Assignment 3: Ego in Different Settings

This is the last assignment for Foundation 2D, and definitely also the toughest  one to create. With colours now included as a new element to integrate into our work, I was challenged to find a way to use it to help better tell the 4 stories.

This was the final piece of work that I submitted and presented!

 

The first step i took was to think of how to characterise myself, as well as the conceptualising of the 4 different situations.

This was my initial idea:

  1. Me as a dog + Going to the gym = become buff dog
  2. Me as a dog + Travelling in a hot air balloon while puking = enjoying my holiday
  3. Me as a donut + many people surrounding me and towering over me = Going back to my comfort zone (with my ingredients- flour, sugar, butter, egg, etc)
  4. Me as a tshirt + at the swimming pool = I absorb all the water and sink to the bottom

After the first round of consultation with Shirley, I realised that my situations and method of visualising the situations were too direct. This draws the fun away from me as an artist while creating the artpiece, as well as for the viewers. I had quite a lot of difficulty to step out of the box to think of more conventional ways of telling my story, even after doing research on things that were related to the depicted situation. I sat down with my consultation group (Chloe, Persisca and Frederick) and discussed my ideas with them. They were really nice and helpful with their comments and suggestions, which ultimately resulted in me deriving at my final concept.

I roughly sketched out my idea for the 12 boxes, after coming up with the finalised characters and situations.
After further consultation, I redid some of the sketches and came up with initial colour scheme for the situations.

Next, I came up with the medium of which I would use to create my work.

I was inspired by the technology of augmented reality and virtual reality, specifically, how certain devices could allow people to see superimposed things on top of reality.

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This method of using mixed media is more unique, and places more focus on the main subject in frame, while still making the artpiece ‘relatable’ to the viewers, with a real background that captures and showcases time and space in the frame. Thus, I decided to use pictures as backgrounds, and draw out vectors of the main figures of the frames in illustrator, using a wacom pad.

Another difficulty faced was at this point of time, where I had some trouble trying to find suitable images to use for my frames. Most of the images that I have used were from my old iPhone photo gallery (luckily I was a very trigger-happy person 3-4 years ago and liked taking pictures of literally anything and everything around me). However, for the frames by which I cannot find appropriate images to use, I took my own pictures using my phone, in the comfort of my hall.

Here are some examples of the images I’ve taken ( 1st-3rd image), and images that I have dug out from years ago that I have shortlisted (4th-6th image)

 

Next, I finalised the colour schemes used for each situation.

ANALOGOUS

For the first situation, i chose analogous colours, as it is the natural colours of corn. It also represents harmony and growth of myself (as corn) from being a pre-genetically modified version of corn, to that of post-genetically modified form.

TRIADIC

For the second situation, I chose the triadic colours scheme, consisting of the primary colours yellow, red and blue. This is representative of Superman, which hints at adventure, excitement and thrill. I toned the colours a little more dull in order to not make the main figure contain too many colours that are too contrasting with each other.

 

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY

For the third situation, I chose the split complementary colour scheme, using the different shares of green and yellow to paint the alcohol bottles at the party, and used purple (a lighter shade) to depict me as a baby milk bottle. The colour purple will stand out in the sea of green and yellow, which will further help show how I stand out from the rest of the people in the crowd.

PRIMARY COLOURS (specifically, Red and Blue)

For my last situation, I chose Red and Blue as my 2 main colours used. Both colours, though not opposite of each other on the colour wheel, represents two very different emotions. Red (me), symbolises energy and vibrance, and blue (other people, siblings) symbolises being calm and cool. In the story, the use of colours will come off as ironic when the viewers will see how I will be depicted as someone that sits aside, while my siblings will be the one having a lot of fun together without me.

 

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Now, here’s the final product of this assignment! (click on the image to blow it up to a larger size!)

Wild corn, goes to the gym, become buff and more ‘genetically modified’

I chose corn because it well represents my before and after the gym looks. On one hand, before i started exercising, I was thin, frail and ‘underdeveloped’. The after picture is represented by me as a modern day corn, with additional arm muscles to emphasise on how much I have change just because of exercising, and shiny stars to show how sculpted and perfected the current body is (even though it’s just an exaggeration of reality hahah!!)

I love holidays, but I hate they journey to travel there. How I wish there was a teleporting machine!

