This project will explore the use of colour within an image to create a mood, and to convey a message independent of the explicit content of an image.
To do this, we are given a text and some art direction notes which will determine the mood & atmosphere the final illustration should contain.
The text & art direction I am to work from is as follows:
Thomas Traherne Centuries of Meditations
The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown. I thought it had stood from everlasting to everlasting. The dust and stones of the street were as precious as gold: the gates were at first the end of the world. The green trees when I saw them first through one of the gates transported and ravished me, their sweetness and unusual beauty made my heart to leap, and almost mad with ecstasy, they were such strange and wonderful things: The Men! O what venerable and reverend creatures did the aged seem! Immortal Cherubims! And young men glittering and sparkling Angels, and maids strange seraphic pieces of life and beauty! Boys and girls tumbling in the street, and playing, were moving jewels. I knew not that they were born or should die; But all things abided eternally as they were in their proper places. Eternity was manifest in the Light of the Day, and something infinite behind everything appeared which talked with my expectation and moved my desire. The city seemed to stand in Eden, or to be built in Heaven. The streets were mine, the temple was mine, the people were mine, their clothes and gold and silver were mine, as much as their sparkling eyes, fair skins and ruddy faces. The skies were mine, and so were the sun and moon and stars, and all the World was mine; and I the only spectator and enjoyer of it. I knew no churlish proprieties, nor bounds, nor divisions: but all proprieties and divisions were mine: all treasures and the possessors of them. So that with much ado I was corrupted, and made to learn the dirty devices of this world. Which now I unlearn, and become, as it were, a little child again that I may enter into the Kingdom of God.
Art Direction: rapturous, warm, magical, visionary unreal, comforting, celebratory, spiritual
Research & Inspiration
I've aimed to collate several images which convey elements which I believe fit within the art direction notes I am tasked to work from.
God-rays spilling through the trees create a sense of warmth & comfort, and a somewhat unreal element within this image. The connection with nature has a spiritual atmosphere about it as well.
The content of this piece clearly fulfils the unreal element, but the pose of the figure upon the rock is celebratory, and somewhat spiritual given the miraculous events unfolding, arms open to the world before it.
The contrast between the cold colours upon the rocks, and the warm light in the sky cast across the scene creates a grand feeling of scale outside of what's visible to the viewer. The motif of a sky without a visible horizon adds to the scale and with that scale creates a sense of unreal wonder.
Elliot Watson, Illustrator with a background in historical swordsmanship and all the weird and wonderful trappings that entails.