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Alien Lamp

The task for our final project is to combine the modular structure with your classmate to create a lamp.

 

Clara and i decided to work together. Her modular structure is based on the scales of a butterfly wing. The characteristics of her SEM structure are organic and irregular. She created it using string woven together to form a mesh of the SEM model. My modular structure is based on Spumullarian. Some of its main characteristics are uniform conical pores and double spherical layers. I created it using jumping clay.

You can view my work process here: Radiolarian

 

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Clara’s SEM structure                                                                      My SEM structure

 

We brainstormed on how to combine the unique characteristics of them.  The design we eventually decided upon is to incorporate the double spherical layers from my structure. With the outer layer in an uniform conical pattern and the inner layer is made up of irregular pattern. There will be multiple of such spheres joining together creating like a cluster of tadpole eggs as Clara said. Basically the top portion will be more defined and spherical and gradually melt downwards to an organic form. This is how we combine out SEM structure from a uniform shape melt down to irregularity.

 

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Inspiration

My SEM model was created using jumping clay. However it would not work for this large lamp that we are creating. I was searching through the internet for some inspiration and chanced upon this artist.

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Tara Donovan’s installation artwork used plastic cups to form blob like shapes. It looked pretty similar to the image we plan to create for our lamp. Thus i decided to use plastic cups instead for our project. For Clara’s inner sphere, we decided to adopt the same m ethology of using string to woven into a sphere shape. This time we decided to use coloured rafia string to create contrast with the transparent plastic cups.

 

Production

 

  • Outer layer

Initially we planned to stick the plastic cups together with hot glue gun but it was too hot and the cups melted. I tried using super glue but the cup ended up looking dirty as the dried superglue caused a slight milky translucent on it. It was too time-consuming to just stick a few pieces so this definitely won’t work for our large lamp. Staples are the only way to go. I thought i would be easy to do it but getting the result we wanted was a lot more work to do. I had to cut off the base of each plastic cup so that light can project through giving a clearer shadow image. I probably cut around 300 over cups with the foam cutter.

 

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Simply stapling the cups would give you a very tight round form, which meant trouble for the more flowing parts of the structure. Clara discovered that by cutting parallel strips in the cups at the point of stapling, the tension is released and we can create a fairly malleable and flat layer of cups to form into the shape we wanted. We made the spherical units separately, following the drawing, and then connecting the pieces together somehow.

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  • Inner layer

Clara was in charge of making the inner sphere ball. She made it by tying paper string around a balloon, going round and weaving the form until it look okay. Then she dampened the strings and covered them in white glue, and let them dry overnight.

 

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When we tested both forms together with the light, we realized that the interior shadow was indistinguishable from the exterior. I suggested to use cellophane to cover the units on the string spheres to create a stained glass effect and to allow the interior spheres to contribute to the shadow of the lamp.

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After the whole structure of the lamp is up, the final stage is the construction of lighting. we estimated the length of each cable in each sphere. I cut out the length and wired everything up.

 

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A difficult part is to thread all the lights and wiring into the spheres, and trying not to break something, or bust a finger through a stained glass panel (cellophane). Also lots of rearranging of the outer sphere so that it would be just right. I had to ripped out portions of the cups and re-stapling them over and over just so the outer form will look good.

 

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Presentation Day

 

Peter suggested that instead of letting the lamp hang on the wall, it could hang from the ceiling like a bunch of grapes.That way it could sways and turns slowly the shadows would also change. The wiring could also have been better hidden.

 

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Overall, it came pretty close to what we envisioned our lamp to be. It would be even better if there’s dramatic shards of blue lighting but we still did a pretty good job.

Me, My Blood in Colours

 

I had a lot of fun and sufferings in this project but if i looked at the photos, its all worth it! *with tears in my eyes*

I have finally created an Instagram because i’m quite happy with the photos i took. The first few posts will be on them! Follow me @ y.up.g.downv if u guys want to see it! Haha!

 

Without further ado, these are my previous posts of ego projects for better understanding on my project:

Concept and Artists Research

Disastrous Day and Video

 

So let’s get down to my longest post ever!

 

Everyone of us is unique. We certainly don’t fit into the characteristics of our blood group sometimes. This whole compositions show the contrast between my blood type like how i’m expected to behave according to the characteristics of B blood group and how i will actually react in that situation.

