It was time to make them boards! After discussing with my teacher and browsing images on the internet, I was finally somewhat ready to design some mood boards. Initially we were asked to create 5 boards. But soon, five became three, thanks to my frustrated class and my liberal teacher. But hey, I’m not complaining! This provided me with much needed time to ensure they looked substantially better.
I began working on my concept board right away. And, it took me well over 4 days to finalize it. I needed it to look perfect! Obviously, something had to go wrong. It turned out that the concept board was not even included in the final trio. Just my luck! Looking at the positive side though, now I had a little more experience regarding design boards and the concept, in my head, was clearer than ever.
Inspiration. Who or what inspired me in the world of Pop Art? There were many contenders. But ultimately, only the king of Pop Art came out victorious. Andy Warhol, one of the greatest artists of his times merged celebrity culture and advertisements with high art. He was an illustrator, designer and a filmmaker who continues to influence society even today. This is why; He is my design inspiration and I intend to base my project on him.
Next up, Colour board. The first time I heard the words “Colour board”, I was instantly reminded of a colour palette. And honestly, my plan is to make just that. Without complete understanding and adequate time, it is practically impossible for me to make this board look distinctive. So, my plan, you ask? It is to create a colour palette, consult my teacher and find a way around this obstacle. I can do it!
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A View of Hauz Khas Village
Plans in my head, spring in my foot. My journey started at the famous HKV market of Delhi. Hoping to stumble upon some close relatives of the Pop Art family, I stepped inside a store called Chumbak. A tiny shop, selling colourful products that would attract just about anyone’s attention. Maybe, Pop art is just that. So striking that it’s impossible to ignore once it’s caught your attention. Sure, Chumbak is more endearing than bold but the basic concept remains the same. It is the use of popular culture to create art. And after much scrutinizing, I arrived upon a conclusion that Pop Art is just that. It is the art of popular culture.
What more could I learn? What sources could I find? Brainstorming ideas felt like the best option in hand. Books, videos and articles. The three most credible sources, they said. I started with the first, books. Books on Pop Art would have been fatiguing to find had it not been for the college library. I found not one but two books on Pop Art and it felt ecstatic! However, soon I realized that comprehending two books in two days was clearly not my cup of tea. And, my frustrated self turned to other sources like videos and documentaries. This was the best decision I could make. Videos gave me an opportunity to know my art without complicating it. It provided information while managing to make it engaging. We have been friends ever since.
Apprehending the concept was fairly easy. Using that understanding to build something was not going to be. We were asked to create different design boards and I had little to no understanding of them. Thankfully, I had a class with my teacher the next day. And I hoped to clear all my doubts regarding this project! I was soon going to make some beautiful design boards.
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There I sat with a paper and a pen, thinking and rethinking my options. I was asked to choose ONE topic out of the countless cultures that exist. It could be anything. Monuments, Movements, Cinema, Indian trades. I had to select one. And I was frustrated.
After scrutinizing for 2 days, I finalized three topics. Ironically, had I been given an hour, I would have chosen exactly the same! So, it was decided. Gothic Art, Pop Art and Street Art were the chosen ones.
My next task was to receive a green light from the teachers. A task that felt more like a burden in my irrational mind. My worst fear you ask? Professors absolutely detest my choices and leave the classroom, without uttering a single word. My only hope was they wouldn’t absolutely hate it.
Next Morning arrived, and it wasn’t all that bad. Discussion went smoothly but both teachers differed in opinion. One thought, Gothic art was not easy to incorporate into a material. Makes sense. But the other loved it. Great! Now what do I do?
Solution! The most obvious one perhaps. Move to plan B, and without further considerations I did.
Though treated as a second option at first,
Pop Art has become the only option there could be. I have been smelling, eating and breathing Pop Art. And I’ll make sure you do to. So stay tuned as there’s a so much in store.