Friday, 17 August 2012

Past and Present

A while a go I was asked if I'd like to contribute a piece of work to a collaborative book project organised by illustrator Benjamin Carr. The given theme was 'Past and Present', and Ben chose a colour scheme of 4 colours for everyone to use.

The idea behind my piece was looking at how we connect our past and present via memories. After doing a bit of research I came across the concept of Flashbulb memories, that are vivid memories we create when we hear  "surprising and consequential (or emotionally arousing) news", such as during natural disasters such as tsunami's or hurricanes, or other memorable events such as the assassination of JFK or 9/11.

I decided to illustrate the concept of 'flashbulb' memories, and used a camera theme for the whole piece. I actually really enjoyed having the limited colour scheme as it really simplified my choices and meant I couldn't use lot of textures like I normally would (although I snuck a bit in). Anyway, I've posted my image above and my sketch below, and I'm really excited to see how the project comes together, so many thanks Ben!