Friday, January 31, 2014

Page 137 Scale Practice Exercise

We were asked as a class to copy the orthographic image at the bottom of page 137 in our textbook and double its size. The original image in the textbook was drawn out at a 1/2" scale, so after drawing that out on graph paper (using rulers to maintain clean, straight and even lines) I then moved into doubling its scale to 1" using my architectural ruler.

In Class Drafting Practice

On Tuesday January 28th we were shown how to draw/draft orthographic view points during lecture/class. From there we were tasked with creating our own orthographic view in class so we could ask for help if we needed it while working. The following image is the practice I did while in class.


I feel like this was fairly simple to do. I feel if you understand measurements and how they are multiplied or divided this is a relatively simple thing to do. I do however have a hard time "cutting corners" while doing this. By that I mean using T-squares and triangles to speed up the process. I know less steps create faster speed and less chances of error, however I'm most often the type of person who likes to do things the long and difficult way because I feel like in the end I have a better result. I've had that issue my whole life, and know I will have to continue to working with the T-square and triangles to become more comfortable with them.

Exercise 6.1 through 6.3

We were asked to complete exercises 6.1 through 6.3 for homework this last week. When I started this exercise/practice I had a very difficult time understanding how to solve the puzzles laid out before me on the pages. I'd never had experience figuring out this type of "puzzle" and I felt the textbook was too vague on instruction for my novice skills regarding this topic.

However, after pushing through it and some hard thinking (and online research) I was able to complete the task at hand:


After doing to class the next day we were asked to redo this assignment using rulers/T-squares/triangles and such to create cleaner lines.

 
I do still feel like I'm a bit slow with these drafting "mind puzzles" but I know with time I'll get the hang of it. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Public Art in Downtown Greensboro Map

Below is an image of the map created by myself, Ashley Wilder, James Heusen and Nikolai Govan showing various places public art can be seen throughout downtown Greensboro:

 
This map was created to coincide with the Public Art projects we did as a class in preparation for the Glenwood Mural . A project that is continuing to be worked on currently by students in the Art department and IARc department as an independent study. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Exercise 5.1

Over the weekend we were given an assignment to practice our drafting techniques by completing exercise 5.1 in our textbook. We were asked to only do one "box" but I decided when working on the assignment that I wanted to play with different line weights and inks so see how they turned out. Below are my finished pieces:
This sheet focuses on the use of bold/soft graphite weights.

This sheet focuses on the use of hard graphite weights.

This last sheet focuses on various ink methods and what that looks like when using them to draft.
 
Overall, I thought this assignment was fairly simple, but I liked looking at the different line weights based on medium changes.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Weeks One and Two in Studio and Drawing

During the first two weeks of class (Spring 2014) we focused a lot of our attention on the Glenwood mural that's been proposed for the IARc and Art students to complete by April 2014. As a class we were asked to create a few projects to help us gain further understanding of what might be a good place to start for the finished piece that will be used on the wall.

We began with creating a 30x30 display board focused on the public art found in a city that was assigned to us. I was assigned Mumbai and created the following board:


Further explanation for the board can be found here in a previous blog I created specifically for this project.

From there we were asked to walk through downtown Greensboro and take note and photos of the public art on display. I decided to use some images from my fiancé and I's engagement session (which was photographed in downtown Greensboro) that noted some public art.

This photo was taken near the Greensboro Public Transportation bus station. This mural focused a lot on love and happy feelings someone gets when they've found it. The colors used in it where very vibrant and bold which helped elicit the feeling of happiness.

This is a fountain that does different displays of waterworks throughout the day. Although this isn't a typical display of public art (paintings, murals and sculptures), I feel it could categorized as one because it is in the center of a small park in downtown Greensboro calling attention to its water work displays.

Lastly, I feel these doors are a beautiful display of public art. I know we were tasked with not focusing on architecture, however, the beauty of these doors should be noted. In walking around downtown Greensboro, I felt personally there was a lot of grey everywhere with small "splashes" of color here and there that called for your attention as you walked by them. These doors, which are attached to a bank, I believe are large and bold with beautiful texture that is a piece of art on its own.
 
