A ______ from the Point of View of ______ is ______.
I have decided to go with the Sheep as my subject of interest for this assignment mainly because I wanted an embodiment of humor, innocence and indifference. After much research, I realized that people who tend to associate the sheep as their spirit animal are child-like, gentle, vulnerable, self-accepting and can be very conforming to social norms. With these attributes taken into consideration, I have revolved them in my point-of-views (POVs).
Here are the POVs that I have brainstormed on:
- A sheep from the point of view of an insomniac is 1… 2… 3…
- A sheep from the point of view of grass is a satanic predator.
- A sheep from the point of view of grandma is a knitted sweater with love.
- A sheep from the point of view of a wolf is a candlelight dinner.
- A sheep from the point of view of Mary is a BFFL.
- A sheep from the point of view of a Border Collie is a recruit.
- A sheep from the point of view of the herd is Carl the idiot who messes up the formation.
- A sheep from the point of view of a shepherd iz dolla bill$.
- A sheep from the point of view of a shear is his 3 o’clock client.
- A sheep from the point of view of a goat is her gay best friend.
- A sheep from the point of view of an eagle is a target.
- A sheep from the point of view of Damien Hirst is half a sheep.
- A sheep from the point of view of Sir Ian Wilmut is his proudest discovery.
- A sheep from the point of view of his wife is a baaaaaaad boy.
- A sheep from the point of view of New Zealand is over-population.
- A sheep from the point of view of the Scottish is a delicacy.
- A sheep from the point of view of Steve (of Minecraft) is a bed.
- A sheep from the point of view of an alpaca is his short-necked cousin.
I have listed 18 ideas and the ones in bold are the six that I have worked on for my final images. I have chosen these six POVs because they bring out the different aspects and qualities of the sheep by greatly personifying them. And this is enhanced even more from how I wanted to embody the sheep as mentioned earlier.
Notable artists that I have drawn inspiration from for this project:
Fran KrauseFran Krause, a professor at California Institute of Arts, began cartooning irrational fears of his own, then started to illustrate submissions of fears he received from the general public and posting them on Tumblr. Early in September Krause culminated this long running Tumblr project in a book entitled “Deep Dark Fears.” The book is centered on the irrational obsessions and fears that people battle every day as shown in his illustration above.
His style is rather distinct. He incorporates both simplicity and a dark-creepy grotesque style to further accentuate his rather sketchy illustrations. And his choice of colors are mostly cool and analogous, having a consistent palette throughout his panels of illustrations. His illustrations have a painterly finish to them, which makes them more amusing to see.
Alexandra BallAlexandra Ball is a professional children’s book illustration artist based in Guildford. She loves line drawings, spending the early stages of a project working on fluid, hand-sketched compositions. These are scanned into the computer for coloring, and textures are added to give the overall feel of a collage. Looking at her illustrations, you can tell Alexandra’s style is influenced by nature and the four seasons.
What I love most about her illustrations is that they are made up of very simple yet distinct shapes. And they are then further worked on with added details and vibrant colors. This clever use of shapes and colors help give her illustrations more developed and compelling compositions.
Andreas BesserAndreas Besser, a professional Illustrator based in Berlin, Germany. He specializes in children book, character design, and black & white illustrations.
I admire how he is able to bring so much dynamic into an illustration without much use of a background. They feel isolated, but the story within feels very much complete. And even with works that is presented with a background, he has a unique way of framing the composition with the use of thick brush strokes. His line work is pretty extravagant as they varied in thickness and swiftness.
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