Thursday, 13 February 2014

Major Project

For my Major Project I decided to do something personal to me. I decided to do concept for a animation of awareness for Alzheimer's and Dementia. My Nan Mary, is a victim of the disease, and I have seen her progression through the stages from start to soon finish. Alzheimer's symptoms are labeled with old people and is played down within our modern society accepting most of the symptoms with "old age". Alzheimer's doesn't just effect the person but everyone around them. From personal experience there is simply not enough information out there to help deal with the progression of the stages for the carers and family. There's a large gap between what the person affected, families and carers experience and the information available. There is research showing the science behind what is happening to the brain and a list of symptoms, but nothing personal. The personal side of this disease is what makes it an underestimated and impersonal disease as it gets labeled as "being old". What my imaginary end product would be, is a personal story of Mary which goes through her experiences and the experiences of the family who act as her carers. It would help raise awareness and emotional aid for families with loved ones recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's with what to expect. 

The concepts will be based around real people and real events, so I first started with some stylistic and character experiments. The initial designs are always more warm ups than anything close to the real design work, so please be kind to the warm ups!

First I liked these graphic designs of old men. I thought the simple shapes and exaggeration within the designs were great. So I tried to step outside my comfort zone and do something very similar. My main aim was to try and loosen up my drawing for this project. Having tight and sharp lines would contrast with the personal softness I wanted to give to the characters and the project. 

These two done on Illustrator have come out much darker for some reason, I don't know why. From doing these it was clear which ones were working and which ones weren't. Although it is a style very different to my normal style, I don't think it was a complete failure. However for this project the designs were too flat and graphic for this project. However it was nice to know I can do something different. I look the designs and made them more my own again, but I kept what I have learnt by not being scared of exaggeration, and to keep the shapes flowing more within my future designs. 

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