I wanted my cubism project to be cohesive with my hyper realism project. I’ve never created anything that is cubist inspired. However, I enjoy a challenge. One of the images was to either use a portrait of yourself or any other images to create this project. Here is a portrait of myself below:
Theme 1: Mandalas and Chakras
The first concept I wanted to create a mandala theme that is reflecting the use of the seven chakras. Also, include different multi colored mandalas from an image or include a silhouette of someone practicing yoga. A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
Theme 2: Ganesha
The second concept I wanted to create the Ganesha elephant and use the signs of the OM symbol on its hand. The elephant is a good luck symbol. It is a symbol of strength, power, stability and wisdom. The theme is inspired to represent meditation and strength. Lord Ganesha is the Hindu deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant – represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors.
Theme 3: Buddha
The third concept I wanted to create a Buddha head or face blending within the portrait of myself. I wanted to use different silhouettes of the Buddha to look like its changing positions either by practicing yoga, drinking coffee, and getting through every day life. I wanted this theme to give a sense of transformation as a Buddha. We are all Bodhisattvas of the earth!
Theme 4: Nature Landscape
The fourth concept I wanted to create is to include nature images through the portrait of myself. I wanted to include yoga silhouettes with a nature landscape foreground. I really like double exposure images. It could represent hyper realism within the cubism style. Yoga is life and I feel yoga gives a sense of magic to make your body transform.
Theme 5: Hamsa
The fifth concept I wanted to include the hamsa hand coming out of the composition as three-dimensional. I wanted to incorporate the Buddha in the back and create the Hamsa the focal point. The composition is inspired by transforming your life. Its about progress and not perfection. The Hamsa, also known as the Humes hand, the Hand of Fatima and the Hand of Miriam is a popular symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, particularly within the Islamic and Jewish faiths. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings it’s owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khans. The hamsa hand has two main styles. One style is shaped like a regular hand, and the other has two symmetrical thumbs. The second of the two styles is the most popular. The wearer of the hamsa hand can wear it facing up or down and it is believed to give the owner success, harmony, and protection from the “Ayin Ha’ra,” also known as The Evil Eye.