What a beautiful chance to… well, let’s be honest, put some effort into making something and then having the perfect excuse to sell it and make some money for the holidays.
I decided to take up an opportunity and get into the Christmas Crafts fair (which was held on Dec 16th, at the Zen Bar). I was wondering what to do, and seeing how I was probably going to be pretty busy with uni work, I thought the best solution would be Christmas cards.
I was looking forward to screen printing, I hadnt done it since last year for the Prophecy project, and I was really excited. I asked printmaker Tom Martin for some guidance with how the new print studio works and all the tricks and bits I needed to refresh. He was so helpful it made me feel bad I was pulling him away from his work.
I wanted to keep away from the usual christmas-y vibe and make sure my prints show more of the winter mystery and the quiet gentleness of it. I wanted to keep it simple and visually pleasing, I suppose, and at the same time explore how different prints work.
here are the final prints:
1) Christmas Ball print
2) Winter Landscape print
3) Reindeer print
I wasn’t quite certain at the beginning as to what my final piece would be or look like. I decided to make myself a Research & Ideas sketchbook in order to keep track of all my ideas and thoughts for this project. There are many pages in that book with ideas that I absolutely loved but which didn’t see further development for various reasons.
I believe that once again, my view of the city changed. During the Easter holiday, while I was back home, all I could think about while walking on the streets was where I could find a source of inspiration and I consciously tried to find things I could use for my project work.
After that walk around town with my mom (previous post) everything became really clear in my head, all my ideas aligned perfectly, like pieces of a puzzle – I was really excited.
For this final piece I decided to put together a book of illustrations using the masking fluid/tape/watercolour technique which actually helps convey my ideas quite easily and clearly. My idea to focus on reflections also took root in the illustrations as the windows of the buildings can be perceived as both reflections of the sky and sneak-peeks of the people’s private lives.
The next 6 images are all details of an additional A1 final piece, which is really important for the final work. (My initial idea was to have it in a frame on a wall (or hanging in the air) with a table in front of it on which lies the Hidden City Book of Illustrations. But we don’t get to exhibit our work like that.)
(Unfortunately I lost all other photos of the book and the works inside it. I will be able to upload them once the assessment is over. I truly apologise for this, there will be an update as soon as possible.)
From the 3rd, to the 7th of February, I got to be artist of the week at the Howard Gardens reception. i had wondered for a while what artwork exactly to put up there but in the end I stopped at Alice in Wonderland. It has always been a favourite story and I believed it would be amazing for this to be my first official illustration that people would actually see.
Here below is a picture of the painting. I used watercolours and acrylic on a big canvas which was hung up above the reception desk all week. It received a lot of positive comments and some helpful feedback.
Now, since this is a course blog, I will also share the process of creating this finalized piece.
This first image is of the initial sketch that made me decide on Alice. I was sketching a random girl and then i sketched another one. when I coloured them after, the second girl just started looking more and more like the character and then I added the cat (actually two different versions of it, one where it’s more realistic, and another one which is more cartoonish, but still creepy).
I was ready to do a test painting on a 45x35cm canvas board. This image is what my mind conjured up.
The reason why there is such a big difference between the final painting on the big canvas and the small one is that I realized I wouldn’t be able to reach the same effect on the larger canvas (also, I was low on paint).
I can only say that I had an incredible time doing this project. For so long I had forgotten what it was like to draw with black ink and just black ink and after I did the first couple of images, the rest felt like child’s play! Amelia did say this was going to be one of the hardest projects of the term and I can agree that parts of it proved quite difficult. For example, I believe that the hardest part of all was just setting the character-items into this world of setting/background-items. The very interaction between the two types of ‘inanimate’ objects, the proximity of one to the other (which is key to conveying the needed emotions), the relation of blacks and whites and contrast altogether in one object next to another (should they be similarly shaded in contrast to the background or should they contradict one another?) and, well, actually a lot of other things that one usually doesn’t think about consciously (like me).
But enough about that. The project is called Personification and this is Chapter I: Rumpelstiltskin.
Below you will see twelve images that illustrate the story. They are black and white images done with ink and pens (with the help of a Promarker here and there). I guess it would help if you find the story for yourself and read it, and it would be a fun exercise to try and figure out which is which, so, enjoy.
*Bear in mind that this is a Course Project.... any feedback and/or constructive criticism is warmly welcomed!!!*