Fantastic Artwork Demo

Fantastic Artwork Demo


Now that you’ve tried different
techniques of using glue and cutting your
images out, we can create a fantastic artwork. So when creating fantastic art
it’s important for you to think about what fantastic
art means to you. What are you trying to convey
with your image? Is your artwork about a dream or
your approach to fantastic art as a more general topic? So I think a good way to start
is for you to try to do different sketches and
to look through magazines to get some ideas. For this specifically we’re
going to create a collage. And here I’ve collected a
variety of different images that I cut out of different
magazines, such as National Geographic, and art magazines,
and cooking magazines. And those are always really
great sources for images. When you’re creating a fantastic
artwork or anything that’s slightly unusual, it’s
good for you to work with different colors and textures. And also pay attention to
strange juxtapositions and working scales. So if you recall some of the
artworks that were covered, artists used a different scale
in order to create the sense of fantasy. So here I have different
cutouts, and I’m going to be moving them around and trying
to come up with an interesting image. What you can also do is have
some masking tape or paper clips to attach your images in
place just to give you a better idea of what your
image will look like. And also think about what story
you’re trying to tell. What is your collage about? How is it fantastic? Is it because of the unusual
colors or textures or combination of different images
that you wouldn’t regularly see in life? Does it remind you of
the dream world? Are things out of place
or out of proportion? Those are all elements o
of fantastic artworks. So let’s see, I’m going to
combine these images together. As you see I cut this image very
particularly around the seaweed, but then this
side is torn. And I like the way this
looked torn, and I left it there on purpose. Here, I have a base of cardboard
or you can also use thicker paper. I wouldn’t recommend using thin
paper just because it’s not going to allow your glue
to properly absorb. And you can also play with
different scales. You can work on smaller scale
and really pay attention to small cut outs and details. Or you can try working on much
larger scale and create a bigger artwork. So let’s see I’m going to have
this in here, and make this scuba diver look like his
foot is coming out of this church window. And I have this blue background
cut out here, which I’m going to place
on the side. And then I have this red
umbrella, and I will make it appear as though he’s holding
in his hands. Sometimes it’s fun to combine
torn edges and cutout edges just to give you more variety
and play with some textured surface. And then I still have some
space down here so what I decided to do was find these
different landscape images and tear them into pieces. And sometimes it can be just
the texture of flooring, of anything that you find
in the magazine. And the texture just goes
with your image. So you can transform images that
are already existing in magazines, and make them into
something that’s different, that’s your own. Let’s see. I have also this cutout of
glass with ice cream. The reason I cut it out was
because I liked the color, but I could also attach
it in here, kind of for a funky addition. Or I could tear it into smaller
pieces and shapes and just to fill the background. I have some text here that I
don’t want to be visible. So I might just cover it up. And just keep playing around
with the placement. Have different cutouts until
you find what you need. So look in here, I have two
shapes that are overlapping and creating a straight line. And that looks kind of forced,
and I don’t like that look. So what you want to do in this
case is tear this edge and make it look like the two
are blending together. So that will give it a more
natural appearance. Or you can do that even further
and kind of alter it, so it looks even more natural. You can also cut through
your images. So let’s say I want some of the
blue to come through this, I could draw the shapes, and
then I could go in with my X-Acto knife or scissors and
cut those shapes out. So you begin playing with
layers, and it’s not just specific images that
you attach but what’s underneath them. So now you can see the blue
through the cutout. Then I could go further and
start cutting through some of these images, which could
be really interesting. You can have also elements come
outside of your collage such as this. It doesn’t have to be
contained within your picture plane. So keep that in mind. You can make shapes that are
also rolled like this, where you roll them, you could put a
little bit of glue there, and then you attach it to the
surface, such as this. You can also incorporate other
mediums into your collage. So for example here I have black
India ink, and I’m going to take my quill and start
drawing over my collage. So if you want another element,
another medium in there, it doesn’t have
to be just cutouts. It can be also drawing
over your collage. And this can be very extensive
and detailed or it can be very subtle. So you just have to keep in mind
that if you incorporate some drawing in your collage,
you kind of have to do it throughout. You can’t just do it in one
area because it will look forced and out of place. So if you decide to add a
drawing in one area, maybe just a small detail somewhere
else will tie everything together. So I’m mimicking these seaweed
structures with my drawing. When creating fantastic artwork
the guidelines are pretty open so you can
incorporate any kind of medium, even fabric, or objects,
or you can create a three dimensional piece. You just have to be careful that
you’re giving a lot of thought to the materials
that you’re selecting. And I would recommend avoiding
things such as rhinestones or stickers or anything that will
make your artwork look like a scrapbook piece rather than
an actual artwork. And then once I was happy
with my image– all of the areas and
gaps were filled– for example, I’m going to add
a little piece in there, and make sure that everything
lines up. You can start to gradually
glue everything together. You can start with your
biggest pieces and use rubber cement. And then you can start attaching
the smaller pieces. Just pay close attention to your
edges as you’re cutting everything out. And also make sure that you’re
not using too much glue. Craftsmanship is very important
when creating artwork so just be aware of all
those things, and have fun when you’re creating
your fantastic art.

Dereck Turner

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