I did this project for the illustration class I took at the Academy of fine arts and design in Ljubljana. The challenge was to create a psychological self-portrait, using different techniques.


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I chose to do a GIF series, using drawing, vector graphics, camera and a green screen. When choosing the aspect of myself I wanted to portray, I chose my anxiety issues that I have.

I didn’t want to make a morbid, sad GIF series – I wanted it to show how silly my fears actually are. I also made flip books for the semester exhibition.

More info: Behance

Nyctophobia

An irrational and severe fear of darkness. People with nyctophobia may feel uneasy just by thinking of being alone in a dark room. They can’t help thinking of the worst situation that may happen in the dark.

Thalassophobia

An intense and persistent fear of the sea. It is a fear of large waves, fear of distance from the land as well as fear of the vast emptiness. Thalassophobes might not be afraid of the sea per se; they are simply afraid of encountering sea creatures. Oceans are vast and relatively unexplored and people already suffering from anxiety disorders fear it due to its “mysteries”.

Social Anxiety

A discomfort or a fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves a concern of being judged or evaluated by others. In my case I have a problem with meeting new people – I just get so awkward that it is impossible to make a normal first impression.

Cynophobia

An abnormal fear of dogs – in my case just big dogs. I don’t mind the small dogs, but if the dog is higher than my knee hight I feel a bit uneasy.