For my upcycle project, I want to explore the aesthetic of realism. As the name implies, Realism is the attempt at making a piece of art look real. and true to its subject matter, with no speculation or deviation. While the Realism movement began in France in the 1840’s, specifically around the 1848 Revolution, it is a very popular form of art that has been present in many periods, and continues to be popular to this day. I would say that my personal art style is strongly rooted in realism, as I had many talented friends in high school who excelled in making realistic drawings/paintings, and this inspired me to start drawing. This is a big reason I have chosen realism to be my upcycle project aesthetic.
Another significant branch of realism, and the one I will be focusing on for this project, is sculpture. Sculpting can involve either the addition(modeling) or removal(carving) of material, usually being made of stone, wood, or ceramic. Since the dawn of Modernism, artists have vastly expanded the list of materials used in sculpture, including metals, plastics, food, and many different recycled materials, of which many will be seen in this class. Although there are many materials to choose from, I will be using cardboard for this project, as I have some experience making cardboard models, and I felt it would be a fitting aesthetic for my idea. Cardboard is not a novel material for sculpting, and is among the most popular recycled materials to use for this purpose, which can be seen with a simple google search for “cardboard models.”
Looking at these images inspired my idea for the upcycle project, which is to create a Toyota AE86 out of cardboard. This project would combine both the realism aesthetic as well as drift aesthetic, which is what I wrote my first blog post on. In addition to accurately modeling the vehicle, I also plan on painting it in the style of the poster vehicle for Initial D, shown below.