DAY SIXTEEN: Journey to University
Reasoning: It takes a lot of time for me to get to class.
Inspiration: This was an in-class task -- using ideograms, and strictly no emotion, to portray a story. I chose to tell the story of how I get to university since I live an hour and a half away. I took some inspiration for some symbols from the Noun Project website, which highlights and celebrates the 'world's visual language'.
Technique: Traditional drawing, scanned and coloured in Photoshop CS6.
Process: I went through the sequence of my morning in my head and listed each main event. I came up with keywords for each event and the symbols I first thought of when it came to mind (i.e. morning = sun, waiting = clock). Some were more straight-forward, such as the modes of transport. I drew each symbol in chronological order, and scanned the sequence into Photoshop. Using curves, I was able to remove most of the unevenness of colour in the paper, but I also needed to use gradients and white overlay layers to even out dark edges, as well as paint over with white for tighter areas. I started using coloured blocks and layer masks to apply colour to the symbols, but I found that just changing the colour blocks' layer setting to 'lighten' worked just as efficiently because the background was a hard white.
Reflection: The story reads (left to right, top to bottom) as waking up, having breakfast, getting dressed, driving, parking, catching the train, waiting, exiting, catching the bus, arriving at QUT, walking, meeting up with friends, having lunch, waiting till 3 o'clock and then finally sitting in class. I used different colours to experiment with colouring techniques but also to portray the surrounding mood for each event. Colours can have different connotations (like red can portray anger but it also portray love), but in this case, the yellow represents vivacity in the morning after waking up, green is used for transport like the commonly known 'go' of a traffic light, and blue is calmness -- of waiting and of learning in class.