In this brief we are required to deliver two (2) digital images that included the following:
- Communicated the concept of self-portrait
- Incorporated hand drawn/ hand made elements
- Demonstrated digital manipulation techniques
- Created a sense of movement.
- Emphasized focal points through composition, and;
- A considered use of colour to enhance the quality/ effect of your ‘Self-Portrait’.
The concept of ‘Digital Image #1’ was for me to question ‘femininity’ and the ideals or stereotypes that comes with ‘being feminine’.
The illustration is of a rather voluptuous woman breaking away from the blank white canvas with her mismatched body of colours. The female torso, I find, is the most identifiable part of a woman and I thought that it would be most suited in helping me communicate my concept of self-portrait effectively.
The CYMK colour scheme was to contrast with the white of the shirt and become the focal point of the image. I intentionally ironed on the ‘Female Torso’ onto the front torso area of my shirt.
‘Feminine’, ‘Femininity’, ‘Femme’ etc. is not an idea that I can relate to most naturally nor am I able to explain what it is without making associations to gender stereotypes. My approach to this subject matter was to, not necessarily hyper sexualise the female body, but to contextualise a rather raw female figure in a modern day surrounding. In ‘Female Torso on Hill’s Hoist’ I had pegged the shirt next to other more mundane laundry and a male undergarment. In ‘Female Torso on female torso’ I decided to have a picture of myself wearing the ‘Female Torso’ to elude audience to me being or perceive me in being feminine. I use a lot of symbolisms/ associations in my artworks, and in this same manner I was attempting to create a visual allegory based on these gender motifs.
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