9/6/17 - Coleman Conley This piece was the spearhead to the center of my thematic choice for the rest of this project- Opposites. In this example, the opposition of the Technology of Humankind, and that of our Natural surroundings. This marks the beginning as well of the integration of my own ideas and work for my story that I am writing and planning on turning into a webcomic. Ideas pivotal from that are the inspiration and assistance to ideas for this project. And while the pieces used here are exclusively for the use of IB, I find myself more inspired to make pieces for this when incorporating my own ideas for pieces contributing, and the thematic presence they have within my story as well. The idea of opposites in this presentation is to show that despite being completely different, we can see just how essential they are to each other, being intertwined fully. The concept for the creation behind this now is presenting how mankind may believe their dominance over nature is certain- but just as they go around destroying and taking what they believe is theirs, the natural order that they pretend to coexist with serves a strong reminder- despite being different, mankind is apart of nature, and if they destroy it, they just as easily destroy themselves. Represented there for those topics include the clouded sky, the hazy future that humans strive towards- not quite sure what’s ahead, but they continue their flight, blissfully unaware of the dire consequences that are right behind them. The plane itself is merely an outline of blue, as humans attempt to appear one with the sky, one with nature. Of course, their presence among the clouds could not be more obvious. The piece itself is 12 (width) by 9 (height) inches in size. There exist many small details I designed specifically to both trigger emotions on the subject, and bring up smaller parts of the topic through symbolism- the outline being one, another being that of the framing of the plane in the painting- only being that of a 4th of the image, but still directing the attention to that smaller space as the dark clouds and plane completely contrast the rest of the peaceful cloudy sky. This is to portray that the environment itself is not creating innate danger itself against humanity, but the thought that because of our own actions, we unintentionally turn the environment right back against ourselves. The cartoon aesthetic for the plane applies itself to the otherworldliness of this concept, and how absurd humans ruining such a beautiful thing is. As for programs and the medium used, I employed Photoshop to digitally paint this piece. With that in mind it sets a new part of the theme- with this medium, I portray something that is heavily been done physically, and often with nature- painting art. But with this, I am also able to capture how this artform has changed. Now, instead of oil based painting or anything, I use digital information on a screen, powered by electricity that is generated through larger means of destroying the environment. The work shown in progress is in .GIF format, as to both show both each step of the creative process, and show even more symbolism in the man-made like grid and naturalization of clouds through starting basic blobs of unnatural color. As for the presentation alongside the animated GIF, I use blistering winds and rainstorm sound effects, that drown out the sound of an old plane engine in flight, as to signify both the coming darkened storm and how nature itself is way bigger than we see it to be. This piece is significant to myself, as I have been growing more and more concerned with the way humanity treats the environment in pursuit of technological progress. This is a highly used theme and topic within the story I am currently writing, with a very eco-friendly stance, yet a slightly pessimistic view on the world considering how roughly the human race has treated its home planet, as well as a google cardboard VR helmet featuring an image of fire as the image of the future for people to see in the presentation. In Reflection, after much critique I know see several things that both worked in my favor and against- The Virtual Reality portion with the Google Cardboard in essence worked perfectly to convey a message to some, and confusion to others. And while confusion may seem a bad thing, as some had trouble understanding it even with a little explanation, the idea of the piece was to intrigue and force the audience to think about humanity’s role within the environment. Many questions were asked- why is there an image of fire, and this gif on in the screen helmet? I emphasized the word “future,” and joyfully tried to cover the fact the future (as seen within the helmet symbolically) is not in fact in good standing with us if we continue our methods. Finally, I found that the idea (I hadn’t even considered until someone had mentioned to turn the lights off for the presentation. This in general created a focus on the screen, supporting the vision of “the future” to the fullest extent, capturing the attention of the room and creating a silence to draw attention to this very important subject.