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Okay its time to do this!

After plenty of research and much planning on the colour choices and compositions that i want to create, what’s left is to experiment.

My goal for project is to reduce the usage of photo manipulation as much as possible afterall i want to show the uniqueness of liquid in its natural form. Hence i did much careful planning on the colour theory for each images i have in mind.

My friend who is very knowledgeable in photography had kindly agree to guide me through the technical aspects on setting up the right environment for the shoot and using the camera. Before that, i had tried using a Nikon camera borrowed from school and the result was horrible. I didn’t manage to capture a decent photo so i was very grateful for Siong June’s help.

Day 1 of the Shoot

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These are the medium i used in my shoot.

Others are bowls, measuring cups and fish tanks.

To capture the liquid art sculptures. he brought all of his equipment.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Lens: Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens
  • Flashes: 1 flash gun and 1 studio strobe light
  • Tripods
  • Remote trigger

I was so surprised to see him carry such a huge long bag. He looked like he just came back from a long overseas army trip haha!

This whole experiment is split into liquid above the water surface (dripping scenes) and below the water surface (liquid flow scenes). I will be doing the dripping scene first.

I prepared different bowls to contain the liquid. In the end, i decided to use the white bowl so that no colour from the bowl will be reflected and muddled the coloured liquid later.

The setting up of the perfect environment for the studio effect shooting is so time-consuming. There was a cast shadow on the bowl that we tried different methods like changing the direction of the lighting and changing the shooting place from table to my roommate’s bed frame. Yes we did this in my hall and at my roommate’s bed frame haha! I have to say this till now i have no roommate. I’m not a inconsiderate person that ruined her place while she’s away hahaha! At the end, adding the studio strobe light solved the issue.

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First, i added water in the bowl and placed a coin in the middle to act as a focus point for the camera and for me to know where to aim my drip later. I mixed food dyes or acrylic paint to liquids and used the medicine dropper to drip the liquid on the bowl. There is not much different in the outcome of using acrylic paints or food dyes in the dripping scene.

Getting the right timing is the whole essence in this project. For this dripping scene which show the water droplets colliding onto the water surface in the bowl to form interesting sculpture, the shutter speed is set at 1/200 to capture liquid speed. In order to get the composition i wanted, i repetitively dripped on the water and change the bowl when it became too polluted.  It is definitely not for the impatient one. I had to go down to check the photos then climbed back up the bed frame and down again. While i was on top, i was in a squeezed area because my surroundings are all paints, so i can’t sit in comfort. After continuously doing this for hours, my knees started to hurt but i had to endure.

After getting the drip compositions done, the next will be liquid flow scenes. Basically coloured liquid will be flowing in a fish tank filled with water. I thought the scenes can be easily done because liquid flow slower in water and the compositions i had in my mind are more spontaneous and less confined to the structure i sketched in my journal like the dripping scenes. I had never expected it to become a nightmare. Initially i used a fish tank i made during my polytechnic life but the side cracked after refilling it a couple of times. The table was flooded. I had to clear up the mess and called for help. My parents came with a fish tank borrowed from my aunt. It turned out to be a pretty large fish tank so a lot of time are spent refilling it to pass a certain level for the liquid to have enough room to flow.

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The medium i used to experiment for liquid flow are heavy whipping cream and milk mixed with food dye or acrylic. Cream has more density and a higher viscosity than milk, so the outcome was it appeared denser and had lots of creases. The green liquid in the photo is achieve with heavy whipping cream and blue is done with milk. For the yellowish green liquid, it is achieve with food dyes.

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 Day 2 

Siong June borrowed a macro lens. Woohoo! Never expected it but thanks a lot!

With previous experience, i went to borrow a lighting set from school and bought other medium i want to experiment.

Add on to the equipment list

  • 100mm Macro lens
  • 1 Strobe light

I thought the shots using his normal camera lens was pretty good but the macro lens gave a way clearer and sharper image. It was stunning.

However before that, lots of calibrations like the lighting had to redo again. Few hours gone.

When everything is okay, here’s another issue. With the macro lens, the depth of field is smaller, so the water droplets have to dripped very precisely or the droplet will end up looking too blur to be used. I ended up taking a much longer time to get a suitable photo for my composition. The whole workflow speed had slow down. I had to find a way to fix the dropper so that it can dripped in the correct place. I taped the dropper to a piece of wood and secured it to my stool. With this d.i.y stand, the dropper is fixed in a spot and the droplets fall accurately into the middle of the bowl.

