Friday, October 9, 2009
Using Photoshop . . .
When I used photoshop for my first picture, all I did was get rid of a glare that was on the table. This was quite easy due to the fact that I was in class at the time and Mr. Babcock showed me how to do it. Once I got home to do the rest of my Photoshopped pictures, it was a whole other story. I had some really awesome ideas about what to do with my pictures, however my lack of knowledge about photoshop rendered me helpless. I spent all weekend on one measly picture that didn't even turn out the way that I had originally viewed in my mind. I did try to get on the internet to look at the lectures that Mr. Babcock was so thoughtful to record and have accessible to us (students). However, my computer was being difficult and would not allow me to view the lectures. So, I did my best and in the end I ended up with an OK result. It was very frustrating at times and quite tiring, but I usually enjoy a challenge and my end result made me feel good that I had not given up. Even though it was not completed using the best method, I am still proud of my Leaf Man in Egypt.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This was the first drawing I did for the story of a happy Christmas with my family. I soon learned that there are way too many objects in the picture and that I used too much line instead of shapes.
This was my second idea for my story graphic, but I still didn't like it. I felt that I was still relying on line and not shape. I was also afraid that it wasn't easy enough to understand that the images are Christmas ornaments.
This is the final image for my Christmas story. I like that the holly berries are easily recognizable, solid shapes. I used a thick line for the leaves so that it would be easier to see from a distance. I also think that even though there are several images they fit well together to form an overall image/message.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Key Principles of Gestalt System
Emergence: when recognizable images are made from random shapes, marks, or splatters.
Reification: when shapes are seen because of their surrounding shapes. There might not be an actual triangle drawn but we can see the triangle because of the negative space around it.
Multistability: when two or more images coexist with the same shape or outline. We usually can't see both images at the same time, however.
Invariance: when one object or shape is changed somehow, either by rotating or twisting it, but is still recognizable as the same object or shape.
"The fundamental principle of gestalt perception."
- Law of closure - we can see a closed object or shape when we are given enough information
- Law of Similarity - we put similar elements together and see them as a collective entity depending on their shape, size, color, texture, etc.
- Law of Proximity - we make groups of images depending on their spacial relationships
- Law of Symmetry - we put images together if they have similar symmetry
- Law of Continuity - after seeing a pattern on paper we will continue that pattern in our mind
- Law of Common Fate - we group elements that show the same movement and flow of line
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- Drawing I
- Intro to Graphic Design & Illustration
- Ideas in the Visual Arts
- Logo/Trademark Design
- Drawing II
- Design II
- Printmaking I
- Design for Advertising
- Pub Design
- Painting I
- Multimedia I
- Package Design
- Interactive Design
- Introduction to Photography
- Motion Design
- Fundamentals of Printing Processes
- Studio Seminar
- Design Internship
- Survey of Non-Western Art
- Contemporary Art & Design
- Artists in Contemporary Society
- Foundation of Professional Photography & Lab
- Design III
-I would really like to take some of these in the summer. I also am going to have to squeeze in two foreign language classes and a colequia (?) class for the honors college. I am totally up for suggestions.