i started my research focused on the mythology of Ireland and Qatar. then somehow combining them in an illustration. however as i went deeper into my research i sort of got into the legends of Finn McCool who was a legendary Irish warrior. thats when i started decided on working with war costume illustrations.
it was interesting to read about their legend but i found myself more caught up in designing the clothes the characters wore. however, i found myself at loss when i kept trying to put everything i learned in one illustration. thats why i took the suggestion of splitting them into three different outfits. each representing a different standing in an army. like an admiral, general and a foot soldier. as i started working more on the first character i found myself building a sort of place for that character in my head. but i didn’t think to do anything about it until i saw a seniors work. then i took another suggestion of creating nine characters instead of three, it sounded very tedious. but then i remembered that i can add characters that i have created before from a story that is similar to the context of the soldier i created. therefore i can help to bring them from my head to actual life. i think thats what pushed me to actually add every detail of each character that i had.
i used this chart to organize the info i found in my research.
my countries were so different that i almost didn’t find any similarities between them the only similarity i found is between Ireland and Russia where Russians are known for drinking vodka where Irish people were known for drinking in general.
some of the pictures i gathered for my research:
a) this is an international straightforward pictogram
the symbol is of a man and a woman separated by a line
its the universal signs for toilets
c) the image is international and could be found everywhere
it indicates that a toilet is nearby in public spaces so that foreigners would understand
a) its a interpretation depended pictogram/emoji
the content is a yellow face with a smirk
it indicates smugness or being sly
b) 0% persuasive
c) its also an international symbol
its use depends on how the user interprets the emoticon. either be it a smile or a smirk
a) an old black and white photograph
the view of a lake and a cabin
capturing the reflection in the water
c) the picture is from bronxville NY
maybe it was for a news story or a magazine
a)a colorful digital image
the content is a waffle covered in chocolate and berries
the image is meant to showcase the alluring sight of the dessert
b) 60% persuasive
c) the photo is from a shop called “khanfaroosh” in souq al wakrah
the photo was taken a san advertisement of a new dish
a) seems to be a text/pic sort of meme
the content is of a popular anime of the 90’s
its a sarcastic joke
b) 0% persuasive
c) this is very new meme
posted by a random user on reddit
the purpose of this is to mock reality but instead it comes across as humor
a) seems to be another text/pic sort of meme
the content is a picture from the cartoon Arthur with a short dialogue.
the picture shows how one cannot resist take out food
b) 23% persuasive
d) memes are always new (oldest ones come from 2011)
it comes from the internet (and reddit)
its something that is very relatable which is why it is shared so much
a)a professional made vector pattern
small colorful boxes
very decorative and simple
b) 11% persuasive
c) seems to be very modern
it doesn’t seem to belong in a specific location
created for decorative purposes
a) a square pattern
maroon and white colored swirls against a black background.
the colors of the swirls represent the Qatari flag colors
b) %15 persuasive
c) seems to be limited to Qatari culture
it was made to fit a specification for a project (with lots of creative personal tweaks)
fairly modern from April of this year
a) the image is a digital painting that show great skill
the content is Sherlock Holmes playing the violin.
the title of the piece is “virtuoso”.
b) 25% persuasive
c) its by the artist alicexz
the painting seems to target sherlock holmes’s fans and any other people with an appreciation of art.
its a fairly modern piece from 2011
a) the image is a digital sketch of a beginner artist
a lady with a symbolic haircut looking away from the viewer
a deliberate angle to emphasize the haircut
b) 0% persuasive
c) it came from my study folder
its a quick practice of form (and the weird haircut)
there was never an audience intended
its from last month
its a process image of personal work