It was nice to go through our task proposals Monday, its good to have a one on one chat with a tutor about how far you are in the project. Leah gave me some topics to look at like Dark Tourism and Contemporary Shrines to look at in prep for the thematic tasks which we went through on Wednesday. Its so nice to have new information from people who just kind of get your work and what you’re into. I’ve never really been able to or had the change to translate who I am into my art and I think so far within the degree I’ve been free enough to do that and it feels lovely. Wednesday we began our plans for our “Mapping” pieces for the thematic tasks, I decided to do mine based on the Canterbury Tales and put a story of Chaucer’s I was interested in to a place on the map of the original pilgrimage people took to Canterbury. I’ve literally only JUST finished my mock of the knights tale, its here:
I’m quite happy with it despite having to start over halfway through as I was told the wrong info about the story’s end. I’m still debating whether the watercolour wash is necessary, too bold or disconnected to the rest of the piece. I guess if I had time I’d test out other brushes or effects to see if I could make the images kinda seep into the background a bit more. The way it looks is inspired by my “modern” way of translating history, like I did with Thomas Beckett inspired by Lady Gaga in my journal. Here I was more inspired by Baz Thurmans (?) 96 film of Romeo and Juliet, the way they dress and originally I planned to have Chaucer’s words involved with the overall text like they speak in Shakespearean language; but his poems are just so long and I didn’t have the time to pick out the important info that way (plus its confusing??). I like that I got to incorporate my interest in the 90’s and 90’s fashion into this piece too – the Hawaiian-y type shirt was a lot of fun! Because it’s modern I also switched out the horses for motorbikes too! The page is meant to be a part of a concertina book, a series of illustrations and characters until the end where I just leave it unfinished – just like Chaucer’s tales (he died before completion).
Friday we had a print workshop, I’ve done a lot of this before and didn’t feel like it suited me right now and my work. However I got to play aroung with the photocopy transfer which I hadn’t done since this time last year when in the Vis Com class in the Carousel. My images work quite well together. I will stick them in my journal.
Now time for the narrative thematic task! I think this one is going to be the easiest because as an illustrator that’s what we do… we narrate and stuff. Thought its finding a story to focus on and how to tell it. I’m also looking forward on feedback on my knights tale page, I really want to know how to fix whatever is off with it – its really bugging me.