Here is the final submissions:
All is inspired by culture in different countries.
My batik maker and shadow puppeteer are Indonesian traditional clothing and show respectively.
While the vampire hunter is related to Chinese belief about ghost.
Ad the coloured sand artist is souvenir art from the Arabian countries.
It was fun learning new different stuffs. During this project, I learnt to use Adobe Illustrator much more extensively than I ever before. I also learnt the feature of ‘timeline’ in Adobe Photoshop to create gif. file format. I also feel that I learnt a lot more in term of composing and arranging element in each page. It was a tough job to do, practicing it is tougher than knowing the theory alone.
Other than technical skill, I also learnt to keep on doing until the end as I honestly feel that there is no ending in art. Like even after I think I have finished my composition, I end up changing it after some other time. And this process can just continue until I am satisfied. I realize actually this can go on and on if there is no deadline for the artwork. I might find another better composition for the above submissions one day.
There is no such thing as the best composition, there is only a better one as one keep on learning and improving themselves.
Chinese Vampire Hunter (initial idea was Ghost Hunter)
Honestly, this is the most exciting ones. I researched ghost from different countries in Asia.
After consultation, I realized that we are supposed to take elements from the ghost hunter, not the ghost itself ._.
A significant amulet is the jiangshi paper to banish Chinese vampire. Hence I decided to go with it as the main component.
In order to make the message clearer I added the Chinese vampires in the composition. and decided that the job is more specific as Chinese vampire hunter.
– Jiangshi paper folded in origami font (digitally made)
– Chinese Vampire (sketched, digitally traced, digitally colored)
– Scary haunted Chinese house (digitally edited)
Here is the first composition:
However I realized that the vampires are too cute, lively and colorful for the composition, hence I decided to change the vampire into a more realistic and dull color one.
It is mentioned that we should ‘cloth’ the fonts, and somehow I thought of Batik, Indonesian traditional cloth. I decided to use this idea and become a batik maker.
I felt that the composition is to plain and not interesting. After more time trying out, adjusting the angles, layer effects, background etc. I finally found a better and final composition.
Another interesting Indonesian culture is the shadow puppet (Indonesian name: Wayang Kulit).
I decided to use the important characters from the famous story of Ramayana: Rama, Sinta and Hanoman.
For each letter, I want them to have these elements:
– Main stick
– Arm band of the character
– Specific element of the character
– Stick to move hand around (if necessary)
I finally created the first composition, as it is shadow puppet, I thing the following elements are necessary:
– the puppet
– the shadow
– the light
– the screen
Each letter was sketched, digitally traced and digitally colored.
However I saw this composition as too simple and too many dark color with no significant purpose. It also seems like stick in the shape of font being lighted, not really like shadow puppet. Hence, I added the puppeteer and change the angle of the light source. Also, I invert the font horizontally as it is supposed to be the behind-screen view of the show (it will be read as NAT from the audience point of view). I had a feedback that it might be read as ‘TAN’ instead of ‘NAT’, but it actually is okay as my Chinese surname is Tan (adisTANa).
Coloured Sand Artist
For the last job, I decided to go for another culture. I saw my photo when I went to Dubai and thought of what culture I could remember. Then the idea of coloured sand artist I met at market popped up. I think it is a really interesting job which required skills and practice.So for each letter, I want it to be one bottle of coloured sand art. The shape of the container is the shape the letter.Element:
– Glass container in the shape of the letter
– Coloured sand inside the containerEach letter was sketched, digitally traced, digitally colored and edited.
For the final submissions and reflection click here.