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I realized for the dripping scene to achieve the crown in the composition, the height where it dripped and density of the liquid are crucial factors to achieve the result i wanted. If a low density liquid is dripped at a high distance, the crown will be very tall and thin. The sculpture will not be form if the dense liquid is dripped from a low distance. The best is to have a high density liquid dripped from a high height to get a crown that is wide on the top with some spikes coming out.

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I explored a bit with oil and soap. I wanted the inks to float on top of the oil, but I never expected them to sink instead. As for the soap, when i pressed my soap bottle, it came out in a long strand. It looked like a torn spaghetti piece and did not give any interesting effect. I doubt it can be used in any shoot.

Lastly, a video of how i do the dripping scene by myself laughing

 

Concept and Artists Research

Frankly, i am not an open person and neither am i ready to bare it all out…

I prefer to talk about me in a more detached manner so i decided to talk about an issue that me and some people are facing.

 

My low self-esteem.

 

I have always doubt myself, thinking i that i’m not special.

Everything about me is average.

What is my purpose in life?

But…

 

Coming to ADM, every time i showcased my work, i gained a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. When my classmates gave me positive feedbacks like how they find my works interesting and seeing how different our works are from each other, i realized that we are all special. Everyone see things differently. I may be quiet and shy but my art speaks for me.

 

My concept is to encourage people like me who are doubting their self-worth that we are all special in our own ways! Its an EGO boosting project!

 

I thought of using blood as a comparison to my real selves because it is very relatable to how people normally think my personality. When they ask what blood type i am, they naturally fit me into the mold of that blood group’s characteristics, but i’m more than what my blood says about me. We are more than what life give us.

 

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I saw the distinct behaviour difference in me and how my blood type B is represented as. I’m a mix of A or O type depending on the situation.

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Somehow i always end up dozing off when i’m study so i’m like AB hahaha! Need to plan my time well to absorb the information.

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With this concept in mind, it comes to the execution part. What form do i want to present me work in? The possibility is endless as there is no restriction this time round. Its all up to my imagination.  I knew i want go about it in an abstract manner.  That is when i thought of personify blood with liquid. I researched a lot on liquid art and encountered a new world, deeply entranced by the beauty of it. I decided upon liquid art photography right then.  This is a field i have never done before. I did plenty of artists research to have an idea of what i can achieve from this experiment with the equipment i can get to the best of my ability.

 

Artists References

 

Markus Reugels

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He explore liquid art photography for three years and explored using many different methods. He shot them with a pellet, bend it with an air stream, work with fountains, soap bubbles, smoke, the combinations are endless and only limited by the imagination.

These are his drip on drip works.

Water are mixed with ink, food dye and other medium like milk to achieve the colourful visuals.

Water droplets dripped from medicine droppers or water drop kit collide at a precise timing to form these imaginative beautiful water sculptures.

Alberto Seveso

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Dropping

This project titled Dropping is a tribute to the master of dripping technique, Jackson Pollack.

He was a big fan of the chaos theory, the process is quiet similar. He used sunflower oil instead of the usual water mix with ink to achieve these.

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Blackground

Blackground is achieved by pouring the varnish into the water. It’s not easy as he just described, because he spent a lot of time building all that stuff that now he use to shoot varnish into the water. Most of the time he can catch something beautiful just by chance but it’s very very important to find the right light and, the hardest part, find the perfect mix between varnish and water and the way to pour this mix into the tank.

I love the effect of these mixture forming a density mass. It look very surreal like a crumbled piece of an expensive fabric. Liquid in liquid always have a light feeling because of their fluidity but now it make me question the weight of the mass. The blending of colours also create an interesting visual imagery that can be further explore.

 

 

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Liquid Flow

These images are created by manually dropping cream or water, coloured with food dye, into a small aquarium filled with water. The images are then rotated 180 degrees . Some are altered using the mirror and flip technique.

Liquid art photography uses the most ordinary medium and create the most beautiful mystifying photos. It is a sight that not much people know of. ( When i was borrowing camera equipment in the school lab for this project, no one ever heard of this.)  This form of art really express my concept that everyone is unique. Water being the most ordinary form in our daily life. If we spend some effort to look at it more closely, they are so beautiful that they don’t lose out to anyone.

