Sunday, September 29, 2013

Song Project Process and Progress

When this project began I must say I had a difficult time choosing a song to go along with it... I've never been much of a "music person" in my life, instead I prefer visuals, a good storyline with visual stimulants vs. words with a beat in the background. Overall, I find film to "move" me more than a song; with music, I will normally listen to it because its catchy not because I find it meaningful in some manner...

So, with this in mind I chose to find a song from a film I enjoy watching due to the storyline and visual elements used. The song I chose was Rerezzed by The Glitch Mob/ Daft Punk a remix done from the song Derezzed by Daft Punk used in the film Tron. I've been a fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy type films for some time now, I find most of it thought provoking and often things filtered in this genre have very strong visual elements that I find very enjoyable.

I'd been a fan of the original Tron for some time, when the re-make came out in theatres I found it to be mind blowing. Not only did the story mesh so well with the original, (which often, I find, sequels and re-do's don't) but the visuals were amazing, and the music used only added to the overall feeling the film gave the viewer.

With my final decision on the song in mind I began working on the first rendition of the project...

The drawings used in this rendition were drawn in class during the 25 minute drawing segment. When drawing them I found that I focused on both elements of the song (things it made me "feel") and elements from the movie. For example there's a green light-cycle (from the movie) and computer with wave forms on the screen (from the song)...
When I began shooting the photos in use on the board I began to focus more on the song than on the movie; ways the song made me feel... Since its a Techno song, I chose to focus on hard, tough, electric, structural things and photographed objects that reminded me of that....
When putting the drawings on the board with the photos I chose to arrange them in a equalizer format, most often seen when viewing music on a computer or switch panel. I purposefully mixed the drawings and photographs together to represent a meshing of the two-so that the viewer wouldn't think one was more important that the other.
After taking a step back and looking at how to improve upon this I began my second rendition:
With this rendition, I chose to first improve upon the drawings and thought about possible ways in which I could do that. Eventually, after some thought on the matter I chose to focus the drawings on things I found interesting visually from the film since I focused the photographs on feelings I got from the song; so they would mesh well together; (since the film is as important to me as the song is, I chose to highlight the film in some way in this project). After drawing 25 drawings, I then decided to play with the placement. This time trying the waveform format vs. the equalizer format. I found that I liked this layout better than the first as it felt a little "freer" than the first which I thought related to the song as Techno can be either very structured or somewhat chaotic, Rerezzed being a bit of both.  
I then began working on the third rendition:
I chose to work/focus on the layout in this rendition because I felt I'd worked out the drawings and photos in the past two iterations and thought there were where they needed to be for the project. So, to change/improve the layout, I thought about Techno, what is it? How do you make it? What does it look like? What does it sound like? etc. etc. I then thought about the movie... What's it about? It's about programs, grids, games, lights, electronics, etc. etc., so, how do you show that? What I came up with was a laptop type layout. I felt it showed the viewer both what type of music I chose and was trying to portray here and also a bit about the film I selected it from-a double whammy. Overall, I was really happy with the progression I made while working on this project.
The following are close up images of the 25 drawings and 25 photos used on the second and third renditions, (the photos are also used on the first rendition, the drawings are however different in the first iteration).
25 Drawings:
25 Photos:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Textbook Exercises 2-1 through 2-3

The following is a picture of the drawings I completed for the textbook assignments 2-1 through 2-3:

In working on exercise 2-1 I found that I had a hard time blending the spherical object I made in the area the "light" was hitting it; and it ended up being a bit darker than I'd wanted. I like the pyramid I drew, I find it interesting to look at-which I know isn't the point of the assignment (make something interesting to look at)-but I'm just drawn to look at that image first when viewing the 2-1 drawings.
In working on exercise 2-2 I was extremely disappointed in the third shape drawn. I felt it didn't appear round to the viewer, but because this exercise was done in pen-I couldn't erase it to try to fix it; and I felt that trying to add more ink here and there only made it worse. Overall, I'm most disappointed in that one drawing from all the drawings done in these exercises.
Again, I'm drawn to look at the pyramid shape in this exercise. I do feel that I should've made one of the shaded areas a tad bit lighter than the other to show variation and difference between the two spaces but because it was pen and they were already so dark I found this a difficult task to fix-but I do know in the future to do this, so it wasn't for nothing.
In exercise 2-3 I thought I would have a harder time in drawing the stairs and was quite amazed with myself in looking at how they turned out (I found the trick was to go slow in drawing this). I feel out of the two staircases drawn here I enjoy looking at the pen drawing vs. the pencil drawing more because I can see some lightness/darkness variations. I found the pencil drawing harder to show lightness/darkness variations while using the scribbling technique.
Overall, I think my drawings came out well. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shading Variations Using Cross-Hatching, Hatching, Stippling, Scribbling and News Print

