As I gear up for Northeast Comic Con again this Winter,the biggest question is what will I have to sell this time around? Last time didn't fare so well, given that I only had a selection of prints for my designs. However, I plan to have more variety, ie possibly stickers AND magnets. HEY-O. Watch out. I'm going NUTS!
Given a chance to really look at what I wanted to show off this time, I thought back to the beginning when I came up with my "Ending of Time" Photoshop Composite series. This was a fun on-going set of photo manipulations I did based on the sci-fi series, "Doctor Who". Inspired by the double-exposure photos I've seen as well as some manipulations I've seen here and there, I wanted to create some edits based on the Time Lord's mode of transport and where it would end up (ie places that it could show up either in mention or perhaps on the show itself.)
"The Ending of Time" was a title I came up with, imaging that maybe at the journey's end, we would find the TARDIS somewhere else, perhaps in a darker place and at the ends of time itself. What would that look like? I started with a simple combination of dark backgrounds, threatening elements and merging of random ideas.
Thunderstorm? Check. Angry ocean? Check. Aggressive de -materializing? Check. The first one I did I wanted to portray something tragic but still something powerful. Having the TARDIS and the elements were key in making it all come together.
Doing just one of these wasn't enough. I had to tackle all the elements. Water, Earth, Wind and Fire. Each one I did, I tried to think of the story behind it. The Doctor always traveled fast and always created ripples throughout time and space. Again, it was a chance to really think outside of the blue box and think of things that were never explicitly seen on the show. However, maybe they COULD be. Seeing the TARDIS barrel through the clouds and lightning, passing through stone mountains made sense to me. It had to be mix the sci-fi travel aspect with drama. It needed to be aggressive, whether there was obvious action or not.
Granted, there was always a twinge of sadness when I created these. Yes, seeing the Doctor on an ice planet made sense, but what if the TARDIS was a part of the ice? Or fire? Or air? Whether it was standing still or flying up and above, it was making it seem that this could all take place. It was this kind of process my mind was going through each time I had to come up with a concept. The story of each piece that I came up with was different. It was the adventure and concept that excited me.
Despite the tones anger, aggressiveness, sadness and drama, I loved doing each and every one of these. It was the fact that they would present some kind of emotion or several emotions. Whether I look at them each time, or have someone else see them, it had to evoke some sort of reaction, good or bad.
My initial desire was only to do a few, but now I find myself doing a few more here and there. The tones and the emotions might change, but the inspiration will never go away.
Maybe I'll stop at 12? Who knows?
Sterling arts & Design
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