I wanted these pieces to have a story, an implied story, but I didn’t want to be the one telling it. I wanted my viewers to be able to imagine what might be happening before, after, and within the image. I wanted my viewers to get a sense of who these women could be, but ultimately leave them to create their stories for themselves.
The fourth image in my senior thesis series, titled No More Chainmail Bikinis.
As described in my thesis speech, “Fourth is Science Fiction, which was the most straightforward for me. My favorite game series, Mass Effect, is a science fiction game I have drawn a lot of art based on. When I’m bored or don’t have any references I also like to make up armor while keeping their general art direction in mind. Therefore, I had gotten kind of comfortable faking sci-fi armor on the fly. In order to not get too firmly rooted in my comfort zone for this piece I included text and multiple characters who are overlapping, and also all meant to be looking at the central character. I also wanted their costuming to be a uniform, like they’re all part of a military unit. I wanted it to be clear that our leading lady in this situation was their commanding officer, so I added embellishments to her outfit and also made her darker and gave her more contrast. I also did this one last, for the specific reason that I knew it would be the easiest. I wanted to make sure that I would have enough time to deal with the pieces that presented more of a challenge to me, because I knew that if push came to shove and it got down to the wire, which thankfully it didn’t, I could kick this one out quickly if I had to.”