The paper cuts was the easy part, and the first things I completed. Also because I need the silhouette to know which part of the city I want for it to show through~
Then, starting on the illustrations.. It looked intimidating but… well, it was. @@
But I’d like to think it was worth it QwQ
It’s cool cause it loops!!
Additional illustration for the “universe”..
Watercolors for the background.. (I did a bit more tryout, and that is the featured image)
(would upload the color ring but its still over size limit after compression >A<?)
And finally!! the “titles” or the actual point of views!
I was particularly happy to get to this stage because for the previous few assignments I almost always forget about it until the last second >< But this time I planned for where to insert them and wrote them in pretty colors that match my work! *w*
Extra because about none of this shows up in my final work X”D
Some sort of very simple animation sequence key-frames because I did briefly consider animating my project for a bit.. Probably over ambitious as later confirmed >A<
Because I was using pen and watercolor, and also because I am always influenced by music videos due to interest and past experiences… I would say if I had the chance to do it it will be a bit of this style
The initial brainstorming for this project worked out quite well for me.
Although I was a bit apprehensive that the “city” might be an overdone concept, I was inevitably drawn to the idea due to I think it’s significance to me, personally… Having migrated when I was younger and thereafter always wanting to travel, be it to other cities or to nature to escape the sometimes overwhelming noise, light, pollution, and endless work in the cities…
So yes, the concept was the easy part. And then came the compositions…
The paper cut compositions where pretty straight forward. Theres one or two I was a little uncertain about and also a few I was concerned if it was too simple. But I did not dwell on it because I know that the “hard” part will be the background illustrations…
And so, onto the medium of said illustrations.
I did the initial research in my last post, and also some exploration on my own:
Mainly with watercolors and pen since doing traditional instead this time~
And also looked back at some past personal works for inspiration.
Mainly pen works because I prefer the vibrancy as compared to the more dull and muted colors of the watercolors I have, so that’s what I wanted to go for. However, after consulting Prof Ina she actually prefer the less “finished” look of the last drawing (of the 3 above). It was surprising, but that set me thinking I can combine the 2 mediums, and possibly add the digital aspects for Zine.
As the illustration was not the only part of my artwork, I have to make sure it fits with paper cut outs I have already done before (Mainly the contrast stands out as much as I would want it to). So I set them against different backgrounds/ mediums before I started drawing, just to be sure.
Watercolors and pen looked tedious, but doable, so.. the technicalities are settled. Onto the actually doing part (Subsequent Post)!!