PROJECT 3-Colour Theory Research

This is my research on colour theories and just wanted to type out and put in some images 🙂

1.MONOCHROMES HARMONY

When I first looked at this word, I thought monochrome was just black and white, and after researching about it, it turns out that the colours of a monochromatic palette all share a single hue, but vary in brightness and saturation. White, black and grey are considered to be neutral. It is a basic colour scheme using only one hue in the colour wheel to create a variation of different values in an artwork. This creates a colour scheme that looks very clean and balanced as only one colour is used, creating images that are generally visually appealing, relaxed looking and simplistic.

As I was researching, I found this youtuber that explains quite well on a few different colour harmonies and just thought I would share it here:

Examples of monochromes harmony:

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2.ANALOGOUS HARMONY

Also know as adjacent colours which on the colour wheel they are directly beside each other. Analogous colour palettes consist of different, but neighbouring hues. The constant property can be either the saturation or the brightness level or both. Usually one of the three colours predominates. Creates an image easy on the eye and comfortable for viewers to look at in which the colours goes nicely together. It is very popular in nature images such as forest where there are greens and yellows and ocean where there are blues and blue-green.

This is the same youtuber explaining analogous harmony:

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3.ANALOGOUS HARMONY WARM AND COOL

Basically the colours in the colour wheel is divided into two groups: Warm and Cool.
Warm colours(Red, Orange and Yellow) are associated with the warmth of fire and sun.
Cool Colors (Blue, Green, and Violet) connect in the mind’s eye with the coolness of sea, sky, and foliage.

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4.COMPLEMENTARY HUES

Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring.
Complementary color schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out.
Complementary colors are really bad for text.

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5. SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY

The split-complementary colour scheme is a variation of the complementary colour scheme. In addition to the base colour, it uses the two colours adjacent to its complement.
This colour scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary colour scheme, but has less tension.
The split-complimentary colour scheme is often a good choice for beginners, because it is difficult to mess up.

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Summary of the colour harmonies:

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I never actually researched on colours before and i must say it is really interesting! i particularly liked the monochromes harmony one the most as i feel that the images are indeed very clean and simplistic looking which i might consider applying it into my project 3!

Still thinking of different settings to begin with and currently my mind is really blank 🙁 Hopefully, it’ll come to me soon!!!

Project 2 Final Outcomes and Silk Screen Printing process

On week 8, we did Silk Screening for the every first time, it was a fun and interesting experience. We went in groups to the dark room to do our emulsions since they are not supposed to be exposed to lights. then we placed the board into the oven and waited for about half an hour before pasting our transparency onto the screen.

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This was the transparency i used to do the first silk screen printing as i feel that vectorized images would definitely be able to be printed out and yes it did! it turned out pretty well and i decided to redo it on my tote bag on week 9 partly because i didn’t have any other confirmed compositions that i really wanted to do.

i didn’t really take any pictures of my process but i don’t think there was any huge difficulties i faced while doing it hahah.

Moving on to my final outcome for Project 2, I chose to look into quotes that I am able to depict them in a dark/horror manner. So all my quotes are from different movies. I chose to do it this way as it will look creepy which may leave an impact on the audience looking at how I interpreted the quotes. Although some quotes may sound quite positive, I still chose to show it in a way where it is more of a gory and dark side to them.

The first quote is

“Give a man a mask and he’ll become his true self.” –The Joker from Batman

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This quote may sound quite odd because usually when you give people a mask, it is for them to hide their true self.

However, to me, this quote represents that a person in a mask will only be his true self because he is not seen as who he is now by others.

Thus, he is able to do whatever he wants to anyone without being judged or found out by others who he really is as a person.

I personally feel that sometimes, we only show ourselves as how we want people to perceive us to be hence not exactly being ourselves with others.

By seeing it in a gory side of this quote, I made use of a girl with a stern and straight face like a doll who is dressed innocently. But yet she is holding an axe which has an arm coming out from it, holding a mask.

I personally feel that it shows how a person with a mask will only be themselves as they are able to do whatever they one since no one recognizes them with a mask. They can finally take revenge on people they do not like or have grudge against by killing them while wearing that mask.

Also, the background is a blurred forest-y place to show how a person might be lost in themselves due to the pressure of hiding their true self from others. Or another way to interpret it is that because of the mask they are wearing they might be lost in their true self such that they lose their mind to do unexpected things.

The second quote is:

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” –The fault in our stars.

