Friday, December 6, 2013

Final Exhibition

On Wednesday December 4th 2013 our studio class held a final Exhibition where we displayed some of (or all) of the work we created during the fall 2013 semester in our IAr 101 studio class.

The photos below are of the entire room and the work of my peers:

After walking around the room and looking at all the things created by my peers Wednesday morning, I was blown away at everyone's creativity and very happy to have them around me in our IAr community.

The following images are of my own individual exhibition table:

In putting my exhibition table together I chose to focus on all the projects I created in the song/stein poem project exploration. A link to the blog that talks about these items can be found here. (click on the word "here").
I liked the idea of displaying projects that all had a connection to each other in some way as it showed an overall cohesive thought process. I think overall, my individual the table and exhibition as well as my peers tables and exhibitions went really well. :)

What I Learned in Studio This Semester (Fall 2013)

This semester in studio has been an interesting one. One of many frustrations, successes and "failures".
During this semester I think I took away or learned two things: Exploration of the same subject matter in different mediums can help you further understand the concept you're trying to portray AND it's okay to be slightly intuitive more often than your used to in when working in your creative process...
The illustration below is something I made that portrays the two things I learned this semester. The drawings around the words are a few projects I completed this semester in studio (the "Jolene" music video, the stick drawings, the dialog project, the wood project, the stein poem and dance).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stien Poem Exploration

In reworking and exploring further into the stein poem created during the font book project, I began by looking further into the noun used at the beginning of the stein poem (thunderbolt) and then the last sentence/word used at the end of the poem (thunderstruck). The work sheets below are just some basic thoughts I had while exploring:

I felt that overall the words "Energy" and "Realization" were the most interesting and thought provoking that came out of the brainstorming shown above. From there I formed the sentence "It takes energy to realize things"; and began formulating what that sentence would look like using various principles of design. To do this I sketched out small thumbnails on tracing paper, shown below:
After completing this exercise I then began layering them together to see which two principles I felt best fit together to illustrate an abstract image of my sentence and stein poem. The two principles I felt fit best were "proportion" and "scale"; from there I created my first iteration of the reworked stein poem shown below:

In writing out the poem, I chose to write it various times in different fonts I felt may work with the overall feeling of the poem (further exploring the world of fonts); leaving gaps in between that I would use to fill in with a different types of fonts facing the opposite direction. I also chose to place the words vertically in hoping to make it harder to read and therefore help create the illusion that the poem is there, but not as important as the overall feeling the illustration is trying to convey to the viewer-which is completely up to them to decide upon.
After creating this piece, it was brought to my attention that the yellow portion of the illustration should be layered to add more visual interest, which I also agreed on, so I reworked it and came up with the next rendition:

Its hard to see the layering due to the scanner used, but behind the yellow portion is a faint view of the same poem, worked in further font variations (this time horizontally to contrast against the vertical lines, yet still unreadable to the eye due to it being layered by the yellow hue).

From here I began working on a dance for the poem, working to keep it in the same abstract format of the illustration above.
The following image is what was produced:

