Today I went shopping for suppliers for the second last physical piece. I purchased crayons and two more canvases. For this one I outlined knives in crayon onto the canvas and attempted to melt crayon down from the knive to look like it was melting. This worked out ok for some of them as I was still trying to master this technique. The last few I did turned out to look very cool with splatters of colour everywhere.
As you can see I haven’t completely finished this one yet however I like the tech tired look of the melted crayon and the splatter. I think it matches the theme because of the melting, knives and bloom look. After i had attempted this particular part i did some research onto the types of techniques and tricks to try next time.
- I found online a technique that used sponges which would smooth out the dripping crayon for a more even effect.
- Another technique i found was to use the left over bits of the crayon to make an impressionist painting. I thought this technique would be very cool however it doesn’t fit into the knife theme.
- The last technique i found interesting was to use tape over the blank canvas and go over with the crayon to have the outline of the knife there.
After this research i did test out some of these techniques that i had just learnt and they were all about the same result. Crayons can be very messy and not work the exact way you want. I have learnt that i like to use a product that has a particular outcome rather than a chance of having a good outcome.
If I was to do this next time I would need to find a way to melt the crayons and have it drip by itself rather than me having to draw it on a bit.
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27th Feburary 2016
Today I decided to get drawing and collage done for the assignment. I started with the drawing and decided I would do the overlapping three knives with the geometric colour for each individual shape.
I really love how this turned out as I wasn’t quite sure how all the colours would work together. I think this geometric colour cross is appealing and looked very modern when I took a picture when I was just black and white.
After I finished drawing the outlines I used a thin tip black pen to go over these lines to make them bold and clean. I then went over and coloured in all the areas and that’s how I got the final product.
The next project I worked on was to re do the collage from the other week and make it into an actual piece from the concept of the experiment. So this time instead of using a glossy magazine I used a newspaper. The effect was quite different and messier due to the ink. But I found it easier to cute into the right shape.
The concept that I went with for this one was a dinner set with the plate, knife, fork and spoon. I really like this idea and the use of the newspaper does give a more grudge look which I like.
26th Feburary 2016
As it was my day off from uni I decided to really get into the sculpture part of the assignment. I started off by spray painting all the plastic knives I’ve bought in neon pink, yellow, white and black. This was quite a messy process however it was very quick and gave that shiny enamel look.
I set these asside to dry and whilst I was waiting I was thinking about how to paint the canvas I bought for the background. I came up with the idea to spray paint it as well. Spray paint isn’t very good however at painting evenly along a large space so there were lines and marks where I stopped spraying or sprayed too much. I fixed this problem by before it dried to grab a rag to distress the paint. I actually really love how this distressed thing worked out.
I set all this stuff asside to dry for about half an hour whilst I ate lunch and then when I came back it was all shiny and dry. Early that morning I decided that the only thing that would stick the knives to the canvas would be a hot glue gun so I went and purchased one of those. I’m glad I did because it dried very quickly and really stuck everything down. So I just arranged all the knives on the canvas in the patterned I showed in an earlier blog post. I glued everything down and this was the final look.
Overall I think this turned out pretty good. I really like how I was able to experiment with spray paint as I have never done that before.
Thursday 25th February
Last night I decided to buy the supplies I need for my sculpture project. My idea is to do the style of Psychedelic in a spiral shape of knives. I purchased a weird amount of plastic knives, spray paint and a canvas to glue it down onto.
I started by laying out the pattern that I’m thinking of doing and this was harder than I anticipated because I had to think of when I’m going to spray paint the knives what ones would be where to create that pattern. I have come up with two patterns so far and I think I am going to go with the second one because it looks less like a flower and more of a spiral.
After I spray paint them this afternoon I want to stick them down to the canvas and play around with bending other knives to give a 3D effect to the sculpture. I am going to have to melt the plastic a bit to be able to bend them and I’m not quite sure yet if it will melt well. However if it does melt and it looks cool it will add to the psychedelic look of melting and bending. I am actually thrilled to actually do the sculpture because there is that essence of not actually knowing how it will turn out.
Wednesday 24th February
This lesson was a split lesson which I was a part of the photography side down in the film studio. We got to set up the photography equipment such as the lights and cameras for the lesson. Seeing how all of the equipment goes together is very useful for if in the future I need to put any of it together myself.
For the lesson we only set up one of the lights just to trail as we were all just learning. As I have never used any of the equipment before I found the whole process quite interesting. We worked in pairs and I was partnered with Evie. We took turns of one of us modelling and the other taking the photos and in this process we tried different positions, angles and proximity to the light. The photos that I took I believe to have turned out pretty great with the help of Evie’s modelling obviously.
As Paul mentioned the best shots are the natural ones where you aren’t looking at the camera itself and that does truly show in the photos I took. Here are some of the ones I took that worked and didn’t.
I have found that the ones that weren’t as dramatic is due to there being too much light or the angle not quite right. The ones that did work were just hitting the light at the right angle which was dramatic and overall just a great shot. This was a very fun experience and I wouldn’t mind trying this again as I really enjoy taking photos.
