Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wire Flower
 This is my small project, its a contour wire sculpture of a flower in a pot. this is all free hand an continuous, i started by wrapping a small amount of wire around my finger, then i proceded to make the pedals of the flower, using my wrist as a guide so all the pedals would be the same size. then i made the stem and leaf, finish it all of with the pot.

Land Cube
This is my land art, its made from biodegradable coffee filters and small rocks. the purpose of the coffee filters is to hold the rocks in place until they slowly disappear over time, after a while the rock will maintain their position and maintain the shape of the cube. 

A Day at the Zoo
My marble drop project is the project im most proud of. This is a prime example of going big or going home. I took a simple idea of a marble drop and i just kept adding to it. I started with the middle piece, which is the ramp. Its made from paper and dowels. then i made the bottom piece out of 3 small PBC pipes and a board. then i made the top part that resembles the head of the giraffe, out of Popsicle sticks. after making all the different parts of the marble drop, i tried to make it all fit together and move smoothly. after making sure that every thing was working, my partner decorated our marble drop.

The End Piece
   This is my relief project, i was inspired by the idea of always looking for the end pieces every time you star a puzzle. I made the entire thing out of clay. then i decided to make the leg of the horse the thing that has the highest relief and the background to have the lowest relief. then i painted it with a mixture of glazes and acrylic paint.

20,000 Feet Under Pressure
My pressure project that is currently not finished due to technical problems with the kiln. I was actually inspired by an underwater documentary were a fire extinguisher that was crushed under the pressure of the great blue sea. so i tried my best to recreate the crushing aspect with a bottle made out of clay. i am satisfied with the bottle it self but im not satisfied that i could make class drip down the side to represent the great blue ocean

Delicate China
My repetition project, another project that isn't finished due to the kiln. The whole point of this project was to experiment with the throwing wheel, after learning how to make a bowl in the throwing wheel, i accidentally made a plate. then to incorporate the theme i decide to make a pattern out of glass shard so the would make a layer on top of the plate.

Meine Vessel:  

     To create my vessel piece i decide to not use clay but use a different medium. I made mine out of yarn, a balloon and glue. i wanted to think outside the box, or in this case the vessel and created something new, something that most student wouldn't really try as their first project. When i made my vessel, i had to devout many hour and wait patiently for things to dry. i started with a simple idea, get a balloon, cover it in yarn, and put some glue on it so every thing sticks together. well it was harder than i expected, not only was it difficult to wrap the balloon in yarn, it was also difficult to make it stay in place with out it falling apart. Once i figured a way to make everything stay in place, i applied the glue, which in this case had to be applied in layers since i didn't have enough time in class to wait for it to dry completely. After day of layering and glue applying, my vessel was ready to be completed, after popping the balloon and a helpful advise from Miss. Sudkamp, i decided to leave the renaming glue inside so when i put a light insight my vessel the glue parts can reflect the light inside the vessel, which is what is supposed to hold.

Project 6
 Project six was an experiment using oil paints, i have never used oil paints before and it was a very scary experience. i decide to keep it simple for my first time so i choose a photo of my dogs. The hardest part of this project was the medium itself, waiting for things to dry was a long a tedious experience but one with a great payout. even thought the piece is not finishes I'm very have with the way its turning out.I like how easy it is to create shadows and values, its beneficial to use the oil paints. There is really no meaning or inspiration for this piece because it was all experimental witch is out of the norm for me.

Project 7
 This is one of my favorite pieces, i was inspired by Russian propaganda and how the news was filtered to the Russian people. i started by cutting out a bunch of news article, then i decided to glue them to one half of a large piece of paper, and then folded the paper creating a background for the negative space in my piece. then i drew and cut out all of the different parts to this piece. there is a lot of meaning to this piece because t represents the filter that people have when it comes to the news, we have the liberator/dictator, ergo the bell on his head, in the middle of the piece, he is holding a shield on his left that is blocking the information from the outside world, therefore the different streams of information and the missiles, yes those are missiles, on the left. he is also directing with his left hand the news to his unhappy citizens, and he is telling them that there is piece in paradise even tho there is war going on, the soldiers on top.

Project 8

 This is another experimental art piece, i have never used water color before,and I really enjoyed this experience. i started by drawing everything out very precisely, then i saw that i couldn't be precise with water colors, so i just went for it, i started adding paint, removing paint, doing washes, and just having fun with it. after four hours of dub step music and water color fun.there was really no hard parts, i just focused in color instead of shape. I really liked how you could add white right on top of a dark color and it wouldn't blend.

