Within the context of this tutorial let us understand what image making really is. It is an illustration, or an image that has been made; handmade, handcrafted skilfully. So skilfully made that the boundaries between reality and illusion are blurred.
There are many different methods of image making and illustration. Images can be drawn by hand and rendered by paints, watercolours or inks. They can be made as a collage, sketched in different styles on a paper or on a tablet and so on. But this module will cover how different materials, when used in a different context, create an alternative and interesting world of images.
Why make images by hand?
The computer does allow for dimensional design, but still handmade and not virtually made images awaken a sense of wonder within us. If images are handmade, it gives way for the belief that it really exists, that it has weight, volume and dimension. The artist who creates them has touched them, and the viewer who perceives them knows that they have been touched by hand, thus almost bringing about a connection in between the viewer and the creator. A connection between the illusion that he has created - to the reality he is trying to represent.