To start off my research into this project, it is important to understand the client. To do this, I feel I must look into the ways in which they work and live their life. I am going to look at several types of precedence, but two key areas to look at regarding my client will be the art and bipolar aspects.
To do this, I am looking around at other influences to see how different people produce art and/ or live with their bipolar disorder. I am beginning with artist Chuck Close.
Chuck Close is an excellent artist to look at in regards to this client. Whilst not bipolar, he does suffer from severe dyslexia. Despite not performing well in his education, his paintings quickly became known for their incredibly photorealistic accuracy.
The image to the right is a painted self portrait by Chuck. As can be seen, the attention to detail is phenomenally high, featuring accurate representation of the highlights and the shadows. The skin texture is present too, as is each individual hair on both his face and head.
Perhaps even more impressive is the way in which he imitates depth of field, carefully blurring background details. This is a common effect in photography and significantly adds to the photorealistic effect of the image.
Close was not only a sufferer from dyslexia though, he also experienced tragedy in his early life as well. Further to this, he has also suffered from a neuromuscular problem too. Around age 11 he suffered a kidney infection which resulted in him being in bed for around a year. However, despite all of this, he was able to further his love art.
His style has differed from being perfectly photorealistic though, the two bottom images show examples of his work which build up portraits through the use of tiny segments of colours, almost like pixels on a screen. This new style occurred after having suffered paralysis from a sudden rupture in a spinal artery. He was able to regain use of his limbs, but only partially. This didn't stop him painting though.
The change in his art as a result of his suffering is an interesting one, and a big link to the client for this project. I am interested by the way in the which art can change under the different circumstances that the artist is under. The effects of specific conditions which artists are under can clearly have an effect on the production of art and the final pieces. This is an interesting part of how I see my client and I would like to design for this.