Quadrophenia (1979) is not an adaptation of the ambitious concept-album by The Who. Rather, it’s a stand-alone social-drama/youth movie that allows itself to be freely inspired by its soundtrack.
The film played a big part in the mod-revival of the late 1970s, showing all the stylish bits of what it must have meant to be Mod in
the mid-1960s, with great eye for detail: slim fit suits and tennis polo’s, Vespa scooters and big parka jackets,
loud British bands and amphetamines, rebellion and rioting – it’s all there, in
a careful and stylized reconstruction. Director Franc Roddam also leans on elements from 1960s
kitchen-sink realism, for a style that also has an
eye for the darker sides of the working class youth culture - the alienation, the
boredom, the search for a sense of belonging. This makes Quadrophenia a great and sophisticated youth
movie about both adolescent anguish and cool.
Instead of always hiding or cropping out the eyes, I reverse cropped the image of a boy to see if his identity was still present. I feel it works just as well and also references the skinhead subculture in present day.
Final images of ‘British Youth Culture’ as a series of illustrations.
Overall I am pleased with my final set of illustrations, I have advanced from level 5 in terms of my composition, limitation of colour and my digital painting abilities. I really enjoyed just getting back to scratch and limiting myself to only using pencil to get my ideas down quickly and efficiently. This made the digital side of my work less of a hassle, as the foundations were already there, I just had to bring them alive with colour and small details that I could not achieve with traditional practice. I also found experimenting with light and shadow interesting and would like to develop this further into my future practice. This unit has made me realise that the marriage of traditional and digital work is the way forward for me and my illustrations.
I am enjoying zooming and cropping, to highlight the subject of my illustrations. It is interesting to see how much you can portray about a person just through their hands. I believe hands have just as much expression as the face.