Danilo Lejardi

Joined June 2008

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Translating Human Of The Year (The Making Of)

Human Figure Workshop. Solo Exhibition.
“Everyone has creative blocks, and it can be so frustrating when this happens. Sometimes I can’t think of a single idea or my work just plain stinks”.
This is how RB artist Tori Yule begins her description of her Human Of The Year image.

It’s a common scenario for all us artists. And that’s precisely the reason why I chose this image to make a digital tranlation. The truth is that I lock myself very often, too much _ I should say; many more times than I can allow myself. Sometimes writing, sometimes creating a custom image…
This is a very familiar topic to me. Years ago I did an image to reflect this state. I named it “When you were sleeping” and I posted it at the Renderosity site.

I guess the image explains by itself.
But what counts is that I felt very identified with Tori’s image since I first saw it.
However, now I feel locked again. Here I have the inspiring and evocative image of Tori, and I’m struggling again between displaying the artist’s internal battle inmersed into his/her mental block, or to reflect the idea that we always manage to overcome this situation, the idea that blockades in arts are necessary too.
Anyhow, here it is
WIP No. 1.
The immeasurably large canvas where the artist is lost and is found.

WIP No. 2
Well, I decided to explore how to represent the artist frustration facing the blank canvas.
Sometimes the lack of inspiration is presented to us as a black and white image, an almost soulless representation.

But I think the worst part comes when everything seems to be colored and we aren`t able to integrate our ideas into this world.

Finally, there is the intermediate option, which is also a way to represent the artist’s alienation from his own creation. By now, this is the image I like the most.

WIP No. 3
I wanted to recreate the original pose of Tori’s character to see how it would work in this new environment. Anyway, I think something is still missing here.

Well, I’ve come to the same point where the character of the original work was baffled. What is next? What decision to make?
The thing is that I have three options to offer as final image. Here they are.
The first is an allegory of the final result. It’s as if the work would have been creating itself in that moment. It’s like a spark of creativity. At the apex of the work you can see the original Tori’s image.

The second is a slight variation of WIP No. 3. I understand that it is the one that retains the best the sense of the original work.

The third one is a major twist regarding the previous direction of the translation.Here I wanted to express one of the possible outcomes of the artist. I like it because it expresses the idea that the artist always goes ahead, that creativity is endless, that we all just need to let go.

I must decide on one of these three works as the final result of the translation. But, which one? I think I will submit it to the consideration of my fellow artists. Surely, they can see this with much more clarity than me.

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