On the Monday of the week starting the 16th, I managed to dedicate a day to work at home! (like I kind of am today) I’ve started to write lists for the day of things I need to achieve, which I noticed had worked Monday but as soon as I stepped back into uni on Tuesday, it just feels like it completely overtakes my life despite my plans – though that week was a busy week and not regular anyway. From my magazine clippings I collaged what I thought would be a start to the scenes with the travelers. I did a drawing from one but I still felt like it’s not my strongest way of working, so I covered the images in guesso and then added colour using copic markers. The copics created some sort of weird resistance to the guesso and slightly altered the colour which was kind of cool! I then drew over the top of what I could see of the original collages, the images turned out so cool! You wouldn’t have believed that originally they were taken from magazines. I also added the carts for a bit more context.
Later on that day I also took some of my collages and decided to illustrate them into scenes digitally. Focusing on my flashback scene – a lot of the images I had managed to create were part of the “Rural Naturalism” movement, so like many traditional paintings they featured over dramatic people and look – out of context – quite horrifying. I found this quite difficult because I was trying to use texture but there’s a limit before it becomes over the top. I also found colour quite hard to use, I wanted something appropriate to the topics used in the scene but also appropriate to the dark nature of the kidnapping.
I really liked the textures on top of Greco’s men (the men in red) – I purposely made them this colour as well as un-identifiable to look a bit more threatening as well as evil. I liked the textures I also used on top of them, but I felt like the whites were a bit too vibrant? I wanted them to look like silhouettes but with something a little more. I’m not sure if next to the women as well they look a bit too much? I experimented a bit with the gradients of grey on the floor, I quite liked how the sky and “behind” floor were the same colour, but you could tell the sky was the sky by the trees and the appearance of the moon. I really wanted the moon to be a red shade in reference to the last season of AHS and the blood moon in Roanoke – something happens every Halloween on each series, so I thought the destroying of the travelers land would also take place on Halloween.
That Tuesday we had our first day in the workshop with Tim Webb. Tim makes animations an films, most of them really bizarre and highly uncomfortable to watch at times but they’re quite interesting. I really enjoyed this film Tim made for channel 4, which he worked with several people with Autism for in order to raise awareness for the condition. Things like this fascinate me in general, I like to think I have a great understanding of people because when my mum was alive she was teaching assistant at my school. The amount of characters she came across when working there helped her and me have a larger understanding of people in different circumstances. The train sequence here was drawn by a child Tim met, he could drawn trains really well and the whole scene was hand drawn whilst the child was standing in one place. He could easily imagine what the train would look like from another point of view! I wish my imagination was that vivid.
The workshop was a laugh anyway, we did some acting. I think the purpose of it was to understand how a scene works and how to portray emotion and storytelling without writing it out or sound – kind of like if you were to make a comic book, eventually you’d add speech bubbles but the images might be able to tell the story themselves. I also found it quite useful because Tim got us to draw out other peoples faces in other expressions, which I feel would help with this unit when drawing my characters.
That Wednesday I did another piece in my sketchbook based on my collages from Monday. This time I decided to take a different approach and use water colour to draw the blocks of colour first and then drawn the collage over the top. I really like how the water colours blended together and created depth. I tried to pair all the colours I used to one character with other colours that compliment in the colour wheel as well. I like the vibrancy of the travelers as I’m re-creating them, I think its a great representation and replicates the carts they live in – even though its probably a very cramped and lower quality of life then what I am used to you can’t say it would be boring anyway. I think when I start to illustrate my characters I might use water colour to draw them over the top of. The texture water colour creates is what I consider to be a “basic” texture, something that still has more character to it then flat colour but isn’t so over the top it distracts from more essentric textures. I have been flicking through Black Dog as an example, Dave uses more “basic” textures which I think can sometimes be more effective and dramatic, even against flat colour or negative space, there is an example below.
(The water colour image of the Travelers will be in my A3 sketchbook if I don’t end up putting it here. I don’t have a picture to hand just yet.)
Wednesday night I decided to go back to my digital illustration of the kidnapping scene. I usually put my work on Instagram in order to gain feedback from other people – a lot of our class are on there. I experimented with the filters again, just to see how it altered my image. Some of them make things stand out more and easier to read.
I quite liked Clarendon and how it made everything blue, It described night time to me more then grey did. So I went back and decided to change the colours using photoshop.
I decided to add a paper texture, another “basic” texture, to the floor to make it more interesting on the eye. I felt like it wouldn’t have mattered too much if there was more going on in the image but because of the nature of the scene and what collages I had planned for this scene it made more sense to me then having loads of blank colour. I also decided to change the colour of the travelers up and the men – using the Disney method of everything evil is green. I didn’t really like the Travelers being grey though. Although its a scene where their confidence is bashed I didn’t really like how the grey washed them out. I also wanted the make the moon a bit “bloodier”. I then took these to Instagram, playing around with the filters again. What I like about the filters is sometimes they change the colour of somethings which opens your eyes up to other schemes. What I also found impressive was the image looked pretty great in black and white too, which is what I intended for the flashback scene…. because its a flashback. I also thought it was a way more gritty colour scheme for a gritty scene – so its an option at least.
I went semi back to the colour scheme I did before after that, using the reds and the yellows. I dimmed out the whites on the men’s textures. The only change is the background textures and making it look more like nighttime. I think I have something that works now.
Then, just out of control on the vibes I was getting from this I illustrated the next panel too!
It’s interesting to see how a story develops!
That Thursday was our second day with Tim, in the morning he gave a lecture on his work. I like his way of making multimedia film. After we made storyboards based on our project, which I’m grateful for someone suggesting because I do think some of the class were struggling to see how this related to our unit. I was debating it myself, probably knowing I was going to Brussels last week as well didn’t help because it took a week off my time. I had a dispute with Tim over my ability to draw feet at one point, though he did help me with story telling and reading my storyboard. He suggested I add some more establishing shots which I’m going to do.
I was meant to complete the workshop with Tim on Friday, but my dad got taken into A&E very early in the morning so I missed it. It was an incredibly stressful weekend but I did manage to go to Brussels Monday.
The trip was pretty sick! On Tuesday I got to see my best friend Heloise and she showed me around Brussels as I had never been before. It was great to learn it’s history and see its most famous land marks. I saw the Manneken Pis, which was a lot smaller then I had imagined and everyone else said so too! But it was the highlight of my day because it’s something I didn’t expect to see ever. On Wednesday we went to Antwerp and spent the day in the Mas museum as well as spending forever finding food. Thursday was another day to ourselves, Will and I did go out for an explore but I think by then we were all too exhausted so I went to the hostel and had a nap. That evening we went to see the band Infinite Bisous though, which was an experience! I reeked of Cigarettes and almost got killed by a falling speaker but it was all good. We came home through Brugges on Friday, but weren’t really impressed and wanted to come home. It was a great trip, However I got no work done. I’m a very anxious person, I think a lot of my exhaustion came from trying to absorb my surroundings as well as not get hit by a million cars or trams.
Next week? Who knows… 3 weeks left though.