I am not posting too much of my work last time. I have some sketches and drawings but mostly to a diploma short animation I am working on now.
I decided to post something I did in this week, but not exactly as just a final work itself but with a short note on the process behind the work.
So I hope You will enjoy this post. : )
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First of all that was the school assignment. My job was to interpret the ending of the Polish, Krasinski's drama - "The Un-Divine Comedy".
I'd focused on the fall of the protagonist. I also decided to make it a poster because I like the 'one image storytelling' very much. I am also a very big enthusiast of the Polish Poster School [in the meaning as phenomenon not institution].
The first idea was to link with a 'polish poster school' and the way they make the form synthesized and making an object a sign. But I abandoned that idea because I am not able yet, to reduce objects this way and to the final stage I woul be happy with.
I decided to do this just as I feel it in myself and, as I want to do it.
So my concept was - make it simple in the meaning of composition, make it rich in the meaning of used media/plasticity and at least or more foremost - place the story in it.
I started then with a preliminar sketches. I have to say that I had first few ideas, but also I knew which one was most appealing to me and I drew this - and as I thought, it was appealing, even on the paper. : )
Below, on the image You can see the idea I chose, it is the one marked with a red rectangle. I knew, what objects I want to place in the image but, at the composition stage I didn't think about them in the meaning of form, but abstract shapes that are the positive area in the whole image. I wanted a lot of a negative, clear area.
|Preliminar sketches. W I P - 01|
Talking about the objects I wanted to place in the illustration that was - a Tower and a Falling Man and the concept was, to make a MAN as a key point in the final image.
You can also see, that I did a little sketch of the typography I wanted to use. Here, too, I wanted to keep it simple. I closed the letters in the form of rectangles - they are also solid this way in the form, they bring a tower [in my concept] on mind. I had the design of the 'typos' in the overall idea of the image in my head at the beginning. I thought about them that I want to make them as solid as the Bauhaus typography is.
I also tried another composition here and tried the way I would like to render a Tower that will appear in the final image. For this, I looked in, to the album I have in my little collection of art books. The one I picked for this project was - "GROTTGER" which contains his series of pannels, his notable work.
|cover of the book I'd written above|
If You would like to know more about the artist himself, check out this link to Wikipedia - Artur Grottger.
For example, I show You the image I looked at for a refference of a black and white, graphic rendering of stone texture.
|image from wikipedia [click on image to go to the wiki-page]|
Ok. Going back to the process.
When the composition was done for me, I challeged with a figure of a MAN, a silhouette that represents a falling man. Image below shows that I was struggling with few ideas. I wanted to make his whole body, clearly visible. I tried in sketches some lines of the more embryonic poses or the one suggesting the shape of the comet, but I knew, how small it will be in the final image, so the context might be destroyed.
I decied to chose the one that is more theatrical BUT clear and also dynamic. It is the one marked with red rectangle on the image below.
|Falling man sketches. W I P - 02|
Next step for me was, to make the sketch - silhouette. Image below translate this, I traced the sketch on the new sheet of paper. I did it this way because, sometimes it's easy to destroy the most dynamic lines of the most emotional sketch. In this case, choosen sketch had a life in lines for me.
Traced sketch I covered with ink. (below)
|Sketch and Silhouette of a falling man. W I P - 03|
On the image above You can see I added new things to the silhouette. A long material, a kind of a cape or a scarf and a sabre but for me sabre was too much.
So, below the image shows another step where I tried variation with horizontal difference between silhouettes.
|Variation on silhouettes, to make a clear line of action. W I P - 04|
I scanned the drawing of the silhouette. Flipped it horizontal and changed the line of action, and place of cape/scarf.
The reason for this, is in the composition and wrong drawing of a silhouette. Calling wrong, I mean here - positioning HIS directional LEFT arm, hand nad HIS, RIGHT leg, foot in the opposite direction to a TOWER, that will appear in the final image.
This change, led me to placing a cape/scarf on the LEFT side of HIS body.
What I achieved by this?
It will be clear while looking at the final image but, I achieved that - [now, after changes] cape/scarf has a line of action directing, indicating the eye in the direction to the top of the tower [which is for me and might be for the viewer] the point from where a Man had jumped off [a 'key' point]. In indicating this point as the earlier 'key point', helps also another curve, now in the body of a man[silhouette] which is HIS, LEFT leg, foot.
Now HIS, RIGHT arm, hand indicate, direct to desination where a Man is falling down.
Ok, after writing down my thoughts on the composing the image, changing silhouette etc., came time to finally show the final image - a POSTER itself.
|'Un-Divine Comedy' poster. int. A4 pastel paper - Fabriano, Ingres gialetto|
Above You can see the final image. Talking about the media I used, it was the ink in pens - Sakura Pen-Touch, Pentel Brush Pen, pens Sakura different sizes from 0.5 to 0.05, lithographic crayons from Charbonnel soft and hard, charcoal and pencil.
Summing it all...
Well, I am happy with the image how it turned out. I didn't achieve all of the assumptions, I mean that in composition sketch the falling man was a focal point or a golden point. I think I did a top of a tower too heavy, and that's the reason why I toned the top of the image but I think to also enriched the whole picture. Although it didn't help as much as I wanted to concentrate the eye of the viewer on silhouette of the falling man.
Being closer to the idea than not, I am happy with the overall look of the image.
I hope You like it too. If You do just say about this : )
Have a good weekend.
Now I am going back to learn philosophy because of the exam... -.-