Hello everyone! Tonight, I am uploading the bare bones of the two pieces I plan to submit for exhibition next month. I’ve been really busy polishing my concepts. They may not be done as finals quite yet, but as you may see below, I have a strong sense about what I am going to do.
I hope you enjoy as I guide you through my ideas.
Title 1: Know The Rules
Above is the planned composition for a piece I’ve called Know The Rules. The very basic concept is to have a few robin birds on a branch. One of these robins is the star of the show so to speak (look at the 4th one in). I’ve left a lot of negative space at the bottom left for some text. The text is going to read:
“You need to know the rules before you can break them”.
Got no clue what I’m on about? Read on because I haven’t finished yet ;).
Yes, this is a sketch of the star of the show. For this piece, I’ve taken two parts of inspiration and played with them in my own way. The “rules” is one part, being the proverb “the early bird gets the worm”. This proverb stays true… for now.
Whilst doing some research, I found that there is no clear indication of the identity of that bird in the proverb, so I chose the robin… It’s not far from winter after all and robins are winter birds. All relevant enough.
The star robin above has broken the early bird rule in a way, and breaking the rules after being familiar with them is the 2nd part of my inspiration. Instead of being a plain ordinary early bird, its a funky early bird with some serious 70’s attitude, (mainly, the colar and afro). Groovy.
First image: basic sketches of different birds at the research stage.
Last image: basic sketches of typical British red robins after I had chose to focus on them.
Note: these were sketched from videos and images online. The robin sketch below this sentence was also sketched from online reference.
This is a full colour sketch of a robin on a branch. This is an experimental mood board so to speak to help me get things going in the right perspective. I now know how I will draw the robins.
The phrase, “You need to know the rules before you can break them”, is written here as a small guide for the text.
All in all, I aim to spread the message that it is better to know how something works before you do your own thing with it. Know how to be an early bird and catch the worm before you don that 70’s afro. This is how I’m going to do it. What do you all think, people?
Title 2: Suburban Spirit
The composition for this has yet to be fully completed as there is going to be some depth to this…and also, this will be on A2 sized paper (the same size as “Dragon and Carp”, the last piece I did.)
However, the idea is conclusive. This piece is more personal to me. It’s about being proud of my old skool suburban roots, the feeling of community, and going back to the past.
The main focus will be a man sat in view, surrounded by an old suburban setting. Black as well as very dull shading, and bold light sources, will be dominant effects here. Other characters may or may not be put into this as well.
There will be a message here as well…something along the lines of:
“Once upon a time, things were derelict. Back then, I felt safe. If you see nothing here but darkness and decay, you will never understand”.
This is a proud message to those who are unfamiliar with my old ways…that real beauty can come from battered bricks. In other words, unless you understand why a book is torn and withered, don’t judge it by it’s cover alone. Read it first.
Burnt and broken car anyone? This is what might be in the main piece, though it would be far less colourful if it will be. As a child, there was always a broken or abandoned car somewhere around…this pays homage to that. I sketched this quickly from reference image then coloured it in.
A cat on the roof…now this is more inspired by general ideas rather than my childhood, (As well as being a fan of Corrie 😉 ), but I reckon that this is a possibility that could work very well in my design. I have other ideas, as well as a good idea of how the piece will look, I just need to put it all together!
Piecing together those things effectively will be challenging. Here’s hoping I can do my precious past justice, ay?
Well, that’s the end of all that for now. Sorry for being long with this post. Enjoy! Bye for now!