Sunday, April 18, 2010

...and our minds will fail us

Assignment: Choose two subjects from the lists of available subjects. Create an illustration portraying your two chosen subjects. There were two lists of subjects, and I was only allowed to pick one subject per list.

I chose mental illness as one of my subjects and human anatomy as my other. I discovered an interesting way of approaching the assignment; I noticed that one list of subjects could act as a list of editorial article themes and that the other list could act as the subject matter of the illustration used for the editorial article. For instance, mental illness would be the theme of the editorial article and human anatomy would be the subject matter for the illustration I would create for the article.

The conceptualizing for this piece was rather easy. I knew exactly what I wanted to draw, so I was able to get this finished rather quickly. The concept came to me so easily that I started to worry if I've seen it done somewhere before and forgot about it. Various google searches came up with nothing, so I went along with my original concept. Colors for the top of the piece took awhile. I tried using blue at first, but the tatters started looking too much like water. Red was one of my first choices, but it was too chaotic. I went with a pale/drab purple because it reminded me a lot of necrosis, thus working well with the overall theme of mental illness and decay.


Made some revisions after my critique. The withering/shredding brain strand was a little too orderly, so I added more strands floating off in various directions.

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