Friday, October 30, 2015

Translucent: Shimmering Slippers

For this project, I used a Cinderella theme to create a collage of iconic pictures. I lowered the opacity on the background images so that the main image, the glass slipper, would be emphasized. This shoe in its nature is translucent, letting light and shapes show through but not specific details. I also utilized different brushes to pull everything together cohesively.


For this project, I exhibited postmodern principles by creating a hybrid of text art, juxtaposition, and artists steal. But mainly hybridity and text art, this giraffe has the letters in "giraffe" as its spots. I used oil pastels and a graffiti style font to create new spots. I enjoyed this project because it wasn't too difficult but it still required a lot of planning, experimenting, and creativity.

Friday, October 23, 2015

We are Santa's Elves

For this project, I made edible architecture.  I decided to make little elf houses!  They were originally supposed to be in a wintery North Pole environment, but I decided instead to give them summer homes!  The houses themselves are red exotic fruits, and the shrubery is kale.  I also added in windows, flower window boxes, pathways, doors, and a mailbox to make it more realistic. I love how the doors and windows look like they could really be a part of the fruit and they unify the piece so that it looks sort of like real houses! I am really excited for the elves to move in next spring, and there is also a nearby neighborhood for the rest of the elf population.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Non Traditional Art Materials

This article discussed the use of non-traditional materials to make art projects. It posed the idea that buying from art supply stores is not as creative as picking out more unique items. In a way, I can see how using your imagination to utilize various things could produce more thoughtful and wild projects, but I also understand that you can be creative using paint and pencils as well. It's all a matter of how much thought you put into something and how you use whatever medium you decide on.  It is a good idea to experiment with different materials to switch it up and add pizzazz.

Here are some fun examples...
A portrait using vegetables

 The pitchfork painting using balloons

 Fish made out of water bottles
 Dolphins made out of driftwood
A flag made out of lace

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cinemagraphs: Always on the Move

I created a cinemagraph/gif of myself jumping.  I thought that it would be cool to use the shadow in a way that manipulates it.  This was sort of difficult because of the confusing directions and the large number of frames I had to work with.  It was a struggle to erase just enough of the picture so that only the shadow was moving and the feet wouldn't look weird.  I had to start over because I couldn't reverse the frames properly for a while.  I am satisfied with how it turned out, but I wish there was a way to make it move faster (I put it on the fastest option of "No Delay," but if you could use a negative speed I would have).  This was really cool and I am excited to make more in the future!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mix Tape Mania

For this project, I created a mix tape to mimic the sleeve/cover of an actual tape.  I thought that I'd take it back to the days when kids actually knew what these were.  I examined several different examples of old tape sleeves and started to create my own.  Perfecting the measurements to make sure that each section was the proper size when it came to folding it was a challenge.  After I figured out the size and portioned off the different sections, I tried to use common images and labels found on a tape such as the bar code, the dolby digital reference, the title, the publishing company, and a warning.  It was really fun to come up with exciting song names as well.

A Dazzling Day in Disney World!

For this project, Ambika, Emmaly and I put our newimals together to create a fun story.  Our beloved otter goat (gotter) and deer lion (leer) have just gotten married in their dream location...Disney World!  After a beautiful ceremony in the ballroom of the Cinderella Castle, the newlyweds and their guests have retreated downstairs to the castle's dining room for the reception.  A friendly seal owl (sowl) takes their order of celebratory Cream of Cookies Soup with a dessert of Ice Cream Cookie Dough.  This was a very fun and creative project and I enjoyed taking these animals out of their comfort zone!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Olivia Gude Response

Olivia Gude describes the use and need for elements and principles of design. What I question is why she says there are "the big seven elements and principles" since there are more than seven. She might list the postmodern principles she thinks are most important, but in class we discussed several alternate ones. If this is the case, how do we know which ones are the most substantial?  I like how she mentioned Dow's idea that the postmodern principles increase our creativity. They give us rules and an outline to follow while still allowing for creative ideas. I also like how she questioned the importance of learning about past and relevant artists. This is important because it cultures is and lets us see what is seen as successful art around the world. I think that by learning about other artists, techniques, and thought processes that we can think more outside the box in order to make something original.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Howdy, Hybrids!

This is my first newimal, the otter goat.  I placed a small brown goat head on an otter.  I selected the layer with the goat head on it and changed the hue and saturation to be more of a duller brown in order to match the otter's fur.

This is my panda cow!  I put a panda head and legs on the cow body.  I changed the hue and saturation to make the blacks match more.

Clone Stamp Practice

Saturday, October 3, 2015

MOOSE on the run

For this project, we came up with a word and created a question around it that we were supposed to try and answer through our art.  I chose "wild," and after a lot of brainstorming, I decided to pose the question, "Can something wild really be contained."  To demonstrate this,  I sculpted a moose out of clay and sent it to the kiln.  While I waited for it to cook, I worked on his platform home.  I used a piece of wood and painted it green and brown like a forest floor.  Then I created a fence to corral my moose by gluing twigs together.  I used spray adhesive to stick little pieces of pinestraw to the bottom as well.  When I got my moose back, I covered it in pinestraw, pinecone, and bark pieces.  Using all of the outdoor elements was my way of keeping the moose wild, but the fence tries to tame him.  Yet I included a gate door so that the moose can be free when he wants to and therefore the wild spirit in him can not be contained.