In creating this, I asked myself, "how can you convey a faint layer like the yellow portion of your poem"? Making me think of a man a woman dancing together-or more so, at the same time. The man having a "heavier" footprint than that of a woman. I then tried to further illustrate this to the viewer by making the mans foot a heavy shade of black while the woman (shown wearing heels-another "delicate" portrayal) in a sliver/light black tone.
From there I began constructing a storyboard and music video illustrating this dance visually. 
The storyboard created is shown below:
After completing the storyboard, I began working on the video itself. I decided to construct the video using stop-motion pictures, helping to capture lights movements through space. I felt because my Stein poem was about lightening/thunder, and the song being techno, I would stick with the notion of light; choosing not to capture a human figure dancing through space as I felt it didn't fully relate to the overall concept of my previous work and song.
The following link shows the final video created for the dance. (Click on the word "link").  
From there, I worked on three-dimensional models that I felt represented the video, song and poem all in one, and came up with the following 10 iterations:
The models were made out of white polymer clay and yarn.
After working on the models I selected the one I felt most drawn to, and drew out/modeled a plan/blueprint for the wood structure I would later be creating in the wood shop.
In drawing this guide I started by measuring the width of the wood I'd like them to be when finished. Then slowly, using a pencil, worked the shapes around like I wanted them. After I liked the layout I inked the shapes in with a sharpie and drew them out again on the wood I would be cutting in the wood shop the next day so that everything would (hopefully) fit together.
The next day I began cutting the wood and working on the physical structure:
*The inspiration behind this design is my idea of how light beams would/could move through space. The end result of my design reminds me a bit of the Enterprise going to warp in Star Trek... (Which I like).
After cutting and working out each piece in the shop, I laid it out on a table and made sure they fit well together, which helped me further fine tune and polish things to be in the place I'd like them to be.
From there I began thinking about the next step: painting. After some thought, I came to the realization that seeing the wood grain is helpful in the "movement" of the wood; further helping with the feeling of movement I'm trying to portray with the "light" idea behind all these pieces. So, I changed my plans, and began thinking about stains, how that would work and possibly be better than my original idea of paint.
After settling on the idea of stain, I then began thinking about various colors of possible stains available (which required a trip to the hardware store). I settled on 4 different tones-two different walnuts, one lighter, one darker, an American pine and a shade of blue paint stain. I settled on these colors knowing I would use the blue as the background to help emphasize the "light beams" and the three shades of wood stains to show different colors in light as they moved through "space".
After the color selection, I began experimenting with the different shading depths and techniques:
I enjoyed the staining process a lot, I found it to be very relaxing and educational (as it had been the first time I'd ever stained wood).  
From there I began staining the actual pieces and glued the project together using a heavy duty wood glue.
Once this portion of the exploration was complete, I then began thinking about how all these factors would play into a pattern that could be printed on fabric.
Keeping in mind the original song, both poem iterations, the dance and music video, the wood piece and colors used to stain the wood, I made up various pattern sketches and then further fine tuned and combined the ideas from them (and my past work) into a final pattern using Photoshop.
Pattern sketches done on tracing paper.
In the final pattern design (shown above) I incorporated the poem by taking the words thunderbolt and thunderstruck and illustrating that in the "explosion" you can see in the middle of the pattern. I incorporated the dance by using the various hues and circular shapes. The wood project can be seen in the texture used in the back and colors as well. When this pattern it multiplied on the fabric it creates a grid which references the song. (The song is from the Disney movie Tron, which is all about being on a grid in a computer program).  
I also took inspiration from the sketches above, which you can see in the striping, circles, wood etc.
The fabric printed is shown below:
The fabric I chose to print on was an organic cotton blend that I felt looked nice online in the preview swatch. The background printed a tad bit dark, which could be due to the fabric blend-but overall I'm very happy with the outcome. 
In completing this exploration and looking back, I have to say I really enjoyed this entire process of exploring the same idea(s) in different mediums. I'd never done this before in the past with my personal creations-and feel this was a great learning experience that has opened my "third eye" to thinking about things in multiple ways and what that could mean or look like.
Also, I have to say my favorite portion of this exploration has to be the pattern development. I think that's due to my love of all things textile.
Other blog posts that relate to the same song/process:

Slideshow of the Final Journey on Campus.

The following slideshow (click on the word) links to the video created showing all the drawings done for the "Final Journey Through Campus".

When this project was introduced to the class, I was a little hesitant about my feelings toward it; but, as I drew more images to fill in the larger gaps of the story line, I began to like the project more and more. I guess this was due to being able to see the project come to a close? Or, become more complete? It reminded me a little of the music video Ashley and I created for our studio course a few weeks back; (link here) where I had to draw out 200 or so images to tell a one min story of a bee and flower (A project I really enjoyed doing and seeing come to completion).

Extra Drawings for Journey Book.

The following illustration was done for the title page of the "Journey Through Campus" book I made for the course final:

The building drawn here is the Stone building on campus across from the library. I felt drawing the title page "fit" more when the "hand drawn" theme/feel of the book vs. creating one on the computer.
*This image was scanned using the scanners in the IAr computer lab. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Analytical vs. Intuitive

In thinking about my own creative thought process, I'd have to say that I'm more of an analytical person. I do believe when being creative on any level you need to have a little bit of both characteristics; however, I think I'm by far more of an analytical person, and here's why:

When I begin any project, whether it be something made for my personal life or school/work I begin by asking myself a series of questions: "what is this?", "what do I/they want?", "what does it feel/look/taste like?", "what's the best way to make this?", "should I make a blueprint/map for it first?" and so on... I then sometimes make up plans in my mind or on paper before I begin the project to help eliminate flaws/mistakes from the process-which helps to save time, effort and money (because supplies are less likely to be wasted). I find that by doing this I usually end up with an end product/design that is or as close to my original idea-which I personally like.

However, after saying all this, I do think being slightly intuitive in the creative process is a must. Sometimes, as I work on a project I'll do something that makes me realize "hey this may work/look a lot better if I do this to this" which is unplanned and more intuitive or "go with the flow"; which sometimes is necessary in making your craft better in the end.