In class we were asked to create a board showing different shading variations using the techniques currently being taught: cross-hatching, hatching, stippling and scribbling. We were then asked to create a fifth variation using news print tear outs to further help us in our understanding of shading values.

This is the board I turned in for his assignment:

I found when doing this assignment I really enjoyed putting together the news print and scribbling gradients. Out of the four shading techniques being taught, I find I enjoy scribbling the most. Which, I think is due to the fact that I've always been sort of a "messy" drawer. I'm not much of a drawer to begin with (I don't think I'm horrible at it, I've just never really sat down too much in my life and drew for fun)... But, when I do, I like to sketch a lot, using short messy lines, sometimes scribbling things out. I like the overall effect this gives a drawing, so I think the "scribbling" technique just has a natural "pull" for me. I also enjoyed doing the newsprint variation just because I found it fun looking through the newspaper trying to find different inks that would create a good gradient when placed next to each other.
The technique I least favor has to be stippling. I like the overall effect given once the technique is completed. However, I find it time consuming and slightly tedious to accomplish this technique correctly and find myself wanting to "just be done with it"... Which I know isn't a good thing.   

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gatewood Building Drawings

The following images are drawings of the Gatewood building on UNCG campus.
Rendition 1: 
With this first rendition I focused on line and a little detail to give the image some interest when viewing it as well as helping to define different spaces/objects. I tried to accomplish this detail by adding in the bricks; by following the lines of the bricks you can differentiate depth in the building.
In drawing this, I did feel that I had trouble getting what I saw while viewing/drawing the building to fit in the boxes we were told to use; I feel that I had to "cram" some information into the tight box/space so the proportions appear to be a bit off. With that in mind I tried to fix that in my next rendition:
Rendition 2:
 In drawing this rendition I chose to not focus on the bricks of the building, as it was brought to my attention during the in class critique of the first drawing, that they felt distracting to the eye. So, I decided to leave them out until I completed all three drawings to see if I agreed with the statement, and, I do. I feel the image is a lot cleaner in appearance and doesn't make the eye focus on the bricks of the building but instead on the lines of the construction.
I also tried to focus on proportion, making sure the height of the doors meet the same area of the lamp posts, the window proportions were some what right and so on. There are still areas to improve upon such as my line weight and straightness of my overall lines.  
So, with that I then began working on a single image of the Gatewood building. I decided to make two of these as well to challenge myself and try to get a better overall image.
Rendition 1:
In this first rendition of the single image, I focused on the previous two things: proportion and line but also tried to work on the line weight used in the image and overall straightness of the line.
Most often when I draw, I'll admit, I don't tend to pay much attention to the weight of the line coming from my drawing utensil; I tend to just go with the flow and the finished piece will usually end up looking as though the same line weight had been used throughout the image. Keeping this in mind as I drew was a bit of a challenge for me, as I would forget to be mindful of this and my lines would come out heavier in some places than I'd like it to otherwise be. But overall, I feel this image was successful in trying to be mindful of this; as you can see line variations in the shadows on the railings by the stairs, and the bars behind the main doors.
As far as straightness of the line goes, I know I continue to need to practice with this method. It was mentioned in class we could "cheat" by marking the top and bottom of the page with a ruler and then follow along free hand, but I chose to try to do it 100% on my own, and I'll admit some of the lines could use more work-but that will come with further practice. Lastly, I chose to re-draw this image from the second rendition of the three drawing above to see if  I could better improve it in some way... With the next iteration I drew a new angle by sitting outside viewing the building.
Rendition 2:

