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Project 2: Forrest Gump (Process 1)


So here is my 2D Project 2 Process laughing.

I chose the movie Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Then I decided to go with 2 quotes: “The dragon has long been on your mind” and “There are a few warriors amongst us”.

I will do it chronologically from the very first composition I made.

I started from the first quote: “The dragon has long been on your mind”

My very first composition
Composition 1: My very first composition

I composed this while learning on posterise and threshold effect on photoshop. The result was not pure black and white and I didn’t really like the colour. Moreover, I didn’t really understand the project a first, hence I made it very very literal. Like literally a dragon is in one’s mind, and the person is represented as a skeleton to show that it has been going on for a long time (a lifetime).

After trying to understand the project and learn about the photoshop effect more ( I really like threshold! ) , I finally able to produce a much more decent composition.

Composition 2: My first decent composition

However the idea is still very literal as before. It shows someone from young till death (skeleton) who is having a dragon walking and passing through his head (mind). And I put a mandala to show a kind of explosion on the skeleton mind. I didn’t really like this one as the difference in media (doom taken from painting, some from statue, etc) make the change of age of the person messy.Moreover, I also had feedback that maybe the mandala and dragon composition will be enough.

After exploring more and more possibilities I finally had a composition which I really like.

Composition 3 – black version

I really really like this one.
The pendant is used to represent time (long time) and dragons are coming out from the time. The dragons are taken from different type of media (painting, wood engraving, stone and drawing) to show the many dragon that has been thought of. And choice of weird type of dragon is to give the composition interesting and unusual image. The Medusa represents a person thinking about something and the head is just nicely complement the composition.

However, this after I made the inverse version, the picture come out nicer, less scary and able to portray the quote more. Hence I chose the white version of it to be one of the final compositions.

Composition 3 – white version

Another composition is below. It was made accidentally but people say that it is the best one out of my compositions.

Composition 4: The lucky accident

Initial idea:
“The dragon has been long on your mind” may make the person going crazy from thinking of dragon his whole life, making me want to portray it by creating composition of dancing skeleton and dragon. The person too crazy that it represented by skeleton that endlessly dancing. Hence I used this cheerfully dancing skeletons as I planned to made a festive ritual between the crazy skeletons and dragon.

The dancing skeletons
The dancing skeletons

However, as I keep on duplicating and duplicating the skeleton, a different and opposite mood is created. The final composition feels much more gloomy and dark to me. It is like the skeleton are now sacrifices for the dragon.  As the mood of final composition is very different from my initial plan, I feel that this composition is accidental. But I like it a lot 😀

Finally, my last composition for this first quote:

Composition 5: the dragon and mind
Composition 5: the dragon and mind

It is a modification of composition 2, however it focuses on the dragon and explosion (mandala) more by removing the confusing human stages. The mandala in composition 2 is changed into the one with an eye in the middle to represent an explosion of mind instead.  The dragon and ‘mind’ is purposely arranged like they are having an eye contact to show their connected and ‘fond’ relationship. However, as I want my final composition the balance (same composition for each quote), I have to choose only the best 2 of all this compositions, which were composition 3 and 4.

Thank you for reading! Post on part 2 process  (the Warrior Quote) is here (coming soon)! And click here to see the final submissions for this project!

Hope you enjoy it ! laughing