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Inside Out (2015): My Thoughts — July 28, 2015

Inside Out (2015): My Thoughts

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Recently, I went to see the newest machination from Disney and Pixar, Inside Out. I’ve been a Pixar fan from the very beginning – Toy Story being my favourite film from the studio, and I’ve watched it 20 times. One of my missions for life has been to watch every single Pixar film that comes out, with the exception of Cars as I haven’t watched either the original or the sequel, or Monsters University.

Inside Out tells the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, who one day moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. At the same time of her birth, Joy and Sadness emerge inside her brain. Later on, as Riley grows up, three more emotions – Anger, Fear and Disgust – emerge. Together, they control Riley’s feelings from their headquarters (Riley’s brain) and collect her memories to store in long-term memory. Memories have different colours depending on whether they are happy, sad, angry, fearful, or disgusting, although some memories can be a mix of emotions.

When Riley moves to San Francisco, Joy and Sadness are accidentally sucked out of headquarters when Sadness tries to put ‘core’ memories (memories which record Riley’s key milestones during her life) back into the memory bank. In Joy and Sadness’ absence, Fear, Anger and Disgust take over the runnings of Riley’s brain, causing her to act out of character from the ‘happy little girl’ that she usually is, leading to arguments with her parents and bad experiences at her new school. Joy and Sadness must return to headquarters to return Riley back to her cheery self, recalling some forgotten memories and even meeting Riley’s childhood imaginary friend, Bing-Bong, along the way.

I love personifying abstract concepts, and so Inside Out was a treat for me. The only problem with personifying emotions is that they have to stay in the emotion they’re representing all the time, so they can’t stray out of character too much. This film might explain how the human brain works to children, who as the primary demographic for this film might not have a full grasp of the complexity of mental processes, or even Freudian psychology (which is what the film touches on). It may also benefit those on the autistic spectrum (like me) to try to simplify the workings of the brain as much as possible. Emotions can be difficult to understand for these kinds of people, but Disney and Pixar have made a great job of it.

A good film makes you think of the issues it explores long after the credits have rolled and you’ve left the theatre, and Inside Out is one of those films. Thanks to Inside Out, I’ll now always think that Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are controlling my brain, collecting my memories and storing my characters away in Imagination Land to bring out whenever I write a new story or draw a new piece of art.

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My Dictionary – Page 1 (2002) — July 27, 2015

My Dictionary – Page 1 (2002)

Now for the final part in the trilogy of the exhibition of my dictionary from 2002!

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A dictionary isn’t a dictionary without the alphabet, some words and their definitions, so that’s what my dictionary needed. Of course, the first letter of the alphabet is A, so I began with that letter. To make my dictionary stand out from all the others out there on the market, I illustrated each entry with my own renditions of what each word meant.

As I only got up to C in the alphabet, the dictionary has very few pages, and is also for kids so it doesn’t contain more complicated words. This page could act as a little insight into the making of my own dictionary.

 

My Dictionary – Inside Front Cover (2002) — July 22, 2015

My Dictionary – Inside Front Cover (2002)

Part 2 of the exhibition for ‘My Dictionary’ from 2002!

Since I showed the front cover of the dictionary last week, it makes sense that I’d show the next page of the book.

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All dictionaries need a page that explains their purpose, and mine was no exception. I wrote and illustrated this page with a mock-up of a dictionary page, complete with entries and pictures to illustrate the items being talked about. I even explained how to find out if a word is a noun, verb or adjective – perfect for the dictionary’s demographic.

My Dictionary – Front Cover (2002) — July 18, 2015

My Dictionary – Front Cover (2002)

It’s now time to feature the first artwork on my new blog!

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I decided to create my own dictionary which other children could use to learn new words, and even learn how to ‘Sing a rainbow’ alongside opposites, days of the week and months of the year.

Unfortunately, I only made it as far as the letter C (I have a very bad habit of never finishing most books I write/illustrate), so I’m only going to post the first three or so pages that I did finish.

So here’s the front cover of the dictionary I created (or was creating). I was actually inspired by an existing children’s dictionary, which had a front cover like this one, helping children to easily associate an object with the letter of the alphabet it started with.

You might notice I’ve missed H on this one! Maybe because I was drawing too fast and momentarily forgot the alphabet?

Schedule of Blogging — July 8, 2015

Schedule of Blogging

In this post, I’ll set out my blogging schedule.

  • Every week, I will post a piece of artwork for general feedback and viewing.
  • These artworks will be archived on the Creative Work Portfolio for permanent storage.
  • Occasionally, if I have found something which particularly piques my interest, I will write a post on that topic.
  • Announcements about new series will be made in the Project Announcements category.
  • Character bios, reference sheets and official artwork will be posted in Visualizations & Profiles.
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