Project 9
This was a homework turned into a art piece. i started with the basic sketch of two dragons facing off and the i thought about making them into a Japanese inspired water and fire piece, yin and yang. i really liked the way this turned out, especially since i was using prisma colors for the first time. i used Japanese inspire water waves and fire to fill in the background and use many layers of color in the dragons.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Project 1

For my first project I decided to make perspective drawing of a guy sitting on the edge of a building, looking down at an empty Time Square look alike. I was inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Vertigo" and the scene were the main character looks over the edge of a building an experiences the effects of Vertigo. I wanted to recreate that moment with this piece and also wanted to experiment with this new point of view.

Creating this art work was very difficult, I made the decision of using ink as my medium. I did not realize that not only is it tedious to use ink on regular paper, but i wanted to use a ink wash look too it, so there was a lot of waiting for stuff to dry.

It was easy to create the main drawing for this piece, since it was mostly using POV Technics. But actually bringing it all together was a very hard task, I didn't want my buildings to be too realistic, but i didn't want them to look like long rectangles. So i compromised, i added blunt details in my building but left them simple enough the viewer has to think on on what it represents.

   Over all, im satisfied with my work, but im kind of disappointed that I didn't get to go a level deeper like i wanted to, since it would of over taken the whole thing. When taking the picture of this piece i tried zooming in really fast which made the sides blury, and it kind of gave it the Vertigo look to it.

 And then I added a simple filter to make it seem more movie poster like, if you were to see it on an actual Movie Poster from 1963.

Project 4

 For my fourth project i decided to tackle on the paper sculpture. At the beginning of this project, I was contemplating on making a scenery but with a book. I decided to make one book into a window and the other as the actual scenery. I started cutting the window out of of the book, what I didn't think of was the amount of work and effort that it took to get from one side of the book to the other side. The first book took about five to six hours of non stop cutting, and the second book took about two hours of cutting and assembling.
The second book was kind of a simple concept, all I did was a fence, two cows and a section of a tree. But no matter the simplicity of the scenery, the over all piece came together.
I knew that once i put every thing together it would look like i wanted it to.

 After finishing the two books, i needed to take the picture. This was probably the hardest thing because i needed a background with a source of light, and i needed to line up my camera with the window so it would look like you were looking out of it into the outside.

 After many failed attempts of using different lights and backgrounds, i decided to put both books on top of a laptop that had a YouTube video playing of the night sky, and then put everything in a dark room, with in the middle of the day, the only room that was dark enough was the a my closet. Imagine me laying on the floor trying my best to line up the shot while in complete darkness. since the amount of light was little to none, my camera need time to take the picture, so not only did i have to find the right angle to take a photo, i needed to stay completely still so i wouldn't mess up the shot.

 Finally after hours of trying to get the right shot, i caught a break and got a good image. The final results were very pleasing, especially after the amount of work i put into this. This piece doesn't have a meaning, I just wanted to do something new and find a new way to create an image.

Project 3

For my third project, I once again used digital as my media to create my Mythical Creature. This time I wanted to focus on value, so instead of filling in the drawing with different colors and shades to create value, I made is so I only used shadows and highlights to create value. The Creature it self was a mix of a bat meets gargoyle with a bit of human characteristic. I went in blind on this one as well, no planing and no references, i just started drawing the face to make it resemble a bat but at the same time make it look more original, that's why i added the hard shell with the antenna sticking out. i really went in depth when coming up with the creature, i came up with a background story before I started drawing.   
I wanted to go from a 2D image to a 3D creature by only adding shadows and highlights, which was a very tedious task since I had to think about  shapes and how the light curved around the object.
 After many hours of shading and adding value, I realized that it looked a little hollowed and had no color. So I added a some color to tie it all together but I did not want the color to overwhelm the entire piece, so I added in places were color was needed.

I am Satisfied with the end result, but at the same time i am disappointed on the simplicity and lack of meaning in my piece. My art usually has an underling meaning and this one doesn't really have one. Other than that, i think the value is good, the idea is good and the challenges that i ran into helped me understand value.

Project 2

For my second project i did not plan or gathered references because it was kind of a rushed project. After choosing a subject, I decided to create an image that is entirely made from one continuous line. I started by making random shapes on Photoshop until I got a shape that resembled a building, with the same process I continued to make the rest of the buildings, each one as unique as the last. After hours of fail attempts, I finally got a city that I was satisfied with and and was visually balanced.
 Then I added some color so the different buildings could be distinguished from one another. I wanted the colors to stand out because the background and the lines for the buildings could not be distinguished and the only way to see the buildings was to add a light source.
Finally, it was time to add the glove that covers the city. I think this was the easiest part because all I had to do was make a round shape and then used a mask to make the glove match the continuous line idea.

I was satisfied with my end product, the whole thing turned out the way I wanted it to. My whole idea was to make a city that was completely enclosed by this glass sphere, and that is what i accomplished.