This project was about having fun and making a mask that embodied you, so it could look like you or it could be an inventive version of how you view yourself or aspects of your personality. I decided that I wanted to make a mask that was bright and conveyed things that I love.
I started planning my ideas in my sketchbook, drawing some simple plans including unusual shapes and then progressing by adding colour. I started with the idea of creating a recognisable face shape, incorporating features such as, eyes, nose and the mouth. However, I felt that the more experimental ideas were more fun and I was more interested in the mask conveying more about my personality rather than what I look like. This was how I decided on making my mask look like a rabbit, as they are my favourite animal, with their gentle natures and fast reactions, I like the way they live as part of a community which is how I feel as an illustration student. I wanted to use bright colours, as I see myself as a cheerful and upbeat person with a love for the weird and wonderful. I made this mask from manipulating cardboard into round shapes which I then taped together and putting Papier-mâché on top. After the Papier-mâché dried I painted a few layers of orange on top, waited for it to dry and then added details with a selection of posca pens. I also added ears which were made from card and painted purple, I used a limited colour palette and liked that they stood out from each other.
Overall, I really enjoyed this project, as I feel it has allowed me to develop my 3D skills, but most importantly it has allowed me to express myself through illustration using a method that I would not normally choose too and I have thoroughly enjoyed the creative process.