Penrith City Council – DiG Digital Marker Space

I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the new Penrith City Council DiG Space Residency, which is a program that helps promote creatives, from all fields, to work together on commercial product/s.

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The group consisted  a mentor (David Clarkson), 3 composers (Peter Jovie, Peter Long, Me-Lee Hay ) a videographer (Adam McPhilbin) and a graphic designer (myself). We worked on a brief outlining the importance of heat radiation impacting Penrith and surrounding suburbs, moreover, creating an awareness to the populace of the importance and benefits of trees and parklands.

The three composers all created original pieces depicting environmental elements, which were natural forests, urban/industrial and a fusion of both.

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With the soundscapes created, visual elements were created from these pieces. the videographer highlighted the nature and fusion, whereas I focused on the urban/industrial.

What I wanted to create was a way to visualise heat radiation and visual distortions. The animation/film is a combination of footage taken from a train trip into Penrith City (Australia) and artistic graphic treatments, which could resemble looking through a thermal camera. I utilised particular design trends, both Glitch and Vapourwave, to have a 80’s feel, a more gritty urban grind.

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For other animations that I have created, please visit my YouTube channel here

https://www.youtube.com/user/lawkinlive/featured

Artwork

 

I’m a fan of Glitch and Vapour-wave design, however I am not limited to this style. I have been experimenting with different styles and have found I always like to mesh trends together.

Not only do I work in the digital realm, but also the physical, I love to paint with acrylic and have dabbled in a bit of illustration.

 

 

Textile Swatches

Being a Designer, I am always seeing patterns and repetition in my surrounding environment (nature or urban). I like to sketch out what I see, which I later replicate in Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop. Sometimes I might be watching or reading something and suddenly get a burst of imagination, this can either lead to a pattern or a piece of art.

 

Branding

Part of my work being a Designer, is branding. This is usually encompasses liaising with the client to work out the direction and style they want, creative thinking and research,  and the developmental process. I work with various customers ranging from medical practitioners and the trades industry to music producers and artists. I am versatile in my creative process and would encourage the client to have plenty of input in the developmental process.

 

 

Above -Leotrix – Arrowhead. Can be heard @ https://soundcloud.com/leotrix-1/memorise-feat-ezra-james

 

Above – Winmalee Physiotherapy (complete rebranding), Ariel Conveyancing, GWR – Great Western Refrigeration

 

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Album Art for Jum Wubble – Feel it. This can be heard at http://www.dlnwmusic.com/2017/08/09/jum-wubble-feel-it/

 

These are just some of my designs you can see at:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/hdesigns

https://society6.com/neilhawkins

Photography

The photography that I love to do, is Electric Transduction Photography, also known as electro-photography. This form of photography blends Kirlian Photography and Cymatics (sound vibration) fields to create wondrous landscapes, which stimulate the imagination to question scale and perspective.

It was part of my Honour’s exegesis, which I completed at Western Sydney University, Landscapes of the Mind.

Introduction

What is reality? Is it what we perceive going on around us through our daily lives; a combination of our senses and experiences. Alternatively, is it a simulation played out in the mind as part of a grand universal illusion?

The mind plays a significant role in our understanding of the environment that we reside in. Each given moment experienced is an electro-chemical process, occurring inside the brain. That spark provides the potential of feeling emotion when witnessing an event or deciding on the next flight overseas, and that initial spark of thought drives each action.

What if we were able to see inside the mind during that moment or spark of thought? Would it be a burst of light, or an electrical storm erupting in the darkness? The singularity or flash of thought must have an origin, a beginning. What drives our thoughts or creates our ambitions? Is it the consciousness or is the mind more like a computer program that has already mapped out our future.

The process of the mind, imagination and consciousness will be explored in the research and the creative outcome in this exegesis. Encouraging the reader to look further than the sciences and to explore and visualise what the origin of that creative spark could potentially resemble.

We will take a journey through the different views on the processes of thought using science and philosophy to grasp understanding of the physical properties, and later the theoretical research surrounding possibilities of computer simulations of the mind.

Contact me for details on size and pricing.