This project is, in most areas, going well (the above pie-chart accurately depicting my time).
Ive managed to find most of the dreams Ive ever written down, dreams Ive had but not written down are coming back to my memory and Ive done some drawings of all of the above. Its not that I’m changing my mind, but, I am beginning to think that basing the project solely on dreams will not give me enough good ideas to draw from and in some areas feels forced, it also gives to much of a narrative for the panoramas to follow. Looking back on my shop illustration I can see a certain level of added creativity, that shop was an idea in my mind that I then decided to draw. Its interesting that I imagined it then drew it.
I want to include thoughts and daydreams. A thought is like a dream you have when your awake, I don’t want the entire project to be based on only my dreams I had when asleep, I feel it will be an all round more interesting project if thoughts and day dreams are included. I will continue to keep a dream journal, the act of doing so has already improved my dream recollection, I’m able to remember my dreams almost every morning now. I will continue to draw dreams that are interesting and would translate well into panoramas. I will also now include thoughts, not every thought I have though, the best way I can describe it is as follows:
If a game designer was asked to make a level they would think of its appearance and then make it, In the same way an architect would design a room. I have thoughts in my head and I’m sure everyone else does, that are fully formed scenes. I had no conscious involvement in creating some of these spaces but they floated into my brain. I’m not trying to make this sound like Ive discovered thinking, I’m just trying to look at day dreams and thoughts in a different way.
Some of what I’m discussing could be considered memories, I often dream of the house I grew up in and can still see it in my head, I think it would be interesting to record how I see my room in my head, It doesn’t exist any more, the only copy of it is inside my brain, it interesting to me that I could draw it and show it to other people. With this example made I can then explain other thoughts like: how I see a room that doesn’t exist, like the way I want my living room when I own a house.
Its quite difficult for someone like me who is still only on the third harry potter book, to properly communicate what I feel is a quite complicated approach to everyday thinking. In some sense I want the final panoramas to be images of what would be seen if the viewer was able to go inside my brain. These are the “rooms” they would be able to see:
- How I remember a scene/room that I can no longer access
- How I see a scene/room that does not exist
- How I remember a dream scene/room that happened in my mind
Although I am building up alot of parameters my work must fall into at the end of it all I don’t want to have an “idea”. I want to have a set of nicely drawn and coloured pieces of interactive illustration, It is important that they have some sort of point but the most important thing to me is that they look nice. When using their eyes to view them I want the viewer to think “thats nice”.Tweet
At the beginning of my second year of university, I proposed a project about my dreams. I became interested in keeping a dream journal and researched lucid dreaming and dream recollection. At the time my idea was to record my dreams in a journal and make work from them, the only problem was, because having dreams became so important, I stopped remembering them. The project eventually slithered on to be something completely different and awfully rubbish about drawing things in the dark and is a blemish on my career as an artist.
However since that time I have been much more successful in recording dreams and have been keeping notes and illustrations in whatever sketchbook or piece of paper was at hand, I have had some lovely dreams and others truly horrific.
This is now important because I feel (when I have managed to track down all my notes) I have a use for these dreams in an artistic sense. I am going to use these dreams as the theme for my panorama. I am also currently keeping a sketchbook and I will be compiling the dreams that I find and doing Illustrations from them which I will post here on my blog as concept art. Its important to mention I don’t have a wealth of dreams, Ive got around 10 that have been worth writing down in the last year or so but any new dreams I have I will also include and whilst this will make up the main bulk of my project theme, I may add other elements to the project.
I think dreams are interesting and I’m happy Ive found an interesting way of using them to produce some work. I have also got some very relevant research/references to post next.
* The image is purely fictional my actual dreams are written on various pieces of paper and require travelling from one house to another to find them all. I might compile them into an illustrated e-book after Ive finished this project, maybe I could do a series, or maybe I wont.Tweet