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When I first started to do this quote, I had a head with several faces showing pain but after the consults and feedbacks, I feel that it was quite confusing as to how the pain is perceived because it seemed like both are physical pain felt by one.

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This is the first one i thought of doing, but i didn’t think it would work as well. So, I decided to have only one face but shows how many arms are actually pressing the face of a person.

I feel that this could show how pain is felt mentally as well due to the people around us giving us pressure where one may feel suffocated cause of the number of people giving you pressure you in life. The arms thus make up a face showing that the person is drowning from these pressures.

The suit is used as most stressful adults are businessmen where they may face more problems but it is also mainly because a suit requires a tie. By changing the tie into a rope almost choking a person, it shows how pain demands to be felt with just a powerless rope showing the physical aspects of pain. Also, the noose is meant to look quite tight to show the how pain is felt physically cause if it goes a little tighter the person might actually lose his life.
Initially, wanted to add another border around the head to show the loop of the rope, but it would then be too complex and complicated…

The third quote is:

“We are who we choose to be” –Spider-Man

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The way I interpreted this quote is that everyone has a choice such that we choose our own path in life.

Thus, I put in a way such that the opened head of the human is a maze, showing the path of our own. The fountain pen shows how the path is used to carve these paths and to show how insignificant a pen is but yet it can leave a mark on a person head. Also, blood is shown dripping out of the forehead but I’m not sure if it looks quite extra.

I actually wanted to add the part of an open head but it doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing hahahah and it was difficult to find a suitable tip of the head.

Last quote:

“Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism” –The Innkeepers

chia_te_the_innkeepers_1I perceived pessimism as always thinking of the worse solution to problems in any situation which to me is death. Thus on the left of the picture there is a girl hanging herself on a tree dead. I chose a tree because it has branches and it is able to show different angles of a tree and its uses.

Optimism to me is being happy which from the uses of the tree, happiness can be shown by playing a swing that is tied on the tree. One of the tree branches is actually a huge hammer which acts like a branch is placed there to illustrate how although the girl is optimistic and happy, she doesn’t know when she’s going to die.

Thus the hammer is not super near her but it’s as though as if she goes a little higher she may be dead like the girl on the left as well.

So i feel that although one can be optimistic, the result of all these thoughts is actually almost the same as pessimism.

img_9220These are my final 4 compositions. 🙂
img_9219With the tote bag that i silkscreened one of my composition onto 🙂

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Project 2: Forrest Gump RESEARCH

This research portion probably came in a bit late after all the critique has been done, but for sure i did it during the week where we just started this project!

So i researched on different movie quotes and artists that using surrealism and dadalism in their works with also some random researches found on pinterest with pictures i really liked.

SURREALISM: a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.

I feel that surrealism is really interesting as it involves many things that you wouldn’t thought you can actually combine them together to form a surreal picture that some do make a lot of sense. Thus, i got inspired by the different unique pictures on pinterest and decided to take the approach of using surrealism in my chosen quotes for this project.

Here are some pictures i found really interesting:

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DADA: Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century.

Dada was the first conceptual art movement where the focus of the artists was not on crafting aesthetically pleasing objects but on making works that often upended bourgeois sensibilities and that generated difficult questions about society, the role of the artist, and the purpose of art.

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Some of the artist references i researched on

  1. Hannah Hoch:
    Höch was not only a rare female practicing prominently in the arts in the early part of the twentieth century – near unique as a female active in the Dada movement that coalesced in her time – she also consciously promoted the idea of women working creatively more generally in society. She explicitly addressed in her pioneering artwork in the form of photomontage the issue of gender and the figure of woman in modern society.

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2. John Heartfield:

John Heartfield was an artist and a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements.

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Some of the movie quotes i chose while researching was:

-“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt” -Fault in our stars

-“Never forget who you are” -The lion king

-“To live will be an awfully big adventure” -Peter Pan

-“The deeper you go, the weirder life gets” -The life aquatic

-“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one” -Pocahontas
For this, i actually thought of using runs of the right path where there is actually two different routes that one can go. However, after thinking about it, i feel that it might be too literal. 😛

-“Stupid is as stupid does” -Forrest Gump

-“The past is just a story we tell ourselves” -Her

These are the quotes i chose after deciding to interpret quotes in a dark and gory manner:

“Give a man a mask and he’ll become his true self” -The dark knight

“Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism” -The Innkeepers

“We are who we choose to be” -Spider-man

It was really hard to choose a common “tone” for all the four quotes as didn’t have any theme to begin with but i really wanted to do something using surrealism. Thus, i decided to work with the dark tone since it may leave an impact on the viewers.

