This is another work for my fear series. In this piece, I tend to make heavy use of value. This enables my work to look three dimensional. Since I have the concept of the man looking into a mirror depicted, it would make sense for the piece to pop out, just to show that there is space between the man and the mirror. I also made use of perspective, which I think, brings the piece together. It feels as if you’re looking at the mirror from behind the man. The perspective helps bring you into the world and experience what he is experiencing from the mirror. Lastly, what keeps the piece together is the use of consistency. I tend to use the same tones and lightweights in the hair, face, clothes, and ears. This helps to keep the piece realistic, which keeps the viewers eyes from darting around the page too much.
When making this work for my fear series I had to consider a few things. I had to think about what I wanted it to say to the viewer. In most cases, people think a male figure doesn’t want to stay in a committed relationship. So, I decided to play off that belief and wanted to show some way a male figure could be bound to a female. When thinking about the word “bound,” the first thing that comes to mind is chained. Once, I had the concept figured out I began looking up references. I began first drawing up the female head, but when it got to the face, I wanted decided to leave it blank. I felt as if this way, it would make it possible for the roles to be reversed for any women looking at the piece. Maybe they could fear a relationship with a guy. Finally, I drew up the guy and just like the female I decided to leave his face bare, so that guys may think of themselves in that position.
This is the start of a collection of work that I’m going to call my “Fear Series.” In this series, I’m going to draw the manifestation of fears people may have. I thought it would be nice to start off with a feeling I’m sure most people have felt at one point and that is insecurity. We’ve all had that feeling where we don’t feel as confident as we should. Maybe, we think somebody is better than us in something or we just don’t feel like we’re up to par with our work. In this piece, I show what it feels like to be lesser than others. It doesn’t matter what the context is, but what we can all relate to is that the girl in this group feels smaller than everyone else. You can tell she feels uncomfortable by the movement in her hands and the expression on her face. She doesn’t even seem to want to look in anyone’s direction. At some point in our lives, we’ve all been in the same situation and can sympathize with the girl to some point.
This isn’t the average scavenger hunt. Rather than just looking for what we thought would fulfill the hunt, we had to also look for the perfect angle, lighting, and moment to snap these shots. Still, perfect, wasn’t perfect enough. We had to take it to the next level and create something beyond the word perfect with these photos. Constant adjustment to the frame, contrast, saturation , and etc, has given each and every picture a new and unique feeling.
For the my bone study, I referenced a bunch of photos of not only bones, but muscles as well. Muscles kind of tearing off the body just interested me and I wanted to do something that referenced that. My most successful part of the piece was definitely the side with muscles. The directionality of the lines and shading shows how tight the muscles are and makes them distinguishable. On the other hand, I don’t feel like the ribs were a failure at all. I got to try out a technique that I have been learning from previous project that really made the ribs look hollowed out. It’s called atmospheric perspective and it really does help with bringing the sternum and front part of the ribs forward and having the back part sit in the back.
After completing the creation story comic,I was able to look forward to my self portrait. It was because I had paid so much attention to color and value in the last project that I was able to come forth and make a better project. If I hadn’t focused so much on figuring out how light interacted with shadows, this project wouldn’t have come out as good as it did. It shows a strong use of contrast that just makes things much more dynamic, giving the portrait a serious feel. It also utilizes atmospheric perspective giving appearance that my body is a little turned as I look down towards you or whatever it is that I am looking at.