So, to summarize I'm almost all analytical with a dash of intuitive characteristics in my own creative process. ;)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gatewood Building Exploration

In working on the Campus Tour Book due at the end of the semester, I chose to do a few extra drawings in the Gatewood building to help convey the storyline of myself traveling from Gatewood to the campus library in the book.

I started by drawing my own desk in studio (as a beginning point/starting place for the storyline in the book). I think the shading in this illustration came out well. I did have trouble with the blinds. They were really tedious to do and I wasn't able to get them evenly spaced-but I did try my best with them. I don't think they're horrible. But I'm sure with further work and practice they could be done better in future drawings.

This image was scanned using the scanners in the IAr computer lab.
From there I worked on the stairwell in the Gatewood building to show my beginning travels to the library. I'm really proud of this drawing because the staircases directions can be easily seen and understood by the eye; which is something I was really worried about being able to convey when I began working on this drawing.

This image was scanned using the scanners in the IAr computer lab.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Drawing Exercise from Page 101

The illustration below is a drawing done from page 101 in our textbook Design Drawing by Francis D.K. Ching.

The image above was scanned using the IAr computer lab.
I enjoyed doing this exercise because it helped me focus on the lines when you're trying to draw a scene-which I sometimes have trouble with. So, it's been pretty helpful in doing the library drawings (which were done after this exercise was completed). 

Inside Library Drawings

The following drawings were done inside the library of the people around and surrounding objects:

(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
This drawing was done in my sketchbook first, and I feel it came out well, possibly better than the drawing done after (shown below). Some things aren't proportionate but overall it came out like the real life surroundings at the time. I tried messing with shading to show depth, detail and relative closeness to me. The girl drawn in the image is Abby E.  

(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
When doing this drawing I had difficulty with the ceiling tiles and finding the horizon line; so, due to that I feel the overall "feeling" the image gives off is a bit skewed or unrealistic. Again, I messed with shading to give the viewer a sense of depth, detail and relative closeness. The girl drawn here is unknown (random pedestrian using the library).
From here I moved into drawing another image in the library onto a larger sheet of paper, an 18x24:
(The above image was scanned in the IAr computer lab.)
After the class critique on the above image, the class went back into the library and drew 4 more quick sketch's in our sketch books of scenes viewed out of the windows. I chose to draw 4 different images from various floors (7th, 8th and 9th facing both the North and South sides for variety in view). Each image was drawn within 15 minute intervals, not giving much time for detail but instead giving enough time to capture the overall shapes and figures being seen:

(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
This drawing was done from the library's 9th floor-south view.
 This image was drawn first. After "completing" the drawing (I should say running out of time) I realized I was spending too much time trying to capture the smaller details; so, I stopped working on it and moved on to the next scene/drawing knowing I should focus on that one differently than I did during this one.
(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
This was drawn from the 9th floor-north view.
This was the second drawing completed in my sketch book. Although this one looks horribly messy and incomplete I feel it was overall successful at capturing the shapes and figures I saw while sitting in the library looking out. I do realize that someone else looking at this image probably wouldn't be able to understand everything going on, but I felt it was helpful in prepping for the 18x24 image we would be completing after this exercise.
(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
 This was the third image drawn while sitting in the library. It was drawn from the 8th floor-north view.

(This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab).
This drawing was done last from the library's 7th floor-north side.
After completing these quick sketches, I then began working on a more complete/polished view from the library on an 18x24 sheet of drawing paper:
(This image was scanned in the IAp computer lab).
This drawing was done through the library's 8th floor window facing the north side.
While working on this drawing I had a hard time distinguishing the various trees without the use of actual color (because in person they were various shades of orange, yellow, brown and red). After working on the buildings and the overall outline of each tree (giving myself time to think about this "problem") I settled on the idea of using various grades of pencil weight to try and demonstrate to the viewer of this image that the trees illustrated were different tones; gradually getting lighter towards the back to help signify distance and blur. Overall, I feel this image was pretty successful. It's not a realistic drawing of the trees but I feel the viewer gets the idea of what they are viewing without the image being "photographic"-which is something I like.
** On a side note: when I scanned in the images from my sketch book using the scanner in the IAr computer lab, I noticed that the illustration drawn on the opposite side of the page shows through. After trying to tweak the image using Photoshop I came to the conclusion that I could not successfully get rid of that without distorting the image I'm trying to capture... 
Update 11/27/2013:
In compiling images/illustrations for the Campus Tour Book due at the end of the semester, I chose to revisit the library and draw an image of the elevators on the main floor to help with my "storyline"...
When I was sitting on the floor drawing this image, the lighting and position I was in made the elevator doors look a bit like black voids, which I thought was a little "creepy" but at the same time, somewhat interesting, so instead of moving to get a better view of them I chose to draw them as I saw them to add some visual interest to the drawing. Overall, I'm really happy with the illustration. 

