Amelia Schmidt

Amelia’s work contains digital drawings using custom references through photography. In this period, they mostly only drew black and white designs to emphasize the contrast. It imbues a melancholic feeling, for their subjects often connect with sorrow.

They use Adobe Illustrator to create digital art, either focusing on silhouettes or what the lack of one color creates. Amelia also photographs inspiration in real life and uses it as reference images to enforce the style of abstract realism. What influences her is the human form and morality, the feelings one gets in such a moment, and the negative emotions in her daily life. Some art that has influenced her are the Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette by Van Goh, portraits by Monet, and statues at the Getty Center. Reaping in the Roses demonstrates these themes, as explained in her captions.

Currently, Amelia is working on a 2D animation piece and several other black-and-white illustrations. She hopes to expand into color with animation, eventually using color to give feeling to inanimate objects. Their goal is to depict different perspectives in a room with and without humanoid models to transform the environment into different displays of feelings.

Lady of the Mire

The final Result

One might say that there is a significant difference between the drafts and the final draft. This is true. The drafts were started with no concrete idea, just feelings and a general half-baked thought.

The final draft is meant to imbue whatever is trapping the viewer. See anxiety, and feelings one would wish to avoid. What is clinging upon you, and trailing behind as you walk, raining upon you and never letting go?

Reaping in the Roses

My radial design was built upon roses and skulls intertwined with a mourning, veiled, marble statue as the focal point. Their shape is slightly off kilter, wearing a two part peplos, which adds to the apparent wrinkles on the veil. I added ragged wings to convey the model as an angel, or beings of myth like Melinoe, the furies, and the Morrigan: a triple deity Celtic goddess of sovereignty, war, fate, and death.

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