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. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Three Design Quotes to Live By

In working on this project, I selected the three following quotes:

"Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child) joy is the engine of growth exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day."

"Go deep. The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value."

"Break it. Stretch it. Bend it. Crush it. Crack it. Fold it."

I felt the three quotes selected from the sheet given in class applied to my own ideas of a good design process to work by.

From there I rewrote the quotes on an 18x24 sheet of paper in architectural lettering and drew things I felt represented the quote.

I felt drawn to the first quote because I love all my creations, even if they're not the most artful/beautiful pieces known to mankind. The illustration I drew is of a ceramic vase I made a few years ago that didn't come out very well (the paint bubbled a little in the kiln, so there are bare spaces of clay that aren't necessarily appealing to the eye), however, I still love it to this day, and display it proudly in my living room because I made it-pure and simple.
The second quote drew me in because when I'm presented with an idea of creation I will usually sit and mull it over in my mind "going deeper" into the thought of creating whatever it is before I begin working on it. The illustration is quite self explanatory-a deep ocean, at the bottom sits a trunk of gold and treasures symbolizing that design gets better the deeper you go into thought.
The last quote I selected I believe is essential to great design. You need to play with the object/medium you're working with before you can create something well-especially if the medium is new to you. I felt silly putty was a humorous example of this quote, but really I could've drawn any artistic medium here and it would've worked well with the quote.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Music Video Project

In the beginning of this project, we were presented with the idea that we needed to create a music video (either individually or in a group) that we felt "went" with the song without making it too literal.
Working in a group (Ashley W. and I) came up with the following storyboard for the song Jolene covered by Miley Cyrus; (originally written and sung by Dolly Parton).

We chose to create the music video using drawn stop-animation that focused on a relationship between a flower and a bumble bee.
In the song, a woman is begging another woman to not take her significant other from her, as she can see that he finds her attractive and could easily loose him to her charming ways. To put a "spin" on this Ashley and I choose to focus this on a flower and a bee instead of a man and woman just to give it a different perspective.
In the storyboard, you can see a flower growing in an empty field of grass. Soon, a bee enters the picture and a relationship "blooms" between the two. Not long after this, another, more vibrant, taller, less curvy flower appears alongside the already existing flower. It doesn't take long for the bee to notice the presence of the new flower, and is intrigued by it. It flies over to get a good look. While this is occurring the old flower is saddened by this turn of events and wonders to itself "what's wrong with me?", eventually bringing it to tears. The bee notices what's going on and flies back over to the old flower to both comfort it and reassure that its love has never left.
The video for this video can be found on YouTube at this link.
In creating this video, a lot of thought went into placement of the flowers, coloring, and shape. After, this was settled, I drew over 120 frames for the 1 min video that was the end result... The drawings were scanned into the computer to be used in the video later during the editing process. I then edited the song down, as Ashley and I both thought the 50 or so "Jolene" repetitions in the song were unneeded and unnecessary to get the point across to the viewer. We both edited the video together using Adobe Premiere Pro.  
UPDATE 10/19/2013
This is the "movie" poster created by Ashley W. and I for the music video.

Three Corner Drawing

The following illustration consists of three separate corners; one of which was in the Gatewood building (in the lobby) and the other two were corners in my home (The dresser in my bedroom and the hallway).

While working on this project I pulled on information I knew and what was recently taught in class regarding vanishing points. I think the hallway came out best, but I think that stems from the fact that I like the way the door turned out... As far as how the corners turned out, I think all three were done relatively well.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Interior/Exterior Value Study

The following drawing were done in class for the interior/exterior value study:

This image (above) is my first drawing of the fairy tale pumpkin brought into class by Professor Burrowes. In the drawing, the pumpkin is sitting on the cutting table in studio with a folding partition behind it. Off to the left, you can see a small portion of a wood slab placed behind the partition by another student/class.
I feel that the pumpkin in this drawing is shaded well; however, I do feel the surrounding objects are a bit "washed out" or not shaded appropriately. I say this because the partition doesn't look three dimensional at all, as I found that to be a difficult task when working on this piece.
This drawing was completed using the "cross-hatching" shading technique.  
The second drawing (above) was the one of the exterior, or rather looking out through the window. When choosing my perspective/view for this drawing I choose to focus on the window ornament currently sitting in the window frame in studio. I thought it added an interesting dynamic to the overall layout of the drawing.
I tried to shade in the circles of the window ornament to show the viewer that some circles were made with different colors (i.e. pink, purple, yellow and blue). Afterward, I began drawing the outside view of the trees seen behind this piece. In drawing the trees I tried to shade in different colors to give the viewer a sense that the trees were separate from each other yet still grouped.
In drawing this piece, I incorporated the scribbling technique (in the trees), cross-hatching technique (in the inner circles) and the hatching technique (in the outer rim of the circles) to try and give the image overall depth and separation from different objects.
The final drawing done, in this particular shading/value study, was another rendition of the pumpkin as I felt out of the two previously done that one could use more attention/work. So, in trying to re-draw this, I chose to try and shade in a way to add a bit more dimension and depth to the overall image. I'm not sure if that was done successfully, but I do feel that it is, overall, better than the first attempt. This is because the background doesn't look so flat and boring to the eye.
In drawing this second rendition of the pumpkin, I chose to use cross-hatching and hatching shading techniques.
I didn't use stippling in any of these drawings because, although I find the overall effect beautiful, its a difficult and time consuming process to complete. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Exploration of Font

In beginning this project I first began by making the font board shown below:

In choosing the fonts found here, I just used what I thought "caught my eye" for some reason or another. I tried looking for fonts that weren't typically seen/used as well as those that were, to kind of compare and contrast the two. I looked for things that looked more natural (hand written) and typed, colored and not colored, italicized and bold, etc.