Again, with drawing this rendition I tried to focus on my line weight, scale, proportion and straightness. When drawing this second drawing I found it a tad bit easier reminding myself to be mindful of my line weight, and had less "accidents" like I had in the drawing beforehand. I also found it easier getting the required information into the box dimensions asked to draw this into; and my proportions seem to be getter better as well; not perfect, but getting better. As far as line straightness, I know I continue to need work on this, but I know I'll get there with further practice.
Overall, I like both individual drawings for different reasons. I like rendition one because of the angle I draw from (I liked adding in a portion of the roof) and I like rendition two because I was more mindful of my line weight during this drawing than I had been previously on any of the other Gatewood building drawings. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dialog Project Descriptive Drawing.

Below is a photo of the elevation and plan drawing I made for the Dialog project:

In drawing this elevation I chose to not only do a front and top view of my structure, but also include a perspective view so the audience can get a better since of the way the structure looks in real life; (give it some depth). I didn't include a side view, as the structure is symmetrical, so the "front" looks the same as it would from the side or back...
I then included the Parti I created to show the viewer were I drew inspiration from; followed by photographs at the bottom of the poster board to show the progression I made with the project.
I chose to color the drawing to help assist the viewer in knowing each color represented a different material used, as well as to help make the structure stand out from the measurement/projection lines.
(I used purple to signify the tape, teal for the planes, orange for the sticks, hunter green for the base and navy blue for the glue holding the two planes apart). I then made objects in the foreground darker than those in the background to suggest depth to the viewer, helping the object feel more three dimensional vs. two dimensional.
In creating this I found the perspective drawing to be the most difficult. I tried to include vanishing points/lines to help myself in drawing the elevation as well as to help the viewer understand the way in which I was looking at the structure when drawing it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Understanding Dialog-Stucture Process and Progression

When beginning the Dialog project in class, I brainstormed for awhile on what I thought would make a great structure with two spaces "speaking" to one another. What I came up with is as follows:
Structure #1: 

In making this arrangement I envisioned something like a building attached to an architectural/artistic structure in the back. Imagining that a person would maybe walk up behind the structure on the way to the building/encasement. 
In building this piece I knew I wanted a few things: I wanted to build off of the parti I had previously made, I wanted it to be circular in some way, and I wanted it to look (at least a little) like the image I had produced in my head. Two of the three occurred, pretty good odds, at least for the first rendition.
For the encasement, I had difficulty in making it circular. I had originally wanted it to be completely circular, kind of like a ball with a flat bottom when attached to the sticks. But I found to have some difficulty in manipulating the paper and what came out is as shown above... Because that didn't work, I did however, try to give it that sense of a circular shape in the bend in the back and front of the encasement. Overall, I knew I needed to improve upon that.
The next thing I knew almost immediately that needed to be improved upon was the base. I originally bought (shown here in my first structure rendition) a fake plant foam base. I had never used one of those before and at the store it was shrink wrapped so I was unable to feel the texture in my hands. Upon opening it at home, I knew immediately I would be buying a different material in making my next structure. The foam here (was not only a distracting green) flaked all over you or anything it touched, leaving a trail of small green colored crumbs everywhere.
So, after completing this structure and learning from my "mistakes" I went on to complete the next:
Structure #2:
With this structure I was able to manipulate the paper in a better way, almost getting that ball effect I originally was looking for-but still not quite. The base used here was also a huge improvement. It not only stayed whole (no flaking) but it was much sturdier as well-which was fantastic. I originally bought the green fake planters foam-because I was unaware of the world of foam... But after learning from my mistake, I took a step back and thought "what would be the ideal foam?" what came to mind after I asked myself that question was a foam head I used to use when photographing crochet hats I'd made in the past-the foam used for that head would be great! So I searched for that exact foam, when I found it, I knew it was a much better product, making my design not only better visually, but structurally as well.
Lastly, upon second glance at my first structure, I decided that I should try to re-enforce the connection between the sticks and planes; making the connection between the two stronger....
After that was achieved, I looked at the piece, and thought up additional ways in which to improve the design and began working on my final structure...
Structure #3-Final:
With the final structure I decided that the encasement will probably look better inside the sticks instead of off to the side. And, after the piece was completed-I think that thought was right... It wasn't my original plan (having the encasement off to the side so that it appeared to be a building playing off a structural piece), but overall, I feel this rendition worked better than my original idea.   
I created the center encasement by making two "pizza" circles (in that there are five triangular shaped planes that form a circle). I then attached a smaller circle located in the center of each larger circle to conceal the top and bottom of the small stick supporting the middle of the larger planes (so they don't sag down because of the pull of gravity). I created the bottom circle to interlock with the sticks, while the larger circle will just touch them on the sides. I felt this included the sticks but kept the spaces separate in some way-defining that there is a difference between the two.
I then, again, changed the base, although you cannot see it in the photos, due to the top being so large and opaque. The base I used in this rendition is toroidal.  I liked this effect as it added to the whole circular "theme" going on in the piece. I again used the same foam material as I did for the second structure, as I found it to be very sturdy.
Overall, I wanted a structure that was strong, something I could shake all over the place and not worry about it falling apart. I also wanted something that played off some of the angles found in the parti I'd made. I feel like I achieved that in this final; and working through the three different structures helped me get there.  