From this point we split into groups where we were tasked with creating a map of Greensboro and  note points of public art on it that our group members found to help familiarize ourselves with the various public art on display in the area.
 
My group (James, Nikolai, Ashley and myself) created the following map:
 
The small * include places where public art can be seen on display around Greensboro.
 
From this point the department split us up into different groups with 1st through 4th IARc students, where we brainstormed ideas for the mural and upcoming discussion at the Café in Glenwood.
 
While working in my group we began by discussing the task at hand, and what the person living in Glenwood cares about, lives like etc. From there we split up and drew an idea we thought may work and discussed it within our group. I came up with the following idea for the mural:
 
The idea behind this sketch is a field of trees, all the same field but as the wall progresses left or right the seasons begin to change to symbolize change in our lives. Different types of trees would be painted to symbolize the different cultures/nationalities of the people living within the neighborhood. And, new growing trees would symbolize newer generations living within the neighborhood while the older more established trees would symbolize the older generations that have lived in the neighborhood for years.
 
*The sketch was done on trace paper with pencil which is the cause for the low grade scan/image shown above.
 
While working in our drawing class we focused a lot on different subject matters such as our name tags, architectural lettering and such. The following images are the projects we've completed for the drawing course:
 
Name tag drawings and final piece:
 






 
The above images were drawn by various members of the class. The final nametag it shown above. More information on this can be found here. 
 
From there we worked on our architectural lettering:
 
 




We were given an excerpt from the famous "I have a dream" speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave in Washington D.C. and asked to fill one page of graph paper with architectural lettering. I decided to write out the whole excerpt given to me; which can be seen above. More information on this can be found here.
 
Lastly, we were asked to draw out 24 2x2 boxes on an 12x17 inch paper where we would pick four images from our city board (mine was Mumbai) and redraw each image 6 times with various mediums.
 


 
 
 
The 24 drawings can be seen above and the actual images used for the drawings are listed below. More information on this can be found here.






Saturday, January 25, 2014

24 2x2 Box Drawings Inspired By Mumbai Board.

After completing the city board project for studio, we were tasked with drawing out 24 2x2 boxes on a 12x17 inch paper where we were suppose to focus on 4 images from the board using various drawing mediums.

Below is an image of the Mumbai board I completed for Studio:

 
 
From there, I began working on the 24 images:
 

While drawing these images I chose to use the mediums of: Pencil, Ink/Pen, Charcoal, Shading, Oil Pastels and Colored Pencils. I didn't want to focus too much on color, but I liked being able to explore it a little bit with the pastels and colored pencils.

Also, when I was drawing these images I chose to "crop" them with my eye because I felt like I wouldn't be able to fit the entire image in such a small box-and to try would end in unsatisfactory results...

Below are the actual images that I cropped to show the area that I chose to focus on when creating the 24 box drawing sheet:


 
 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Name Tag Exploration

During the first week of class, we were tasked with drawing six of our classmates during class and creating a nametag for ourselves using the image we liked most. (You were given the image your classmate drew of you to keep).

The following images were drawn of me:
Drawn By: Abby

Drawn By: Amy

Drawn By: Ashley

Drawn By: Julia

Drawn By: Maggie

Drawn By: Taylor
 
After this exercise in class was completed, I began brainstorming ideas for my nametag. I knew I liked the use of yarn balls on my nametag last semester and wanted to incorporate those into the new name tag. I also liked the triangular shape I used because it helped the nametag stand up and appear polished.
 
Knowing those two things I came up with this final design:
 

 
I chose to use Taylor's image because I liked that she incorporated shading and detail into the drawing while many of the others hadn't. I also like how she captured my wild/unruly wavy hair (which was pulled back, but still very frizzy the day this was drawn).
 
I chose to write my name in a "swirly" cursive font because it went with my love of yarn (in my mind it resembles what a string of yarn would look like if you spelled my name out with it).  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Architectural Lettering-MLK Speech.

During the first week back in class we were tasked as a class to write out an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech.

Below is an image of the excerpt I was given:
When we were given these excerpts we were told we only needed to fill one graph paper sheet with architectural lettering. However, I decided I would do the whole excerpt given to me: