I ended the last post on such a high and I literally have no idea what I was doing at that point now. I know what I did since then but I don’t even know what days I did them. I’ll talk you through my final pieces for this unit!
The piece below is the collage based on Romany Culture. I used images that I found in magazines that are what I consider to be symbolic of that (this is where all my mind maps help in my sketchbook because it gets out all the things I consider to relate and then what relates to them and so on, allowing me to have an open brain to what I’m looking for when I look at imagery) for example: Maps, for travel or Landscapes, for somewhere they might live or work. I didn’t intend for this to be one of my final images, however time began to run out for me and I felt like this was one of those one hit wonders.
Above is my attempt at using one of my drawings for a collage. I found it quite hard to match it up to textures as well as create an appropriate colour scheme – maybe that’s because of the initial use of bold colours to start with or because of the use of media I used in the drawing – maybe Photoshop can’t pick it up? However you can see how my initial work has influenced the collage in the end with its use of bold colours and dark outlines. I think it represents Gypsy culture well, especially the caravans.
I extended the Religion piece I did previously, I felt with the gold bit in the bottom left being cut off by the page looked a bit like it had been cropped for a reason, mentally I knew I could push for more. Colour, as it is in most of my work, was a huge part of the extension of this. I have knack for seeing colours inside of others (under/over tones etc), I saw some red in the small church interior image (next to Mary) and decided to add it as a background colour. Then I continued with the blues and golds. I added some more images but as more of a background thing, including some photos of the real Holyland park. I felt like this was important to add because the main part of my story that relates to religion is the fact that the park is based on the bible. I wanted to use religion as a representation of the place but have it just more general, Christianity is so broad so its really easy to work with. I’m still really proud of this, I was skeptical at first because I thought even the first one was great – I’m happy an extension worked out.
As I’m writing this I’ve realised my collages are based on 3 main parts of story telling. The Romany collage is about the people, the Religious one relates to my story’s place/setting, the Torture based one relates to what happens in my story (when the Traveler’s get captured etc.) – all 3 you need to well… make a story right? This thought might help me when organising what order they go in in my final piece because I haven’t made a decision on that yet.
The torture collage totally had a re-vamp! It took a while for me to figure out what I was doing with it. I struggled a lot with working out the textures and contrasts but I think they turned out pretty great in the end! I used a different selection of images for the women, although some of the ones on the other collage turned out okay these were a lot easier to edit and were a lot clearer. John suggested I added more faces to make it look like the main character was being looked at, I thought eyes might do the same trick and I found some great brushes online for them! I used the same in the Gypsy collage as well, although it means different things it ties the images together. Overlays really helped with this because it made things more highlighted or lowlighted, making things easily distinguishable. The colour scheme just sort of developed with this one over the course of working with it.
After I printed all of them on the regular printers, I saw the mistakes in the contrasts and things and edited them. I then had a go at using our new fancy printers and saw them in A3, playing around with the way the printer prints on certain papers and things like that.
Throughout my final week I wrote the image analysis essay, based on Raphael and the High Renaissance. I chose him because he was considered to be one of the best religious painters of all time. I found his history fascinating, along with his beef with Michelangelo and his bizzare sex related death (for reals). I also found out we work in a similar way, Just I do with photographs ans Photoshop and he did with drawings and… drawing more on a bigger scale. He’d collect stock sketches and turn them into compositions.
I did a few final piece ideas in my sketchbook, I explain pretty much everything there. Here’s what I thought was going to be my final piece at the time, but it has since changed back to idea number 3. I felt like this was a bit too messy and also would have cost a lot of money to get printed A1. I have the prints printed now and they look amazing anyway, so I’m quite happy to have a huge book because on a larger scale they are so cool! I chose against a concertina because I couldn’t think of a decent way of attaching the pieces together without it looking really grubby. I may have picked quite a safe option (Probably famous last words when I’m making it. I have to line everything up and make sure its all stuck together properly, folded right etc. Especially on a larger scale!) but I think its probably the best way of showing my pieces off to the greatness they have. I’ve also got this gorgeous fabric, that my dad kindly brought for this, that reflects in the light and it’ll make it look so royal and delicate. My idea is to stick 3 pieces of foam board together, so the book is thick enough to stand. And then use the fabric to put it together and make it into a book cover, still sort of looking like a bible because of the red but I guess the gold embellishments relate to the gypsy culture. The red is deep like blood, so it kind of also relates to the torture piece too… I’m a metaphorical genius!
I’ve not hated this project, I’ve not loved it. It’s flown by really, I don’t feel like I’ve done anything at all. I feel like I did a lot more physical work (drawing I mean) then I did last unit. I think though, next project I’m going to try and stop forcing myself to draw. I just find it so unnecessary for my way of working. Imagine how unhappy I would have been, even though I’d probably had collaged some of it too, making a comic book I never had the interest to finish? I know for definite the outcome I have now, maybe not the final piece (I’m not sure I haven’t made it yet, I’ll assess that soon) but the images involved are me and define me and my style really well. The collages this unit differ greatly from the Carrie ones in last unit, although I made more of those the topic made it so the images (In my opinion) weren’t as mature as these. The subject matter definatley made it more gritty, as well as giving me a wider base of imagery to work with. I think I struggled towards the end in finding imagery/textures that related to space, it was a lot easier this unit to find relations and connotations. I think next unit I want to take a new approach, maybe not think about final pieces so early on and just enjoy the flow and allowing myself to play more. Even when I do think of final pieces early on, I don’t set my mind to them exactly, its like a rough goal on what I want but I’m not dissapointed if I don’t do them. I don’t think its always bad because without it I guess I wouldn’t have done the outcome I have now. It’s swings and roundabouts I think. I really really just want to focus on play from now on though. John suggested it, but I think next unit (depending on brief) I want to go back to my main love – music. That way I can incorporate the rest of my life into my work, it’ll make it easier as well and keeping me interested. I don’t think I lost interest that much in this unit, I think I was fueled by the fact I’d made up my own story (to what I’d consider to have AHS styled complex due to research, combining all these topics together to create a plot) and I just wanted to see what I could do with it. I think even when I was drawing I quite liked the outcomes. I managed to create something and I could see that as I worked, It was nice to see it become something with so much depth – collages I mean. I improve all the time! I’ve realised I’m quite fine art-y and metaphorical within my work, It’s really nice because it’s quite chill to work with. I guess it makes me differ a little bit from other people, a lot of other illustrators I know are quite political (maybe not for this unit, but in others). I’m quite proud of my differences, my work is unique to me and I have something (a style) that I know I dreamed of having when I was younger as well as other people dream of having too.