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A little more gloomy looking than my normal work, this is my soundscape project for my creative process class. We were able to chose the medium we worked with for this one, so I got to work in my little digital comfort box, but I played with some new things like perspective, limited colour palette and making it a little more abstract.

The project was to illustrate the journey that one of our five senses takes every day when we go to class. I live in a quieter part of the city, and have to travel trough the big noisy, polluted part for classes, and so I wanted to talk about all the sounds and issues I hear everyday.

This project is a portion of what will be my big semester-end project so it would be really helpful if you could take a look at it, with sound in mind, and tell me what you think it means before reading the following!

My little cellphone rings to draw me out of bed in the morning and starts my daily adventure. As I walk to my bustop I can hear birds chirping (and crows squawking) and other natural, peaceful sounds. When I get into the city city, sounds become a little different though.

I used the overhead piping as a blanket term to describe the sounds I hear in the city, industrial, mechanical, crowded, busy, cold and harsh sounds. Traffic, crowding of people on the cement side walks, factories, homeless people asking for money and people stepping over them and continuing on their way. The sounds of the city aren't perfect, the city has problems, just like pipes get cracks, but rather than fixing them, we'll put on a pretty patch instead. We wouldn't want it to affect tourism after all.

The sounds of the city are being fed to her though her mechanical headphones, numbingly loud sounds that are so ordinary now they're nothing but white noise, but with one earphone pulled back she listens to the sounds around her as they are.

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Your work is excellent, especially the limited color palette you decided to work in.

I think to convey more of that noisy/messing feel and sounds of a cityscape, some steam emanating from the cracks in the pipes could help. Possibly having said steam flow/crowd around your subject.

Also more shadow play might help to give the feel of a crowded city with noisy people busy by your subject. Having just shadows of other people would work to accomplish this, I think. So it seems as if your subject is about to join in the rushing masses of the city populace.

Just some thoughts! Hope it helps! Great work!
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First, I'd like to say that this piece is gorgeous. Your colors are fantastic, and I'd say your abstraction worked out beautifully. The lack of facial details is perfect- It really puts an emphasis on sound. Looking up like that, without eyes, it's really clear to me that the figure is listening!

I can see where you were coming from with the pipes as a 'blanket' of sound, but the first impression I got from this piece was one of isolation and muted, dull quiet, or a low hum, rather than the chaotic mass of sound I usually associate with urban areas (I also live in the quiet, and go to school in the city!). While the pipes are heavy and very..Blankety (ha ha), I tend to think of the noises of town as being more messy and jarring- There are a lot of things happening in more urban areas that don't happen in less urban areas, and it's all those different, disorganized sounds blending (Cars, horns, engines, crosswalks, voices) that sound like 'urban' to me. The pipes here make me think more of one steady, full-bodied, continuous sound. They're very solid, clean forms, and a lot more..Organized and streamlined than I imagine a representation of 'city sound' would be.

If you wanted to make the image more..Jarring, like stepping into sound, you might add in a few smallier, busier, messy elements. The previously suggested steam would be dandy, or maybe wires falling out of the pipes. Closing up some of the negative space around the figure might communicate more of a 'close, densely populated city' feeling, but I like the isolation, too- Like maybe she's the only one noticing the sound.
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hamnox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
This reminds me of The Mirror Lied.
wispywaffle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's so much
I could say just
but I think I've exploded to you enough elswhere
I can't stop staring at your hair
ZaraAlfonso Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PFFF I actually had a lot of difficulty with the hair and didn't end up liking how it came out. BUT THE PIPES WERE SO FUN TO DO OMNOMNOM Now everytime I see pipes I just want to draw them!
HeyLaughingBoy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure why I like this... but I really like this.
manda-j-panda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Artist
Oooh, I like the concept and the way you drew it out!
Dragonranger10 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
that's life in the big city, harsh.
I think you did a good on this!
EDsnowydragon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Digital Artist
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Kutoa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is really cool. I love the wires and pipes and the view you chose.
ZaraAlfonso Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
Kutoa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Wonderful art! :D
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