 

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I have zero experience in using a professional camera nor adjusting the right setting to shoot. I’m basically like a fish out of water. This will be my hardest project with my lack of knowledge and having to accomplishing it within a short time frame with piling stack of homework. I’m quite intimidated by my own ambitious but let give this a “shoot!”

 

Wish me luck! X.X

 

 

Research on Colour Theory

I have mix-feelings when there’s colour in this project. Colours have always excite me. I would lose control of myself and tend to go overboard by using lots of colour. I recalled my portfolio submission on the 2D abstract called “PLAY”. It turned out looking so confusing as i add many different colours and there is no space for the eyes to rest on. Hence, my plan for this task is to limit my colour palette to 3 or 4.

Before that, let me refresh my memory on the COLOUR THEORY.

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Hue is pretty much what we mean by “colour”. All of the primary and secondary colours are hues.

Shade is often thought by us as the light and dark version of a hue. However it is actually the colour you get when you add black to the hue. 

Tint is the opposite of shade. It is when you add white to a hue.

Tone(Saturation) is the intensity of the colour. It is achieve by adding black and white to a hue. Any colour that appear dull is referred to as desaturated.

Colour Connotations

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Blue is the colour of sea and sky. It signify security, trust, stability, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, heaven.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs like superman outfit.

*Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite*

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Green is the colour of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, fertility and safety.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

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Red is the colour of fire and blood. It is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall

*Red is a very emotionally intense colour. It make text and image stand out.*

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Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, spontaneous and energy.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.

*Never use yellow for man product because they perceive it as a lighthearted, childish colour.*

 

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Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, ambition, wealth and extravagance.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

 

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Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth.

 

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Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.

*Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability.*

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

 

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Colour connotations varies in geological culture too.

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Colour Harmonies

Complementary Colours

Complementary color scheme is made up of any two colors which are directly opposite each other.

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These opposing colors create maximum contrast and maximum stability. The high contrast of complementary colours create a vibrant look  especially when used at full saturation. This colour scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring.

How to use it: For best results, place cool colors against warm ones. If you use a warm color as an accent, you can desaturate the opposite cool colors to put more emphasis on the warm colors. Avoid using desaturated warm colors like browns or dull yellows.

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Analogous Colours

Analogous color scheme use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

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They are typically used to create a softer, less contrasting design for a serene comfortable feel.

How to use it: Choose one color to dominate while others as accent. Avoid combining warm and cool colors in this scheme.

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Monochromatic Colours

Monochromatic colour scheme use variations in lightness and saturation of a single color.

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It is easy to manage, and always looks balanced and visually appealing. Although it lacks color contrast, it often ends up looking very clean and polished.  However, it can be difficult, when using this scheme, to highlight the most important elements.

How to use it: Use tints, shades, and tones of the key color to enhance the scheme

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Split Complementary Colours

Split complementary colour scheme include one dominant colour and two colors directly adjacent to the dominant colour’s complement.

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This provides the high contrast without the strong tension of the complementary scheme. This created more nuanced color palette than complementary color scheme while retaining strong visual contrast.

How to use it: Use a single warm color against a range of cool colors to put an emphasis on the warm color. Avoid using desaturated warm colors because this may ruin the scheme.

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Triadic Colours

Triadic colour scheme use three colours equally spaced around the colour wheel.

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It offers strong visual contrast while retaining balance, harmony and color richness. It is not as contrasting as the complementary scheme. It can also seem overpowering if all of your colors are chosen on the same point in a line around the color wheel.

How to use it: Choose one colour as background colour and a dark contrasting colour as the dominant color. Use the others as accents by choosing a softer tint.

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Tetradic Colours

Tetradic (double complementary) colour scheme uses four colors arranged into two complementary color pairs.

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This scheme is the richest of all the schemes. It is hard to harmonize; if all four colors are used in equal amounts, the scheme may look unbalanced.

How to use it: If the scheme looks unbalanced, try to subdue one or more colors. Avoid using pure colors in equal amounts.

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Silk Screening Day

Finally its Silk Screening Day! I been looking forward to this! I have no idea what to anticipate but it sound so impressive.

Okay, let the process do the talking.

Firstly, we had to wash and blow dry our screen frame to make sure its clean.

