If you by chance see a video on my page, please disregard that and click on the right arrow in order to view my art submission! For some reason, an unrelated video (that I don't own and didn't make) is attached to this project in my browser, and won't go away even though I've deleted the link. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Introduction + Explanation of "Seen, Heard, Respected"
Hello interwebs, my name is Brandon Toy, my pronouns are he/him, and this is my little PrideMakers art piece! I am by no means an artist, but when I was spitballing ideas for what I might do to challenge myself to create something, I thought of stealing my girlfriend’s iPad and trying out ProCreate for the first time and it was pretty fun, albeit extremely humbling.
I myself am a straight, cisgendered male and to be honest, I grew up in relatively conservative circumstances. I wasn’t ever outright discriminatory towards the LGBTQIA+ community growing up, but I recently became a more outspoken ally when I attended college in the Bay Area. I saw that a lot of my new friends were being treated differently simply because they fancied the same gender or felt that they didn’t belong to their own prescribed gender. These three little Blue’s (#LETSGOLIQUID) represent what I believe that are the stepping stones towards mainstream acceptance for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and while they don’t fully encompass the struggles the community faces in society, participating in Pride Month and listening to the many chats PrideMakers has sponsored has shown me that they’re great places to start.
Inspired by Team Liquid's mascot, Blue, as well as the old adage "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
How we built it
I used Procreate on an iPad Pro (for the first time!) to complete the artwork.
Challenges I ran into
As mentioned previously, I've never used Procreate before, let alone an Apple Pencil, so there was a relatively steep learning curve when using such a powerful tool. Additionally, I consider myself HEAVILY artistically challenged as I seldom draw/doodle/art at all. I give a lot of credit to my girlfriend for introducing more art into my life and teaching me how to draw.
Accomplishments that I'm (very) proud of
I've submitted something for my first makeathon ever, an art piece no less! My only form of art expression that I'm comfortable with is dance, and I haven't submitted any art piece at all since the 4th grade where I failed at drawing a Kingdom Hearts character.
What I learned
I learned how to do a lot of cool things on Procreate! If I were to have listed everything I learned about Procreate, this list would be longer than the whole description but some highlights include using multiple layers to make drawing easier as well as drawing "realistic" hands!
What's next for "Seen, Heard, Respected"
I would really love to see someone with actual artistic ability take the concept of this project and elevate it to clean it up and make it look like a real, marketable graphic! I think that this simple concept (imitating "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil") has a lot of potential for things like pins, social media posts, banners, or even t-shirts for things beyond Pride. I really wonder would it would look like if I had the artistic prowess to bring my mental image of what this graphic could be to reality.