My central idea for the mini concentration project focused on a social problem that affects large numbers of individuals around the world. Obesity is considered as one of the most common, serious, and costly diseases in the world, especially affecting a larger population in the western countries. It is recorded that more than one-thirds of the U.S. adults have obesity, which posts threats for related disease such as heart attacks, type-2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. In 2008, an estimated annual medical cost of obesity was $147 billion. I decide to center my project on this topic because I want to promote the concern for a social problem through a creative way, and encourage people to pay attention to how the disease is affecting us in a negative way.
The project focused on a main character, which I decided to have it appear as a rabbit struggling with extreme obesity. The composition creates a juxtaposition between a rabbit with an obese body type, because rabbits are known to eat little food and only healthy vegetables. The story shows the scene from the character gorging to his daily struggles, and last realizing his need of losing weight. I chose to use an animal as the main character of the series because it made the composition more interesting to look at, for both children and adults. Since a rabbit does not represent any specific race, I want the audience to not only focus on the character but also the story behind each composition as to reinforce my idea behind the piece.