Kara Walker is an African American female artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity throughout her work.
Although she is a contemporary painter, film-maker, print-maker, and installation artist, she is best known for her larger-than-life silhouettes.
Walker's artwork speaks of the past; the violence, torment, and struggles many have faced, especially in the South. But at the same time, the artwork also forces her viewers to continue questioning and challenging these issues and stereotypes still present in today's world.
Your Mission: Requirements:
Using only imagery, you will be telling a story with silhouettes.
Prior to starting, think about the world today and the issues people are facing (immigration, race, school violence, over using/relying on technology, identity, equality, bullying, etc.)
How could you use imagery to either challenge or bring awareness to these situations people are experiencing?
What characters do you need to tell your story? Are they characters from stories or movies? Are they just regular people?
Using the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator,
you will create a one page story using only silhouettes.
Your story must have:
- At least 1 character
- A setting (where the story is taking place)
- At least 3 details to add to your story such as various props
(umbrella, flags, technology, etc.)
- All silhouettes are filled in with black
- All objects are recognizable as silhouettes