Exploring the Universe
10.5″ x 8″
“I am aspiring to be an illustrator. I currently go to an arts high school in Canada and that is where this project began. This pencil drawing is from a collage made with photographs from National Geographic. This plays an important role in the theme of my work because it portrays making something out of nothing, similar to the big bang that created the universe. This study was further translated into an etching (a plexiglass
I contrast the old with the new, and highlight the unknown through the boys jumping into the vast space and the children playing checkers. I illustrate the theme of exploration through the uses of paper fragments, both in the background literally, and conceptually, if you knew this was based on a collage. The reason I have this scene against a white background is to illustrate an element of uncertainty and fear. As we explore our lives and the universe, mentioned in the title, we may find uncertain things that our mind cannot make sense of, and only in art can we portray it.”
“I’m really getting a sense of childhood happiness and a very surreal feeling when looking at this. It also feels theatrical to me because of the lights in the buildings that have a set-like feeling to them. I’m really curious about the white horizontal lines or rips that appear in the background of the piece and the white border. I’m not quite sure what purpose they serve but perhaps they are rips in the illusion of this childlike happiness or a pathway to another dimension, maybe the imagination of the kids in the foreground.
I’m also noticing a very small figure coming out of the darkness of the background, almost motioning a ‘hello’ to the three figures in the back. This also makes me feel as though there is some sort of alternate reality or dimension.
I’d encourage you to play around with composition, layering and diagonals because right now the bottom half of the image is a lot heavier and busier than the top half, and some of the figures like the boy on the bottom left are getting cut off when I don’t think they need to be. However, overall I think this piece evokes a lot of great curiosity in the audience and is exploring a lot of wonderful themes and ideas.”
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