I’ve chosen a dog to represent me. This choice of character makes it easier to showcase my contrasting feelings towards not liking to travel in the second frame (the dog is peeing), and loving to be overseas. What’s interesting about this one is that (with the approval of Shirley), I used a minus sign instead of a plus sign for this situation. It is possible for me to rearrange and slightly alter the content of this situation to apply the use of a plus sign, but I feel with a minus sign, the message of loving to travel BUT not liking the journey to a destination will definitely reach across stronger and have a bigger impact.

 

A shy baby bottle, thrown into a room with adults. I handle it by faking my confidence till I make it.

I chose a baby bottle to represent me as a very small, quiet and innocent being in comparison to other people (represented by alcohol bottles), whom, based off the choice of using alcohol bottles to represent them, make them look like chatty socialites. This contrast in symbolism + colour helps to bring out the story. Furthermore, I stuck a liquor label on the last frame of this situation, on the actual A1 sheet that I presented with. Instead of drawing the label on, by sticking the actual into frame instead, it better brings the point across. (Please refer to the first picture from this post to see the frame with the sticker placed nicely on top! Click the image to enlargen.) One of the corner of the sticker was purposefully not stuck down to the frame properly, to show how homemade my ‘confidence’ was.

 

A life buoy, visiting the swimming pool with my family, but is the only one not having fun.

I chose the red life buoy to represent me as (as mentioned earlier), there is irony placed in the choice of colours for myself in comparison to other people and my siblings. Irony also lies at how even me as a life buoy, can still sink down to the bottom of the pool.

 

 

CONCLUSION!

I can sincerely say that although this particular assignment was the most tedious, tough and MOST EXPENSIVE (?)of the 3, I enjoyed working on this one the most, as I feel that this assignment really gives us the freedom to express ourselves in any way you want, with as few restrictions as possible. All in all, I really had a lot of fun attending 2D class, and have learnt so much from Shirley, my classmates, and the group presentations on design elements (happened towards the start of the semester), that will definitely be applicable to my work, no matter what specialisation I’ll choose next semester. I really hope to have Shirley teach me again!! ?

Assignment 2 – Forrest Gump

“My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

We were briefed for Assignment 2 immediately after the completion of our markmaking assignment. I was actually looking forward to completing this assignment because it involves the process of silkscreening, which I have heard of but have never done before.

Our first step to this assignment was to find movie quotes. Being a avid movie-watcher, I had some difficulties trying to narrow down 4 quotes from movies that I liked. Initially, I had the impression that we were supposed to design something that ties back to the actual movie itself. Because of this, I shortlisted many complex and long quotes, such as:

“Empty chairs at empty tables,

Where my friends will sit no more.”

 

“We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”

 

After clarifying with Shirley, I started changing my angle and tried looking for quotes that were shorter and more literal. After looking through iMBD, Rotten Tomatoes and other websites, I finally decided on using these 4 movie quotes:

The Devil watches over his own – Fury, 2014

Shelter me. Comfort me. – Les Misérables, 2012

Men my age made this war. – Dunkirk, 2017

I am a golden god! – Almost Famous, 2000

I chose these quotes mainly because I wanted to interpret the quotes differently from the context of the movie that it was extracted from. This way, it’ll change things up and make the design a lot more unique and give it multiple interpretations.

 


I chose the design for the movie quote from Fury to be printed on the tote bag. Here’s the process!

After labelling the silkscreen, I coated the silkscreen with emulsion and left it to dry in the dryer.

After it dries, I pasted my design (printed on a transparency) on the silkscreen, keeping note of the direction of which i want my design to turn up as. The silkscreen is then put into a machine for the print to be transferred over.

After afew minutes, the silkscreen is removed and sprayed down to wash away the excess dried up emulsion, revealing the design!! I went to the sink to scrub the silkscreen to make sure the design is crisp and clean.

While waiting for the silkscreen to dry in the drier, I ironed my tote bag to ensure a smooth printing.

I removed the silkscreen, and taped the sides down to make sure the ink that will be transferred on later, does not dirty the silkscreen frame.

I practised the silkscreen printing on some newsprint paper first before doing it on the actual tote bag. After afew tries, I washed the silkscreen and dried it again to remove the ink that has collected on the silkscreen.

I placed the silkscreen nicely on the tote bag, making sure it is centralised. Then, I poured ink on the top of the design.

With the help of Chloe to hold the silkscreen down for me (THANKS AGAIN CHLOE!!), I transferred the design onto the tote bag!! It was really scary because I only had one bag to design on, and had to go out to buy another one if i were to screw up :,)

Here’s the final product! It turned out okay, though the texture in the background did not really come out very obviously.