Then we were went to an enclosed red room where no outside light was allowed to be present because it would affect photosensitive emulsion that we were going to use. Heard it would be harder to wash out the residue if it got expose to light. (That process turn out to be the most painful thing to do…) We coated the netting of our frame back and front with the blue photosensitive emulsion before placing it in the dryer.

 After which, we were taught to place our transparency paper and frame into a huge machine that radiate a strong beam of light. It look like a tanning machine. Now that i think of it, it felt like we send our frame to become tanned and come back looking all fancy with tattoos haha! The light causes the emulsion to harden and bind to the fabric. Where the light strikes the screen, the emulsion will bind, making a solid layer. Where the light is blocked (where the black image is placed) the emulsion remains water-soluble.

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After exposing the screen, we went to wash the residue using the jet spray. That was the toughest part. The residues turn out to be quite stubborn to remove. We spent a lot of time trying to scrap off it. That was when Yi Ling mention about the waste of water. It then dwell in me the whole time when i washing it…frown  I find that this system can be improve better by having a higher pressure jet spray to speed up the process. Another thing i realized was darker image make the residue remove much faster and easier.

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After the cleaning up and drying the frame, we can finally print our design on the tote bag. This is done by applying a thick layer of ink over the top of our frame and pushed the ink across the designs with a wooden wiper tool.

Before that, i test printed on paper.

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Second round

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Third round

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I find that the second trial give a better finish. I was happy to see the lace on the duck’s clothes printed out quite well. However we are going to print it on tote bag. The material is much rougher and the holes are bigger than paper, so it hard to predict the result.

A problem with reusing the frame too much time is that the holes will be clogged ruining the image.

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TIP!

What happen if there is too much unwanted ink appearing on a spot?

Is your frame lopsided?

If yes, this instruction may be beneficial for you.

Proof!

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1. Spread out the tote bag and hold down the sides with weights.

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2. Ask a friend to hold down the lopsided part of the frame.

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3. The most crucial part. Always make sure your friend never leave his/her hands off the board even after you have spread the ink. This is to ensure there is no gap letting the ink to leak out to the bottom due to the lopsided frame.

4. Put down the wiper tool and hold the sides of the frame together with your friend.

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Chant 1,2,3 please make it turn out beautiful~~

5. Lift up the frame together and the design would come up nicely.

Theory behind it: The excess ink leak out due to the lopsided frame. The trick is to instantly lift the frame so there will be no time to let the extra ink go through, ruining the design.

Special Thanks to Zoelyn! Could not did it without her help<3

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My family tshirt!laughing

2 black for my parents (need to do some touch up)

1 vintage style for my brother

1 coral pink for me! smile

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2D- Artists’ Research

 

DADAISM

Dada was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. It emerged amid the brutality of World War I.

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The beginnings of Dada were out of disgust for the ‘reason’ and ‘logic’ of bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war. They expressed their rejection of that ideology in artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality.

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Dada represented the opposite of everything which art stood for. Where art was concerned with traditional aesthetics, Dada ignored aesthetics. If art was to appeal to sensibilities, Dada was intended to offend.

Hannah Hoch

Hannah Hoch was a well-known member of the Berlin Dada movement and was one of the originators of photomontage.

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Known for her incisively political collage and photomontage works, she appropriated and rearranged images and text from the mass media to critique the failings of the Weimar German Government.

In her pioneering artwork, she addressed the issue of gender and the figure of woman in modern society in the form of photomontage.

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Höch drew inspiration from the collage work of Pablo Picasso and fellow Dada exponent Kurt Schwitters, and her own compositions share with those artists a similarly dynamic and layered style.

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SURREALISM

The Surrealist movement started in Europe in the 1920’s, after World War I. Its roots were found in Dada, but it was less violent and more artistically based. The Surrealist artists sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind by using irrational juxtaposition of images.

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André Brenton, known as the “Pope of Surrealism describe surrealism as a “fusion of elements of fantasy with elements of the modern world to form a kind of superior reality.”


AFTER THOUGHTS FROM RESEARCH

Design Principles: From my own and my classmates’ presentation, i learn about various design elements and principles and would definitely apply them to create a more visually interesting composition.

Further define my style: Fantasy is always what i try to achieve in my work. I feel that Surrealism is the approach i would dive deeper.

Exploration on narrative techniques: Never forget about constantly improving myself, keep on learning and exploring new things is how i roll. Anthropomorphism, parody, metaphor and hyperbole. My goal is to include all in my compositions.

