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Trails: A Junior Conceptual Project by Nicolas Faurot (2015)

For my fine arts I used watercolor. I knew I was going to have to make a rainbow and unlike pencil watercolor would help create the rainbow like effect of the colors almost melting into one another. Furthermore I knew that I really wanted the color from the rainbow trail to pop in my photo and with the use of a few filters the watercolor truly exhibited that. For my digital medium, the main piece you’ll notice in the photo I used as the backdrop. I wanted to find an eerie looking path way to juxtapose the rainbow trail. In order for the rainbow to fit into my photo without standing out too much, I traced it using my pen tool on a separate layer and then filled in the trail with a nearly transparent gradient from white to black, this way the trail got darker as it went further back. Unlike my previous pieces, I wanted to keep it simple, more than often I get carried away and add random elements and filters to my work that aren’t necessary and end up cluttering my piece. So for this I decided to try something new, after all this is the conceptual unit.

When I was first introduced to this project I was at a loss to say the least, the concept I have has provided me with a lot of hurdles throughout this unit so I wasn’t expecting this project to be any easier. After thinking and thinking about how to connect something to my concept, I decided to instead make something first and then interpret my concept around that. The main piece I focussed on was the loss. The trail represent the misleading path that so many people fall down, what starts out as fun and games, sun and rainbows, soon turns into a downward spiral, almost impossible to come out of. The trail around it was meant to give off a darker vibe to represent how everything around the path tells you to turn around, everything about it is supposed to scare you away, yet we ignore it. So many people nowadays claim they’ll do something "just once, just so I can try it, so I don’t have to think about it ever again" but the amount of people that stay true to this is abyssmal.
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