Sunday, April 26, 2009

Drawing 4 and 5

Part 1: Realism

Draw 5 objects from a list of objects. I chose:
chicken, pencil, shoe, teacup, lightbulb.

Drawn in full color in realistic style.
19" x 25"

Part 2: Cubism

Draw the same setup, but this time in the cubist style
19" x 25"

I definitely liked the cubism better. I'm not sure yet if I like using the style, but I like the way my cubist drawing turned out more than my realist drawing.

Martini Dreamland

Design Project 5
Photograph over 100 of one object.

I set up a rolling landscape of 638 green olives. This is the cropped 8 x 10 shot that I think captured it best. It might not be easily identifiable as olives in this shot, but I wanted to transform them into a landscape, rather than just having 100 "olives".

Materials used:
Pimento stuffed green olives
Styrofoam found in the dumpster
Green lightbulb
Red lightbulb

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Another quote from Colette

Q. "What do we do if our project fails miserably?"
Colette: "Haha, Oh that's great!"

I understand what she meant, but sometimes she just makes me laugh, the way she seemed so pleased with the idea of our project "failing" was priceless, and worrisome.

*No Dave last night, so the tally stays at 310 for now.

*My research studio project went well. I researched the topic of marriage, which melted into divorce also. In my interview, my subject said her divorce cost her and her ex-husband $23,000 together. I was amazed at this amount of money being spent to end a marriage, so I went with that idea to create my piece. For that, I did a performance piece. I remixed my interview, using excerpts about the divorce, money, etc. and played that soundtrack while a female classmate and I tore up an origami wedding ring made from 23 dollar bills. It lasted 3 minutes and the feedback I got was that it was emotional and powerful.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Learning to share the Covers

Design Project 4: Covering Objects

Part A: Cover an object in multiples of one material.

My interpretation: Crutches covered in styrofoam packing peanuts. Both relate to safety and protection, but the peanuts also take usually uncomfortable crutches, and make them cushy.

Part B: Cover an object in a continuous, skin-like material.

My Interpretation: A strainer covered in the hair and lint found in a vacuum cleaner filter. Both objects relate to the concept of, would YOU want to rinse your strawberries or drain your pasta in this now?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Saved by the Bell

Yay, Dave has been speaking recently in colloquium, so the count seems to be going up each week, which is good.

Today, he said 'again' 61 times during his presentation. However, after he was finished and everyone left, I asked him a question. During his answer, he said the word once more. There was a projection of his computer on the screen right behind him. When he said the word, it was 6:59. Class doesn't end until 7pm, so I'm gonna say the count for tonight was really 62. :)

This brings the official tally up to 310.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

C-Board Revision

I know my original C-Board had a lot of problems, but I wasn't thrilled about Dave's request that we all go back and fix them. I just wanted to be done with this project because I hate it. Well I stayed up late last night and made some changes. I decided monochrome was a bad color palette for this piece so I changed it to a primary palette. Also, I enlarged the outlet so you can see more of it. I think this helps with the readability a bit. Originally I didn't want the outlet to take up too much of the picture because it's supposed to be about the blue painters tape.

So now what we have is a red wall, with the outlet cover removed and the outlet piece pulled out, and there's blue painters tape around the outlet, and also a few random strips on the wall peeling off. There is blue paint being rolled over the red wall. I know its hard to tell what's going on and I don't expect a good grade, I just want to move on.

And Now for a few Select Quotes from Colette Gaiter

"It's not a good time to be had." (Talking about the Sinking Titanic)

Whenever the Research Studio teacher Colette, talks in Colloquium, she says these really strange things that just sound funny to me. Alyssa and I always notice them and turn to each other and laugh. I believe she was presenting the information project at this time, so I don't know how she started talking about the Titanic.

Anyway, here are a few more I found amusing. I won't put them in context, because I think that makes them better.

  • "A dead person doesn't care."
  • "College used to be so much more fun."
  • "What does it smell like in your space? What does it feel like?"
Here is another quote, this one from one of my classmates that I found interesting and true:
"It's easier to get forgiveness than permission"

To Wrap things up, Dave spoke this week. He said Again 65 times. That brings the total to 248.
This is an illustration Dave did recently for Rollingstone Magazine which had an article on Lily Allen's new album "It's Not Me, It's You." I have this album and really like it! I wasn't a fan of her earlier work, but I love a lot of the songs on this album. I definitely recommend it.

Oh, that reminds me of one of my new favorite songs, "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit. I have been playing it non-stop!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Torn Paper

Part A and B
15" x 20"

Part A:
42 Designs made from torn paper. Each Design is 1.5" square.

3 types of designs:
a) Odd juxtapositions
b) play with the concept of tearing to create meaning
c) just a design

Part B:
Replicate an image of your choosing using torn paper.
5" x 6.5"

The idea is to take the image and make it more interesting by using the torn paper. Kudos for choosing an image with personal meaning: I chose London because my major (Visual Communications) goes on a study abroad trip after Junior year to study graphic design and advertising in one of the premiere locations for this art (after NYC) For this reason, I also chose to go for a very graphic look rather than a "photo-real" look.

Part C:
15" x 20"

Choose an object.
*Blue Painters Tape

Create a design using torn paper showing the object in action.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Drawing 1 Revision

Revised Drawing in Ink
30" x 22"

This is the Final Drawing. I revisited it after about 7 weeks and fixed a few things.
#1 Probably the most noticeable, I darkened the shadows from the grass because before they didn't match up with the shadows from the ants.
#2 I added some crosshatching to the grass to tie it in with the ants. You can't see it that well in this thumbnail, but it is a subtle change that brings the drawing together some more.

I got a B on this the first time I submitted it, and she said that was the highest grade she gave out. Hopefully with these improvements, it will get bumped up to an A.
Original Drawing