From there, I created two more boards using the same guidelines as I used when I created the one above.

From there I explored with different ways of writing out the first word in my Cinquain; which was electronic.
In creating this piece, I tried various different ways of writing out this word. I tried "boxy" letters, skinny letters, I tried italicized and bold. I tried writing with my left hand, mouth and both feet (one at a time of course), cursive, "bubbly", architectural lettering, etc.
Anything and everything that ran across my mind at the time of doing this exercise...
After doing this, what I felt to be the most representative of the word (that is something that could visually say the word without having to read the word) was the red and green "electronic" (third one down from the top left). This actually happened by mistake-I happened to accidentally misspell the word (brief lapse of concentration for a moment while writing this word...) so, to counteract the fact that I'd misspelled the word, I retraced it over a few times with the same pen I'd started out with (red), then I thought: "maybe you should add in its compliment, see what happens..." so I added in the green and voilĂ , I got that result. A perfect random happenstance that I feel ended in great success.
From here, I continued working on the cinquain wording. I knew the first word but was still sorting out the rest. The final results of that can be viewed in my "font book" (as well as the work sheets I made while figuring out the poem-also in my font book).
And lastly, I began the font book previously mentioned. In this book I added in all the things I'd been working on up to this point. Created a name tag for the cover that I felt said my name and who I am without having to actually read my name. (Which in my case involved yarn, as I love to crochet when I get the chance to). I then created a monogram for my name, again using the theme of yarn. In the book, I added in the poems I created during this exploration.  This includes both the final cinquain and stein poems along with the work sheets I made while working up to their final iterations. I added in diagrams for typography and unfamiliar words that I had to look up. Then, from there, my fonts began to burst at the seams; this time organizing them better than previously done on the boards shown above. I organized them (not in this order) by letter, number, underlined, bold, skinny, italic, cursive, handwritten, "boring" traditional text, three dimensional, different "catchy" fonts, and many, many more. I then taped over the entire font book with packaging tape in hopes of giving it an overall uniformed feeling. (This also added durability and a hefty thickness to the pages that I quite enjoy).
Cover of font book:

In Class Value Study of Pumpkins.

The following image is the drawing I created while participating in the in class value study of the pumpkins brought in by Professor Burrowes and Professor McGee:

I chose to use the shading technique of cross-hatching when working on this drawing because I felt it was the best option to help give the effect of roundness. Of the four techniques: cross-hatching, hatching, stippling and scribbling; I personally prefer to use scribbling but when approaching this assignment I felt this shading technique would be difficult to help show a visual curvature to the pumpkin. I did feel that stippling may have been a good option-however, it would've taken days if not weeks to complete this drawing by using that particular technique, so I decided against that. I also felt because hatching is only used with the lines going one way it may be difficult to illustrate a spherical object with that method. So, through process of elimination and careful examination of my subject, I chose to draw the pumpkins in the cross-hatching shading technique.

When drawing, I chose to use a 2H pencil. I do realize that using possibly a softer pencil would have resulted in dark shading on the pumpkins; however, I don't personally like using softer pencils due to the smudges they so often leave behind when working on a piece. I usually feel by the end of the drawing that it's become more of a blurred mess then a well designed and thought out drawing/illustration. So, when given the choice I will choose a harder pencil for drawing. I did however use a 4B pencil to help with the shadows that the pumpkins were casting. I drew in the shadows on all the pumpkins last so that the softer graphite didn't smudge into the cleaner lines of the pumpkins previously drawn.

Overall, I feel this drawing came out well. I like the way the pumpkins came out and feel that they do have a sort of spherical/three-dimensional feeling to them on the page vs. your traditional two-dimensional drawings.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Two Fruits Shade Value Study

The images below were created for the homework given by Professor Burrowes and Professor Mcgee.

This drawing was done first when I began working on this homework. I chose to study two lemons in this rendition because lemons are one of my favorite fruits to have on hand for use in my tea (which I often drink when I'm home).

I started this by setting the two lemons on my drafting table at home and making sure there was a good light source on them (showing low lights and high lights). I then began the drawing image first. I used the cross-hatch shading technique for this assignment as I felt it best fit the subject I was drawing with the use of a 2H pencil (one of my personal favorite drawing pencil weights). Once the lemon drawings were complete I began working on the newsprint image.

In working on the newsprint image I first began by looking through the newspaper to find ideal color variations and made sort of "confetti" on my drafting table. I then began picking pieces up and laying them on the paper to see if it would "fit" with the shadows and highlights being casted on the actual lemons in front of me. After some time and consideration the newsprint image above came into being.

I then began working on the second rendition to further practice with this value study.

With this image I chose to focus on an orange and apple for less significant reasons than the lemons as they were on hand and easily accessible when I opened the fridge.

I did the same drawing method with these two fruits; positioned them on my drafting table, found a good light source angle and began drawing them. This was followed by working on the newsprint portion of the assignment.

Overall, I think the lemon image came out "better" than the orange and apple image. However, I feel they're both done well and I'm proud of them both.

I have found that I like doing the newspaper value study-we've done this twice now; (with this assignment and the shading variation drawing we previously made). I'm not sure why but I just really enjoy doing the value study in the newsprint, and think that overall, was what drove me to want to do a second rendition of this project/assignment.

UPDATE 10/11/2013

After having done various value practice studies for class, I've come to believe this study to be the best value study done by myself. Specifically, I feel this way towards the lemons, as I think the value represented in the piece is done really well in both the pencil drawing and paper collage. (However, I do feel the orange & apple rendition is also done really well also).