Holographic 001 is a digital painting piece which attempts to reproduce holographic effects, on a still digital 2D surface as well as expressing undefined emotion between words.
When I was in Coconogacco, an alternative private fashion school, we compiled a research book based on our interests and influences, and I found that "innocent" and "vivid" were the keywords of my inspiration source.
Those two words are very different. "Innocent" sounds like pure, white, untouched. On the other hand, "vivid" tends to be associated with hedonism, loud and artificial.
The question which came up in my head was "how can I make innocence and vividness co-exist?"
After a while, I had an opportunity to go to Yuima Nakazato's showcase. He makes his fashion collections with high-tech hologram sheets. How his haute coutures change their colour looked mystical for me. It was vivid, yet not too loud. I felt like I'm seeing what I had been looking for. It overturned my prejudice of vividness.
Digital filters for imperfection
Many designers say that technology makes things too perfect so we have to think about the human touch. I think the degree of perfection depends on us and how we use the technology.
Digital painting can be very realistic when you pursue photorealism so I intentionally distorted the picture by filters in Trigraphy after I made a clean painting. Being a person of intuition and randomness, the way I use the photo editing technology is for finding a good coincidence.
Facial language between the words
Also, I did a lot of trial and error for the faces, because the facial feature and expression of the portrait is especially important for this piece. One of the themes for my artwork is to depict space between words, which cannot be verbally defined.
The various colours are on the face, even strong blues and greens. I wanted to express holographic shines by the use of colours.
I launched a cloud funding project on Patreon and Campfire, for supporting me to make conceptual artworks and process making medias like this project. The creation process was supported by those awesome people.
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