There are many positives from social media and the digital world. It helps connect people, grow organisations, and raise awareness for important causes. It’s an avenue which Haydn has built a strong social media following, which he’s certainly grateful, especially Twitter.
However, against the digital magic, there’s also a hidden, more dangerous side. It’s when phones and social media starts taking over. Unfortunately it’s becoming more of a reality. A fine example is when you see a couple out for dinner, who are too glued to their phones for real conversation. It’s similar to the scene in the Disney film Walle, with everyone sedentary, hooked to their devices. It’s an never-ending pull of addiction. Even for a kids film, it has some important messages. Heavy social media and phone use can be a catalyst, affecting our mental and physical health. These conceptual, painted and digital illustrations discusses these many issues.
Not only are we entranced to our are small devices, we can start comparing ourselves to others. Everyone seems like they are living a perfect life. Everything is rosy and dandy, so why isn’t mine the same? But we all know that this rarely represent reality. We can wear ‘happy’ masks posting on social media, whilst underneath we’re not thinking the same. Praying to all mighty ‘phone god’. Or using your phone on your wedding day, to many the best day of your life.
These conceptual illustrations uses a limited colour palette of acrylic and digital. If you liked these illustrations, be sure to take a look at Haydn’s Animal Farm illustration series, or Haydn’s latest sketchbook drawings.