Here’s the tote bag, along with the other designs that I’ve printed out and submitted during the presentation!

 


 

The Devil watches over his own — Fury, 2014

I took this meaning a little more  literal. I used the negative and positive space to portray an obvious difference between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’, while also inserting wings, horns and tails on the demons. The 2 falling characters is supposed to show how the Devil (arm) only keeps his own alive, and leaves the others (humans) left to fend on their own.

I felt that what best represents and differentiate a devil is by it’s long fingers and fingernails, thus, the bulk of the design is taken up by the negative space of a very distorted arm rising from the ground. Other features of the devil is a pair of wings, a tail and horns, which has been incorporated into the 2 demons climbing on top of the arm.

One challenge I had to overcome while doing this design is finding an appropriate image of a devil’s arm to incorporate into the design. I had to use Photoshop to clean up the design of the arm that I found.

 

Shelter Me, Comfort Me — Les Misérables, 2012

What i visually imagined from this quote is a girl that looks fine on the surface, but has a lot of dangerous thoughts in my mind that eats her up on the inside ‘ The quote ‘shelter me, comfort me’ is supposed to be referring to her inner demons that she wants to be protected from. Negative and positive space is also used here.

My initial idea was actually to make a place of refuge for a human figure by playing with negative and positive space, using the opened mouths of dangerous animals, but it didn’t turn out nice.

 

I am a golden god! — Almost Famous, 2000

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the phrase without context was, what do i consider being godly as? To me, many people in this generation use their materialistic desires as an ultimate short-termed ‘goal’. Once they achieve what they want, they will be satisfied, until the next trendy thing comes about. Thus, this design is supposed to depict a person aiming to become a ‘Golden God’ by striving towards his own materialistic goal. To him, only the item, in this case, the sneakers, matters to him, and the coins, though valuable, doesn’t mean anything to him.

 

Men my age made this war – Dunkirk, 2017

Without context, ‘men my age’ would be considered young adults, which are also commonly nicknamed as part of the ‘strawberry generation’, thus the incorporation of a strawberry.

The best way to represent war is to layer war machines and create repetitiveness, which explains the jets flying together in formation, and the tanks all lined up.

One challenge that I faced is the design coming off as too grey, with not enough dark and light tones. I had to add filters to the different layers in order to make emphasis on certain subjects.

 

Research on mark making

Mark making artist

Jackson Pollock

credits: http://www.theartstory.org/images20/photo/pollock_2.jpg

 

Autumn Rhythm, 1950. credits: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/h3/h3_57.92.jpg

I have chosen Jackson to be featured as I strongly feel that his life story and work is very inspiring, especially towards art students, and I consider him as one of the early innovators of the mark making technique.

He rose to fame in the mid 1940s, when he reinvented the drawing process because of his dissatisfaction with representational art. His new technique, involving the use of unconventional tools (brush handles, sticks, cans, etc.) to transfer paint to his canvas, challenged the traditional method of painting and drawing and reinvented modern art. Even though the above mentioned method is akin to traditional media,  the unique techniques he used for his works (splattering, flinging, pooling, pouring, etc.) has inspired many to think past the boundaries of the different art forms and its techniques, to the point where his methods continue to disseminate around the world even after his passing, up till this very day.

 

Mark making methods

By definition, according to www.thoughtco.com, Mark making is a term that is best used to describe the different types of lines, patterns, and textures an artist creates ​in a piece of art. Mark making can apply to any art material on any surface and is not restricted to paint on canvas or pencil on paper.

Some simple mark making techniques for a traditional art medium (pen on paper) would be hatching, cross hatching, stippling and scribbles, and that for paint on canvas would be splashing, flinging and dripping.

Here are some mark making techniques for the traditional PEN ON PAPER, credits: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/54/bb/98/54bb98aeab186e3c5f502a7ac8c1f2a1–gcse-art-sketchbook-sketchbook-ideas.jpg

Uncanny and rarely seen before mediums and tools used for mark making can be anything under the sun, as long as the tools helps to create prints on the work area. Some examples of of these uncommon items are plastic bags, rope, glue and even food.

Here are some common tools that have been used often in such clay sculpting lor! credits: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/39/5c/59/395c59fbfcc379660f3b2d89fb0f2f21–everyday-objects-visionary-art.jpg

 

Looking forward to the 2D class tomorrow, I’m pretty excited to experiment with some new tools that I’ll be bringing to class tomorrow!