 

Colour Representation of me and my blood type

 

ME- Blue

I have always feel that i’m a passerby in my life. There is no where I truly belong. Rather than giving a form to me, I have chosen to represent myself in blue hue to show traces of me that i have been here. Blue is limitless like the sky, so carefree, relaxing and deep like the ocean, sad and lonely. Whenever u saw blue in the reality rows of compositions, you have spot me!

B- blood group- Yellow

People with b- blood type are generally creative, carefree, passionate and live in the moment. I feel that yellow represent them the best because it is the colour of sunshine. It show joy, happiness, spontaneous and energy.

 

Compositions 

With reference to the blood comic personality, People with B-type blood tend to ignore teacher’s instruction to stay behind the line. They would simply cross the line even though the teacher is looking. They are rebellious and don’t confine to rules. This is how the narration goes for this row: With b-type’s creativity, they will think of ways to have fun. Asking them to obey rules is impossible. Instead, rules become their playground. They will break rules for fun to get reactions. Therefore they are always rebellious.

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Medium: Food dye, water, medicine droppers and transparency paper

Process: Food dye mixed with water and dripped using a medicine dropper. To have a bright yellow background, yellow transparency paper is put on top of a board. Water is added on the surface of the paper so that sculptures can be created when liquid is dripped on the puddle. It’s the same for the blue composition except it is done in a bowl.

 

B Type’s Creativity: The juxtaposition of the pillar, crater and tiny water droplet at the top of the crater is a rare image captured in that split second. Creativity is essentially a burst of ideas flowing out in that moment. There are different forms within that circle giving the impression that lots of ideas is going inside b type’s mind. Following the darker orange hue from the droplet to the crater, crater to pillar and finally going to the edge of the circle. It tell the whole process of brainstorming like how an idea branches out into much more ideas and ultimately having a solid concept and all that is left is to execute it. Orange is used to show the creativity and energy.

 

Obey Rule: If u ask them to obey rule, they will simply disregard it. The pillar signify rule. The vertical line of the pillar express authority and rigidness like how rules is inflexible and demand people to follow. The pillar is straight and tall yet very thin. It relates to how b type think about rule. Living in Singapore, the city of rules, the pillar become very tall, containing a list of things to comply. However, they don’t care about it. Hence, the pillar is fragile and broken at the top. Dark blue is used to show the seriousness of rule.

 

Rebellious: Being rebellious, they can’t be control and will break through anything that is holding them back. The water droplet having the motion line of it flying upwards expresses the freedom it felt from escaping out of the thick walls of rules that is trapping it.

For each composition, monochromatic is used to depict how B type people feel and react in a rule setting where everything is systematic and follow one order. Hence a single colour. However if you look at it in a big picture, the 3 compositions form a complementary colour scheme. It show their defiant to rule. If you want them to do this way, they will react differently from your expectation.

For those who is questioning where’s yellow since it supposed to be the representation colour for B-type. Isn’t orange a mix of red and yellow? 😉 A combination of courage and creativity by B.

 

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In contrast to the expectation of how i’m supposed to fit into the stereotype mold of my blood type characteristics, the real me is a lot more tamer and serious.

Medium: Food dye, medicine droppers and water

 

My Shyness: I’m a very shy person.  I will always be hiding in my shell and putting up walls against people to protect myself. For this photo, i did not only frame the water sculpture but more of the background as well. This is to create my small existence in the vast space to further emphasize my shyness in any environment. I decided to choose purple to represent my shyness because it is a mix of blue and pink which equal to me blushing.

 

Obey Rule: I’m quite a health nut and set rules for myself to live a healthy life. I follow a strict diet of not eating after 9 and not eating any unhealthy snacks including cup noodles. The stable pillar and same visual weight of the water droplets show the consistency I strive in my daily life.

 

Hidden Courage: On the surface, I look like a calm and obedient person. Someone who follow the rules just like the serene gentle feel this image give off and how water droplet follow the nature’s rules and create ripples of waves on the surface. However, if u look at the core, u will discover the darker side of me. I will summon my courage and break the rules if needed to. Sometimes when i overslept and woke up after 9, i would still eat the dinner my parents bought for me because I don’t want to waste food. I also trespassed restricted area to guide my 4D teammates (Yi Ling and Clara) to a filming location that i had found.  I decided to use blue as that is what people associate it with water. I want to create the impression that everything look normal on the surface and create my alter ego with its shade.

