I thought I would make this video that documents my process a bit. This video shows some of the artwork, minatures and design for Chapter 5: Suburban YELLOW ORANGE.
Purple and yellow are, in a way "opposite colors." If you mix purple paint with yellow paint you get a shade of gray or a grayish brown. Purple in the computer, if "inverted" or put in negative will appear yellow, and yellow will become purple.
Blondes Have More Fun?
I was going to skip the colors yellow and orange and then, as usual, one thing led to another and here I am. It started with the idea of bleaching my hair and going blonde. I've never come close to doing anything like this but then I remembered how, for a short while, as a teen, I was concerned with figuring out how to lighten my skin. I felt that the lighter I appeared the more I would be accepted by others. Lightening my hair color would be a perfect way of exploring this sad aspect of assimilation where a person is pulled to be someone other than who they are in order to fit in. In the spirit of memoir, this was an aspect of self that I just couldn't pass up, and I felt that if I could just have a moment where I show up in the video as blonde then it would add dimension and depth. I am still keeping in mind a way to reflect the Chicano diaspora and this would be an important aspect from my own life. It would also be such a contrast to all the other "characters" in the video. I don't think I will be going for being fully blonde. The process in getting there is more involved than I would like, and I will settle for an orangish hair, which is what happens with a first bleach. My hair being black does not bleach to blonde easily. Orange is fine because that is the other color in this chapter's motif. I'm planning for a short shooting schedule so I don't have to have the hair color for long.
Red In the Sky, Red in the Ground - Tracking a Current Project