Illustrator Journal #14: Word Play Project

After a LONG long time, they’re finally finished and I’m quite pleased with the result. I had a hard time choosing between two different sets of the pieces, mostly because of lighting, but I decided on the darker ones since they’re more clarified.

Before I show, I probably should explain:

This was a college project where the class was given two words each and instructed to create a final piece based on our interpretations of those two words. Mine were “Effervescent Scale.” After a time spent researching and brainstorming (to myself), I had the notion to draw/paint people of a “rotund” size using bubble/circular shapes as their fatty deposits were vanishing in an effervescent manner. The bubbles draw from effervescence and overweight people is my interpretation and association with scale. It took me roughly a day for the two smaller pieces and another full day for the bigger piece. I saved the best for last and as much as I hope they look great as a set of artwork, that the main piece (in the middle) stands out from the others.

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I would also like to note, that even though I’m tippy-toeing around the weight subject, I do not care if any person of a certain size is offended by this. This is an art project and I merely made an interpretation of the criteria given to me. Regardless of that, I do enjoy taking in other people’s opinions/views on this kind of subject, comical or serious. I tend to be quite sensitive around touchy subjects and that’s just me being nice really, but sometimes I have to realise that someone is always going to be offended by SOMETHING I do and I can’t please everyone. I’ve decided that the priority for all my work, is personal satisfaction and then the aim to please others.

I hope you enjoy them and as always, I’m still learning, so any and all critique is gladly accepted.

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