Tuesday, May 28, 2013
In order to prepare for this composition, we had to do various contour drawings and blind drawings in our sketchbook. I also had to practice drawing overlapping objects.Overlapping is when one object looks like its in front of the other. For my large composition, I used my shoes and put one in front of the other so they overlapped. To make one shoe look larger, I drew it darker and closer to the viewer. To make the shoe in the background look farther away, I made it lighter and drew it farther away. This gives the idea of overlapping. In order to give it dimension, I added shadows and some value to each shoe.
In order to create my personal logo, I had to take my initials and designs that represented me/ that I liked and put them together. Before we were allowed to create our large logos, we had to create various thumbnail sketches of different ideas. I chose to do a musical themed logo (as I am involved with the band) by having a treble clef and piano keys, and incorporated it with my initials. I drew out my logo on paper with a permanent black marker. Finally, in order to reduce the size of the logo, I used Photoshop and then printed out the final product.
In order to plan my composition, I looked through various magazines and old photographs in order to find a landscape I wanted to use. Then I drew out how I wanted the background, middleground, and foreground to look on the canvas I was going to use. In my painting, I used atmospheric perspective in the background. Atmospheric perspective refers to the distance/depth of the objects in the painting. In order to do this, I created a dull orange by lowering the intensity of it. In order to create a light source for my painting, I used tints of different colors in my colors scheme, and added them to each item in my composition. My color scheme was red and orange (analogous color scheme). The brush strokes used for this painting were side to side horizontally for the sky and water. For the ground, I used small, short brush strokes to make it look like grass, and for the tree I used long brush strokes for the limbs, but short brush strokes where the branched off in order to get the ends of the limbs to a point. I used value in my painting by having a cast shadow under the tree. I also used value for the water by having it go from a light orange to a dark orange. The sky has some value by going from dark red to a light pink.
For this project, the medium I used was white clay. The height of my ceramic piece was 3 inches while the width was 7.5 inches. The design element that was stressed during this art project was form. We had to choose between a hump or slump mold. I used a hump shape mold. In order to do this, I used a slab roller to flatten the clay and then I cut out my design. After I cut out my design I draped it over the hump shape mold. My piece was created in order to hold other items. I created a design for my bowl by cutting out various patterns in paper and then used the paper design to cut out the shape of my bowl. I also have a radial design, but it is on the bottom of my ceramic piece. During this project, I learned about radial designs, glazing, and the different stages of clay (plastic, leather hard, bone dry, bisqueware, and glazed). If I were to repeat this project, I wouldn't have painted on the red slip, as it didn't show through that well on my ceramics piece.
In order to plan my composition, I brought in three items (cups) and drew various thumbnail sketches of the cups. A thumbnail sketch is a small sketch of what you want your larger composition to look like. I used a viewfinder to help find the position and angle I wanted to create my composition in. I made the items appear three dimensional by adding cast shadows and a light source to each item in the composition. I also added white highlights to each object to emphasize the light source. I created a light source by making one area of the composition lighter than the other. By doing this, I knew where to add my shadows and highlights to each item in the composition.