home: a short story by isabel luk
For my personal illustration project, I thought about the ekphrastic poems that we wrote in English for the conceptual unit and decided that I would create my illustration about an artist that I’ve been fond of.
I wouldn’t normally call myself an art enthusiast, but this artist’s work has definitely stood out to me and is truly interesting to me. After visiting the Louisiana Museum in Denmark this past summer, where I was able to see one of this artist’s most famous installation artworks, I was immediately inspired. This artwork was unlike any that I had ever experienced, and I felt mesmerized by the seemingly endless dots of light that were reflected around me.
The artist that I’m referring to is Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese contemporary artist who dedicated her whole life to art in the form of paintings, films, sculptures, and her most famous installations.
This personal illustration is based from the installation, Gleaming Lights of the Souls, which was Kusama’s exhibit at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark when I visited. I felt that solely drawing a portrait of her wouldn’t be enough so I decided to include a photo that I took of the installation to show the exact piece of artwork that I experienced and was inspired by. Through this illustration, I wanted to connect who Kusama is as a person and the work that she creates, which features polka dot motifs and revolves around the theme of infinity.
After a lecture on D. W. Griffith and the modern cinematic techniques that he pioneered during his career, we were tasked with making a film with Griffith’s pattern, which begins with an establishing shot and cuts closer and closer in on the main subject. I enjoyed this assignment because it taught us how to set up a scene, which is a basic concept that would be used in all of our future films.
Alfred Hitchcock, a 20th century film director, was our model for learning about suspense in a film, which was what he was most known for. This scene was a lot harder to make since we had learned a lot more techniques, such as privileged position and fast paced cuts. We struggled a lot more with this scene; in the end, the only suspenseful thing in our film was the music.
Our final scene assignment was to create a believable chase scene with concepts such as the 180-degree rule and continuity. This was my favorite scene to film and we got extra time to complete it which allowed me to spend more time filming and editing. We were expected to include all of the skills that we had learned previously (from the other assignments and lessons) into this scene. I filmed my scene at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco.