Saturday, December 17, 2011
I based the shape of the shadow entirely off of my best guess at how the banana would cast it, so I was pleasantly surprised that it looked vaguely like a hawk. I gave the banana legs to better anchor it to its shadow (at first it was floating so that its flat end was high enough to see behind a building. If I were to redraw it i would use stippling instead of hatching; the scanner destroyed my lines and made them darker, which ruins the lower contrast i was using to make the banana seem far off. Also, stippling would've avoided adding the extraneous texture on the banana, since he needs to be smoother as well.
The first illustration to me is different compared to the others in a way that it illustrates two very different relationships at the same time. The first that we immediately notice is the loving relationship that the woman clearly has for cats. Her facial expression and the amount of cats present is just corky and loving. This part of the illustration is directed to those who love and are sometimes obsessed over their animals, especially cats in this case. The other relationship resent in this illustration is that between the woman and man. This portion of it is directed towards the people that love their spouses and may have to deal with their weird obsessions and love for other things, but yet really don’t know what to do or how to deal with it. The two relationships are very apparent in this illustration though it shows a different side to relationships.
The second illustration is of these little creatures named Pon and Zi. These characters are always illustrated in this very cute, bizarre situation with corny love sayings. These little creatures are more directed at teen audiences and maybe young adults. These illustrations always depict love but in ways that one is always trying to win the love of the other and in doing so in really exaggerated situations. In this particular illustration of them a direct depiction of relationships is present. In all the illustrations of these characters they are depicted in a relationship, but kind of exaggerates the love that these characters feel for one another.
My third illustration is from Alison Bechdel’s comic strips Dikes to Watch Out for. In this illustration it is clear that there is a relationship between the two women. It is kind of unclear though what type of relationship this may be. It could either be a loving, romantic relationship between to women, or just a friendship. Whatever the real relationship is behind it, it is an illustration geared towards both lesbians and straight women. I think that either could relate to the illustration whether it is a romantic relationship issue or just friends not taking the same side. Whatever the case may be it is very clear that there is some sort of relationship between the two characters.
My last illustration I found was that of a relationship between a grandma and grandchildren. I believe that the intended audience is meant for the grandchildren in this one. It’s a situation that most of us have to deal with in our life even though we totally hate it. This is a comical illustration to those of us that have had to endure these long hours of when our grandma catches us and were forced to listen to long random babble and rambling. It feels as is he has been tied to a chair forced to listen to the never-ending stories and complaints that old people always seem to have. Most children are taught not to be rude to their elders so we try to be polite and listen and after many attempts of escaping were finally free…hours later. This is a clear love hate relationship.
For this subject I decided to use illustrations by the artist Matthew Woodson, a contemporary illustrator who lives in the Chicago area. A lot of Woodson's subject matter deals with live and death in a variety of ways, but to me, is mostly depicted through images of nature. Each of these images depicts the subject in a different manner, the snake seem's obviously death, while the deer, life. The girl with the blood on her chest and face could mean a whole boat-load of different things but to me says that she killed something with her bare teeth (super sexy). That pretty much equates to death in my mind, but is a very interesting way of illustrating the subject, if that is at all what the artist intended it to mean. The birds are alive in a way that the deer is not, the image includes a birds nest filled with eggs, surrounded by adult birds, on a branch of a tree which too is alive. One of the greatest things about Matthew Woodson's art is the way he can illustrate both life and death, happiness and grief in such extremes of beauty.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
After giving it enough thought, I decided to change my direction. I feel that the original idea I had wasn't going anywhere. After enough frustration, I also think that it would be easier for me to draw about something I actually want to do in my life: go to Machu Picchu. I've had this image in my sketchbook for a few days, but finally got around to posting it. I changed my final to "Best Day Ever," as well. The image depicts Natalie (girlfriend) and I on top of a mountain overlooking machu picchu. The composition is a very loose homage to one of my favorite photographers, Martin Chambi.