JANUARY 28, 2013: Received SmART School assignment.
Central character is a female wizard about 14-16 years old. She has grown up on her own in a future dystopian( or past dystopian environment). She is VERY beautiful, but also unusual looking.She has one blue eye and one brown eye, and you need to show me enough of her face so this clear. She should be strong but have an undercurrent of vulnerability.
JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 11: Worked tirelessly on assignment. Downloaded over 200 images from Pinterest and Google search to encourage ideas. Results: 7 measly thumbnails. NOTHING I liked. Here is a sampling from my uninspired brain.
Even tried one in Photoshop, hoping it would help.
FEBRUARY 11: LESSON DAY. While awaiting my turn during my online class, began sketching some photo reference I didn't use because I liked the expression in her face. After 30 mins. I scanned it and included it in the School Dropbox.
Rebecca cleaned up the silhouette by eliminating the hand and cut and pasted her to another one of my failed thumbnails. Concentrating on values and abstract shapes she gave me the above reworked sketch to develop.
Here's the refined sketch before I added a hint of color on it. I love the idea of a tattooed barcode, distinguishing her from the mainstream society. I need to refine the background cityscape but I'm finally excited to proceed now that my brain is no longer stuck in No Idea Land.
This experience was like remembering the answers to a test AFTER the exam. The brain relaxes, allowing information that was caught up in the cogs and gears to once again flow freely. Why did this assignment have me so paralyzed? Expectations? Image Overload? Who knows?
Just hope some of you can relate....yes?