Textbook Exercises 3.1 through 3.6

The following images below are from the exercises completed from the textbook:

Exercise 3.1:
I'd never really taken the time to draw three-dimensional boxes before, and found it at first to be a little challenging. I think out of the six drawn here the one circled is the best. I say that because the lines are straighter than the others, (although they still need some work) also the lines seem to be most proportional towards each other.
Exercise 3.2:
With this exercise I felt I was becoming a little more confident in drawing boxes. I feel like the top drawing circled is the best here, I had some difficulty with the larger bottom box as it was open on the end and that threw me off a bit (showing depth inwards). As a whole my lines are straighter than they were in exercise 3.1.  
Exercise 3.3:
Overall, I had some trouble with drawing bottles, specifically in drawing the neck and opening. With the opening at the top I felt like the overall shapes I was producing seemed to be more circular vs. more of an ellipsis (which is what they should have looked like because of the angle I was viewing the bottle when drawing them); however, the guideline that states the circular shape must touch all sides of the box threw me off a bit and the openings all came out larger than what I felt they should've been. I think I did a better job with the sideways bottles than I did with the vertical ones, I'm not sure why that is. I did feel a bit confined with the boxes (having to draw an object in boxes); I've never drawn like that before, I've always been more freehand. And feel like I could've drawn a better bottle without having a box constricting my movements. So, that is something I am trying to adjust to and improve on.
Exercise 3.4:
By the time I drew this exercise, we, as a class, had practiced some more drawing within boxes, so that "constraining" feeling was easing up a bit (although I'm still finding it a tad bit difficult). With this exercise I was suppose to draw something prismatic inside of a cube/box. I felt like the cylinder (#1) and the cone (#2) were the best I had drawn on this sheet because I kept the lines relatively straight, and was able to match the lines up to the grids on the top and bottom of the cube (which I wasn't able to do with all the drawing shown here).
Exercise 3.5:
I felt the cone circled on the bottom of this sheet was drawn the best due to me being able to match the lines to the grid on the bottom of the cone relatively well. And, also due to the fact that I felt the drawing overall, showed the viewer a sense of roundness in the object. I feel like the worst one here is the cone that looks more like a triangle (to the right of the circled cone). I tried to make that cone wider, and I feel like that didn't work out the way I'd planned as it doesn't appear to have much roundness to it.
Exercise 3.6:
I found this exercise to be the most fun and challenging due to having to find objects to transform in these cubes... I think the mug and paperweight were my best renditions in this exercise because they look most like the objects they are in real life. I also feel like the triangular paperweight is the best triangular object/shape I've made throughout the 6 exercises because its pretty proportional. I do feel like I need work on the mug handle however; I wasn't sure how to draw that in the cube guidelines... 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Campus Tour Storyboard Drawing

In an effort to understand and practice various drawing techniques our class was challenged to create an 18x24 inch storyboard of our progress through a certain portion of campus.

