Contours represent the outline of shapes or forms such as the topography of land depicting relief and are a common way of showing elevation. Contours can depict the relief of the human face or body as used for forensic model making. The notion of contour could take on a more abstract and synesthetic interpretation, for example, exploring the notion of pitch contour as in the tonal variations of a voice or the sound of music. My response could be a fresh interpretation of the theme.
For this project, I was going to create magazine covers based on contour drawing. I would sketch portraits of famous people using contour drawing techniques and they would come from the areas of music, art, science, religion and politics. Firstly, in order to create the designs, I should carry out research into contemporary designers and take inspiration from their practice. I would make written and visual notes and analysis of relevant aspects that may prove useful at the design stage. As designers, there are four main areas of interest that would influence my design decision; Colour, Type, Layout and Illustrative style. Once I had an insight into the design basics and researches, I was going to create some practical experimentation to gain a greater insight into the issues encountered and resolved by the designers.