In Context: A Blank White Canvas Summary.

Throughout this project I have been testing, evaluating and improving my skills within certain types of media and different forms of illustration.

I had a found a particular interest in word painting, as I found it challenging yet oddly intriguing. I believe word art is something that I will be further developing within my work in the future.

The overall project to summarise was to either produce a poster, book or animatic/animation using metaphors based on a word chosen from a list. The word which I happened to choose was “hope”.  I initially found it very difficult to come up with a more narrative metaphor rather than a more descriptive one. My initial metaphor was “Hope is when your heart and soul go on a perilous journey with no set final destination in search of clarity”. From this metaphor I produced the following image: 29063615_2074804662535124_5268820468596473856_o

To create the image above, I took inspiration from the Illustrator Hans Tegner. To be more specific, I located a piece of his entitled “A grand attack of toothache was coming on” from Fairy Tales and Stories written by Hans Christian Anderson:

Image result for hans tegner toothache

I found this piece striking as the contrast made the image captivating yet it was not overly complicated, which gave me the idea of producing my initial idea with this style, this is because it would be less complicated to do than a full piece, yet still has potential to be a successful Illustration.

I decided to test myself by creating an animatic, as I had experimented with creating animations/ animatics in the past yet had never put full effort into creating a final piece in that particular form of illustration.

I first brainstormed possible contexts for hope in a mind map:


I then devised a story based off of this idea generation, in which I used different characters such as a heart, soul and brain. I story boarded this as shown below:

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The story depicts the heart and brain within someones consciousness getting into a quarrel and the human soul assisting the heart in its journey to fix the situation with the brain to have clarity.

Whilst putting the animatic together I managed to come up with a more narrative metaphor for hope, which I decided to attempt to get across at a part of my animatic, the metaphor was as follows:


Throughout my animatic I experimented with different medias and even decided to write my own music/ sound effects/ voice over for the animatic to make the whole creation my own.

Overall I am pleased with the final result and enjoyed pushing myself to new boundaries and discovering new skills that I am capable of using.

If I were to do this project again I would like to try and have better control over my time management, as I believed I set myself too many hard to reach goals to complete within a short time scale.


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