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CategoryProject 2 – Forrest Gump

Forret Gump *FINAL*

Approach

There are two stages to my approach.

First method is the break down the quotes into pieces. After separating it, i would seek out the possible metaphorical subjects to represent that section.

Second method is to find tone behind the quote.

With that in mind, i did several sketches to plan out the placement of the subjects. As i sketched, more ideas flowed through my mind and the subjects changed accordingly.

During the process of Photoshop, one of my composition also went through another round of “make-over” which i would talk about the difficulties in Photoshop later.

 

My Goal 

I want to challenge myself by using all the narrative techniques that i have researched upon. I am deeply inspired by surrealism, so my goal is to show that in my works. My curiosity may bring me to branch out to explore other styles too. However i will stay rooted and keep surrealism as my common art style among four compositions.

 

Theme

After my consultation with Joy, i saw a pattern among my sketches. My theme will be first world issues. I hope to raise awareness that although development is good, it also let us taken granted for many things in life.

 

First Quote: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while , you could miss it.”

– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986

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There will always be people looking down on phone walking.  As a result, they fail to appreciate the things around them. I used hyperbole to depict the narrative. A slow moving snail man is so absorbed looking at his phone. Life move really fast like a meteor coming so close on him. If he look behind once, he can see the meteor coming to him and may have an exciting chapter in his life which is he live to see a meteor. I used scale and implied line for the meteor to make it look like it going to hit the man. For the background, I choose a grid-like building to represent the consistency and stable life of these type of people. Then it got destroy by the meteor flying in in a diagonal way to  dramatize and create tension. I was inspired by pop art and surrealism in this piece. In order to have a comic style look, i flatten the building by reducing the shadows and contrast of it. I have also chosen an illustrated meteor to further enhance the pop art style.

 

Second Quote: ” What we have got here is a failure to communicate.”

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I instantly thought of “ji tong yao jiang“. A chinese proverb that mean 2 people talking at different wavelength and not understanding each other at all. I simulated the situation in online dating when the chicken man and the duck lady tried to communicate with each other over internet. The thing on their head is a tool to detect brainwave. As their brainwave is on different frequency, they failed to communicate with each other. With the network result revealing their love chemistry is zero, they give up and leave. In online dating context, that would be swiping to their next partner that easy. In online dating, people always have the mindset that the next one will be better so they didn’t put in as much effort as they would have in real life conversation. The chicken body is inspired by anthropomorphism pop art done by Lisa Bengtsson. She put all the detail, characteristic on the animal face and simplify the body into a silhouette. I like how it capture my attention with its simplicity. I applied the same by using a sweater and remove the shadow. However I found it to become like a big black hole so I add dingbats to add visual interest to it. I did the same to the computer screen so it would guide our attention to the text in the center.

 

 

 

Third Quote: “All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you”

The Fellowship of Ring 2001

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When I see this quote, I remember the times we go to canteen to eat during break time. There are many different stores in front of us but we still can’t decide what to eat. I also feel that time is limited from the tone of the quote. To express the dilemma from having to choose, i made humans to represent food and parody the proposal scene. The delicious food are all proposing to the brain to ask it to pick them. I used repetition to show the multiple food choices. Proposing means the other person have to decide at the spot, so there is actually time-sensitivity in this manner of proposal. Facing with all choices, pressing the brain to choose, it become very frustrated. The hands squeeze the brain trying to force an answer out.

 

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The Art of Living by Rene Magritte

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Being inspired by Rene Magritte’s The Art of Living, i placed strong emphasize on the visual weight of the brain and scales in the composition. Initially the brain was flat and 2D, so i warped it to make it look squeezed and protrude the center. This really give off the impression that the brain is overwhelmed with all these food in front of it.

For the food on the heads of the human, there are Chinese, western and Japanese food like how a typical Singapore canteen would have. I put sandwich in the front to represent the sandwich in ADM that every busy art student would go for. Even that vending machine have choices on the favour. The hamburger also appear frequently to show the brain can’t make up its mind and go back and forth.

The humans are initially placed in one straight row, making the composition look flat. They are also very tiny, so it was hard to identify what they are doing. Working upon Joy’s advise, i gave it a perspective view by making them big in the front to small at the back and arrange them leading to the brain. Our eyes is naturally drawn to the brain, the biggest subject, then to the dark small subject. The perspective view from the food humans guide the eyes to the negative space in the center. At which the implied lines from glazes of the food to the brain lead our eyes back to it again.

 

Fourth Quote: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

-The Usual Suspects 1995

Trials

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Social media have a deep influence in how we perceive beauty as. There are many people resorting to plastic surgery to look perfect and beautiful to meet the expectation of beauty which social media had sculpted in our mind. In this composition, i thought of using illusion to express how it is able to hypnotize us that physical beauty matters a lot as well as to reflect the quote that it was able to fool the world that it didn’t exist. Barbie is used as a figure of perfect beauty that everyone wish to obtain.

