Monday, November 30, 2009

Voodoo Girl and Disordered

Two new pieces! The first one was an illustration for a Tim Burton poem titled "Voodoo Girl." It's basically about a girl with pins in her heart and 5 zombie guards, and how she can't get close to anyone lest the pins dig deeper into her heart.

The second piece was for my television class. We had to come up with a show and pitch like a studio head. To fancy up our presentation, I created a poster for our fake show and even went so far as to cast actual actors in the roles. The show "Disordered" is basically about a daughter busted for a DUI. When her parents stage an intervention on her, the therapist they enlist to help ends up prescribing them all group therapy sessions to deal with their obvious disfunctionality.

I had a blast with both pieces, but am still struggling to find my voice with my work. I've received a critique that some of my works are too reminiscent of other's styles, so I really am trying to come up with a vocabulary in my art that is unique to me. Hopefully, it will come in some moment of clarity. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Falling for Squares

The first piece was done for an op-ed article discussing the importance of introducing a better education system into Afghanistan. The argument was that a more literate, better educated society will better defy propaganda, and that a new school system is essentially more cost effective than making weapons. I decided a powerful image would be arming children with school items instead of weapons, and doing the whole piece in a style reminiscent of russian propaganda posters.

The second piece was intended for a children's encyclopedia detailing a range of emotions. I got the emotion "trust" which I don't really find to be an emotion. I struggled with it. How do you illustrate trust? Eventually we landed on an image of a child learning how to ride a bike, trusting his father not to let go of the handle bars. Unfortunately, my choice to highlight the child by throwing the father into darkness creates a rather unsettling image. "Stranger Danger", I call this one.