Insects swarmed around her. Their incessant buzzing and whirring--every little mechanized twitch of their gossamer wings--droned in her ears like the rumble of never-ending thunder. The dragonflies whipped like chains around her as the wasps flitted in close to sting her while the butterflies dizzied her aching mind with the shifting patterns on their massive wings Her reflection was shattered millions of times in their giant, bulging eyes. In each of them, she saw her own terrified visage, with her mangled hair and tattered wings, as she screamed aloud and threw her arms over her face to protect herself from the nightmare assault.
The sad thing about this one is that it was a real nightmare through and through to do. The black shapes aren't inked or markered--they were cut out of black paper with an X-Acto knife and rubber cemented to the Bristol board. Lotsa lotsa tiny leetle papers... o_o' My room was covered with them for a month! This was another assignment for my 2-D Design class, this time focusing on the art element of shape, and overlapping patterns were used in order to activate the negative space. Originally, my composition was just overlapping abstracted insect patterns, but, when I got my sketch scanned in and blown up, the intended dimensions were somehow lost in transition, and the far right panels became about 2/3 of their original size. By the time I had realized this, I already had the bottom left and bottom center panels down, and I didn't have the time to correct it because of an encroaching deadline. Since my original composition wouldn't work for the diminished space, I had to design the far right panels on the fly. In order to create a unifying idea to the image, I added the fairy. I'm assuming her defensive pose, with her arms thrown over her face and her twisting form, is due largely to the intense horror that this project gave me. Because of so much overlapping, the fairy's face is really hard to make out--my mom actually stared at it for half an hour and still didn't get it. Never again.... *shudders*