Foundations Mask Project

MASKS-DRAWING

Graphite on Bristol Vellum, 14″ x 11″

My mask was constructed primarily to fit snuggly on my face. The base of the mask was very polygonal with very little organic shape. I then added paper goat horns and a goatee along with fish scales. These embellishments were inspired by the mythical Capricorn of Ancient Greece, an animal that is half goat and half fish. The horns are still very polygonal, but the goatee and the scales provide organic shapes in contrast.

To create the composition, I took two photos I had taken of the mask in harsh light; one photo taken from below of the mask facing right, and the other taken from above of the mask facing right. I then combined the two photos in Photoshop, making one smaller and arranging it to appear behind the other, creating a sense of depth. The two masks facing in different directions keeps one’s eye moving through the picture, from one mask to the other. In the drawing of the composition, the use of shading and the value on the different pieces of the masks give them dimension. The stark contrast of the white masks on the black background puts a greater focus on the masks than a white background would.

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