In the first row of trials, i used television to represent social media. I had a dilemma in which should i make the barbie look obvious or let the illusion do its thing and let people guess what is it.

After Dawin’s group presentation, i develop a new concept for illusion. I wanted to create an illusion on the human face focusing into the eye where there is a barbie symbol with icon representing social media (wifi signal/ television)  This represent the illusion that the social media bring cause the human’s eyes to only able to see physical beauty.

After consulting with Joy, she recommended me to look up on the surrealism artist Rene Magritte’s The Son of Man. 

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The phone containing Barbie icon was put on top of the girl face to show that she desire to become like that. The barbie sent out a wifi signal and the girl got hook by the possibility of becoming a beautiful girl like the social media portray. Hence, her antenna got connected to the wifi. Flowers represent the natural beauty of many other people that was also entice by social media tactics that they desire to go for plastic surgery. Hence, their antenna was connected too. I place the antenna in a triangle way, guiding the eyes to the phone then work around it.

Ms. Joy’s comment:

The three composition look complete. As for the last one, maybe its because lack of time, there are things to improve on. There could be a mirror reflection of the girl to the barbie showing her desire instead. The flower on the sides could be wearing closet to show they are also seeking perfect beauty.

I feel the same because i have consulted her last minute so the concept is not that fully developed yet. I think the closet also show the flowers have become vain that is why they want to go for plastic surgery.

Thank you Ms. Joy for the helpful feedback. smile

 

Struggles

Resource: I had a lot of difficulties finding the suitable images. I had to simply my ideas a lot and use a much common subject so that the images can be obtain much easier. For the third quote, there are actually three completely different composition before reaching the final most simplified version.

Photoshop: It was very time-consuming because it was my first time doing it. I made a lot of mistake in there. One time, i forget what did i click that the image tab is gone. I was completely lost. Luckily my friend who is very pro in photoshop help me resolve it through watsapp easily. He didn’t even need to touch my laptop to solve the problem, talk about GODLIKE!

 

Reflection

I quite like the project this time. I been wanting to explore photoshop so this is a great chance for me to do so. I feel so proud of myself in able to achieve this and learn a lot at the same time. I also managed to complete the personal goal i set for myself except for the caricature which i feel will look out of place from the compositions. Ohh well. I feel so inspired by this project that i want to continue doing quote interpretation in my own free time. My first project would be on my current favourite song Nandemonaiya by RADWIMPS. Their lyrics are so beautiful and dreamy~~

 

 

~Ending with me & 3 chicken~

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Hehehe feel a bit narcissism but imma  proud owner of my design laughing

 

 

 

 

 

Silk Screening Day

Finally its Silk Screening Day! I been looking forward to this! I have no idea what to anticipate but it sound so impressive.

Okay, let the process do the talking.

Firstly, we had to wash and blow dry our screen frame to make sure its clean.

Then we were went to an enclosed red room where no outside light was allowed to be present because it would affect photosensitive emulsion that we were going to use. Heard it would be harder to wash out the residue if it got expose to light. (That process turn out to be the most painful thing to do…) We coated the netting of our frame back and front with the blue photosensitive emulsion before placing it in the dryer.

 After which, we were taught to place our transparency paper and frame into a huge machine that radiate a strong beam of light. It look like a tanning machine. Now that i think of it, it felt like we send our frame to become tanned and come back looking all fancy with tattoos haha! The light causes the emulsion to harden and bind to the fabric. Where the light strikes the screen, the emulsion will bind, making a solid layer. Where the light is blocked (where the black image is placed) the emulsion remains water-soluble.

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After exposing the screen, we went to wash the residue using the jet spray. That was the toughest part. The residues turn out to be quite stubborn to remove. We spent a lot of time trying to scrap off it. That was when Yi Ling mention about the waste of water. It then dwell in me the whole time when i washing it…frown  I find that this system can be improve better by having a higher pressure jet spray to speed up the process. Another thing i realized was darker image make the residue remove much faster and easier.

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After the cleaning up and drying the frame, we can finally print our design on the tote bag. This is done by applying a thick layer of ink over the top of our frame and pushed the ink across the designs with a wooden wiper tool.

Before that, i test printed on paper.

First round

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Second round

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Third round

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I find that the second trial give a better finish. I was happy to see the lace on the duck’s clothes printed out quite well. However we are going to print it on tote bag. The material is much rougher and the holes are bigger than paper, so it hard to predict the result.

A problem with reusing the frame too much time is that the holes will be clogged ruining the image.

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TIP!

What happen if there is too much unwanted ink appearing on a spot?

Is your frame lopsided?

If yes, this instruction may be beneficial for you.

Proof!

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1. Spread out the tote bag and hold down the sides with weights.

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2. Ask a friend to hold down the lopsided part of the frame.

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3. The most crucial part. Always make sure your friend never leave his/her hands off the board even after you have spread the ink. This is to ensure there is no gap letting the ink to leak out to the bottom due to the lopsided frame.

