Archive for October, 2010

Patrick Morgan

October 26, 2010

Another fashion illustrator I found searching online. Because drawing realistic human faces is not a strong point for me, I wanted to find some examples of the kind of look I want to achieve, and this is the closest I have found.

I love the use of colour here, it brings plenty of life and vibrancy to the images. Most important for me to take away, though, is the interesting intersection of realism with sketchy-ness, which is something I want to try to replicate.

Though the use of colour here conveys a sense of joy, which is very nearly the opposite of what I want to create, I think it’s interesting that it seems to compliment my Gossip Mag colour palette pretty well.


Edward Hopper

October 24, 2010

I remembered this painting from a book on Edward Hopper I was given several years ago. The accompanying description notes all the subtle visual clues that indicate the young woman’s sexuality, such as the open door, the sheer quality of her dress, and the parted curtains in the window. I find this approach pretty interesting; using the surrounding environment to tell a story about the subject.

Colours from gossip mags..

October 22, 2010

Just a quick palette I made up, inspired by the magazines.

Gossip Mags 3

October 21, 2010

Overall, the message that these magazines seem to want to sell is paradoxical at best. Don’t be ugly(=fat), try all of the diets we suggest to get your best beach body, but don’t get TOO thin or you’re up for scrutiny again!

Gossip Mags 2

October 21, 2010

Not only are women expected to have no cellulite, but we ALSO have to make sure we maintain just enough wait that we don’t get ridiculed for looking “anorexic.”

And of course, the Kashardigan sisters are naturally at war over who has the best body. Rather than addressing how depressing this would be if it’s even true, the magazine opts instead to put them both up for display in their bikinis, so the viewer’s judgement can decide the winner.

Gossip Mags 1

October 21, 2010

The Enquirer can’t get enough Star Cellulite!

I find this pretty appalling.


Other pressing news: Who Has The Best Butt?


October 15, 2010

These are all images I used as research for the Narrative unit last year. Because I am again looking into beauty standards, I’ve found that these apply for my current project as well.

The image on the top left I find to be particularly inspiring; the abnormal angle creates interest, and the lines suggest a complexity that seems beyond the capability of such a minimal colour palette.

The next two I find interesting because of the use of colour to emphasise the figures’ lips. The second of these is especially interesting, stylistically, as the text to the right of the figure gives context to this subtle emphasis, and confirms that it is, in fact, intentional.

The fourth, I find inspiring not due to the style of drawing, but on the literal depiction of decapitation; effectively, the removal of any sense of identity from the body, resulting in pure objectification.

Negotiated Practice

October 5, 2010

New unit!!!

I’m pretty excited to get to choose my own social issue to make authorial images about, it’s very nearly my perfect project.

I’m going to be analysing the scrutiny placed upon women and expectations of female beauty in society, how deeply engrained it is into our collective psyche (so much so that daily alterations, such as makeup/hair etc, seem almost necessary), and the psychological effect it has on women.