How it all comes to­gether

Som­nath ex­plains how his ob­ser­va­tional tech­niques en­able him to cre­ate a com­po­si­tion that speaks vol­umes

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1 Con­trast­ing el­e­ments

The brief is about a well-ed­u­cated psy­chopath who kills peo­ple out of bore­dom. Her con­trast­ing na­ture re­minds me of the op­pos­ing forces of yin and yang, which in turn guides my com­po­si­tion. I’m par­tic­u­larly care­ful about the na­ture of clothes: how the folds in jeans would be­have dif­fer­ent from those in cot­ton.

2 Cap­ture the emo­tion

For my val­ues, I follow up on my thumb­nail. The cul­tural as­pect is re­flected in the woman’s cloth­ing and per­sonal style. The driv­ing emo­tion is cal­lous­ness, which I try to de­pict through the woman’s ir­rev­er­ent at­ti­tude - check­ing her phone. The bowl of potato chips ini­tially seems a to­tal misfit, but ac­tu­ally adds to the ir­rev­er­ence.

3 Colour plays its part

I want the colours in the com­po­si­tion to be ec­cen­tric and choose to stay away from re­al­ism. Since the bot­tle of wine (orig­i­nally bot­tom right) isn’t adding a sec­ondary story, I de­cide to re­place it with a provoca­tive mag­a­zine, but tone it down so that it doesn’t grab at­ten­tion away from the main story.

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