Monday, December 17, 2012

Anamorphosis Drawing


For this anamorphosis drawing, I chose a picture of an object online and then put it in photoshop to distort it.  We had to scale it in a way that made the top wide and bigger than the bottom so it would look like it's coming off the page when we drew it.  The options at the top on the program is where you click on Edit and then go to transform to change, distort, or rotate your picture in anyway.  The goal was to create an image that would look like it's popping off the page when you take a picture of it from an eye level perspective.

The disproportional object was put on a grid to help me draw it correctly.  If I hadn't stretched it on photoshop, I would've had no idea how to draw it in a way that would make it look 3 dimensional.  Something else that helped was the values put in with colored pencils.  There are so many color options rather than just black and white.  That's why the shadow is purple rather than black because it's still dark, but gives it a more colorful look.

The project was successful because the grid helped me draw an accurate version of the disproportionate popsicle.  Also, the color values added depth and the purple shadow helped the popsicle look like it was standing up when we took the photograph from a different perspective.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Game Drawing

My game drawing was of the board game "Sorry" and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I like all the different colors  I could use in the board and the colored pencils allowed me to do a lot of different values in color.  Since I drew this board in perspective, I had to use two vanishing points, but it was hard to do because the points were out too far to draw on a piece of paper.  I had to just imagine where they were and draw my lines that way.  After I drew all my lines with the ruler, I went on to add light water color washes to block in the colors before I added detail.  Once I started coloring, I decided where the light source was and you could see the gradation across the board from light to dark.  My game pieces had shadows under them because of the light source.  One of the challenges for me was drawing the actual game pieces and the ellipses.  I think the ellipses ended up looking good though because I blended the colored pencils and added highlights with some colors that I wouldn't normally put there. Another challenge was keeping the water color inside the lines because it runs all over the place.  I learned how to be successful in two point perspective and be precise with my ruler and stay inside the lines with watercolor. 

Stencil and Spray Paint

In the computer lab, I found an image of a famous landscape that I liked which was the Golden Gate Bridge.  I opened Photoshop and made the picture into black and white.  Then, I adjusted the threshold of the photo to create the best effect and darken the picture so the stencil would have blacks and whites to cut out and look the best when I spray paint it onto the collage I made.
When I was creating my collage, I tried to cut out pages of magazines and books that were related to world travel, because the bridge I was going to spray paint was a place that people saw when the traveled and it was related to transportation.  I had pictures of compasses, suitcases, and different types of transportation.  I also had a blue and purple theme with my watercolors that I put over the papers, but it mostly got covered by the pink and orange spray paint in the background. 
Since the picture was in black and white, the black parts were made into negative space and cut out while the white parts stayed intact and became positive space.  We projected the picture up on a wall to enlarge it and I drew it on a big piece of paper that later became my stencil.  I had to have positive and negative space so that the image would actually show up.  They contrast each other and it looks better when you cut out the black parts because it makes the important parts show up better. 
Using the xacto knife wasn't difficult, but you had to be safe while doing it.  Always cut on a cutting board so you don't ruin the tables and be careful because the point is very sharp.  I sometimes had a hard time cutting small areas with the xacto knife, and I always cut the shapes the wrong way so they ended up falling out, but you can't have loose pieces.  Tape was able to fix my problem for the most part. 

My experience with spray paint was great even though it smelled bad.  I think the overall composition of the artwork is good because I put a lot of newspaper in my collage for the background.  Then, I put a bunch of water colors on the newspaper and spray painted the background orange and pink.  That made it look better when I spray painted the black bridge from the stencil on it.  My stencil had a few messed up pieces on it that I had to tape back on so that made a few parts look a little bit messed up.  However, I was very happy with the way it turned out overall.