Sunday, January 13, 2008

'Take it further' Challenge

Last year, with all good intentions, I made a start on the T.A.S.T challenge but keeping up with a weekly challenge proved to be quite difficult.
For 2008 Sharon of In A Minute Ago has devised a monthly challenge called ‘Take it Further’.
You can read up on the challenge here.
Each month there will be two options to choose from: a key concept and a colour scheme or design element.
This month the key concept is ‘Ask yourself who do you look up to and admire?’ and the second option is to use the colour scheme below.

I decided to make a start on the key concept.

There is no one person in particular that I actually look up to but there are several who have different qualities that I genuinely admire.
So I came to the conclusion that the one person that I could look up to would possess all of these characteristics.
This is just a preliminary sketch of what I would envisage as the final piece of work.
The naked figure – female, of course – has been wrapped mummy-like with strips of fabric on which all these admirable qualities have been written.
As her bindings are unwrapped so the words and their meanings will imbue themselves to her very soul.
The perfect woman!

I also decided to make a start on the second option – the colour scheme.
One person whom I do admire for her courage and fortitude is Kylie Minogue. I believe she is at the forefront of my mind due to a TV programme a couple of weeks ago charting her progress on her comeback tour.
I wanted to create an Andy Warhol type effect using a paint programme.
So I took a simple photo of Kylie, used the ‘Photocopy’ filter, then filled different spaces with colours from the colour scheme.I then printed off a whole sheet of this design on ‘To dye for’ tissue paper.
I painted some cotton canvas with white acrylic paint and bonded the tissue paper to the surface.
A series of images were created using several different colourways.
With this set of images I tried using just two of the colours from the scheme or one of the colours with either black or white.
I intend to play with this design further before deciding on the outcome of the resolved piece.

26 comments:

Jacquelines blog said...

This is interesting, I am curious how you are using this. Something in the third picture brings an idea in my head but can't reach it yet. (nothing to do with the challenge I am affraid)

Pat said...

Not bad for starters.....LOL. You are amazing! I can't wait to see how you translate the "perfect woman".

sharon young said...

Hi Lynda
This is all very exciting. I thought the original idea was powerful, and then scrolled down to the Kylie images and of course was riveted LOL . Love the way you're going with this, Sharon didn't make it easy with this colour scheme, but I can really see it working here.
It's a very modern take on the brief, can't wait to see where you go from here as it's always at this stage that I get stuck, basically because I think I like what I've done on the computer and don't want to interfere with it, no , that not it, it's just a lame excuse for the fact that I don't know how to push it further, texturally.
Thanks for your comments on my post, I think I will go for the SS challenge.

Doreen G said...

I love your choice of Kylie Minogue she is a wonderful girl and shows a great strength of character through all her adversities and she can sing too.
Both your ideas are great.

Fran├žoise said...

Mmm.. I like your idea of the perfect woman. I can't wait to see what you do with this one.

Karen Hall said...

I enjoy both your ideas - Love the sketch and the concept of the unwrapped bindings very much - so much potential
Warm Regards
K

Carol said...

Oh Lynda this first idea is very powerful, it is a really stunning idea. i had thought you might link it to a dressel too? I can not wait to see how you develop this it is a great idea, definatley exhibition standard. love the Kylie stuff too.

Susan D said...

I can't wait to see how this turns out. It will be a very powerful and thought provoking piece. How big do you think it will be?

Waltraud said...

A wonderful ides, I am looking forward to see your next steps.

Joanna van said...

Pretty deep with the "mummy"! I'm excited to see what you come up with.

Micki said...

I am flabber gasted. I love the "mummy" idea. I can't wait to see where you do with it. The second idea is pretty great, too. I have to admit that I have no idea where I would have gone if I had participated in the TIF challenge.
Congrats on the news about WOW. I saw it on MG's blog.

Carol said...

Love the idea of the perfect woman, this idea could run into a whole series

Shirley Goodwin said...

You are such a clever girl with Photoshop...and you can draw too! Actually I love those colours and have seen them on other blogs, but the challenge is closed now.

Homeleightigger said...

Wonderful, wonderful stuff Lynda, and so imaginative. Val

Barbara said...

cool idea!! ...loooking forward to the result...

Kim said...

Had a love-hate moment with the 'perfect woman' - it's a powerful image. Looking forward to seeing it progress.

jacqui said...

That is one powerful image you have there (the wrapped mummy).

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Hmmmm - this has triggered an idea for another piece of work - in fact two ideas. I don't think I will ever finish this project.
And that is without the painted foil!!!
Cheers

Julie said...

The Kylie pieces are amazing and I too look forward to seeing the progression with the Mummy. What's this? Are you going to WOW? Congratulations! xx

Ruth said...

I love the perfect woman idea. I can't wait to see how this develops. I'm also looking forward to your articles in WOW.

neki desu said...

way to go!!
i really like the warholesque kyle multiples.there's lots that you can do there.
as an aside i couldn't stand her until now, she's turned into a courageous real woman

neki desu

Liz said...

The Kylie piece really grabbed me! What a great result from a few filters. Photoshop? Have you thought about doing a tutorial? The perfect woman concept is really a thought provoker. I will be thinking about that one for awhile. Can't wait to see where you go with it.

Gina said...

Loved the idea for the wrapped woman Lynda. Look forward to seeing where you go with these ideas.

Debbi Baker said...

As always Lynda you and your art are awesome!! Love the ideas, the thoughts behind it all...

Eva said...

Looks lovely!!! great idea!

Nancilyn (Fiberdabbler) said...

There seems no end to your cleverness and skills! Love the Warhol treatment. Who but you would have thought of using Sharon's palette to make it even better and twice as interesting!
Wow!