I struggled quite a bit with the start because I didn’t really have a clear concept in mind. I researched a few artists but I wasn’t confident in replicating their style, so after a while I just forged ahead and tried to make something nice.
I experimented with Photoshop filters until I found a look that I liked, using the cutout filter. I worked with a spaceman because it was one of the few concepts that I had.
After that, I focused on sketching out some concepts to work on. Each equation was based on a certain emotion as that made it easier for me to work on them.
So starting with the daydream equation, I took a photo of me and applied the Photoshop filter while editing the color to make it blue. Made the laptop with shapes and images. The cloud like galaxy that indicates I’m floating around in my mind was made by masking the galaxy image and tracing a image of a cloud so that the galaxy image would take the same shape as the cloud.
The next equation was based on presence and the emotion was more sad. Relatively simple to make. I found a image of me with my friends and added the filter to replicate the effect from the 1st equation. Then I lasso-ed myself out and added a textbox behind the image.
This equation was based on the feeling on annoyance. I applied the same filter on the image of my head but adjusted it to be orange. I wanted my relatives to look different from the filter so I threshold-ed the images instead for a stark black and white contrast. The Chinese characters were crossed out by a white brush to illustrate me not understanding them.
The last equation is based on anger and since it involves the wasting of time, I used an hourglass to signify time. I made the boy inside the hourglass from images I gathered during project 2. The broken glass was done by just rasterising the hourglass and lasso-ing parts of it out. I took an photo of my own face and applied the smart filter while also adding horns that were lasso-ed out from a statue. A red filter was added to enhance the emotion.
So my film is The Iron Giant. It’s an animated feature film by Warner Brothers and it came out in 1999. I don’t remember where I first saw it and how many times I saw it (a lot) but I remember crying the first time I saw it (before I became the monotone emotionless person you see today). I liked it at first because it’s about a giant robot. But the more I saw it, the more the message in the film spoke to me. ANYWAY, here’s the designs I thought of so far.
So this one was based off a quote by one of the main characters. He’s talking about a soul and the way he described it made it seem very light and ephemeral which is something I tried to capture.
This was my totebag design. I felt like the “US” in the quote was really the big important part of it, so I wanted that to be the focus. All the other things inside were meant to illustrate the feeling of being cool.
So after the consultation and seeing everyone’s work here and there, I realised I don’t fully utilise the space of the frame. I leave a lot of white space. So I’m gonna make it black space and hope it works out.
I didn’t manage to take that many photos of my process (something I’ll definitely fix), but here goes nothing!
These were taken from my Visual Journal made in Photoshop. Hope you managed to understand it all!
I was only aware of the 2B and HB pencil until yesterday