Cimoroni Final Project Proposal
In my world, music and being queer are the two most important things in my life (at least in the realm outside of family and basic needs). I frequent Axis, Club 20, AWOL, and other queer bars around the city. I also frequent an underground party called “Sissy Bar”- a party that has no known date or location until it gets closer and closer to the event. I started to read more about the underground party scene and it intrigued me to no end. I researched and found out that the mystery to underground parties are what make them so successful. Having everything remain a secret makes the event feel more exclusive and “cool” to party-goers.
So what about music festivals? Do these also borrow from the underground scene? The mystery of the lineup for huge festivals like Bonnaroo or Coachella has festival goers on the edge of their seat. People will buy insanely priced tickets before the lineup is even released, and they are rewarded for buying into the mystery with cheaper tickets pre-lineup release.
So, what about combining the two? An underground small music festival combined with a party that goes until 5am (if you can hang that late). And thus, “Shhh! Fest” was born.
What is Shhh! Fest? It’s a mystery! At least for the time being when the first teaser poster is released. The way Shhh! Fest will be promoted is only on paper. Screen-prints will be made of posters and placed around the city. Then it’s up to word of mouth after that. By releasing teaser 1, with anonymous band names and just the location, it gets people to talk. What bands are coming? Why do we have to be quiet (in regards to the SHHHHHHH repeated across the poster).
With the next three posters, I will release them to the streets in order of how popular each band is. COIN will be the first since they are still up-and-coming, then the 1975 because they are much more popular, then Paramore since they are definitely the most popular and will get the majority of people excited.
Lastly, the final lineup will be released with all three bands, and location. Still, time and date will be withheld to keep up the mystery, but will obviously be released closer to the date.
Tickets will be limited and hard to come by, and it will be a big buzz about town. Hopefully attracting tourism and it will help to support not only the local venue, but surrounding local businesses.
I will be using Photoshop to make type posters, and images of bands and their logos (along with Spacebar’s logo).
I am really excited to dive into this project because music is my life. I am inspired by these three bands like no other. They are my current favorites and imagining them coming to a festival I created is really fun for me to work on. I am inspired by the underground party scene and music festival scene, but I made this project my own. I wanted to stray away from the music festival lineups that you see because they are often too cluttered and not aesthetically pleasing.
Why is this important? I am currently inspired by a local art student at CCAD. She and her friend for their senior thesis are literally creating a music festival called SO Fest and their branding is fantastic. Most people do a mock up, but they booked local bands and vendors which I think is so inspiring. I want to one day do this myself, maybe even something like Shhh! Fest. I do not know what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I do know that this past semester, I have found myself loving to create content surrounding music and queer experiences. It might not be what I want my real “big girl” job to be, but it is something that I have definitely been thinking more about to make more than a hobby of.
Links to photos used:
About 3 months ago, I had a dream that really stuck with me. I wanted to illustrate the climax scene of the dream, which is the one that stuck out to me the most.
The dream began with me in the drivers seat of my normal car (a Jeep). It was snowy and at night. I felt as though I was under the influence of something. (I am currently taking melatonin to help me sleep, and it makes me have wild dreams). I come up to a four way intersection and can’t stop due to the ice on the road.
I crash in the middle of the intersection, but all of a sudden I am in a little tikes car, one that I do not fit in. I am laying in the middle of the street, body popping out of the car, and having cars rush around me.
To end the dream, my friend Emiliano came to the scene in his car, but just stood there and laughed.
Video of Screenschots:
I used two stock photos
and a photo of myself taken outside in the snow.
I started by placing the background image, then removing the background from the car and my body, the placing my body behind the car. Then using filters and blur tools to make it feel more like it did in my dream.
My object is my Nalgene refillable water bottle (BPA free!). This bottle has gone far and wide with me! I used to use non-reusable plastic water bottles, and making the switch was a step in the right direction. I love to stay hydrated, and using this helps reduce my carbon footprint!
I think that Warhol wanted to create a statement about consumerism, while I think sometimes critical of it- it was mostly honoring it (and profiting heavily from it). He made himself a commodity, a lot of artists try not to buy into or scoff at. He played into mass consumerism and capitalism and made a name for himself.
I think nowadays, this object is more relatable. Almost every girl my age who likes to stay active or cares about the environment has one of these water bottles. I decorate mine with stickers and such to make it more personal to me. I think it relates to pop culture, I have even seen people make memes about how “basic white girls” carry Nalgene water bottles.
By using the screenshot function, I got to speed up my work just as Warhol did. It makes things quicker without risking quality or message.
Balance & Contrast: The cookies on top balance each other out as they are the same, while the cookies on the bottom contrast each other as they are similar yet different.
Alignment and Pattern: The cookies are displayed in a repeating fashion, and aligned straight and neatly, creating a line/square.
Space, Emphasis and Proportion: The marshmallow is the sole object with a lot of space on the wall. Compared to the wall, the marshmallow is much smaller.
Texture: The marshmallow skewer and wall have visible texture to them.
Movement and Lines: The line of fruity pebbles along with the angle the shot is at, makes the trail look like it is leading somewhere. The coffee line moves your eye downward.
Color, value, and form: The colors are a red monochromatic spread, and one can see both the value and the form, especially with the orbs of BOBA and the seeds in the fruit.
I found this pretty easy, as this kind of skills are the basic photoshop skills I have. While I am not very good as some, I did not have too much trouble. I did have some trouble with using the tools on the grass patch due to the quick selection tool not selecting the right parts. For the three extra images, I used posterize, adding extra saturation, and then black and white.
I found it very difficult to get a good start to this project. I had to start over many times because it looked so unnatural, when we were going for a natural look. I think this is a pretty good finished product because I used multiple layers for each major section of skin, then merged them. It was easier if I made a mistake. I found the magic eraser and quick selection combined was a better bet for erasing the background. The spot healing tool is still tricky for me, but I feel as though I improved with using it.