"plant transformation" — i decided to examine how plants have changed during the years, especially now, when artificial ones are taking over everyone's homes.
i started off this project by writing all of my thoughts out surrounding this controversial topic. i wrote out the pros & cons of this transformation, nonetheless i questioned the change and why it is becoming okay to replace real life with plastic.
as well as, i started planing the layout of my illustration.
the next thing i've done after noting down my ideas, was painting some plants in a realistic style. i wanted to achieve plastic looking plants through my painting.
i used gouache paint and coloured pencil on top.
nonetheless, i decided that it would be beneficial for me to play around with the layout of the fake plants in plastic boxes to gauge the appearance of my illustration.
however, though, i was not satisfied with my progress, therefore i decided to start over. i wanted my project to look more engaging and 3d, instead of just a painted illustration.
i began developing my new idea by using all kinds of random materials and objects from my art boxes and drawers. i used lots of green yarn, string, beads and buttons.
i quickly understood that this new take was definitely more my style. i liked the minimal look.
after creating the plants, i decided it's time to start developing my plastic box. i wanted it to appear as realistic as possible, therefore i decided to hand-paint it myself.
this was the first trial of the box and i made the background too dark for my liking.
the art materials i have used for this painting were gouache paint and POSCA pens.
i decided to merge together the already made plants with the plastic box on Photoshop in order to gauge what needed fixing and improving.
analysing everything merged together certainly helped me realise the background was too dark and the highlights were too bright.
after fixing and improving some aspects, here's my updated version, which i was very pleased with.
i used lighter colours and avoided anything too dark.
after merging together my updated plastic box with the plants, i have already made, i quickly realised that the plant pots were too detailed and too grey for my minimalistic illustration.
therefore, i decided to make my plant pots white, without any shades, and instead of making the soil plain back, i made it extremely textured just by being rough with a black pencil.
another issue i have found was in the materials i have used. the use of yarn in my plants was taking away from the main idea of how harmful it is replacing real plants with plastic ones.
therefore, i gathered all my plastic materials i own and cut them up into smaller pieces to make new plants, which were all made from plastic.
i used old plastic straws and a random festival band i have obtained from ages ago.
after altering and improving these small mistakes, i was very happy with my results, therefore i just ended up merging everything together in Photoshop.
— the final image —
“plant transformation” mainly focuses on an ongoing trend, where it is becoming popular to replace real plants with artificial ones. i find it very ironic that people are okay with bringing fake plants into their home environments, when plastic is literally ruining our planet in so many ways. even though, my transformation’s topic is about plants, I feel like it could be connected to many more issues. for example, my generation’s lifestyle and mindset is changing so much in comparison with the older generations, that we become unable to take care of our surroundings. it is evident that our lifestyle and outlook on life is slowly killing the planet.