MEMENTO - ILLUSTRATION PROCESS

THE MAKING OF THE MEMENTO CHAPTER FROM MY FMP; '35MM'

In accompanying with the four alternative posters that I created for my FMP at University, I also created a fully illustrated book to go with it. Here I am going to be showing the illustrations I created for the chapter based on 'Inception' and showing the original versions compared to what they developed into for the book. The book delved into the making of the film, focusing more on the technology and production side of the movie, I accompanied this with a series of illustrations showing the different characters of the movie.

 

For the first illustration I had the idea of having him holding the photo like in the movie, but having it repeat with the photo showing the illustration etc. The character holds carries polaroids with him because he suffers with memory loss so they become an integral part of the movie, they are a plot device themselves, so I knew I wanted to feature them in the book chapter. I also used handwriting in this piece, mainly because I was experimenting with the style I wanted to use, I wanted to represent the character writing all over his body and writing little captions on the polaroids he takes. I ended up not going down this route in the finished book versions of the illustrations, but I do like the fuzzy look the writing has when overlapped. In this piece I wanted to experiment the idea of memory loss and the ways you can visually portray that. On of the ways I did so here was to use negative space around his head, meaning I didn't draw in the rest of his head but you still get the outline, its missing but the idea is still there.

 

The next illustration is one of a still from a close up shot of Leonard's eye. The movie has a lot of black and white scenes and a lot of really beautiful cinematography, and this scene was one that stood out for me. The image is mainly black with little white highlights, so for the illustration I decided to draw the white highlights on a black background. Though it was more complex this way and I had to think extra carefully about what I was drawing, the effect is such a worthwhile one. Another use of the polaroid influence came in the torso drawing in the form of 9 polaroid photos. I was inspired by Maurizio Galimberti's polaroid portraits of celebrities like Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga where he takes multiple polaroid photos of different portions of the face and pieces them all together to make some of the coolest portraits. I decided to capture a similar, more simplistic style of illustration, capturing him in a grid style of polaroids. You can find the whole chapter from the book here.

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