With this project/assignment I was challenged to work with several drawing skills such as using vanishing points, hard and soft lines to show depth, horizon lines,  contour lines and things of that nature.
Update 11/27/2013:
When working on the Campus Tour book for the final submission in class I chose to redraw the above images for the book submission. However, I chose to draw them with the viewpoint traveling the opposite way.
In reworking these drawings I focused a lot on line weight to show depth and my vanishing points and horizon lines. (All things I didn't focus on much during the first iteration above-because we were currently learning about those concepts in class at the time).
I think the second iteration came out a lot nicer than the first. I also like the position change to show difference between the paths that could be traveled by the Curry building. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Understanding Dialog Project - Parti/Collage

The collage I made showing inspiration for possible ideas for the current project being worked on: Understanding dialog...

I chose to keep this collage in a black and white tone because one of the few rules the project has, states that we are not allowed to alter the color of the materials being used in any way; so, I didn't want color to be a distraction. I then made a choice to focus on geometric designs, as I currently feel a "pull" towards architecture with strong geometric shapes in them (that may change in the future, who knows). After those decisions were made, I tried to use photos I personally took throughout the entire collage; but alas, I have yet to go to Paris (although I would love to visit one day) to view the Louvre and Eiffel Tower as well as see Stonehenge so those are not "my" images. However, the columns shown from the Jefferson memorial and Washington monument in Washington D.C, the Chinese building from Walt Disney World Epcot China and the background image (you can see brief spots of it in the upper right hand side of the collage) taken from the Walt Disney World Epcot Spaceship Earth were all taken by myself in my life travels and found to be wonderful design in some way or another. Finally, I looked up the number twelve online and did a small bit of research on things the number is found in and the significance it plays in various things in the world; I then did a faint overlay over the entire image with some facts I learned. (I did this because twelve seems to play an important role in this project-12 shish kabob sticks, 12 4x6 paper planes and a 12x12 collage).

9 Contour Drawings

We were recently challenged in class to create a 18x24 inch sketch of 9 various drawings using the 5 contour drawing techniques learned in class.

My first rendition of this assignment is as follows:

The subjects I chose to work with in this sketch include: a yarn ball, light bulb and button (that was attached to a classmates nametag). I thought the yarn ball was a wonderful item to help represent Cross-Contour drawing, as you can easily see the movement of the object in the way the yarn/string is wrapped around. I chose to do the light bulb because I was attracted to the overall shape of the item and lastly the button because I was fascinated with the nametag it was attached to; (I thought it would make for a great "Negative Contour" drawing).

However, after attending the next class and listening to points and tips mentioned during the class critique, I felt like I should redo this assignment, for practice and possibly a better understanding of the various techniques.

My second rendition:
For this sketch I chose to use items that I felt represented my personality a bit-giving the viewer small "hints" of who I am-personality wise. To do this, I chose to use a yarn ball (because I love to crochet), a tea pot (as that's my favorite beverage) and a candle (because I love to have them lit while at home relaxing). In this second drawing I chose to play around with placement, instead of having every item smack in the middle of the box, I highlighted certain portions of the things drawn. I also changed the lettering style; in the first drawing I used free hand type handwriting-nothing special. With the second one I tried to use Architectural lettering. Overall, with the two drawings, I think I'm most drawn to the yarn ball sketches made, as well as the negative space contour drawings. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Self Portrait

My self portrait, I don't feel that it necessarily looks like me, but I did add in some details to try and give it that effect, i.e. current acne when I was drawing this piece, the mole on the right side of my nose and my wild unruly hair.

When drawing this I tried to make renditions of different faces I often make in my daily life, to try and challenge myself further. I do feel like I need to practice more with, maybe not my face in particular, but the human figure in general.

First Attempts at Architectural Lettering

My first attempts at architectural lettering are shown below.

