For this project, we were first instructed to come up with a word list that represents us.
My list consisted of:
- 米 (mi) – chinese word for rice(to represent my chinese-ness and also cause I can’t live without rice) and a play on the last syllable of my name
- Spiderverse – a movie that i’m recently obsessed with
- Meat – my favourite food
- Oldies – my preference in music
- Seafood – also my favourite food
- Sleep – what I spend all my free time doing
The following pictures are some references I took inspiration from in terms of style and composition:
I liked the comic book look and thought the vintage retro style would help convey my preference for oldies as well.
Self portrait ideas:
I liked the flat colour scheme which only uses a few strong colours while also being stylised without too much realism.
Composition Scene Ideas:
The explosion of various things which was abit cliche so I rejected that first.
Scene portrayal of grocery shopping/picnic/checking out at the cashier as a lot of the items in my list were food related and I thought this was a neat way of tying everything together nicely instead of just making a collage of all my objects.
Left: inspired by the piece by @carlafuentesart – scene of me checking out a basket containing all the food items I love at the supermarket. Right: character design of myself – trashcan and greedy face to portray stuffing myself with junk all the time, and sleeping mask as eyes to show how much I love sleep.
After group critique, these are some of the feedback I received:
- Can try vacuum sucking the food instead
- Kirby sucking
- Try other angles like side angle and landscape orientation instead
- Garbage dumpster instead of trashcan
- Bigger mouth
- Composition can be more hourglass w rats forming curves along the sides
I decided on a more neon colour scheme for my character as I felt it would match the more eccentric design. I wasn’t too sure how much I could stray from realism though i.e, in terms of the colour of my hair which definitely isnt neon green although I preferred the neon green version of my eyebrows and lashes in the design, however after emailing Lisa, she also chose the neon green one thankfully hence I went from there.
After emailing her both of the above images, Lisa pointed out that the conveyer belt did not really look like a conveyer belt yet and that the rats took a lot of attention and as I filled up my composition with more objects, I definitely felt it too.
In my email, I also asked Lisa for ideas regarding the background as I had difficulty thinking of what to fill it up with.
She told me about @benisright on instagram who illustrates images like the following:
I really liked his clean and light colour scheme and subtle use of grain and it actually reminded me abit of @junobirch which I previously also referenced. Hence, my final design resulted in this:
- Colour – I’m terrible at colour matching and even now i’m not too sure if the neon character matches the pastelish background but I couldnt turn everything neon and still have the focus be on my character.
- Perspective – the conveyer isn’t straight and flat and I still wanted it to resemble a tongue a little so placing things on it was problematic in terms of how they were gonna look on a surface that isn’t flat.
- Shading – I have a problem with visualising lighting so shading isn’t something that comes naturally to me, which is also why most of the time i prefer flat colours but I really wanted to try a little shading with this one to help things pop out more.
- Stylising – I’m just not the most creative person