 

My Life is Emo – A Mark Making Project

Today’s the first Foundation 2D class and I’m stoked to see what’s up ahead

for us!

 

Thinking of using bandages as my markmaking tool

WEEK 2

*disclaimer*

It seems that OSS doesn’t allow me to upload videos (SAD!!), so many of the images uploaded are screenshots of the videos that I have, so do forgive me if they turn out slightly blurry!

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So this week, we were tasked to experiment with different mark making tools that we’ve brought from home, in hopes of getting inspiration for assignment 1.

For some reason, I was not able to find the specific water-solidifying bandage mentioned earlier (even the TTS hospital didn’t sell it), thus I brought to class a list of different items to experiment with.

  1. Cling Wrap
  2. Yarn
  3. Styrofoam Fruit Protector
  4. Sound (via a mini speaker)
Here’s my table set-up for the experimenting process
As mentioned, will be playing around with these 4 items!

I started off with the cling wrap. For that particular item, i used a scissors to cut out strips of cling wrap, all of different lengths and widths.

From there, I put some paint on one side of the cling wrap, turned it over, placed another newsprint paper on top of the cling wrap, and used the roller to press a print out.

roll roll rolly roll roll

I tried varying the viscosity of the paint, so as to explore the different textures that will be printed!

Removing the cling wrap after pressing, this was made using thin, diluted paint.

You can tell from the in the previous image that a lot of paint “spilt out of the boundaries” of the cling wrap. This is because i used more diluted paint there. The difference of textures that came out turn out to be very interesting! The spilt area was smoother and more flowy, whereas the areas under the cling wrap was edgy and messier.

 

For the tries with the undiluted ink, the ink was kept under the cling wrap during the pressing process. The prints that eventually came out had more personality and i felt, was more fun to look at.

just some of the prints that came out using the thicker ink

Moving on, I started coating the fruit protector with ink after finishing up with the cling wrap. For this particular item, I explored the different prints that can be produced using different  pressing techniques. 

It was a little tough to put ink on the item, because of the bumpy surface area. This made me slightly concerned about whether there will be any print produced on the newsprint paper when pressed.

 

Tried creating a pattern using these prints.

The prints that came out by simply pressing the item onto the newsprint was totally different from what I expected! I really really like the disconnected, wavering lines that the styrofoam protector created for this method. While creating this print, I was thinking to myself about how this particular print can actually be used to symbolise a more uncertain and subtle emotion.

The next print is created by holding the styrofoam down on the newsprint paper and dragging it downwards. This was created by applying lesser paint on the styrofoam protector. The way the ends trail off is really cool, I’m thinking of using this technique again for my mark making assignment!

The mix of tones , lines and shapes are really intriguing

 

This particular mark was created by dragging the styrofoam protector o the newsprint in a zigzag formation. Parts of the texture in the print looks akin to scratches. 

Just for fun, I tried creating a circular print by turning the styrofoam 360 degrees when in contact with the newsprint. It produced a very unique circular, yet disconnected texture that is really interesting to look at.

Here are all 4 prints on the same newsprint paper! Of course, there were more similar prints that were created throughout the whole experimenting process on seperate pieces of paper.

This item was actually my most favourite, because of the versatility of the type of prints that it can form, simply by press printing.

Here’s a compilation of prints that i like the most from this technique!

Next, I tried using sound to make splash prints. This idea is a little more risky as I have never done it before, and thus don’t really know what kind of result to expect. Theoratically, what I imagined would happen is that the soundwaves from the music will make ink droplets on the drawing block jump, thus creating new patterns. I wasn’t sure whether it will completely work out the way I’d imagine it to be, however I was looking forward to the learning experience.

For this method, I moved my set-up outside so as to not disturb the rest of the class with my extremely loud music.

This was my set-up at the corridor right outside the classroom

The speaker that i used to play the music is owned by my hall roomate. She has been using it for her dance practices so I immediately assumed that the speaker should be strong enough to perform.

After splashing some ink droplets on the drawing block, I tried holding the paper above the speaker, in hopes of letting the ink jump to the beat.

At first, I wanted to see whether the different genres of music will affect the intensity of the jumping of the ink droplets. I started playing some blues, but I noticed that the ink was!! not!! moving!! AT ALL!! (even at full volume!) I immediately threw the semi-hypothesis down the drain and started playing music with heavy bass, in order to push the idea to it’s fullest potential.

