Studies of Strange Things
This term I have moved onto the production stage of my final major project. I have developed 5 x A1 images; 4 scenes, a title scene and a series of smaller studies in response the tale Rokuro-Kubi from Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan, a book of Japanese folk tales and ghost stories.
The feedback from my last assessment really informed the direction I took to arrive at my final outcomes. I wanted to ensure I kept a hand drawn quality to my work. I worked with pencil and then digitally to add watercolours and textures I had scanned in. I think this worked well as the added colour has helped to break up the compositions.
Originally I experimented with producing Flash animations and GIF’s in Photoshop, however I felt that this hadn’t worked well. I was unable to create the immersive environment for the viewer as I had initially intended and felt restricted by my outcomes. I felt when experimenting with the GIF’s I was unable to move forward until I had all my scenes and drawings planned out.
I also wanted to experiment more with my illustrative style and putting pen to paper rather than experimenting with flash. I had only intended to make very small elements move and instead used this time to develop my illustrations, consider the composition, layout and scale as well as time for professional printing.
Having the interim exhibition really influenced my decision, where I displayed pen and ink drawings and I felt that I would benefit from having a portfolio of the 2D illustrations after graduation.
I have also continued to produce a series of smaller pen, pencil and ink drawings throughout the year to be displayed as part of my end of year exhibition. Where I intend to show the progress I have made throughout this project and how I arrived at my final scenes from the smaller studies.
As a whole I really enjoyed this project. I think it has worked well because I enjoyed working with narrative which has had a direct influence on my work. The context of the story also worked well for me, the idea that Lafcadio Hearn travelled to a foreign land to document folk tales and insects, inspired me to create my own alien environment focusing on the forest and mountainous landscapes described in the text. I felt inspired by this project which has helped me to develop my illustrative style, and interests, I think this project has taught me a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses and most importantly not to loose those initial hand drawn pencil marks which I often begin with.