 My second attempt at architectural lettering:
I found on my second attempt my pencil was dulling and was unable to sharpen it at that moment in time, so the letters came out a bit bolder then I would have liked them to be. But overall, with the two attempts I feel like I'm getting the "hang" of it. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Black and White Stick Assemblage Print

The following is the black and white print I did as a portion of the stick assemblage/unity project created for class. I chose not to do a recreation of the entire structure I made, but instead focus in on a piece of the structure I found to be significant in some way; which in this case is the base. I felt this portion of the arrangement was important because it displayed to the viewer the strength behind the piece. The base is where everything is held together, and without that, the construction of the entire piece wouldn't work. Making this portion of the structure, I believe, the most important.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Stick Assemblage Process and Progression

When I began working on this project, I knew I wanted to relate, through my sticks, something you'd probably find them in in nature naturally-without any help from human hands. After brainstorming a bit, I began working on a birds nest. I thought this was a fantastic structure to make these sticks into because one may come across, in their daily life, a birds nest in a nearby tree made of similar sticks (as well as maybe some pine needles and other sorts of "insulators").

After setting off to assemble the birds nest I realized after I was done attaching most of the sticks together, that if I turned the structure upside down, I got what, to me, looked like a baby's mobile. Now, I know a baby's mobile is by all means not something you'd "naturally" see made out of back yard sticks-or anywhere in nature for that matter-which was my original plan/idea; but it felt "good" to me, seeing the "unplanned" idea take shape. So, I went with it; I thought the mobile looked great and "divorced" myself from my original idea of "birds nest" and went on my merry way to create a baby's mobile.

After attending class and receiving critiques on my structure I began brainstorming new ideas. I pulled the sticks apart and played with them. I watched how they laid with one another, tossed them in the air and watched how they landed, to try and get a feel for different ways of working with them based on how they "interacted" with each other.
A way of laying the sticks together.

Another variation of laying the sticks together.

Observing the way the sticks fall after being thrown in the air.
I then began my next structure, I wasn't sure where I was going with this one, but instead I just let the sticks "work" together. Adding one stick after another to see how it came out in the end. I ended up with what reminded me of a Christmas Tree star/topper.
After completing this, I felt like I should try my original idea, letting the sticks "stay" with nature; and form them into a "natural" object you may find them in. I'd already tried a birds nest and ended up liking an all together different variation of it. So, I went with another "natural" brainstormed object I'd originally thought of: a dead/dormant tree.
This ended up being my final piece, as I felt it related to both myself and the sticks very well. The sticks being that they stayed in a state you may naturally see them in-instead of being forced into something they're not; and related to me in the light of my winter/cold loving habits as well as the nature loving characteristics I hold within my personality. 


Monday, September 2, 2013

Stick Assemblage Drawings

Below are the drawings I created for the Unity Project done in class.

For the first drawing I originally envisioned doing a "sun coming over the horizon line" sort of shape. However, after selecting my sticks and laying them out on the sheet of bristol paper, I realized I couldn't fit them all down on the page in that specific layout, and had to rethink the way I wanted to present them to the viewer. (I realize this was "poor" planning, and learned from this experience-I should've taken my bristol paper with me when selecting sticks to make sure they'd fit in the format I wanted them to). That being said, after rethinking the layout, I ended up with a "fan" shape. I chose to describe each individual stick to the viewer, instead of clumping the descriptions as a whole, as I felt for the large part, my twelve sticks were all different in some way and I wanted the viewer to know that when looking at the drawing.

For the second drawing I took what I learned from the first drawing's in-class critique and tried to apply it to the second rendition. For example it was mentioned that my first drawing didn't contain any shadows under the stick, making them appear to sort of "float" in mid-air on the page. I didn't think about adding in shadows during my first drawing, and after hearing that, I thought maybe I should've included them to give the viewer a sense of depth and movement to the stick. I also played around with the layout of the sticks. For this rendition I chose to incorporate a layout that suggested a sort of "naturalness" to the viewer. I wanted them to feel like this may have been how I found them and just started to draw vs. purposefully manipulating them into a layout I thought was "nice". I then decided to try writing a paragraph about the sticks as a whole instead of just adding in random adjectives to describe each individual stick.