Monday, 28 February 2011

A Shambles

This image comprises of all things that happen in a nightclub. Pills, sex, drunks, angry birds, rave.  Most of the inspiration and composition came from my experiences in a club or what I've heard/ read about. I think this is my most enjoyable image, the most praise at the crit. Kind of like a 'where's wally', your eyes wonder the A3 paper, finding new, gross, relatable things each time. Done with fine liners of all kinds. I will explore this more, and an idea in the making of exhibition-a massive wall of this. Hope you enjoy!

Drunk reference

Just a few reference photos found on this 'ere internet! Just so you know what I've been looking at these last few weeks! Wonderful/Disgusting.... inspiring.

Confidence and Inhibitions

A lot of people already know the ironic relationship between booze and confidence :

"There is a terrible irony about the relationship between alcohol and self-esteem. You can drink to boost your confidence, and it can work for a long time; but nothing wrecks self-esteem more surely than the realisation that you've become dependent on the stuff"

But keeping in a light-hearted tone, I just wanted to convey the 'gaining confidence when you drink' part. It could have many funny undertones. Everybody knows a quite person, who when has a few, changes to a loud, drunken buffoon! I chose to draw a rather large lady, who after a drink or two, decides to do some witty flirting with someone in the distance. Trying to be sexy is her game; giving the gesture that she can lick her own nipple! LOL but I don't know if people will find this offensive (sorry if you do!) Again black fine liner, I do like the composition and the attention to detail in the bar.

A nocturnal animal

I would think, and it is, quite interesting to follow someone on a night out. Be a fly on the wall. This is what I am trying to communicate in this image. A girl getting ready, through to pre-drinks, through to sniffing coke, through to passing out at the end. It is shown as a crowd of the same person, in a snake-like composition, the smallest person being her at the beginning of the night, to the largest 'head' at the bottom being her at the end of the night. It is done with a thin fine liner for an experiment, unfortunately I don't think this works as a technique entirely well. I will try this with a thicker one :D
( I really have to apologise for the poor/lack of quality with this photographed/photoshopped image, I'll do it again with better light!)

This is a the bottom section of the top image. Light-boxed it is exactly the same but done with dip pen and brown ink. I don't really think this works any better. There is rougher line and it is more messy.

Respond to Facebook

This is an image dedicated to a Facebook page about embarrassing things done when drinking. Here's the link if you want a sneaky peek

In the group they have listed about 20 incidents and I have tried to include as many of these as I could in my image. People all over the world can recognise these intoxicated events which makes it silly and humorous to view. I like how a street, inside a club and inside a bedroom have had to be included-it makes it more surreal (but I still think it needs to be more) The image is drawn with different sized fine liners and marker pens on a A3 white acrylic painted board.
(the image is photographed therefore is not the best quality)

Celebs In Action Part 2

Here is a developed illustration of a few celebs worse for wear... Justin Timberlake, Katie Price and Amy Winehouse. I think I'm going to have to give up on this celeb idea though as if i draw a crowd of celebs, I don't think the audience would entirely recognise who the people at the back were! Also they would need to be have identifiable features - for Winehouse she has her hair/make-up and Price has her boobs - but drawing Timberlake was risky. I proved to be right. At my crit no-one recognised his generic face!

Celebs In Action

Research into the most popular people in our society when they're intoxicated.. It's quite addictive trawling through pages full of these images.. this is why such trashy mags as 'Heat' exist.. its much more entertaining to see images of celebrities off their faces, than your next door neighbour.

The Wine House

Tits Magee

Fancy a kebab Hoff?

Bodies to Dance For

An image done with dip pen and brown ink. Torsos of bodies mashed together, cutting shapes on the dance floor. Like it because it is a little bit confusing, due to the lack of feet and heads, which is generally what a dance floor looks like, you can't tell who's who! The image is decorative, pretty with the patterns but I feel it doesn't say a lot.

Few reference photos

From nights out... which do include friends and random people in sorry if you're in any!!
These are just a few that work well, and which if I haven't already I will work from.

EMP Ideas/Inspiration/Concepts

So here goes the extended major project! 4 months is a bit daunting but I have chosen something interesting to keep me entertained! I'm continuing with themes from last term as they worked well. developing a signature style is also key for future clients. So still looking at social factors and creating crowd scenes with narratives. My topic is nightlife/alcohol and drugs. creating scenes of this nature means I am commentating on society and peoples lives. I need to involve humour- I DO NOT want to say anything (at the moment) about whether or not these things are bad for you because I like doing these things myself. I'll be looking at how alcohol affects people as a crowd, the behaviour, attitudes and the things they get up to. I will involve stereotypes and things that my audience will recognise as typical scenarios people get up to on nights out, excellent for me as i get to lots of locations research by going out myself! :D

Artists inspiration

Sam Bell

Sam Bell also graduated from Bournemouth. He creates surreal crowd images with a good simple colour scheme, he's inspiring me to be more surreal and I want to try colour like him.

Andrew Rae

Rae also creates crowds but using smaller people and from a different perspective. He comments on society but creating surreal people/things doing regular things like at a party. I want to try different perspectives.

Hieronymus Bosch

Bosch is a 15th century painter and is know for his fantastical use of imagery, he illustrate moral and religious narratives. He is good inspiration as he uses people who look a bit defunct like on alcohol, as you can see above someone being sick-good reference for me. He creates 'hellish' imagery, which for me to do something similar which involves alcohol could be humorous! depicting people intoxicated as 'hellish' creatures!