Monday, 2 May 2016

MIVC602: Art Research

As well as looking at the comic world for artistic inspiration, I also looked at fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and his nature-inspired clothes, as I loved the organic quality and textures to his clothes and the gothic beauty of his vision.

Oyster Dress by Alexander McQueen

Widows of Culloden by Alexander McQueen

I also looked at Tim Walker’s ethereal, dreamlike photography for their beautiful, yet eerie quality, with several of his photographs proving to be the inspiration for two of my comic's characters.

Stella Tennant in hare mask and Charles Guislain in 'bird of paradise' crown with sword, by Tim Walker

Laura McCone and Luke Field-Wright as floral figures, by Tim Walker

Guinevere Van Seenus in triplicate with double portrait by Tim Walker
I looked to the anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica for environment inspiration, specifically the way they portrayed the Witches and their Barriers. To show how alien and Lovecraftian they are, the Witches and their domains were depicated in a drastically different collage-like art style to the rest of the anime. The Witches’ Barriers often don’t make much physical sense, and I wanted to capture their otherworldly, nightmarish, reality-bending essence - or at least hint at it - in the enviroments and layouts I designed for the comic.  

A Witch and her Barrier from anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
A Witch's minions from anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
A Witch (centre) and Her Barrier from anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Salvador Dali was another artist I looked at, for his disturbing, dream-inspired Surrealist artwork. My comic Black Feathers was itself inspired by a very vivid dream I had, and I wanted to retain some of that illogical dreaminess in the work.

Anthropomorphic Chest of Drawers by Salvador Dali

Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man by Salvador Dali


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