I want to level up my watercolour skills!
Cant believe that a year flew by so fast and this would be the last OSS post that i will be posting on foundation 2D…
Here’s the photo of my very first zine!
I am really happy that my zine turned out to what I hoped it to be! To think that I am able to use my watercolour pieces and combining them into a book, I am really happy that I get to do so! For the text of this book, they were actually lines I found that fit the images. However, after having the lines, I found out that the whole text actually flowed as a book too! It basically has the idea of being lost, but starting a journey to find yourself, having your true self and finally using that determination and fly towards your new future.
Grateful for all the lessons and guidance I had in 2D. I managed to overcome the challenges that i thought i couldn’t, and I had fun throughout the semester!
Final individual panels
With a pet parrot at home, i got reminded everytime how birds are a mirror of ourselves.
The idea behind his was from Howl’s Moving Castle by Miyazaki. In the movie, Howl was a birdman with black feathers and his castle forever changing due to the different emotions and the situations people will face. I fused this idea together. In order to portray this, i made sure that all the feathers have their own unique patterns.
Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, the raven. There was a sentence mentioning “midnight” and “December”. I interpreted it as midnight being a very special timing, it can be the end, but it is also the start to a new beginning/day. The birds swarm around in cycle, like how a clock would work, however i purposely made a “beginning/end” at the 12o’ clock mark. What is going to happen next? We have no idea.
Migratory birds can travel freely around the world, without using a map, without getting lost. Using their inner magnet? or their inner instincts. They follow them to their destination. Each resting place might change every time, hence its always an adventure.
In order to fly, birds have to fight with air resistance. that’s a scientific view. however, if we rethink, in order to live, we have to fight with any resistance that comes along our way, to become stronger than before
Hummingbird, being the smallest bird that flaps their wings in super high speed. whenever i look at them the are just like they are dancing in the sky. Is this their way of portraying their freedom? but in order to survive, they have to dance forever.
On the wall:
Concept: I wanted the panels to have the flow between the greens and blues, from head to tail.
Honestly, even though i tried the various monoprints I still had zero idea about what or how I should proceed on with my project.
I liked some of the ideas and the image of the edited monoprints but it still looks incomplete and there was a missing piece that i have no idea how to fill it in.
However as I was looking back on my initial ideas on wanting to cover the different parts of the birds and just so happened that i came across this absolutely wonderful image on google.
This picture is so aesthetically pleasing that it sparked me into knowing what direction i want for this project. Boldly scrapping my monoprint idea, i knew that i wanted watercolour. However, I didn’t want to make it a loose watercolourpiece, i wantedmore defination. So I decided to try a style of watercolour painting/ illustration method that i never tried before.
Overall plan for my boards:
- Wing/ Feathers
It was the first one that i started with and i forgot to take pictures right after the sketch
I specially made sure that each of the feathers are inked with different patterns, just like on a real bird, which fit perfectly of what i was trying to convey about the different baggage.
2. The cycle of time
This was really a fun piece for me to do! Its a very different style and composition that i would usually do. This is a first for me! I really love how it worked out.
By this stage, I loved the green and blue backgrounds and I knew that i wanted to make it a series as such.
I made the close ups/certain parts of the birds spotting a green background while the far away birds to have the blue background.
I was always mesmerised by how birds fly in a huge flock and they never seem to get lost
5. Head= which represents a portrait/reflection.
Just like the monoprinted bird head, I realised that it somehow feels like a self portraiture.
I wanted to add this in, to have a beginning for my set.
Having fun adding colours to my supposingly dark bird ww
6. At last finally!
Humming bird and dance in the sky
I was pretty lost when i saw the project brief, typography? and portrait? Does it refer to the ones using words and a portrait is formed? the examples were pretty interesting but i was still unsure of what i should be doing.
I decided to find out what are the interesting methods and presentation that interests me. Here are the references that I found.
From these primary search, there are things that interested me. Mainly: Nature,watercolour and cut outs! I will be trying out in this direction