in my sketches I first incorporated a hobby of crocheting as a way to tie together the images of each fold out, and then used the heart beat as a link, which reflects on her tattoo. in the end I ended up using both of these concepts in my final piece.
the 2 page fold out was troubling for me, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to construct it. I went with the heart beat and chopped up morgan..this shows not just different outfits but her love for fashion and how she was going to pursue that career but decided not to because of staying close to home. I also see it as representing the different memories of her growing up and traveling, when we were shooting she even mentioned that the dress was what she wore to graduation. clothing subconsciously is a kind of scrap book of experiences. I knew that I wanted to have an image that reflected her travels around the globe due to her father being in the military. traveling and seeing other cultures is a very knowledgable adventure, and creates memories that last a lifetime. I decided to use this as the main fold out image. connecting the places she’s lived with her hobby, I decided to take a map and stitch a heart beat to each location and mark it with a heart to mirror the idea of her tattoo. Her tattoo you then see on the back bringing an ah-ha moment. during presentation though it was mentioned that it should have been seen a bit on the front so the reader knows immediately, which I agree could have gave more clarity at the beginning.
blurb on the map//
Morgan Lynn Stockton, a world traveler. Her heart has taken her on a journey around the globe. Over the years an abundance of memories have been created. To California she would have returned to practice fashion design, if it were not for her love of family. During that decision her heart tugged and she determined to stay close to home. Furthermore her heart undoubtly led her way to us here at KCAI.
the three stories from t.c. boyle that I used were: the lie, hands on, and la conchita. starting with the sketches, it was hard to put down something for each theme but I worked through it and here are the ones that got the best response we had our small group crit.
the final main images show true to their themes, while the subordinate themes do need some rethinking since they are not as direct. the type needs some adjusting too since at a smaller scale it is not legible.
the lie story seems to have came out the best as a complete set of themes.
taking the hands on photos were entertaining to take. it was a little uncomfortable taking such up close pictures
placing the images in a realistic setting is quite eye opening. picturing it from a true viewer stand point really points out how well the covers work and how they don’t.
THE LIE // deceit / selfishness / absence
it started as one lie to get out of going in to work. it grew until everything didn’t exist anymore.
for deceit..still thinking about it. for selfishness…for absence, have a line of objects but then have a break in the pattern with and empty space with a spot light on it.
HANDS ON // age / acceptance / true vs fake beauty
a trip to get botox ends up being a mental break down.
for depicting age I might do a close up image of the wrinkles around an eye, or maybe wrinkled up paper creases. for acceptance, a person looking back and almost glaring at a person behind. for beauty have a split look at one that looks natural and one person who does not.
LA CONCHITA // pressure / time / tenacity
a down pour of rain. eighty-five mph. a liver in the trunk. a mudslide ahead. a recipient waiting. a husband and girl buried. one hero.
for pressure maybe have an object being pressed down upon or pushed up against from both sides. for time perhaps someone sitting in a room staring down a clock on the wall. for tenacity, strong hands gripping a shovel.
final pick for the constructed image of ben franklin. from the last version I reshot it to get rid of the harsh shadow along her leg and move the light onto the key, and then added more space to the left side to give emphasis on darkness and how the lady is more of a hidden, lesser known trait of ben.
kite & key // lightning rod/inventor of many things
join or die cartoon // worked as a printer with his own newspaper in pennsylvania
declaration of independence // founding father/developer of both declaration and constitution/only signed the declaration
woman // flirtatious attitude/supposed involvement in the hellfire club/fathered illegitimate children
still need to work on lighting. I’ll like her legs to not be so much in spotlight rather just on the signature. for the final I need to work on the positioning of the kite string and bows as well.
for my ben franklin constructed image I’m choosing to use the well known aspects of ben in the form of a kite with a key, the declaration of independence, and then his newspaper cartoon which also contains my quote choice. and then the woman represents the less known aspect of ben and his supposed association with the hellfire club and his flirtatious personality. here shows large scale sketch and process of recreating the declaration by dyeing it with tea/coffee, yum! and then starting the lettering using gouache.
and then here is a draft of the final constructed image. I still need to complete the paragraph of the document and the rest of the signatures. as well as make ben’s signature more prominent and bold.
some really rough ideas on how to construct ben