Cheers~

Feeling anxious yet excited about starting this project.

Photoshop is a new territory yet to be touch by me. I must make good use of this holiday and become decent in it hahaha!

2D- Forrest Gump *Research*

Symbols

 

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A visual representation using objects that we are familiar to convey idea and beliefs.

Pictograms

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Pictogram are pictorial symbols representing an object or concept by illustration. Pictography is a form of writing whereby ideas are transmitted through drawing. The earliest uses of pictograms in Mesopotamia and been  used by various ancient cultures all over the world since around 9000 BC. Pictograms are still in use as the main medium of written communication in some non-literate cultures in Africa, The Americas, and Oceania, and are often used as simple symbols by most contemporary cultures.

Dingbats

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Dingbats are an ornament, character, or spacer used in typesetting, often employed for the creation of box frames. It serve for decorative purposes, to occupy a particular negative space, create visual interest, making the design look pleasing to the eyes.

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The term continues to be used in the computer industry to describe fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters.

Icon

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Icon is a graphic image that represents a file, program, web page, or command. Icons help to execute commands, open programs or documents quickly. I think that icon and sign are similar and what set them apart is where they are being used. Signs can be used in the public to warn pedestrian, guide traffic flow and many more. While icon appear only in digital context like phone or computer to categorize things and help find things much faster.

Engraving

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Engraving is to craft design into hard surface such as wood, metal and stone, turning it into a decorative piece.

3-howtotallphotoEngravings are also the printing of images using crafted out pieces, applying ink on them and stamping it onto a piece of paper. This process reminded me of monoprinting where i layer elements on a lino mat spread with ink and put it through the pressing machine.

Before the advent of photography, engraving was used to reproduce other forms of art, for example paintings. Engravings continued to be common in newspapers and many books into the early 20th century, as they were cheaper to use in printing than photographic images. Engraving has also always been used as a method of original artistic expression.

Hyberbole

Hyberbole is an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. It is from a Greek word meaning “excess.” It add excitement and fun.

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I find hyberbole quite evident in surrealism art where thing is overly exaggerated to the point of irrational to happen in real world.

Metaphor 

Metaphor is a figure of speech containing an implied comparison, in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another.

 

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Caricature

 

Caricature is a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

 

 

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Parody

Parody is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target by means of satiric or ironic imitation.

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Even though everything have change in the picture compare to original painting, that smile, look and pose is so recognizable that instantly thought back to that painting.

 

Anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to a god, animal and object.

 

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Tilllsammans by Lisa Bengtsson

I like how the body is simplify into a black silhouette giving the illusion of a body. This draw our attention to face. Even though its the image of a same dog wearing the same expression, i’m amazed that the accessories add a different personality  and character to it. I would try out visual weight like how she did in my composition.

 

 

 

 

Research into what is Mark Making?

  • What is Mark Making?

Mark making is a term used to to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork.

It applies to any materials we use on any surfaces. A dot made with a pencil, a line created with a pen, a swirl painted with a brush, these are all types of mark making.

 

  • Approach of Mark Making

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Mark making can be loose and gestural, or structured and controlled. Scribbles, splatters and throwing techniques, mobilize every thing u can find in your house like scrub brush, forks, coat it in paint and try it out!

  • Artists on Mark Making

Cy Twombly

His paintings of large-scale, freely-scribbled, calligraphic and graffiti-like works on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors.

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Untitled (1970)

Oil-based house paint and crayon on canvas

For this work, Twombly’s composition has taken inspiration and form from ideas of handwriting or mark-making.

It is the largest of a group of grey-ground works he created evoking blackboards covered in chalk writing.His continuous loops and scrawls were inspired, in part, by handwriting drills, Twombly’s repetitive, rhythmic drawing does not create specific words.

The painted background creates a luminous glow suggesting a potentially enlightened state of mind and being, as the artist – and by extension humanity – frantically, and perhaps futilely, summons the “logos” or word, making marks to name things and trying to understand them

Kitty Sabatier

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Her works of graphic drawings and paintings in ink and watercolours are beautiful and have a zenlike quality about them. Her confidence in using minimal lines and washes to protray a dyanmic and expressive work is something i want to try out.

References

http://painting.about.com/od/artglossarym/g/definition-mark-making.htm

http://www.kittysabatier.com/

http://www.theartstory.org/artist-twombly-cy.htm