For our final project, we were given the choice of doing painting compositions or linocut printing. I chose painting because I wanted to learn the different painting techniques – such as layering, water colour, dry brush, inking with a pen, and I wanted to tell the tale of Petter the Rabbit in an illustrative manner.
After experimenting with different compositions for telling different parts of the story, and with the different colour compositions, I decided to do my final pieces on the compositions found from the coloured sketches in #04 and #05, and the last composition in #09.
Finding a story for our final project was a little tricky, if I were to use a word to describe it. We were tasked to create compositions which tell the tale of a story focusing on the composition angle, perspective, and colour choice. Not only must we create compositions that tell the story, we were challenged to create compositions which evokes emotions, compositions which suggests a mood and leave an impression.
The story which I first chose was The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu which sheds light on the theme of identity and familial ties. Do click the link via the title of this short story if you’d like to give it a read. I think it is a story which pokes at the heart and causes one to reflect, not exactly because of relatability but rather the themes the author explore, his choice of dictions and the flow of the story itself.
In the initial stages of planning, I explored different parts of the story to place emphasis on. The following are the documents to support the process of thinking and planning:
After exploring the different compositions – varying the perspective of the same scene and exploring the choice of colour, I felt that The Paper Menagerie is better told using film. Static compositions may not do the story’s rich emotions justice. Rather, when accompanied by dynamic film movements, varied cuts, scripts, movements and sound, the meaning behind The Paper Menagerie would be better brought forth.
Thus, I decided not to embark on this tale for my final work.
For the second part of Our Box Project, we were tasked to create two colour compositions of varying perspectives on our box. The colours need not be identical to the box sculpture created. This exercise taught us how to practice simplifying our painting and experiment with different brush techniques – such as dry brush, to create textures.
Our box project composition #01:
For this composition, I decided to experiment with colours which are more mellowed and hushed – a stark contrast from the actual colours of the box: bright and vibrant.
Our box project composition #02:
In creating composition #02, I decided to accentuate the actual colours used for the box sculpture.