After the last post I made where I talked about sketching a set of proposals that I could look into, I decided to re-evaluate the project, in order to be efficient with the time I have as well as allowing me to focus more on what I want to do.
So now I have decided on the final proposal I want to do. It relates to the eye, and how it is able to convey emotion and therefore the psychology of someone can be determined from this. It is a familiar concept I think with the audience, which will help my design to be understood. This will be my final idea, but there are still many things that need to be cleared up in order to make it work, and as I felt it was my strongest idea and the one my gut instinct told me was best, I wanted to put all my focus towards it. Previous work on this idea can be seen for my initial ideas, and what I took to the interim crit.
Below are two sheets I have sketched for this idea, the first contains the composition choices I could make, and the second sheet focuses on the iris, the part of the eye that I feel depicts the most information. My notes are on the sheets, but I will raise issues below them as I go along.
The conclusion to my sheet of ideas where I explore composition is that the first two ideas are by far and away the strongest, but I am unsure as of yet which is the best option. I have a feeling the leftmost one will be suitable because it takes a step from just looking at the eye to consider the whole face. However, this will not slow me down because if I produce a sketch, I can always zoom in on the eye if needed, provided the quality is good enough. Also I will be looking for a tutorial to enable me to refresh the basics of drawing faces and I will be taking some photographs of my own eye in order to use as reference material. I may sketch from the photograph of my eye, and use that as the final piece, and then in the caption, if I have to state who I used, I can state it is a self portrait of myself.
There are many options here that I have come up with and I think they all have merit. So how do I decide which one is best? Well I think when I sketched these, I was getting away from the true meaning of this brief, and that is to consider the psychology of the face and to provide a visual way of showing that to the audience. So I think that excludes the International Klein Blue and the owl eye idea as although individually I find them fascinating, they do not exactly express the psychology of faces.
I believe I have three possible alternatives:
- ‘Colour spectrum’: Both ideas that focus on the colour spectrum are strong options I think, and as time goes by, my opinion has changed from the one on the top row being best to the one on the bottom row being better because it is more eye-like, and this is likely to identify with the audience better.
- ‘Universe of the Face’: I have not been able to represent this idea properly in sketches because of the colours and styles I have been using. So therefore as I still think it has merit, once I have a sketch that is scanned in to work on, I can experiment, by superimposing a photo of space onto the eye.
- ‘Multiple eyes’: By having a page split into 9 sections, with a space for the caption, and then 8 being the same image of the eye with a different colour overlaid onto the iris, does it make a difference as to how the audience perceives their expression to be? The caption can explain what this means, leaving the article to go into greater detail.
So this is the stage that I have currently reached, and now I will be looking for as much constructive feedback as I can possibly get in as short a timeframe as possible, as to what people think in order to allow me to be able to pin down a final design that I can create in time for the deadline on Friday.