Monday, 19 November 2012


The interpretation of a subject is dramatically influenced by the time and place it was created. Cultural surroundings and the use of Childhood experiences will have an impact on how you interpret design.

Winnie The Pooh, was first created by A.A Milne, and illustrated by E.H Shepard. The influence of the story for Winnie The Pooh, was watching his son, Christopher Robin play. His son's childhood became one of the most biggest influences on his work, showing that your surroundings do have an impact on your work.

The illustrations for the books done by E.H Shepard on Winnie The Pooh from 1926, with the lack of colour in the illustrations, just being done solely in black and white, indicates that the illustrations are historically influenced, as colour wasn't commonly used in illustrations in that era.  The hand drawn illustrations also highlight this is not a contemporary piece. As usually hand drawn illustrations are put onto computers and modified, to be most effective.

With the interpretation of Winnie The Pooh animated from Walt Disney,  in comparison to E.H Shepard's illustrations, the visual look of the characters have developed and changed dramatically. The illustrations have been interpreted differently due the different period, they are responding to a different time in design. To make the illustrations appeal and engage with children in this modern era, the use of vibrant colours makes the characters much richer in colour giving a sense of being more playful.

Another major change into the design of Winnie the Pooh characters, is the clean cut lines used, making  the characters features much more simplified, in a way making the features more memorable, due to the clarity of the design. The way Walt Disney characters are much more smooth edged, simplistic and showcase a variety of vibrant flat colours, making the characters much more endearing and playful. The use of technology being used a lot in the recent period of time, has influenced and help develop the characters of Winnie The Pooh.

I believe the Zeitgeist of Winnie the Pooh in this modern era, will enhance a much stronger communication with children, in comparison to E.H Shepard's illustration, because of the richness in colour will engage children more effectively, as the colours helps represent the personalities of the characters in a playful way. The simplified clean cut edges helps define the characters in a simple way, makes the characters more memorable for children.

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