For my dreamscape, I tried be as literal as I could, while throwing in a thing or two that I felt just represented some aspects of me. The background is a photo I took recently when I went down to Ringing Rocks Park. If you have not been there by the way, I recommend going, and remember to take a hammer with you so that you can actually ring the rocks. Before I go any further though, I must clarify that I have really... REALLY, strange dreams. They are distinctly amalgamations of everything and/or anything that I came across, saw, read, or whatever during the course of the day or previous days. If something seems really unusual, that’s probably why. I’ll start by breaking down some of the major things.
On the left side you’ll see a ninja slicing a large round wheel of gouda. This is actually from a dream of mine (I told you they were weird). It stands out in my mind as one of the most unusual dreams I have ever had and remembered. To make it even weirder, in my dream I was actually in a German restaurant while there was karaoke going on, but opted to leave that out. I somehow doubt that ninjas use their swords to slice up cheese.
The dinosaur you see in the background is a Tyrannosaurus Rex from the movie “Jurassic Park.” When I was a little kid this was one of my favorite movies. I was very much a tom-boy and had an obsession with dinosaurs. It’s placement towards the back is to reflect that it was a more prominent trait in my past, though the movie still sticks with me as one I still enjoy, and also that it was milestone in terms of effects in the film industry.
In the center to right you’ll see me sitting at a table looking deep in thought. I am one of those people that is always thinking about everything. My brain never really stops running. I’m always wondering about my future, my job, love life, friends, daydreams, etc. Sometimes these things can upset or worry me. However, if you notice in the image there is a faint hand on my shoulder. That is to represent my dad who passed away somewhat recently. I miss him greatly but I like to think that he is always there just over my shoulder.
The stately looking fellow that I am at the table with is known as Gentlemen Cho’Gath. He is a character from an online computer game that one of my friends had me playing. We were joking the one day about how strange my dreams are and somehow it came up that I would probably dream about having lunch with Cho’Gath, so I had to put him in here for funsies. Now what is neat about the game is that every time the creators make a new character, they post an “art spotlight” on them. These art spotlights are actually recordings of the person at the studio that actually created the artwork, like the Cho’Gath image, in Adobe Illustrator. These are actually really neat to watch especially since we will be using Illustrator later, and I find it kind of inspiring watch these being created.
There are a few other objects in the image you might notice as well. The Rubik’s cube in the corner represents my fondness for puzzles, trivia, and solving things in general (I have never solved a Rubik’s cube properly though). The LoLcat is just that. I am a dork, and the cat macros crack me up. I can spend hours on icanhascheezburger.com. That is no moon in the upper left corner, but the Deathstar. I was very close to my older brothers, and often watched whatever they were watching, which includes Star Wars. Yes, I am that dorky, but it’s what I grew up with and a common link with my brothers. On the right there is a tiny image of me with little broken hearts around it. This is supposed to be my sad luck in love, but is something I usually keep to myself about. There is a rose on the table that is meant to represent how I am actually quite traditional when it comes to romance, and really appreciate all the silly sappy things that people do sometimes and are often taken for granted. At the top of the photo there is a shadowy image of me which is positioned to be show that all of this stuff is just stuff in my head. As for the baby penguins, I have a soft spot for animals, especially cute fluffy baby ones. I have been that way my entire life. Also, who doesn’t love baby penguins?
My dreams can truly be a surreal place, especially when all of these parts of my being come together into one giant lump.