I initially started by using newsprint paper (canvas on the farleft), only to realise that that particular type of paper absorbs water very quickly and easily.

Conclusion?

ONE BIG EPIC FAILURE!!

Throughout the entire experimenting process outside the classroom, the ink droplets did not BUDGE at all. SO SAD. I assumed this was because the music was not loud enough. I actually considered bringing the paint and drawing block over to the NTU inter-hall party at Sentosa that was happening that week, just because there would be loud music there (haha!). 

Lastly, I experimented with yarn. I wanted to salvage the yarn and create as many different types of markings as possible. I tried creating different textures with the rope in order to achieve that.

Trying to fray the yarn in order to produce a different print
I tried rolling some frayed rope to produce a different print
Here’s me trying to squiggle some frayed rope by sliding it across the newsprint paper in a zip-zag motion!

This is a compilation of marks that I have created using just rope. Some of the methods that I have incorporated into the experimenting process includes fraying the yarn, untangling the yarn to form an even thinner piece of rope, yarn rolling, yarn squiggling, and press print.

 

All in all, I feel very satisfied with all the experimenting done in class today. It was truly a good learning experience and through this class activity, I’ve garnered some inspiration for Assignment 1!

UPDATE:

Here’s me rolling the clay out into a flat plateau using the ADM water bottle! #resourceful

I created some prototypes from the ideas that I have garnered from this week’s class. From there, I wrote down any difficulties faced for each emotion (eg. not a good choice of canvas/markmaking medium, not a good representative of the chosen emotion), and continued to improve on them. 

 

Week 4:

MARKMAKING ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION:

Insecurity (Sad)

  1. Definition: uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence.
  2. Our insecurities are affected by the environment around us. For example, if society believes that having a toned abdomen is ideal and start to showcase and idolise those that have it, a person might learn to feel insecure if they have a muffin top. Even if we somehow manage to get over one particular insecurity, another one will bound to emerge again. Because our insecurities are ever changing, by attaching the loose strings on the paper, it symbolises how, similar to the strings that are not glued down to a specific position, our insecurities can changes whenever and where ever. The audience is able, and encouraged to, touch and move the strings around, as this symbolises how our opinions and thoughts about ourselves are easily mouldable by the people around us.

 

Nervousness (Fear)

  1. Definition: easily agitated or alarmed.
  2. Nervousness, usually stemming from an event or incident, builds up to a point of climax, thus the prints made by a styrofoam fruit protector are shown to slowly increase in intensity (thin to thick broken lines), and impact (fro more negative space to more positive space) from the left to right, to represent how one slowly becomes more and more nervous as the situation in which they were nervous over slowly draws nearer and nearer in time.

 

Amazement (Surprise)

  1. a feeling of great surprise or wonder.
  2. Amazement is the process of getting someone, from being totally uninterested towards a specific subject, to being inspired and wanting to know more. The art represents this by showing straight, monotonous lines that are close to each other, slowly spreading outwards, with the designs in between these lines to become more curved, then more angulared to show intensity (thin to thick lines), movement (arrows) and speed (clustered lines morphing into arrows that are slowly spaced further and further away from each other) as our eyes follow the piece of work down from left to right.

 

Attraction (Love)

  1. Definition: the action or power of evoking interest in or liking for someone or something.
  2. Someone that is attracted to another person would not want to show his/her true feelings. This representation of attraction shows how someone is able to feel flustered and excited whenever they are around the person they are interested in (more intense curves),  however act calm and collected in front of the said person (generally straight, semiwavy lines with a consistent movement). The person will try his/her best not to give away hints about their feelings towards the person, however their actions will not reflect how they truly feel. 

 

Pleasure (Joy)

  1. Definition: a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
  2. Very calm and collected, movements are flowy, and in a general direction. Pleasure is not a very strong and extreme emotion, thus the use of clay to create the subtle movements is representative to the emotion as no harsh lines are made. The soft movements integrated into the plateau base shows tranquility and serenity, akin to being in a state of nirvana.

 

Outrage (Anger)

  1. Definition: an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.
  2. The act of being uncontrollably angry. The art showcases strong strokes of blank ink created by using cardboard as a brush, and sharp lines in random directions, created by the cutting and plucking of the canvas using a penknife. These cuts and brush strokes are unclean, unorganised and unpredictive (cuts made in different directions, strokes are all over the place) that represent a person’s frustration when he/she is outraged – the person is inclined to do something to vent his/her anger, possibly something that he/she might regret after calming down.