These three ‘collages’ are the experiments I have selected as my outcome. I am yet to finish this project, as I could keep on working on it for the next couple of months (and I do intend to). However, I had to present something as the final result for this project, and so I selected the experiments I am most happy with.
They do not represent a narrative and there is no order to them (it doesn’t matter which one is seen first), however they are connected to each other, as I was inspired by the same dreams and memories (only combined in different ways) to create this set of images.
My sketchbook for this project worked as a note-taking, idea-generating device.
I wrote down suggestions from my tutorials, summaries of texts and subjects I researched, lists, etc. This is also where I would reflect upon my dreams, symbols, ideas and concepts.
When reading Frida Kahlo’s diary, there was a page in which she wrote colour dictionary, where she explained what each colour represented and meant to her. I thought I would experiment doing the same myself.
The pages of my childhood books and my old drawings were also a significant part of my research.
Kruella d’Enfer is a visual artist and illustrator whose works present us with a glimpse into “her enchanted visual world, evoking a deep sense of wonder with the fantastical, benevolent creatures that inhabit its dark and mysterious corners, be they mystical wolves or magical foxes, bewitching tigers or shamanistic deers. At ease with painting both large-scale murals and intimist works on paper and canvas, her use of contrasting colours and geometric shapes brings age-old legends and myths to life, composing fantastic stories with a universal appeal.”
Her works are based on her dreams and memories, which makes them very relevant to my own work. She also incorporates many personal elements and symbols into her paintings. This biographical aspect of her work also caught my attention and made me research her portfolio a little bit more.
She mostly does murals and paintings, though she has also made book covers and sculptures, working with a wide range of materials and techniques. I was particularly interested in her use of textures as a way of colouring in the illustrations, which I found very appealing, and a tridimensional technique she used to create images with depth and shadows.
Instead of colouring the previous drawings with solid colours, I wanted to experiment colouring them with different textures. As such, I made a few different textures, using paint, colouring pens and pastels. Though these were meant to be just for colouring in the illustrations, I quite liked how they were turning out and, as I was enjoying making them as well, I kept making more, using colours that expressed the feelings in my dreams and memories, and shapes that linked to something in them (such as blueprints of my previous homes).
The boldness and roughness of them are very contrasting to the drawings I had made. This made me think the textures could work well as a colouring method or even just as a layering experiment.
Using the previous textures, I experimented with cut-ups, which I composed into different collages. The results were very interesting, though I still preferred the original images. These felt a bit confusing and overwhelming, in a way. Still, they had some potential and I thought it might be interesting to use some close ups or details in the colouring of the drawings.