At the beginning of the project, I was focusing on perfection – or a view of the ideal world. But as I progressed, the idea began to change.
Starting the project, I was designing an ideal, imaginary city and a non-binary person to host it. However, I came up with the idea to bring my writing into my project. I began writing a short story based around a dystopian world where concentration camps had come back and were being used to get rid of LGBT+, Muslims, and People of Colour. The book focuses on a Bisexual, Mexican woman. Once I began writing it, I came up with an idea to illustrate key parts of the book. At first, I was illustrating malnourished women – focusing on the ribs and thighs. Although this image of a malnourished woman is carried through the rest of the project, I stopped focusing solely on illustrations of the book and went on to look at the identity of the people being discriminated within it – based on what is happening in the world around us.
I began working with watercolour, keeping my work black and white until I started looking into Marcus Harvey. The pieces I looked at by Harvey included Doggy and Kinky Kitchen. I began looking at these due to my love of bright colours. These pieces inspired me to look into working with more rainbows.
After experimentation with my initial set of watercolours, I started using watercolour pencils. The pencils gave me more control as well as a larger variety of colours. I began drawing from life drawing photographs, getting the human body into my head before finding an art style that is suitable to my skill set.
After painting in black and white for a while, I began to gradually add colour, whether it be to the bodies or the background. I decided to add a rainbow background to the bodies as a way to show the person’s sexual/gender identity.
After looking into complementary colours, I decided on using green and red as the most important colours along with the rainbow. I began drawing in green and adding highlights with red. I wanted to make sure the curves were bold but also natural.
Coming up to the exhibition, I decided to do six canvases that would then be accompanied by three more paintings on watercolour paper. After several trips down to the park, I picked my tree; which I then had to change due to my idea initially failing on the day of the exhibition. Instead, I found a shaded area, underneath a willow tree, and hung my work up using string by threading the painting on the string and hanging them between two trees. Although it was rushed, and the presentation was poor due to my string snapping once they were up and I had to do an emergency repair, it went fairly well. If I had more time, I would have done three more canvases instead of the three paintings on watercolour – I would have kept it consistent. I would have also found a better, more interesting and creative way to suspend or display my work.
In conclusion, this area of the course has helped me learn more about my ability. It has helped me learn that, although I enjoy working in Digital Art and Graphic Design, traditional arts such as watercolours and sketching are also an interest to me. I hope to continue to better my skills at both digital and traditional art forms as I continue working in graphic design.