Merícia Dantas

Newspaper Print

Creative Process:

At the beginning of this project, I started by making a mood board with some inspirations that reflected the brand's personality and my universe. A frequent theme in my reference images were patterns, constituted either by the lines, wefts or spots and it was from there that I started to develop this idea further.

I started by obtaining some photographic records of elements that formed grids, which included all kinds of environments. I was inspired by this confusion of lines and shapes that somehow managed to be harmonious with each other and I focused on a simple newspaper page.

From there I developed several sketches and experiments exploring the variations that those structures could form. Finally, I arrived at the final result of the models that are my entry to this contest. A set of more organic and dynamic lines and stains where chaos is manifested, which balance with the rigidity of pure lines. Obviously without trying to lose the idea of a grid formed by the structure of a newspaper page, but at the same time I let this idea be deconstructed and susceptible to new interpretations.

I feel that this set of drawings that seem to have almost no orientation, make a perfect bridge between the brand’s identity and what we, fine art students, normally try to express in our art.

About the author:

Merícia Dantas is a 21-year-old student, who is currently in the 3rd year of a Degree in Drawing at the University of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

She's from Madeira Island and ever since she can remember, that art was a part of her life, and something she was truly passionate about. Since then, she decided to follow her dreams and go study in Lisbon to acquire more knowledge and experience.

She feels she's more oriented towards the digital arts, namely, illustration, concept art, and 3D modeling/sculpture, with the ambition to stand out in this area.

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