Making the book…
I started making and trying out different textures:
Ink on felt photocopied
Inks – gold & ultramarine
Oil pastel on watercolour paper
Then put them onto Photoshop to play around with them..
I began thinking about other ways I could create more light (the idea of creating light in a dark space, to illustrate literally feeling lighter rather than weighed down by tense times and anxiety) and went to a firework display and took some pictures:
I also put these into Photoshop to just try and see if they would work in an image:
I really like the contrast here of the light and dark and how the images really work together as a whole. I think this is because the textures are so different. The grainy, harsh background contrasts nicely with the yellow/white lines which are a combination of smooth and scratchy – which is what helps bring the two together.
Many of my images are starting to remind me of the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water. The elements are traditionally used to explain the complexities of nature with these four simple substances. This relates to my concept as with my book I am trying to make people feel less tense and take away the stress and complexities of life through the book, even if for only a few minutes.
There is an artist named Alessandro Sanna who creates the most beautiful paintings, with such soothing colour combinations.
He creates these sceneries which are beautiful to look at and the way they are sectioned is like he is telling a story also.
The Banquet, Rene Magritte, 1958
I also love this painting, I think the colour combinations are so relaxing and the focus point of the sun gives a sense of foundation and calm when looking at it.