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YEAR PROJECT CATERGORY
SECOND YEAR TIME-BASED MEDIA #Film #Illustration #Self

Brian Hermelijn ‘shows others that it's okay to be vulnerable’ through an illustrative film about the Subconscious


An image-film exploration of bodily sound and black and white rough digital illustration to capture the experience of what it is like being part of his world.


When initially being given the project brief for time-based media ‘To watch, analyse and seek inspiration in the film La Jetee’ Brian was intrigued as to whether this could be the project which he could incorporate his passion for digital illustration . The french film La Jetee (1962) was one of the first ever image based films. Using this as a starting point Brian went off to explore the method of image-film and recognising that he was not an animator but rather an illustrator began to see the potential of his illustrative stills in place of film stills.


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These last years in his free time he had picked up the medium of digital illustration, posting regularly on his instagram and following challenges he set himself. It became a passion in a way, the manner in which digitally one could achieve the same strokes that a brush could make in an analog way. Starting off with all kinds of experimental studies yet still keeping true to a special and personal touch his work gives off. It is difficult for one to pinpoint whether it is the colour palette he uses which achieves this or the brushes which he selects but either way one can see great potential in his first creations. While still allowing for development in his methods and means he wishes that one day he can find a way to make illustration his main pursuit.


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When asked why this project was a favourite for Brian he replied by stating it is the only one which he was able to combine his interests; film, illustration and sound. Altogether he hoped would perhaps make the viewers experience what it is like being part of his mind. He proceeded by telling us that the film is about ‘exploring one’s inner subconscious mind, and recreating it back in the dimension reality (our reality)’. While this has always been a topic of interest for Brian one could not help but wonder what roles the original source of inspiration ‘La Jetee’ played in the adoption of this theme. Brian reflects that ‘there is a part of the film, where the main character is being used as an experiment, they inject him with a sort of sleeping liquid, then they put a device on his head so they can understand how his imagination is working/if he is in the sleeping state.’ So what he was interested in was taking this aspect to develop a project based on what it is like to be in someone’s subconscious, in this case using himself as the subject of interest. The visuals and sound both produced directly by his body, were what he would need to manifest himself in the film. He claimed he would conduct sessions where he would record his “Humm mmm” and use it as his soundtrack while creating his illustrations, as if the sound guided the visuals. Since he needed to be fully present in order to manifest his subconscious within the visuals, whenever he started the session he would do breathing exercises to be completely at peace and one with himself.


As mentioned previously Brian’s interests lay in topics related to consciousness, subconsciousness, spirituality, living in the moment and were topics he wanted to express to viewers watching. He also wants those who come across his work to feel that it is okay to be vulnerable and to create what you feel is you, rather than suppressing your inner feelings, your inner-world. It can be ugly or scary or you might hate it but you should produce it anyway and let the world see you, for you who you are. With this it is important for a creator to think of the ways they can relate to their canvas or become their canvas. Brian achieved and explored this primarily through sound and was fascinated by how simply using a mouth as an instrument was enough to create a whole rich soundscape.


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The one thing Brian feels he would change in this process and result is the illustrations. He finds that he focused greatly on using abstract shapes to express his emotion but would love to also experiment with the three-dimensional subjects within the illustrations. Would this enrich his final work? He thinks it would but at the end of the day even the abstract shapes and colour scheme of black and white represent how one’s world can be dark and grim yet still interesting. These abstract shapes could in some ways also reflect on many other juxtaposing themes found within the self and the subconscious such as Yin and Yan, Light and Dark, Evil and Good etc. all concepts fundamental to our being, creation and survival.

Brian1.png


YEAR PROJECT CATERGORY
SECOND YEAR TIME-BASED MEDIA #Film #Illustration #Self

Brian Hermelijn ‘shows others that it's okay to be vulnerable’ through an illustrative film about the Subconscious


An image-film exploration of bodily sound and black and white rough digital illustration to capture the experience of what it is like being part of his world.


When initially being given the project brief for time-based media ‘To watch, analyse and seek inspiration in the film La Jetee’ Brian was intrigued as to whether this could be the project which he could incorporate his passion for digital illustration . The french film La Jetee (1962) was one of the first ever image based films. Using this as a starting point Brian went off to explore the method of image-film and recognising that he was not an animator but rather an illustrator began to see the potential of his illustrative stills in place of film stills.


Brian 2.jpg


These last years in his free time he had picked up the medium of digital illustration, posting regularly on his instagram and following challenges he set himself. It became a passion in a way, the manner in which digitally one could achieve the same strokes that a brush could make in an analog way. Starting off with all kinds of experimental studies yet still keeping true to a special and personal touch his work gives off. It is difficult for one to pinpoint whether it is the colour palette he uses which achieves this or the brushes which he selects but either way one can see great potential in his first creations. While still allowing for development in his methods and means he wishes that one day he can find a way to make illustration his main pursuit.


Brian insta.png


When asked why this project was a favourite for Brian he replied by stating it is the only one which he was able to combine his interests; film, illustration and sound. Altogether he hoped would perhaps make the viewers experience what it is like being part of his mind. He proceeded by telling us that the film is about ‘exploring one’s inner subconscious mind, and recreating it back in the dimension reality (our reality)’. While this has always been a topic of interest for Brian one could not help but wonder what roles the original source of inspiration ‘La Jetee’ played in the adoption of this theme. Brian reflects that ‘there is a part of the film, where the main character is being used as an experiment, they inject him with a sort of sleeping liquid, then they put a device on his head so they can understand how his imagination is working/if he is in the sleeping state.’ So what he was interested in was taking this aspect to develop a project based on what it is like to be in someone’s subconscious, in this case using himself as the subject of interest. The visuals and sound both produced directly by his body, were what he would need to manifest himself in the film. He claimed he would conduct sessions where he would record his “Humm mmm” and use it as his soundtrack while creating his illustrations, as if the sound guided the visuals. Since he needed to be fully present in order to manifest his subconscious within the visuals, whenever he started the session he would do breathing exercises to be completely at peace and one with himself.


As mentioned previously Brian’s interests lay in topics related to consciousness, subconsciousness, spirituality, living in the moment and were topics he wanted to express to viewers watching. He also wants those who come across his work to feel that it is okay to be vulnerable and to create what you feel is you, rather than suppressing your inner feelings, your inner-world. It can be ugly or scary or you might hate it but you should produce it anyway and let the world see you, for you who you are. With this it is important for a creator to think of the ways they can relate to their canvas or become their canvas. Brian achieved and explored this primarily through sound and was fascinated by how simply using a mouth as an instrument was enough to create a whole rich soundscape.


Brian 5.jpg


The one thing Brian feels he would change in this process and result is the illustrations. He finds that he focused greatly on using abstract shapes to express his emotion but would love to also experiment with the three-dimensional subjects within the illustrations. Would this enrich his final work? He thinks it would but at the end of the day even the abstract shapes and colour scheme of black and white represent how one’s world can be dark and grim yet still interesting. These abstract shapes could in some ways also reflect on many other juxtaposing themes found within the self and the subconscious such as Yin and Yan, Light and Dark, Evil and Good etc. all concepts fundamental to our being, creation and survival.

Brian Hermelijn

https://www.instagram.com/brianhermelijn/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/shperninefour/?hl=en

https://www.behance.net/brianhermelijn