4. Put down the wiper tool and hold the sides of the frame together with your friend.

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Chant 1,2,3 please make it turn out beautiful~~

5. Lift up the frame together and the design would come up nicely.

Theory behind it: The excess ink leak out due to the lopsided frame. The trick is to instantly lift the frame so there will be no time to let the extra ink go through, ruining the design.

Special Thanks to Zoelyn! Could not did it without her help<3

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My family tshirt!laughing

2 black for my parents (need to do some touch up)

1 vintage style for my brother

1 coral pink for me! smile

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2D- Artists’ Research

 

DADAISM

Dada was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. It emerged amid the brutality of World War I.

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The beginnings of Dada were out of disgust for the ‘reason’ and ‘logic’ of bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war. They expressed their rejection of that ideology in artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality.

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Dada represented the opposite of everything which art stood for. Where art was concerned with traditional aesthetics, Dada ignored aesthetics. If art was to appeal to sensibilities, Dada was intended to offend.

Hannah Hoch

Hannah Hoch was a well-known member of the Berlin Dada movement and was one of the originators of photomontage.

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Known for her incisively political collage and photomontage works, she appropriated and rearranged images and text from the mass media to critique the failings of the Weimar German Government.

In her pioneering artwork, she addressed the issue of gender and the figure of woman in modern society in the form of photomontage.

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Höch drew inspiration from the collage work of Pablo Picasso and fellow Dada exponent Kurt Schwitters, and her own compositions share with those artists a similarly dynamic and layered style.

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SURREALISM

The Surrealist movement started in Europe in the 1920’s, after World War I. Its roots were found in Dada, but it was less violent and more artistically based. The Surrealist artists sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind by using irrational juxtaposition of images.

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André Brenton, known as the “Pope of Surrealism describe surrealism as a “fusion of elements of fantasy with elements of the modern world to form a kind of superior reality.”


AFTER THOUGHTS FROM RESEARCH

Design Principles: From my own and my classmates’ presentation, i learn about various design elements and principles and would definitely apply them to create a more visually interesting composition.

Further define my style: Fantasy is always what i try to achieve in my work. I feel that Surrealism is the approach i would dive deeper.

Exploration on narrative techniques: Never forget about constantly improving myself, keep on learning and exploring new things is how i roll. Anthropomorphism, parody, metaphor and hyperbole. My goal is to include all in my compositions.

Cheers~

Feeling anxious yet excited about starting this project.

Photoshop is a new territory yet to be touch by me. I must make good use of this holiday and become decent in it hahaha!

2D- Forrest Gump *Research*

Symbols

 

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A visual representation using objects that we are familiar to convey idea and beliefs.

Pictograms

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Pictogram are pictorial symbols representing an object or concept by illustration. Pictography is a form of writing whereby ideas are transmitted through drawing. The earliest uses of pictograms in Mesopotamia and been  used by various ancient cultures all over the world since around 9000 BC. Pictograms are still in use as the main medium of written communication in some non-literate cultures in Africa, The Americas, and Oceania, and are often used as simple symbols by most contemporary cultures.

Dingbats

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Dingbats are an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames. It serve for decorative purposes, to occupy a particular negative space, create visual interest, making the design look pleasing to the eyes.

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The term continues to be used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters.

Icon

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Icon is a graphic image that represents a file, program, web page, or command. Icons help to execute commands, open programs or documents quickly. I think that icon and sign are similar and what set them apart is where they are being used. Signs can be used in the public to warn pedestrian, guide traffic flow and many more. While icon appear only in digital context like phone or computer to categorize things and help find things much faster.

Engraving

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Engraving is to craft design into hard surface such as wood, metal and stone, turning it into a decorative piece.

3-howtotallphotoEngravings are also the printing of images using crafted out pieces, applying ink on them and stamping it onto a piece of paper. This process reminded me of monoprinting where i layer elements on a lino mat spread with ink and put it through the pressing machine.

Before the advent of photography, engraving was used to reproduce other forms of art, for example paintings. Engravings continued to be common in newspapers and many books into the early 20th century, as they were cheaper to use in printing than photographic images. Engraving has also always been used as a method of original artistic expression.

Hyberbole

Hyberbole is an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. It is from a Greek word meaning “excess.” It add excitement and fun.

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I find hyberbole quite evident in surrealism art where thing is overly exaggerated to the point of irrational to happen in real world.

Metaphor 

Metaphor is a figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another.

 

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Caricature

 

Caricature is a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

 

 

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Parody

Parody is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target by means of satiric or ironic imitation.

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Even though everything have change in the picture compare to original painting, that smile, look and pose is so recognizable that instantly thought back to that painting.

 

Anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to a god, animal and object.

 

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Tilllsammans by Lisa Bengtsson

I like how the body is simplify into a black silhouette giving the illusion of a body. This draw our attention to face. Even though its the image of a same dog wearing the same expression, i’m amazed that the accessories add a different personality  and character to it. I would try out visual weight like how she did in my composition.