Front cover for 'Hiroshi and the Wish'.
Here I have created a collage effect by photographing cut-out drawings and writing and bits ripped out of magazines, and cutting bits out of images from the Internet, and layering them. I chose to create this effect because I thought that there was something childish about the collage-like appearance, and because wanted the image to look unpolished, like a child had made it.
This page depicts the market place scene in the story. here I continued to use the collage style to keep the image childish, but used more layering and transparency with the cut-outs to give the image more depth and make it more interesting.
This image depicts Hiroshi finding himself under the sea. Here I played around with colour, contrast, light, hue and saturation to give the feel of darkness while still making the page bright and interesting, featuring some 'under the sea' colours.
This image depicts Hiroshi just after entering the Sea God's lair, but before he sees the castle and the Sea God, which is where the story comes to an abrupt unfinished end.
The process and materials used:
Firstly I began to rip out snippets and parts of images from magazines. While doing this I accidentally ripped out the piece at the centre of the above image, which I realised looked quite like a face. I had been planning to draw Hiroshi's face but when I came across this I thought that this version of his face would be more charming and had a certain simple appeal to it, so I used the piece of paper for his face instead.
Collage pieces ripped from magazines to represent sea, sky and ground in the background.
Previous drawing and embroidery of bird I had done, which I re-used to depict the birds in the story.
To create the under the sea scenes I needed images of fish etc. so I visited The Deep aquarium and photographed the tanks. I also used some photos I had previously taken in Barcelona Aquarium. These are just a few of the images I collected: