How to get over your fear of the dark
It’s a new thing for us to wear dark clothes, and it’s been a good thing.
But it’s still something we worry about, and our fear of it has made us less creative.
If we want to make a cool-looking poster or make a new project, we’re less likely to do it.
The same thing happens when we’re afraid of dark and shiny things, too.
“We think it’s bad, but the more we try it, the more it looks good,” says Jodi Kuzma, a New York City-based artist and a mother of two young daughters.
“It’s a beautiful thing, but it can get in the way.”
When you think about it, this might seem counterintuitive.
For some people, the bright colors of an orange shirt or a black dress can be overwhelming.
“There’s nothing like the way that a little bit of color makes a world feel alive and alive,” says Kuzmas.
“And it’s a good way to express your love and joy and your emotions.”
To make this a little more personal, Kuzmases decided to get creative with her favorite colors.
She wore bright orange lipstick, a white shirt, a dark gray dress and a pair of shades of black.
Her project is called “Lava Lamp.”
It’s an homage to a classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” and the idea is to show a couple in the movie, Dorothy and the Scarecrow.
The concept of using light to convey emotion is similar to a trick that artist and filmmaker Robert A. Heinlein created in “Dune,” when he depicted a group of aliens as bright orange, bright green and blue.
But the key difference is that these colors represent something that’s not real—a dream or an idea.
“The only way to create a feeling is to have something that you can actually see and feel,” says Keri Miller, a graphic designer and illustrator who lives in San Francisco.
“But for people who are afraid of the darker, they’re less creative and more fearful.
And so the solution is to try to find something that makes you feel like you’re really, really in the world.”
The color palette used on the project is one of the many ways Kuzsmas tries to create the illusion of being in the same place as others.
For instance, she wore a yellow blouse and a bright yellow tie to emphasize the color.
She also used a pink skirt with matching shoes, a red dress and purple lipstick to show her appreciation for the color purple.
“When I see this dress, it’s like, ‘This is my new best friend,'” Kuzzas says.
“So I have a little red-and-blue, pink-and a purple-and I’m not even sure if I like the color or not.”
It helps that the project uses bright orange as the primary color.
“Lavas are a really good way of bringing life to the world,” Kuzms says.
This can also be applied to more everyday things.
For example, she’s worked on other posters, like this one, with a bright green background.
“I think we can all do something like this with our eyes closed,” she says.
Miller is more concerned with using a bold color to highlight the message.
“One of the things that I think people don’t realize is that when we do this sort of thing, we tend to focus on what’s inside of the person,” she adds.
“You don’t want to take away the person, because they’re the point of the poster.”
When she’s not painting, Miller makes video art.
“My wife and I work on videos,” she explains.
“She’s a videographer, and I’m a designer.
So we’re both in the visual arts.”
And the art also includes music, as she’s used her music as a backdrop to make her poster.
“Music is an emotional thing, and when you have a light color like red or orange, it helps us to connect with the world around us,” she said.
“This poster, we’ve taken that and added some music to it.
And we hope it gets people to look at our poster and want to connect to it.”
For more information on how to wear light colors to create more natural-looking posters, check out this post from the National Geographic Creative Director’s Group.