Assignment 3: Morphogenetic Construction

For assignment 3, i decided to work on Corals. During my research and powerpoint presentation, I included pictures of dried corals,close up pictures of different kind of corals and identified the basic unit. Also, i looked into the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) pictures of corals.coral

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After much consideration on which kind of coral i would want to do on, i decided to work on these similar geometric structure. I decided to do a paper mache sculpture for the shape of the coral, to show the units, i decided to use dried lemons and lime as i feel that it is able to give the texture of these corals and the shape of each unit is pretty similar as well.

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Here are the pictures of the process and final outcome of the units of coral i recreated:

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Looking a little burnt and gross after putting it in the oven. However, i really liked the crispy texture!!!

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Trying to put them in order before pasting it on the sculpture which is made out of aluminium coated with toliet roll and white glue to harden it further. Also, i dented the aluminium so as to create depth so that the lime would be able to fit in since it cannot be cut into thin slices like lemons.

FINAL STRUCTURE:

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Spray painted it white so as to bring out the colour of how dried corals look like and also to see each unit clearer. Although it is not exactly aesthetically pleasing, I really liked this structure as the texture really gives off almost the same feeling when you touch a coral and the structure is not regular as corals vary in shape and sizes as well.

This assignment is really interesting as it allows me to play with different type of materials which was unusual for sculpture making. Overall, i think this is a pretty good experience working with lemon and lime. 🙂

 

TRUE POSSESSION (4D ASSIGNMENT 2)

Storyline:

This is a still image video is a story that shows how a boy who trains very hard to possess the skills of fighting. It can be seen from his concentration and dedication it takes as he jumps rope, practicing kicks and stretches to the extent that he trains his kicks using a wall.

This boy finally achieved the championship in the taekwondo competition after putting so much effort in training.

As this boy and his sister were walking home in a dark street, a stranger with a cap appears and approached them. Instinctively, the boy who possess great fighting skills moves his younger sister behind him. When confronted with danger, you might expect this fighter to use his skills for self-defence, however, what he did could surprise you.

The stranger pushed the boy to ask for money. The boy wanted to fight back as he clenched his fist hard. When this boy could have resisted or fought back to keep his money, he instead chose to give. He saw that the guy in the cap was acting in desperation. He had compassion. He then relaxed his fist and  reached out to his pocket and gave the stranger money.

His sister was shocked as to how he reacted and questioned him, “why didn’t you beat him up?” given his possessions of skills.

The boy replied, “He looks hungry and needs some money.”

So here is my video:

This short video ends with a phrase “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU POSSESS, IT’S HOW YOU POSSESS” I ended with this phrase as I feel that although you may have some skills that may give you the upper hand to do something, it does not always mean that you have to do it. It is your choice on how you want to use these skills to do the right thing.

Often as humans, I feel that we sometimes make the wrong decisions out of desperation, frustration or because we feel hurt. If we can seek to look at those who lash out at us for no apparent reason, trying to see what is going on underneath the surface, we may be a more compassionate person instead of acting rashly and using violence in the case of this story.

Being too quick to judge often leads us to make poor decisions involving others. Thus, even though the main character possesses the skills to fight and protect himself, he didn’t use it for violence for unnecessary situation and instead chose to take the push from the stranger and even gave him his money.

 

Process:
I attempted to make use of Wally Wood’s “22 panels that always work” when trying to capture different angle of the scene, such as the close ups on the object and the big head to show the expression of the character. Thus, from this assignment I managed to explore different angles to allow viewers to focus on the important subject and what I want to portray.

Also, I made use of the street lights to capture the scene by playing with the intensity of light in almost every picture. Thus, there is always one or two light at the background in the night scene which is inspired from one of the videos showed in class to show how framing is important thus the source of light allow one to focus on the subject in the dark in my video.

Lastly, to show the routine of the boy practicing hard with intensity, I showed a repetition of the scene where training at the void deck to depict the determination he had to train hard to eventually get the championship in the taekwondo competition.

 

Feedbacks and things to improve on:
The character makes the audience like him, able to portray the positive note in the video.

Repetition does show that the main character trains very hard.

Improvement mostly on the audio- better to make use of variations such that it does not seem to be intense all the way, by possibly playing with the volume and add more sound effects instead of using only one audio.

All in all, i feel that it was a fun process and i am glad that i am able to make use of what i learnt in class in this video! 🙂