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Process Book of one of my school projects.

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  • Louise Dias | Vector & Raster Images | Spring 2013
  • Experimental Portrait Brief “A portrait can tell us who a person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. Choose any: architect, fashion designer, scientist, inventor, actor/actress, film director, politician, activist, entrepreneur, music artist/band, artist/ painter, product designer, sports celebrity, sculptor, animator, illustrator, print maker or historian. (No Graphic Designer). The portrait must be an artistic representation that goes far beyond superficial. Experiment with textures and layers techniques in photoshop” First Step Choose three possible persons to work with and start doing the thumbnails sketches. For each one of the persons that I chose, I made a quick research and I created an attribute list to help me to develop some ideas for my sketches.
  • First Option: Rihanna outrageous famous audacious sexy singer rich crazy life controversial beautiful Attribute List out of box drugs pop confusion mess no limits
  • Second Option: Woody Allen culture methodical cinema loves music, old ones director art cosmopolitan death/fear of death humor funny movies Writter neurotic New York genius glasses Attribute List
  • Third Option: William Shakespeare culture theater words language Hamlet Macbeth poems sonnets Comedies writer Romeo and Juliet Tragedy english Writter inteligence “to be or not to be” genius playwrights Attribute List
  • Research Selected topic: Rihanna Date of Birth: 20 February, 1988. Name of birth: Robyn Rihanna Fenty Born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael Trade Marks: Leather outfits Ever changing hairstyles Bright red hair Bajan accent Revealing outfits Her tattoos
  • First Digital Compositions This idea came directly of one of my sketches: represent how messy, controversial, crazy and with no limits her life is. Rihanna is a drug addict, her life is full of irreverence. This composition was incomplete, but the idea was to show one of Rihanna’s trade marks: changing her hairstyle. In this composition I tried to incorporate a little of the preview ones, and I also keep one of my ideas to have lyrics on the background.
  • Development I decided to go with my first idea, but trying to incorporate some aspects of the third one to enhance the layout. The first thing that I changed was the contrast and transparency of the main image. It was to lost in the middle of the layers. In the first and second ones, I added the montage of different photographs. In this point of the project, we’ve made the test prints, and they were really helpful. I could perceive that my layout was to magenta and that the logo element (in the top left) was to big.
  • Development After a conversation in class, I decided to go with the last one. The images incorporated to her body were too cliche and there was too many things going one in the same image. For my final layout I tried to balance the composition, because the top right was to empty compared to the other corners, specially the bottom left. For that reason, I started to play more with transparency and blending modes and I also worked more with the positioning of some layers.
  • Another thing that I wanted to incorporate to my layout was lyrics of some of her songs. I chose the song “We found love”, which talks about a couple that “found love in a hopeless place”. The video clip approaches some of the ideas behind my concept. It talks about the use of drugs, a problematic relationship and a turbulent life. “We found love” movie clip Development: adding type
  • Development: adding type I began using a computer handwriting type, but it was to artificial and regular. So, I decided to go with my own handwriting. Actually, I made up my handwriting so it feels more uneven. I also left some mistakes that I did to make it more real.
  • Final My experimental portrait of Rihanna talks about her turbulent life and problematic relationships. I incorporated elements and images to make this chaotic background and used this photography of her posing to create a contrast. This portrait tells the story of someone who stands in the middle of chaos and keep going, maybe because she is to used or maybe because she just want to seem strong.There is a quote of her about the violent incident with Chris Brown that translates this: “I didn’t want people to see me cry. I didn’t want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, ‘I’m fine, I’m tough.’ I put that up until it felt real.” I used the lyrics of her song “We found love” in a subtle way on the background. This song is related to her relationship with Chris Brown and also her turbulent life.
  • Final: photographs that I used
  • Images: http://dipingere.deagostinipassion.com/gallery/image/638022_caos http://glory-garden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/burning-green-brush-1.jpg http://www.wallpapers-design.com/wallpaper/explosion.html http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/multimedia-library/image-gallery/images_heroin.shtml http://rantnrave.net/2012/06/08/news-sensational-sell-out/ http://www.coveralia.com/fotos/rihanna30131.php http://barrygruff.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/introducing-medicine-mouth/ Research: http://www.biography.com/people/rihanna-201257?page=1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1982597/bio Citing