Monday, December 21, 2009

> graphite on bristol 7 x 5", re-scaled in photoshop
Here is another illustration methods project where we were given a little bit of time to go to the library and bring back some reference to class to use for an illustration. on top of these references we collected we were specific reference chosen by the professor which we were required to use. At the library i found a photo of 2 young boys rioting in Afghanistan. They had their backs to each other- one with a sling shot and one throwing a rock. I thought it was a powerful photo and an excellent symbol of camaraderie. The reference i chose from my professor was a photo of a boy standing with his grandfather in a garden of daises. In this project we were told that we must distort the figures in an attempt to come up with interesting shapes and design. I did a bunch of thumbnails and preliminary sketches. The result was the above sketch.

> acrylic on board 12 x 9"

It took me a long time to come up with the color scheme for this piece. It was originally going to be a daytime setting with a blue sky. And the daises were going to be the normal color: white, yellow, green, brown. Somewhere along the line of premixing my colors i told myself that this would be boring and so i decided to make it an evening setting, hoping for a more beautiful picturesque look. I thought it would be cool to have the boys silhouetted. I made the flowers and the boys the same color scheme to help with an idea that i had that the boys were defending the flowers, or that the boys themselves were the flowers and thus defending their people from the birds. Also from the sketch i changed the angle and the direction of the Daisey field in the frame of reference. In the sketch i had the Daisey field flat and horizontal. I changed in the painting to have a diagonal swoop motion from the bottom left to the middle right. It created a zig zag diagonal composition with the daisy field slanting up to the right then the boys slingshot slanting up to the left, and lastly the diagonal of the birds moving upward to the right also. When people see this piece they ask me what it means and i dont know what to tell them.

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