Outside Library and Bell Tower Exploration

When beginning this exploration I began by taking a picture of both the bell tower on Spring Garden and the library, so that I can map out the vanishing points on paper to further help me understand where they go for the hand drawing I would follow up with.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower Drawn Out Vanishing Points
Library Drawn Out Vanishing Points
After working out the vanishing point locations I began drawing the photographs taken above on an 18x24 sheet of paper:

Bell Tower
After the class critique on the images above, Stole mentioned I should add in more dimension and value to the bell tower illustration. The following image is further work I did on the drawing:
In re-working this image I chose to darken in some of the foliage and show shadow and a bit more detail on the clock tower to give the viewer a sense of importance. After doing this I think it's more interesting to look at.
I scanned the image above using the scanner in the IAr computer lab (the images above were taken with a point and shoot camera).
Update 11/27/2013:
After seeing the outcome of further work on the bell tower I did the same to the library illustration I did previously...

This image was scanned using the IAr computer lab.

While reworking this drawing I made sure to add in contrast to show lighting and further detail. I think it made the illustration much better.
The following image is an illustration done of the Bell tower focusing half of the drawing on shading and the other half on line. I think out of all the drawings and re-workings done on the library and bell tower I'm most happy with this illustration. I really like the contrast between the line and shading.
This image was scanned in the IAr computer lab.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Exercises 4.15 and 4.16

The following photos are illustrations I did for exercises 4.15 and 4.16:

Exercise 4.15:

I had a really difficult time doing this exercise for some reason. I'm not exactly sure why because the people drawn here came out worse than they did in exercise 4.16 and oddly I did that exercise first. So, there's definite room for improvement here.

Exercise 4.16:

All four of these images were drawn from a local park. I went at this exercise by "attacking" the paper, leaving behind heavy dark and sketchy lines. I used a softer pencil; which I had to force myself to use as I'm not a particular fan of the smudging they leave behind, but I feel the overall effect of these illustrations would have been wildly different (in a bad way) if I had used my typical (favorite) 2H pencil. Overall, I feel this exercise was done well and I'm happy with the outcome.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In Class Figure Drawing

The following images were done while working in class on 10/24/2013 of Beth and Stole in various positions; two smaller scale, two larger, life-size scale.

All the drawings were done within 20-25 min, resulting in quick sketch's. When I was drawing the larger images, due to the time constraint, I told myself to not think about it; just "go" and that's what I did. Some of the lines could be tweaked to make them more proportional or realistic but while working I didn't dwell on that very much.  
I had the same train of thought for the smaller images shown above, however since the scale was reduced significantly, I had more time to think about placement of my lines and focus more on detail than I was able to in the larger illustrations. 

While working on this in class, I had a lot of fun. Time went by quickly and I enjoyed the results. My personal favorite way to draw is messy; having such a limited time frame to capture as much as I could allowed me to feel like messy lines were in this case "okay" and that was freeing for me.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lobby Exibitition-The Wall

In beginning of this project, my group worked together in coming up with an idea/plan for the overall layout of the wall in the lobby we were tasked with covering. After we agreed on an overall layout, we then began brainstorming on ideas as to what we felt should be pinned up from our studio class' past/current work. We felt that redrawing a few of the 25 thumbnail sketch's for the individual song project on an 8x8 sheet of paper would be a good place to start. We then agreed that we should task ourselves and the class with writing out our individual song titles in a font we felt worked with the name of the song. The last item we agreed to have pinned up was the reworked Stein poem poster we were currently working on at the time in class.

Below is a few photographs of our groups progression with the overall project. (Please note that I'm not in any of the shots as I was behind the camera).

The following is an image of the song titles I personally created for the wall:
I choose this font type because my individual song is categorized as "techno" and I felt this fit the "theme" of that. There are two because I started out with "Derezzed" and chose to change over to "Rerezzed" before I began working on the previous song project. Rerezzed is just a remix of Derezzed, so I felt the same font should be used for both.
The following images are 8x8 thumbnails I created for the wall:

We were only required to make one song title and one 8x8 thumbnail for the wall, but I felt I should do more of both, the song title has already been explained.
This is another link to my individual song.
Overall I felt our group worked well together and I enjoyed the project.