This week, I’m representing the character I created in my previous post, Callen Zelrich, in collage form! While this assignment doesn’t count for stars, it is in the assignment bank here, with a description to describe yourself, or in this case, your character using a collage of pictures and/or words that are meaningful to you!
If you’re not familiar with Cal, you can check out my introduction post on him, otherwise, I hope this collage can tell you the story just as well, if not better than words. Cal is, in summary, a vampire with a dark past trying to better himself, now a surgeon. With this collage, I wanted to capture both what is meaningful to him, and what plagues him, to give meaning with contrasting pictures, since he is a character filled with contrast.
Links are provided to each picture! Starting from the top upper left, I have a picture of a casually dressed man to show the general aesthetic of the character without giving a portrait. Then, I have a picture of a doctor shaking hands with a patient, showing the good Cal is working to do in his life now; he always feels best about himself when he’s able to help someone in any way. The next are vampire teeth, which represent, besides the obvious, the darker part of his nature that Cal is trying to hide and move away from. The quote that follows is one I thought encapsulated Cal’s feelings on life, as he, ultimately, is just trying to be a better person, even with the odds stacked against him. The next is a close up of a doctor’s coat, again showing what he values in his life and career. The image of the bloody scalpel has a sort of contrast in itself in that blood is integral to many parts of Cal’s life, since it’s something he needs to survive and it’s something he touches everyday to save people’s lives. Additionally, I found the meme of the ‘Vampurr’ cat amusing and I thought Cal might find it that way as well, giving some sense of humor to his personality too. Finally, the image of books represents both Cal’s hard work in his studies to become a surgeon, and one of his favorite hobbies; as someone who’s old fashioned, he thinks there’s nothing better to do than curl up with a good book and relax.
I had a lot of fun making this assignment! In order to create it, I used Pixlr, a free app that allows you to create collages. The most difficult part of this task was really searching online for the right pictures to fit the mood I wanted to convey of the character. Sometimes, you go through so many only to never find any of the object/scene you have in mind and other times the right picture is waiting at the top of the search results. It just takes time to carefully chose each image, as well as the collage layout. I also did a bit of filtering on some of the pictures, to make some of them darker since many of the photos were obnoxiously bright, especially in the images I wanted to use to create a darker mood. This was easily done with the filter editing that can be done in Pixlr. Then, I uploaded my collage to Instagram, and it was all good to go!