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hello there
my name is lauren kidner
i am a third year illustrator
at hereford college of arts

Plato’s Writings of Atlantis

My book finally arrived! After reading the first ever reference to Atlantis in Plato’s writings I really got a feel for the natives and landscape that Plato described. They were a noble race and had no greed for gold or riches. Their power was with God. Much like Disney’s interpretation of the myth. So in the landscape there wont be huge buildings and piles of lost artefacts, maybe just simple huts and shelters. I think it would be better to focus on the weather and the transition of night and day. This is where my research of Miyazaki comes in. In “Ponyo” it is weather , day and night are showcased in mostly watercolour and pencil background scenes.

Atlantis was said to be near Greece, so I need to research into flower and plant life of that region. Primary research for this may be difficult, but I could also create mythical flowers and plants to go along with the story? :)

So! In the early hours of last week the morning light looks really blue and fresh so me and my mum went out for a drive! I took a load of photographs showing of the hills and valleys of Beddau and it’s surrounding areas. I love how blue the sky was and how it reflected on the land. The early morning mist also made the photographs look amazing. I could use layers of tracing paper to give the illusion of far away hills. This would create depth in my images! maybe think about adding light? Maybe I could create an installation?

Elly MacKay

So I started to have a little think of how I could present my final pieces. Elly MacKay, was a great insiration for the way I could showcase my work. Through my photographs I can work with composition and arrangement, but how can I make my work jump out and sink in? Lighting! In second year I created an installation that used light and shadow, it had quite a good response, and I saw it as my best work so far. However, it crept far too closely to fine art rather than illustration. With this project I could combine my skills and present a really good body of work. Work with tracing paper, layering and lighting to create an atmosphere in my own images.

Yellena James

As for my inspiration for the plant life in Atlantis, Yellena James was bang on. I love the use of line and colour. I always struggle with colour in my work so maybe this could be a way of brightening up my images?

Rich Gemmell’s “Whales”
I like the use of collage and layers in this image. Maybe a way to display my version of Plato’s writings? instead of bread and butter conceptual landscapes?

Miyazaki’s Ponyo

I love this film! The environments alone are amazing and I have taken alot of inspiration from them. Although Ponyo is aimed at children, I think this is a great example for my project’s concept. Ancient species of fish are shown in Ponyo, maybe this is something I should look into? Above and below water level shots?

Disney’s Atlantis

Couldn’t do a project on Atlantis without mentioning Disney! I really love this interpretation of Atlantis, almost making it believable. Whereas in my project I plan to focus more on Plato’s writings and make more of a literal translation rather than build on the fantasy element of the tale. I’m trying not to take too much inspiration from this interpretation of Atlantis, just because it will distract me from my own imagination, but it’s always good for reference. :)

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.

  • Alchemy

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.

  • Lost Worlds

…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.

  • Everyday 

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”

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”