Amusia (commonly known as “tone deafness”) is a musical disorder that impairs the music perception of 4% of the population. Individuals with severe cases amusia describe music as grating, noisy and unpleasant. An amusia patient even went as far as reporting that music is akin to the banging of pots and pans.
The artwork encapsulates this unique condition by turning classical musical instruments into metal band members. The once melodious and pleasant genre of music is now turned into something that is now the opposite. The grotesque style of the banner represents the distortion of music that these individuals experience.
Through this module, I was able to expand on my current skillsets for illustration. It has reinforced the importance of sketching out the designs beforehand, so as to be able to play around with it freely, before bringing it over to illustrator. I believe I also found a particular style that I really enjoy, and hope to develop further especially during the holidays. Overall, it was a every rewarding process as we were all able to see our sketches develop from pencil sketches, to an actual banner!
Check out our live video here! Posted on Jinyee’s OSS page, we created a few webpages where we explained why we chose this topic, the synopsis for our project, process, and Jinyee’s and my combined hyperessay.
On this OSS post, I will be writing my personal reflection regarding this project.
This project was an interesting experience for me. Firstly, it was because I learnt what me and Jinyee’s peers found attractive.
Above are some of the data we collected!
Physical features wise it is:
- Smile (highest ranking trait by a huge margin)
- Long legs
Character wise it is:
- Confidence (highest ranking characteristics by a huge margin)
- Bubbly personality
Despite knowing that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, it is fascinating to know that there are some traits in a female that is attractive to the general public.
The original intent of this work was to mainly investigate how people perceive women online. From the beauty pageant, we were able to find out that the most beautiful contestant was Fan Bing, who is made of:
I guess it was probably because it was made out of asians features, hence it looks more natural compared to the rest of the contestants who were a mix of asian and caucasian facial features. And also it is probably due to her having an asian face, which might be more appealing to our asian audience.
It was also an interesting experience to create the avatars from scratch. I think our photoshop skills are not bad as our audiences are unsure about whether they are photoshopped or not. Some where even surprised that they were photoshopped! However, because the contestants looks unnatural, the votings for all the individuals were generally on the lower end.
Here are some of the votings we had! Which are generally in the lower end.
If Jinyee and I could push the project further, it would be interesting to ask the same sample group what physical features and personality traits make a male attractive instead. From there, perhaps we could see the disparity between how people view males vs females.
It was also fun to incorporate what we learnt in our OSS class into the topic Jinyee and I want to touch on. It was kind of a challenge to do so, but incorporating avatars, collaborative art and the live stream function elevated our project further.
Live streaming is a platform that is very expandable. Not only are we able to get real time data on the go, but it is flexible enough to do more than talking to the screen. For example, Jinyee and I pre recorded a few VOs to replayed it to make it seem like we are interviewing the pageant in real life. Should one expand their creativity, I believe that live streaming could be a powerful tool as it also has the advantage of broadcasting to a larger audience.
Overall, I really enjoyed this module and the project Jinyee and I worked on. It was also a great conversation starter when I met my friends who was active throughout the pageant contest!
For this session, Jinyee and I were mostly developing on the themes which we chose, which is on beauty and the collective space. As we want to get an idea regarding the topic, we started off by throwing a question to our peers on Instgram.
We asked, “What makes a female physically beautiful”. From there, we saw some similarities from the answers.
One of the ideas we had was to create a beautiful person by combining several faces of females together, to form the ultimate beauty. We found an app which could do so, and we tested it on our own faces first!