Monochromatic is used just like the above compositions because it is in a rule setting. This time, if u look at the compositions together, it is analogous cool to show my calm and quiet personality. They tend to retreat into the space because they are easy on the eye just like me who like to hide in the background.

 

I shoot all these on the water surface using the dripping method because i want to show that rule is everywhere around us. For example, when we go on mrt we can see a bunch of rules like “no eating” sign or else fined. Hence i want to show the interaction of liquid in air to convey the idea.

 

Before i start off the next two rows of composition, here’s a question to refresh your mind.

What do u think is the most efficient way of study for b- type? Is it continuously study, speaking out loud to memorize thing or start from the most difficult subject?

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It is starting from the toughest subject!

B type people get distracted easily so if they do the thing they hate the most, they can use the remaining time to rush out their favourite subject.

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Medium: Food dye, acrylic paint, milk, liquid, medicine droppers and syringes.

B-Type in school: B type are fun loving and spontaneous. They will be all over the place in school looking at things they are curious. Hence I make the yellow liquid having a sense of freedom, flying and widely spread out so that our attention with be on it first. The other colours representing their friends are rooted to the ground. For this image, i dripped droplets of different colours into the fish tank at the same time. I mixed milk to yellow food dye so that it will be denser than the rest making it sink faster. It will also have more visual weight because it is more opaque than others. This image had been inverted.

 

Study: Study require a balance between social life, school work and family time. It is fundamental for everyone so i used primary colour and asked my parents to shoot out the liquids using syringes underwater in a triangle manner. This is so that they will all collide showing they are of equal importance with b-type’s personal interest gaining slightly more priority.

 

Distracted: The measuring cup is a metaphorical representation of the subject that b-type people dislike as it follow a systematic order similar to rules. Hence they escape out to be free in the sky like the air bubbles escaping out from the measuring cup and going to the water surface. The constant motion of the air bubbles reflect how b-type people are unable to keep still as they are always distracted. Blue is seen around the cup to show the reluctance to study that topic. A ring of red is used to show passion and desire to escape out . Ultimately it become joyful after it escaped. Hence yellow occupied the largest space.

 

Triadic colour is used for this rows to show that in school, we are expected to juggle many things; school work, co-curriculum activities and personal time. Hence we need to strike a balance in our life.

In fact, shooting triadic compositions is pretty hard. It require two people to pour the liquids in. A strong chemistry and teamwork is needed to sync and add the liquids in time with the same amount of pressure to get these results.

 

 

 

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Medium: Food dyes, acrylic, water, medicine droppers, milk and heavy whipping cream.

Me in My Room: My room is quite a mess. It is always clustered with things because i’m an art student. *Ahhem* ( Excuses) I used colours to represent the mess i’m living in, the small negative space is where i’m working. I layered the colours as a metaphorical representation of the things in my room according to how often i used or touch them. As a refresh, blue hue represent me. Hence the objects closest to me has to be my bed and my homework.  Yellow is the banana smell in the room because I would always forgot to eat them until the aroma comes out. Lastly, red belong to the my roommate’s side in the room. I used the medicine dropper and draw circles in the fish tank according to blue, red and yellow. I used blue and yellow food dye mix with acryllic and red acrylic with milk. The viscosity of food dye spread the blue colour out quickly so everything has to be done fast or the blue will occupy the whole tank.

Study: Study is the most important thing to me. I would neglect my own health and didn’t spend much time with my friends and family. It is reflected in the big bubble, having the most visual weight, is on the top while smaller bubbles are at the bottom. The smaller bubbles representing my family and friends and my own health are significantly smaller because i think of them less than study. Blue signify my study, red shows my family and friends because of my feelings towards them and the dull yellow reflects my unhealthy body.

Sleep: Whenever i want to study, i would often feel very tired and end up sleeping and waking up to study then fall asleep again. My stamina is very low when it come to studying despite my desire to do well. For this photo i used heavy whipping cream mixed with different colours to create the density so that it would have a cloudy effect like i’m in my dream world. Pastel colours is used to enhance the dreamy effect. Bright lights at the top is a metaphor for my conscious entering the portal of dreamworld and sinking deep as i fall into a deep sleep. There are yellow and green hues at the back as my conscious enter the portal to show the peaceful and happy state i’m in because i get to sleep.

