So as to realize this Personal Project I decided to research about the importance of the animals on our lives and the nature that surrounds us. My objective in this project was to communicate the importance of being aware, of animal abuse, how important is to take cure of animals and the environment around us. One of the reason I decided to do this project is because my interest for animals, I have been reading and learning things related to animals. For this reason, I wanted to take this opportunity and do something realted to animals.
My first idea was using ceramics and illustration so as to communicate all this information. I wanted to communicate my interest in ceramics, illustration and animals. Although some of these ideas changed throughout the project.
In order to have another point of view I choosed three texts that are not related directly to animals. But they influenced me so as to develop my project.
“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.”
Nina Simone on the Role of the Artist
“Today has become necessary to demolish the myth of the artist who only produces masterpieces for a small group of people. As art stands aside from the problems of life it will only interest a very few people. Our task is to make a new kind of artist capable of understanding every kind of need.”
Design as Art – Bruno Munari
WHAT IS ILLUSTRATION?
“Illustration is one of the most direct forms of visual communication. Is not ART and it is not GRAPHIC DESIGN. It is frequently refered to as GRAPHIC ART or COMMERCIAL ART. Illustrators create image for print, for screen, for galleries and for architectural spaces”
What is illustration?
We thing treat animals as if they were our property, animals do not belong to us. Animals are living beings with whom we share our planet. Few people are aware of the treatment of animals that live on farms and are used for the industry of food, cosmetics, fashion … all this to please ourselves, without thinking about the damage we do to them. If one. of them disappear, that will affects other animals and also us, humans.
During the process of developing this project, there were moments when I was clear about what I wanted to communicate, but it was very difficult for me to decide how I wanted to do it. My goal was to (re)educate people. My first decision was to choose who I wanted to raise awareness. So I decided that my target would be adults, they would the ones to teach children, why animals are important. This would be a way to learn together, adults and children.
Finally, the result of my personal project was a collection of drawings with a short text. Explain some of the important facts of the animal, or if they are in danger of extinction. Furthermore, I did a collection of t-shirt with the illustration of some of the animals. Following it can see some of the images of my personal project.
At the end of this project, I realised that I could not communicate everything I wanted to communicate. If I had the opportunity to continue with this project, I would have made more t-shirts. Utilising more drawings, and adding other elements, such as text. I would have done more research on some animals and what their role is on our planet. And do more in the fact of how we can help them.
Some of the illustrationd of the animals :