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Fantasy illustration

Tamara Česnik (2015) Fantasy illustration. Diploma thesis.

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    This diploma thesis examines fantasy illustrations and conscious and unconscious factors which influence their realisation. The aim of this paper is to clarify and present different types of fantasy illustration, which are analysed in the theoretical part. This paper also evaluates several factors, which influence fantasy and an individual's fantasy world, and examines the creative process in visual arts of those familiar with fantasy or not. The beginning of the theoretical part is an overview of illustration, from its prehistoric beginnings to the diverse forms today. Afterwards, we examine the link between fantasy and imagination, which is very important for each individual, is present since early childhood and influences a person's perception of the real and surreal world, which is built through life experiences. This is followed by an overview of the development of science fiction and its significance, which has interested me since childhood and is featured in movies, fairy tales and cartoons. Aside from imagination, the method of visualisation, combined with human senses, is also important to understand visual or other arts. The paper also examines book illustration in Slovenia, which needs to be understood before entering other illustrated worlds. The second section of the theoretical part of the thesis is about Surrealism, Verist and Absolute Surrealism and the integration of Surrealism into fantasy illustration, and investigates different forms of fantasy illustration and where they appear. The last part of the theoretical part presents Hans Rudolf Giger, who was a leading figure of the aforementioned artistic movement and not only left his mark on the world through his works, but also influenced my perception of imaginary worlds and my own works. This part concerns itself with Giger's approach to artistic creativity, which uses a variety of elements of art and variables, and his fascination about morbid, visually sophisticated works. The paper then examines different types of fantasy illustration from the perspective of visual arts, evaluates the role of forms and images, and examines the synergies between aesthetic and semantic information in fantasy illustration. The paper then proceeds to examine value, the element of art, which refers to lightness or darkness, which is an important feature of Giger's works, as well as in my own works inspired by the artist. The last part of the theoretical part explores the connections between fantasy illustration and metal music, which contains a lot of fantasy imagery, is my favourite music genre and often influences my artistic expression. The paper also includes my artworks, which were created while reading and listening to 10 different metal songs, the music which has accompanied me since primary school. The practical task of the pedagogical part of the thesis was carried out at the Miroslav Vilhar Elementary School in Postojna. The goal was to create a fantasy character based on saturated and unsaturated colours.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: illustration, fantasy illustration, fantasy, imagination, surrealism, science fiction, music
    Number of Pages: 106
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Jurij SelanMentor
    doc. dr. Beatriz Gabriela Tomšič ČerkezComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10608201)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2882
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 13:37
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 13:37
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2882

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