For our DA3000 – Thinking and Communicating Visually III class, we were taught to use Autodesk’s Inventor to create a 3D image of an IKEA TVÄRS Lamp, Keyshot for rendering, and tasked to do 4 posters as follows:
The posters are arranged in descending order. Syntactic Analysis was done first, followed by Pragmatic then Semantics Analysis, and finally a Deformation of the lamp where different possible shapes were explored.
“FIRST he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes; AND then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.” – The tale of Peter Rabbit
“…Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him. AND rushed into the toolshed, and jumped into a can.” – The tale of Peter Rabbit
“Mr. McGregor caught sight of him at the corner, but Peter did not care. He slipped underneath the gate, and was safe at last in the wood outside the garden… PETER never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big fir-tree.” – The tale of Peter Rabbit
The first composition shows Peter’s mischievousness and greed – for entering Mr. McGregor’s garden and devouring all the vegetables he can find/ possibly likes to eat.
The second composition depicts fear. Notice Peter is without his blue jacket because he abandoned it while making his escape from the gooseberry net. Peter is hiding in a can which is in a toolshed observing Mr. McGregor turning items around in a bid to look for Peter.
The last composition shows how Peter makes his great escape back home – never stopping to turn or look behind him till he’s safe and sound.
Overall, it has been a fun, though a little intense, experience creating these final compositions. Instead of sticking to something (relatively) tried-and-tested, I wanted to try my hand at experimenting with mixed mediums – watercolour, acrylic and ink. I also wanted to experiment with illustrative, picture-book-styled compositions instead of familiar art styles such as impressionism and symbolism. When creating these compositions, I envisioned these paintings to go along with texts from the story such that both mediums – verbal and visual storytelling, complement each other.
DA2000 has been an interesting and an enjoyable class. It made me learn to appreciate the purpose and beauty of colours, as well as practice making decisions to solve design problems. I learnt that meaningful art is one with a purpose, one which tells a story, one which is more than an aesthetic piece, and one which evokes emotions. The permutations and combinations of colours are seemingly infinite, and a colour palette is subjective to the creator of the works. While the little details and subtleties of a composition are essential, the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts.
Thank you everyone for the exciting Thursday evenings for the past semester, and may you have a great Summer hauls ahead!
For our final project, we were given the choice of doing painting compositions or linocut printing. I chose painting because I wanted to learn the different painting techniques – such as layering, water colour, dry brush, inking with a pen, and I wanted to tell the tale of Petter the Rabbit in an illustrative manner.
After experimenting with different compositions for telling different parts of the story, and with the different colour compositions, I decided to do my final pieces on the compositions found from the coloured sketches in #04 and #05, and the last composition in #09.
As stated in the post that precedes this, I did not choose to tell the story of The Paper Menagerieas part of my final project. Rather, I decided on a classic tale that is short and simple: The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
This American literature classic tells the tale of a naughty and greedy rabbit, Peter, who went against the warnings of his mother and enter Mr. McGregor’s garden to have a feast of radishes, lettuce and french beans. Spotted by Mr. McGregor who was out to nab him, Peter ran and hid away in fear. The story had a happy ending in that Peter managed to make a successful escape back home.
The tale of Peter Rabbit personifies animals as its main characters, and is staged in nature – Mr. McGregor’s farm, produce from the farm, a big fir tree as Peter’s home et cetera.
The following are images I took throughout the course of working on this project which could help examine/ visualise the scenes in the tale:
Aside from using the photos I took as reference, I searched online for other photo references that would help with the creation of compositions. Some examples include: