So! I listed all the stuff that came into my head while I was thinking about starting points for Final Major. In my last tutorial, Mark asked me what I would do if I was left alone to get on with a project. I answered with “I’d create a world”, so maybe that should be something for me to keep in mind! Out of these lists I’ve focused on 3 possible starting points.
The defining objectives of alchemy are varied, but historically have typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone; the ability to transform base metals into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity.
Invincibility and magic could open up a wide range of illustrative outcomes. From Merlin to Dumbledore, the list of stories are endless. Investigating the myth of Merlin could be really enjoyable and could continue to inspire me for the duration of the Final Major.
“…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” - Plato, 360 B.C.
I’ve always been inspired by the notion of lost civilizations. The mystery and vast possibility behind our worlds history is amazing and I think this idea could be a great starting point. I could illustrate Plato’s writing of Atlantis, The fallen city of Troy, Minoan civilization or even create my own lost empire. Following my answer to Mark’s question from my last tutorial, maybe I would enjoy this project most.
The simplest idea of the lot, take mundane everyday situations and make them entertaining. After Katherina’s suggestion of starting simple,this idea could be great. Although, I feel that the gas could run out quite quickly for this idea.
Photo Shoot to document "A Leaf Out Of Their Book", a beautiful series of rings by my lovely friend, Lawra.
Models: Lawra and Lou
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Brain Pickings founding philosophy: ”How can you defeat the snarling goblins of creative block? With books, of course. Just grab one. It doesn’t matter what sort: science fiction, science fact, pornography (soft, hard, or merely squishy), comic books, textbooks, diaries (of people known or unknown), novels, telephone directories, religious texts — anything and everything will work. Now, open it to a random page. Stare at a random sentence. […] Every book holds the seed of a thousand stories. Every sentence can trigger an avalanche of ideas. Mix ideas across books: one thought from Aesop and one line from Chomsky, or a fragment from the IKEA catalogue melded with a scrap of dialogue from Kerouac. By forcing your mind to connect disparate bits of information, you’ll jump-start your thinking, and you’ll fill in blank after blank with thought after thought. The goblins of creative block have stopped snarling and have been shooed away, you’re dashing down thoughts, and your synapses are clanging away in a symphonic burst of ideas. And if you’re not, whip open another book. Pluck out another sentence. And ponder mash-ups of out-of-context ideas until your mind wanders and you end up in a new place, a place that no one else ever visited. Marvellous”
Visiting Illustrator Katherina Manolessou!
I really enjoyed Katherina’s presentation of her work today! She covers quite a few different forms of illustration which I found useful, just because I can relate to not just sticking to one form of illustration. Her children’s book illustrations was fantastic and the explanation process for ‘Zoom Zoom Zoom’ was great. I felt really comforted by her project development and the fact that projects don’t always start with a brilliant idea. Most just start small and doodling in the safety of your sketchbook can lead to awesome things. Her zines and folding posters were really what caught my eye during her presentation. Although her medium is mainly screen print, I found the content of her illustrations to be inspiring and made me want to run out and make some zines!
After the presentation, I was lucky enough to have the chance to have a tutorial with Katherina! We discussed the past module and she suggested some improvements and tweaks that could help my work in the future. Including, adding introduction pages to my zines, being more careful with colour choices for prints and suggesting illustrators that could be helpful to look at. We then talked about ideas for the Final Major Project. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been quite stuck for ideas for such a big project. I told Katherina about how much I admired her ‘Fight’ zine and she suggested that I try something similar as a starting point, to take mundane everyday situations and make them funny. I found this tutorial very helpful and has inspired me to come up with some ideas and starting points! :)
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Make a short list of the principle skills that you possess that you will seek to refine and demonstrate considerably in your major project.
Line drawing, book arts and paper engineering, typography, lino-cut print, mono print, basic digital illustration, creating zines, texture, sewing and textiles, light and shadow, watercolour, ink and pen, incorporating text into illustrations, creative writing, story writing, comic/graphic novel writing, photography, collage, installations, creating atmosphere, large scale drawing, female form, facial profile portraits, model making and working in 3D.
So! After a much needed break after completing dissertation, it’s back to work! Had a few ideas for this big new project but nothing has stuck yet! After a few knocks to my confidence with the disappointing grade and unnecessary comments I had in my feedback for the last module, I have not felt very inspired. Had a group discussion with Mark today and got some good advice. He suggested that I stop thinking about the end product and focus more on the idea behind my work. Will do! Just need to find some inspiration and figure out what I want to do! :)