After three weeks of mild confusion, briefing illustrators, and quite a bit of photo manipulation, I have finally come to the end of the barbie brief!
I found working with an illustrator interesting. Though I had known him for a while, I still found it difficult getting my ideas across and I think I may have left one or two details out. Knowing that he already had several projects on the go, including university work, I couldn’t help but feel bad when I pressed him for the work. I guess it’s good experience for the future when I have to deal with outside sources for projects.
Both final outcomes are roboots of retro monster b-movie posters. Part of the rationale behind this is that you would not allow young girls to watch horror films (unless you were a particularly irresponsible parent/guardian) in a similar way that people probably should not let their children play with barbie. As I’ve said before, if there’s so much controversy abut Barbies possible influence on body-image, self confidence, etc. why do parents allow their innocent young children play with her? I chose to only change the main figure in the imagery and the typography because I wanted the posters to keep some of their original ‘cheesyness’ as barbie is seen today as somewhat outdated, despite Mattel’s attempts to modernize her by cloning the look of Bratz dolls.
Typographically, I edited the posters to have satirical titles and parody production names. I also included the name of the illustrator I employed (Ed Fairburn) as a cameo. I even went to the extent of changing the fineprint on ‘Beasts are Blonde’ to relevant information, e.g. ‘a tacky plastic doll production’, etc.
Image wise, I’m rather pleased with how both posters have come out. I managed to burn the warmth into Barbies skin tone in Attack of the Plastic Woman so that she resembles the tanned Amazonian woman from the original. As for the figure in Beasts are Blonde, the slight pixelation on the figure adds to the decomposition of zombie Barbie, and could also be said to be a comment on how the quality of the original Barbie dolls isn’t exactly brilliant, seeing as she was made out of reportedly toxic chemicals.
Hopefully all will go well during the presentation. I’m not sure what exactly I’m going to say as they pretty much speak for themselves, and it’s your own fault if you haven’t read the rationale conveniently positioned right next to the designs :p