 

It is mostly triadic compositions for this row same as the above row except for the last one. Analogous is used to narrate sleep to create a peaceful and relaxing feeling whenever i get to sleep. It is also the time when i forget about my study so i want to use a different colour scheme to express that idea.

 

All these rows of compositions, i shoot it underwater because i feel that study is deep in the mind. Thus, i want to show the density and weight of knowledge occupying our mind.

 

My Goals

 

Consistency

Over the weeks, my artworks have been all over the place like me. Being a very curious person, i like to explore lots of new things. Looking at my classmates’ works, i realized that consistency have been a missing element in my project. For this project, it became one of my prime focus which i feel that i did quite well.

Minimise the usuage of Photo Manipulation

I have to admit that i had failed for some image. As my concept is on self-esteem; seeking the uniqueness/beauty in an ordinary me, i hoped to achieve it without relying too much on photo manipulation. That would become artificial beauty. It’s like going for plastic surgery to  boost my self-esteem and not seeking the true beauty within me that make me special. Hence my goal was to only do the basic post production:

  • Cleaning up the background
  • Enhancing the contrast and saturation
  • Subtle color corrections (but no colour manipulation)
  • Cropping  and straightening the image correctly
  • Sharpening the image

However i had to go beyond the boundaries i had set for myself for some photos because of these reasons:

  •  Restriction on image size

Due to the given size, the liquids in some of my underwater images were out of frame. I had to move them and adjust them into the position i wanted within the frame.  After the process of moving it, the outcome of which liquid had been manipulated became very obvious as it can’t be sharpen and have a stark contrast with other liquids.

  • Unexpected good shot that fit into my narration

I had spend a long time planning on the colour harmony, tone and the juxtaposition of colours to emphasize the core colour. I did have some decent shots that fit into my colour scheme without have to manipulate the colour. However there will be the chance moment when i captured the perfect image that express the idea much stronger than the previous ones. Hence i had to manipulate the colour to fit my compositions.

 

Photos before Major Manipulations

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Problems

 

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Depending on the complexity of my composition, it may take about 10-15 photos to get 1 or 2 photos that are suitable for my composition. It roughly took me about 1 hour to get one decent photo. Some photo take more than an hour. Time pass really fast when i’m doing liquid art photography. Its quite a mundane, repetitive and stressful process. Setting up the perfect environment for the shoot alone take up few hours already. Lots of lighting adjustment to do to get the studio effect and changing of water to clear away the polluted water. After each refill, the camera had to be refocus again. The fish tank is great to use for the shooting and but it takes up a lot of time fill it up and too heavy to carry by myself.

 

Colour Printing

As yellow represent the spontaneous in my blood type, the colour has to be bright and cheerful. I tested with different printers. The school printer gave a dull colour but sharper image. Although my home printer had a bright yellow, the resolution was bad. There were lines. In the end, the one that gave the best result was the printer out of school.

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(Sorry for the bad resolution taken from my phone)

The one on the left is printed from home while the right is by ADM.

 

Tough to do it alone without proper equipment

I can never imagine completing the project without my friend’s help. If he didn’t guide me the along the technical aspects and bring all his equipment especially the remote trigger which is an important tool to let me take photo by myself, i would have scrap away the whole concept. It took a lot of mental multitasking and deep concentration to do this alone. Squeezing the medicine dropper with one hand while clicking the remote on another. Checking the photos is another hassle until i suggested wireless streaming of photo into his laptop as i recalled seeing it before. He brought out his cable and connected his camera to his laptop. Photo taken on the spot is uploaded to lightroom and i can view at ease from a distance. All hail to technology and Siong June! My knees are saved from having to go up and down the bed frame continuously. He also helped out with the shoots when i do not have enough hands as i had to pour the colours into the tank. Also with the macro lens, its definitely much sharper and produce beautiful clear images. However if the liquid is not aim properly at the focus point, it create a blur image. Hence the D.I.Y stand is very important to eliminate errors and save time from needing to take more shoots.

 

Despite all the hardships, i really like the imaginative visual created from liquid art photography. Looking at the photo, i feel that all my efforts are worth it. Siong June and i have agree to team up to work on this project over the holidays! Yayy!! Initially i wanted to add cymatics in to my compositions but i can’t find a suitable speaker for it. Maybe i will try that out too!

 

 

 

Disastrous Day and Video

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.

More comic on https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=blood%20personality&rs=typed&term_meta[]=blood%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=personality%7Ctyped

 

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.

 

 

Corrie White

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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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