STRANGE No. 3

The concept of these two images stemmed from the ideas presented and explained in “STRANGE No. 1” and “STRANGE No. 2”. This last step in the process was a bit more challenging in that i drew the whole body instead of just the face. The work fits perfectly into the definition of uncanny, as this taps into fear. Freud explained that “an uncanny effect is often and easily produced when the distinction between imagination and reality is effaced, as when something that we have hither to regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality…”. This is something that has been research for many years, but then again everything is subjective to the individual viewing it.

 

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STRANGE No.1

This little project was focused on facial features and how to manipulate them slightly so as to seem strange. The first drawing was called “Jessica”. The placement of her face was off center so the your eyes try to make up the rest of the body. “Jessica” also possesses no ears which is not very noticeable at first glance. This aesthetic along with the eyes being slightly off center, may solicit an odd feeling in the viewer.  The portrait is also slightly alien looking while simultaneously attaining human qualities

 

 

Jessica BigThe drawing following this was called “Frank”. Both drawings can be presented as a diptych. The lazy eye in this drawing is more prominent than the previous one so as to enhance an uncanny feeling.

 

Frank big.jpgThese drawings were done using Photoshop. The process was very enjoyable and quite soothing seeing as it was the first time using Photoshop as a drawing medium.

Painting

Painting is something that I turn to as a form of stress relief. The style of painting that i produce have harsh brushstrokes and are alla prima. This painting below is a portrait of a woman whose face is strangely divided using harsh lines. The initial intention for this painting was for it to be peaceful looking and somewhat pretty! Of course this was not the case, half way through the work I got quite frustrated, hence the painting ended up as is. Although this wasn’t my initial intention, I liked the end result. Aesthetically I am very happy with it, it has the right mix between light and dark and the creepiness in the painting is also something that i love because it is how I express myself.

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This is an oil painting, which was painted straight onto a wooden panel and the different textures in the background are created using an old brayer. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience that left me in a calm mood.

Sculpture

Attempting to create an uncanny effect

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When I sculpt, time stops and its just me the clay. During this process all I can think about is the clay residue on my hands and the image that I want to achieve.
The portrait sculpture itself is not meant to be a perfect, realistic depiction of a person, but instead quite the opposite. The eyes are not symmetrical and are quite small, the nose is very large in comparison its long face and it possesses no ears. This sculpture is gender-less.

This sculpture is still in its  early stages, the next step will be to fire and glaze it.

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