I can’t say I know what happened last week… I’m hoping it comes back to me as I write this blog. I think I’m finding it a lot harder to write here as well because I do in my sketchbook too now, as my head is so jumbled… but its made it jumbled more… great.
Monday I managed to get a day to myself to get on with some work for the band. We had a gig coming up last Sunday, as well as some super exciting gig announcements for the rest of spring before we take a break for the summer! I took over our YouTube and did a simple colour changing animation in After Effects as a background for our tracks. The animation was also used as a projection on a screen behind us during our set. The show was a bit of a flop (no one showed up, not just for us but because it was a Sunday night it was a bit dead. We were supporting a band from Holland on their UK tour). but at least we looked sliiiiccck. I managed to make a few more demos too, as we were running out of stuff to sell.
I also managed to begin writing a script for my comic book. However, I got to about 8 pages in and just bored myself. I realized how hard it was going to be and how much work it was going to take to make this a reality and I knew it was just impossible within the 2 and a bit weeks I had left. It would have been a complete waste of time If I hadn’t have realized this, so I’m thankful for it really.
Tuesday’s a bit of a blank area – I know we had a small chat about an essay for this unit. Other then that I have no idea what I did during the day… I think I drew some pictures of Diaena (Lady Gaga) to use, continuing with my illustrations for the comic book – because at the time I didn’t know what to do.
I think on Wednesday I did a little bit of experimenting – I found some images of nude women in the art magazines, all old paintings, and photocopied them onto acetate. My idea was to put them into water and then drop ink and water colours above them, hoping they’d create a texture above the image. I’d then take photos of them, so I can put them into Photoshop. Here’s a selection of those photos, some didn’t come out great because of the lighting but they worked for the image I later on created.
Above is the first image I created using my photographs (or the attempt anyway). Naturally I began carrying on from my two panel comic strip – I wanted to show Diaena’s character being taken off by Greco’s men after they raided the traveller’s land in the 50’s. I was looking back and forth at Black Dog by Dave McKean for inspiration – it helped slightly but I just felt my drawing didn’t fit in with the rest of my imagery. After working on it for a little bit, I left it because it wasn’t impressing me.
Thinking about things more freely and generally I just thought I’d play around with my images, this is the result! I was quite happy how expressive it was, and how it described the general themes of the scene. I wanted her to look tortured, in pain and in a gritty situation.
On Thursday I had a tutorial with John, which was well overdue! I’m sure I hadn’t had one properly one on one since before Christmas! I showed him my collages and he said, along with my drawings and everything I had done was very similar to fine art. Which didn’t surprise me really, considering that was my ideal pathway when I left the first year of my diploma – then I had the sudden turn to go into viscom. We then did some photocopying of everything I had done and the combination of them all made this bizarre sequence that seemed to make sense even though it was just a experiment. It was nice to see all of my stuff on the wall and out of the sketchbook too! I think at this point we decided it was just better for me to take on a general approach to this. Illustrate using the general themes of the story instead of literally. The themes I currently am working on are:
- Torture – representing the torture Fawnie’s grandmother Diaena, and her people went through after their land was taken away by John Greco and his men.
- Religion – Holyland USA was a theme park based on religion, so I imagine if this were to be a series of AHS it would have been heavily influenced by religion. In my mind it differs from Asylum, because in Asylum the religious themes intertwined with the devil. This does a little but also the religious aspect of it isn’t used to create horror. It’s more to illustrate a scene and area. John also suggested it was in relation to the tortured characters, looking up the faith. Which isn’t impossible either – during my research I found out that Romany travelers seem to have any religion, depending on where they’re from. Commonly now, I believe travelers are catholic? (I’m taking that from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding – most of them were Irish though…so that would also make sense)
- The Traveler Community – I’ve been told by a few people that my drawings of the travelers say so much about the subject matter. Their sense of community is what I admire about them anyway so I thought it was what I was sort of already working on with the drawings anyway??
When I got home I managed to further work on these collages and dove straight into the religion one. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but religious art is my life, and my one true love (I have mentioned it before.) so I was just happy, it gets the cogs in my brain going. Its my true aesthetic. From the start I think I knew it was going to be great because it’s something I was excited to work with!
Here’s the first part of my composition, I kept this (my final doesn’t look anything like this) because I really loved the way the face and the golden/alter image combine together. I saved it because I didn’t want to lose it as I continued to edit. It creates an interesting shape! The alter piece (that sort of broken up circular bit in the top right, I’m assuming the main image was part of a triptych.) also influenced my use of gold within the piece – I found a similar gold texture and used it to highlight Mary Magdelane’s eyes. Here I was working with the traditional Mary (Virgin Mary) colour scheme of blue and white.
As it developed, my image became more aware of blank space. The whole of the image flows so nicely and even though some bits stand out more then others all the elements sort of reveal themselves as you look at my work. I changed to a mixture of the lilac-y blue and turquoise because, well mainly it just seemed to work out that way, but saints like Saint Fatima (a Portuguese saint) and other religious icons wear turquoise too. I think it needs a few tweaks but I’m close to being done with this one!
On Friday I did life drawing…. I wish I didn’t. The model didn’t turn up, so we had to draw students in the room (not naked don’t worry) which I don’t find helped me. I prefer to draw the nude model, mainly because I learn proportions better that way as to when they’re wearing clothes, nothings in the way its all cool. However, the way the lesson was taught was more based on the media we used for the life drawing instead of drawing the actual life?? Which frustrated me, because I chose to be there in order to learn how to draw proportion? hence the word “Life” in the lesson name… because YOU’RE DRAWING LIFE??
I’ve sort of figured out a routine now. I work during the week and then I focus on the band at the weekend – that’s sort of my job now as we’re getting paid regularly. Sometimes it feels like I never have time, it’s quite stressful but I guess its a nicer problem to have, to be able to work on art and music together.
It’s already next week as I’m writing this so I’ll keep it quite until the weekend so I can say what I’ve done. Laters!