Tokyo, once again for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Japanese calligraphy, also known as ‘shodo’, is the art of writing by hand to create letters or symbols using a brush dipped in ink. It’s a beautiful art form as well as a means of communication. The ability to do calligraphy is a skill passed from one generation to the next, and it requires a lot of training. In shodo, the emphasis is on the beauty and balance of the writing. Flowing brush strokes are important, just as they are in painting. True Japanese calligraphy is done with a bamboo brush and sumi ink. Sumi ink is made from the soot of pine trees or other vegetable sources.
This is a mood board i created by researching Japanese Calligraphy in different art forms. I have collected these images from different Japanese/Chinese artists, all of which have interpreted the form into an art piece. While some present the calligraphy in a plain, minimilistic form, others have clearly experimented and created an intricate, striking and colourful piece of work. Both present themselves well in their own ways, i personally enjoy the more colourful pieces over the simple designs, as id be more drawn to them if they were being viewed on display, for example.
Two separate moodboards, showing a collection of different stamp designs/posters. I had a look at a range of different themes, not just Olympics, so i could get a good idea in my head about the specific style i wanted.
My character inspiration came from a Anime cartoon character called "Emolga". His character is a flying squirrel, so i thought it was prefect to get inspiration from this.
These are my developments for my character. My theme, obviously being the Tokyo Olympics, i wanted to make sure my character linked to Japan. I decided to go with an Anime/Manga style, as i believed this would've been a good way to interpret the culture into my character. I chose a Japanese flying squirrel. After some further consideration and thought, i decided to change my character completely, as i didn't think it was a good link to the Olympics and it most likely would have come across as confusing.
Presented above are my final designs, first sketched out and coloured on paper and then designed on Illustrator. I believe i fulfilled the brief - it works as a separate and joined stamp, and relates to the Tokyo Olympics well. I used the 2020 Tokyo mascot as my final character, as i believe this worked much more effectively. I used the sport archery, as this works great when being used across two stamps. I used the Olympic rings in the background as i didn't think it really stood out being plain white, however i also didn't want to add colour as i thought it would've been overpowered and too busy.