Tuesday 23rd February
Today the lesson was focused on the Adobe program light room. Light room is a program that allows you to do post photography editing. The program itself wasn’t difficult however it does take a little time to play around with it to see how everything works and what it actually does to the photo.
I chose three photos to edit which were ones that needed to be fixed a little because the shot itself was very good. One of the photos was of an ibis, the other of some leaves and the last is rocks at the shore. These three were my favourites and they are dramatically better with things like fixing the exposure, lightening the image or even when I added a filter to the background.
Learning this skill of using light room I find to be very important because it is a skill I’m definitely going to be using in the future. It is very easy to make slight alterations in this program that show amazing results. All in all I’m very excited to be using this program more in the future.
Saturday 20th February
After planning out the ideas of the analogue portion of the assignment I have begun to experiment/start task one. Task one is a collage of a knife, fork and spoon overlapping into the shape of an asterisk.
The process started off with the collation of similar coloured magazines and brochures to keep a type of theme. Other items I needed was glue, an A3 sheet of paper and some scissors. I started the experiment with cutting up thin strips of the magazine enough for the moment. I then drew up stencils of the objects so I didn’t have to continue to draw free hand for all of the collage pieces. From the stencil I outlined the shape onto the page very thinly so I could just see it when placing down the pieces of magazine. I started to glue pieces of the magazine down into the shape of the object and then cutting them to alter to the particular shape. I found this process of trying to get the right curve for example to be stressfully boring. I never remember collage as a child to be this difficult however it is a pain staking long process especially when I wanted it to look perfect.
After one object was done I just continued to do this for all of the objects I had traced out and I found the final product to look pretty good. For the final one however I do wish to find another figuration for the objects.
Thursday 18th February
The class on Thursday was the introduction to the photography portion of the course. We started with a basic overview of a DSLR camera focusing on all of the manual settings. As I have never used a DSLR camera before it was good to get this introduction so I didn’t feel left behind when went to take photos. After the introduction we went outside with the cameras with our task to try different angles as well as to mess around with the manual settings to see what works and what doesn’t.
I have included a slideshow of the photographs that I took in this lesson. Some of my favourites are of the rocks by the shore, leaves in the tree and the ibis.
I have found that with the photos I have taken there is only a small minority of them that are in perfect exposure and the right angle. Often I have underexposed the photo which can be recovered however where I have overexposed it can’t be saved. Next time I would like to trial with trying to get the best exposure and keep taking the photo until I get the shot. This I think will help me develop a skill of what manual settings I need for a particular shot and conditions.
So I have started to collate ideas for the analogue part of the project. The first idea that I have is to do a watercolour price that features a drip effect. This if I can achieve it will give he effect that the knife is cutting into the paper therefore he drip effect coming out of the paper. For the overlapping drawing idea is having a standard drawing of a knife however across the page to have overlapping other drawing of knives which can give an almost 3D effect. My collage idea is around using knives, forks and spoons. I will be cutting thin strips of magazines and layering around into the outlines of those objects. The final idea I have is to do a spiral sculpture of knives in a particular design style.
This image gives me inspiration in the form of using lines with darker and lighter to determine the shape of the object. I am going to be trailing something like this in my experimentation and hopefully will turn out to look as amazing as I hope.
This painting is something I would like to try with the knives. I was thinking of using this technique of having a major part of the object painted full but another part just using the outline and letting your mind full in the rest.
I am going to be starting my experimentation and hopefully will be able to create something very unique and beautiful.
It feels great to finally be back at university. After having a long holiday which could’ve been more productive, getting back into creating and designing is amazing. This trimester I am starting studio two which is the film trimester. For my first class on Tuesday it was focussed on getting into the idea of the first project and the type of requirements need for this unit. The first project is a minor but also requires a lot of effort and we get five weeks to complete it. The main goal of this project is to demonstrate and learn a range of art styles and techniques which are going to come in handy in the future when designing. So for the project there are three categories in which you need to do a minimum of 5 style/techniques in. The first category is analogue which includes things such as drawing, painting, collages and sculpture. The second category us photography and photo manipulation this includes things such as composition, lighting styles, objects and photoshop. The final category is digital and tbgis includes things such as illustrator, drawing in Photoshop, digital collage, scanning and repeatable patterns.
The object which I chose was a knife. Knives in general can be quite interesting and there is certainly a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colour and styles which can give me more inspiration and detail to my work. As well as knives I have also been thinking about including other items of cutlery such as spoons or even forks as well as using more than just eating knives but hunting and weapon style knives such as swords.
I have desided to start with the analogue category as I find physical creation a lot more difficult for myself so this will give me more time to work on it. Some ideas that I have started to imagine are things such as doing a water colour art, an overlapping drawing, painting, collage and a sculpture. In all of the analogues I will be doing I think I am most excited for the sculpture and the collage they are more my type of physical art and I think they’re going to just turn out to look amazing