Monday, January 27, 2014
I began by doing a watercolor design on the whole page. Then, I covered the paper with black acrylic paint, but left the shape of a couple flowers. When the black dried, I then proceeded to create white flowers to balance the contrast between the black and the color. While this shows literal contrast, it also reads the theme of "tension" because the color flowers stand out among the rest.
While this was just a little exercise, I really like how it came out. I don't usually do abstract work like this, but it was a neat experience to be able to not use value or realism to still get my theme across. I was able to practice certain skills such as composition and line fluidity. For example, I used different sized lines to show emphasis on certain flowers, rather than value in the petals. It was interesting to work on these skills and see how that will be able to transfer in future projects!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Final project of art 2! It's kind of bittersweet but I am excited to see what the future holds. For this project, we were introduced to a unique new form of art that a lot of artists have been jumping on, altered book carvings. When I first heard the instructions on this, I didn't know how this was was supposed to relate to art, it sounded more like a construction project to me. As I got into it, however, I discovered that there are many forms of art, not just that on paper! It looks really difficult, but having planned out the basic shapes beforehand made it pretty easy! After planning which shapes would be on each level, you just place the mat underneath that level and carve away, slowly getting closer to the back cover. Once everything was carved, which took a LONG time, I painted the cover and the front page to enhance the pieces.
The theme that I chose for my book was "Along for the ride." While coming up with ideas and staring pointlessly at the book for some sort of inspiration, I kept envisioning it as a chest. So I just went with it! I believe that the real treasure to be found in a chest is not money or gold, but rather the memories that we hold from others and from trips that we take. I carved various items such as ticket stubs, old letters, photographs, etc. into the book to portray this idea and I think that it read really well! I am really happy with how this turned out especially because of the message "between the lines" ;). I think I really took a risk by incorporating as many components as I did, but I think all of it helps to portray the idea that we really are just along for the ride! I learned a lot from this project such as how to think outside of the box and really push myself to the best of my ability. I also learned about the importance of good composition and that is definitely something I will take with me. Even though this is not the medium that I usually work with, it was interesting to see how many ways you can approach a project and put your own mark on it.