This piece is something that I find quite humorous, it's a compilation of facial expressions based off one of my favorite artists Shen, or mostly known as Owlturd on social media. He's an amazingly talented and hilarious artist, that makes relatable comics that brings smiles to all. He's a big inspiration to me when it comes to humor and making comics. To honor him in all his relatable humor, I decided to recreate a few of my favorite facial expressions that he's done. The faces vary in multiple expressions, but all I believe are absolutely hilarious.
There are quite a few differences, but also some similarities in our pieces.A similarity is that we both made these drawings to make people smile. A big difference, I drew mine traditionally in my sketchbook with a brush pen, and Shen does all his comics digitally. Second, my piece is a compilation of his facial expressions, and his are from multiple comics that he's done. And lastly, I drew the facial expressions on my persona character, or the way I draw myself, and he drew himself or other characters.
Would I think he would enjoy the drawing that I did? Well, I would hope so, I hope it wouldn't come off as stealing his work, but to honor it in my own light. I hope he would feel honored to know that he's such a big inspiration to me.
스튜디오 지브리 (Studio Ghibli/seutyudio jibeuli)
My two art styles that I have clashed together is the art of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro with traditional asian artwork, specifically Korean. My mashup displays the character art of Hayao Miyazaki in his movie My Neighbor Totoro with an incorporation for the background of traditional Korean artwork of clouds, mountains, water ripple effects, trees, and the incorporation of the language to title my piece. My original idea was a similar concept but was scrapped due to not being able to visibly see the mashup, my proportions of the building took up the whole space of the paper, the coloring wasn’t necessarily a way that would be done in Korean artwork, and it was a failure to see where I had clashed the two styles.
When trying to incorporate the idea of traditional Korean artwork I searched for picture references but what I found was that there were some inconsistencies with some of the artwork and I struggled to find a general idea for my project. I stuck to one picture and proceeded to go on from there. This one picture displayed a background of a boat in water, a small city, trees, mountains, clouds, and the language where it originated from. The idea of Studio Ghibli came to mind due to the fact that the art styles were somewhat similar, both having backgrounds of landscapes that were both equally beautiful and shared some similar qualities. I tried to find one of the movies that would fit the idea of the traditional asian artwork. Scrolling through the movies My neighbor Totoro had one of the most nature like themes that I was looking for. I found a picture that was relatively simple and was easy to incorporate and background into.
The principles of design that are visually displayed are proportion, harmony, pattern, and emphasis. Proportion is displayed in by the Studio Ghibli element of my drawing, the proportion of the umbrella and the creatures are bigger because I wanted that to be one of main focuses. The background appears smaller due to how close the umbrella and the creatures are and how far the mountains and clouds are. I attempted to have both styles to have the correct proportions. Harmony brings the two styles together pretty well I’d say. The element of the background brings more life into the piece instead of a mostly blank canvas, and also helps display where the mashup of the traditional artwork. Pattern, the design of the clouds and the style of the lines. The clouds have a swirl effect in them, the lines for the background are most rough, thinner, and lighter, while the umbrella and creatures have more solid. Emphasis, the coloring and lighting have the background are a lot lighter compared to the umbrella and creatures which have more solid and bold colors and line work.
The elements of art that are seen in my drawing are color, texture, line, and value. Color, the colors for the Studio Ghibli side of the drawing are bolder and more solidly colored compared to the background. The background colors are light and faded similar to how traditional asian artwork is. Texture, the texture is found in the water ripples and the designs on the mountain to give it more depth to the picture. Line, the lines vary in thickness, the background has lighter and thinner line work as to the rest of the drawing which have more solid and darker lines. Value, the shading for the umbrella has a darker shade of red on the inside of the umbrella and where it touches the water. Value is also found in the mountains, there’s a darker grey where the more rocky areas are located while the rest of the mountain has a lighter grey and fades into white.
In conclusion for this end of the year assignment has challenged me to come out of my comfort zone. I was able to incorporate one of my favorite things, cartoon/animations with my country’s culture that I’m more than proud to be apart of.