Project 2 Zine: Process

Link to my previous post:

  1. Site Visit – Tampines and Simei New Town
  2. Simei New Town – Research Presentation
  3. Zine Layout Research

As presented in my research presentation, my initial idea for my zine was to focus on the 4 china beauties in Simei and where to find them, using oriental elements for the design. However, I gathered some feedbacks from my peers that it lack a bit of a personal touch to my entire zine, and the information with regards to the 4 beauties can be easily found online. Hence, I decided to focus on the geometric shapes that I saw during my site visit in Simei ūüôā

So based on the layout research I did beforehand, I wanted my zine to look minimal and clean. Hence, I tried out a few layouts with that style:

This layout lacks hierarchy for the images and Ms Shirley suggested to remove some unnecessary details on the images so that audience can focus on the main object without distraction. I also feel that I could push the text hierarchy abit more.

After adjustment:

However, I was not very satisfied with my layout and I thought I could make it look more interesting and fun by adding more colour and elements:

I found this poster layout online and I really like the organic shapes that the designer has created. So I started sketching different organic shapes on Illustrator and apply it to my layout.

I also tried exploring with¬†typography using only shapes and texture on the chinese character of “Simei”:

I then explore different layout using those organic shapes that I have drawn and play around with texture, colour and placement of elements. I felt that it was very difficult to balance so many elements within a spread, so I took quite awhile to figure out what elements to add in or take out, to make more layout less messy and balanced:

After much struggle exploring different layout and placement of elements for my zine, I finally settled with the design of my first spread:

Version 2:

Final version:

I illustrated the geometric shapes from the window and use it as part of my design elements to enhance the visual and story. I also added in other shapes that will be placed on my cover page and other spreads to achieve consistency.

After settling with a specific style that I was going for, 2nd spread in my opinion was the toughest to design:

The 2nd spread is about pillars, and because it was not well photographed and they were rectangular by nature, it was tough to frame it with the organic shapes like the first spread. Hence, I decided to illustrate and apply texture to the pillars to give it a very fun look that is consistent to my first spread:

Instead of alighting them straight like what I did initially, I decided to give it a 3-dimensional look to make my spread look interesting.

Last spread came quite easily as I already know what I wanted to do right from the start. Last spread is related to forming patterns and applying the pattern back to the void deck in Simei, hence I assigned 1 full page for the image itself.

I illustrated the shapes that were found on the windows and pillars i Simei, then place them together to form different patterns:

I initially place them vertically as shown above and use a different colour for each pattern. However, I think consistency is needed and I didn’t want it to draw too much attention away from the image that I was gonna place next to the pattern. Hence, I decided to keep it to just 1 colour and place it horizontally so that it guides the reader’s eyes from left to right:

After I finished designing all the spread, it was easier to design the Front and Back:

However, I felt that the cover didn’t match the spreads too well. Hence I made colour adjustment to the entire zine. So this was the first draft of my entire zine:

Back and front cover:

Need adjustment: Reduce the font size for the quote on the back cover; change dash to em-dash right before Plato.

First Spread:

Second Spread:

Need Adjustment: Remove the widow in the paragraph.

Last Spread:

Need Adjustment: Change the pattern lines to pink to add contrast from the background.

That’s all for my design process!¬†See my next post¬†for the final zine design!

My Name is SYL and I’m a…

Que Sera is a typography assignment that allow students to design types, using their name or initial to illustrate their aspire future job. In this project, I created types using digital illustration to show my 4 aspire jobs: Musician, Rock Climber, Table Tennis Player and Interior Designer.

4D II Project 3 Research: Art Installation of the late 20th and 21st century

“Pierre”¬†(2017)¬†by Abraham Poincheval
Poincheval is a renowned French artist who is no stranger to bizarre performances. His works mostly related to inventing itinerant or sedentary experiences to discover the world from its still unexplored angles. His past works almost always involved endurance-testing solitary performances such as eating worms and beetles while living inside the bear; navigated France’s Rhone river inside a giant plastic corked bottle; spent a week on top of a 20-metre pole outside a Paris train station.

Poincheval poses during his performance of The Bottle in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rh√īne.

In 2014, Poincheval spent 13 days inside a bear’s skin at the Parisian Hunting and Wildlife Museum

To continue his exploration, in 2017 he embarked on a new extreme performance¬†entitled “Pierre (Stone)” by enclosing himself inside a giant block of limestone. He¬†entombed inside the boulder where he spent seven days on an ‘inner journey to find out what the world is’.

He carved out a hole inside the rock in his own image, just big enough for him to sit up in, with a niche to hold supplies of water, soup and dried meat. During the performance, people seemed to be very touched. They talked into the crack, read poetry to him, or tell him about their nightmares or their dreams. This encourage audience to participate in his performance, which create a very different experiences from his past work. The audience form some sort of connection with the stone as though it was “alive”.

For his experience, even though he can only move his feet and hands a few inches, he did not feel oppressed by the rock and felt completely at ease, in real connection with it.”It’s this strange feeling of a floating world, an incredible floating in this mineral capsule,” he said.

 

“A Fire in My Belly” (1986-1987)¬†by¬†David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz was an American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist prominent in the New York City art world. Wojnarowicz was a victim of childhood abuse, he lived for a time during his teenage years as a street hustler. After a period outside of New York, he returned in the late 1970s, where he quickly emerged as one of the most prominent and prolific of an avant-garde wing that mixed media, made and used graffiti and street art.

His first recognition came from stencils of houses afire that appeared on the exposed sides of buildings in the East Village. He also made¬†super-8 films, such as¬†Heroin.¬†Wojnarowicz was also connected to other prolific artists of the time, appearing in or collaborating on works with artists like¬†Nan Goldin,¬†Peter Hujar,¬†Luis Frangella etc. For some years, he and Hujar were lovers until Hujar died of AIDS in 1987. Hujar’s death moved Wojnarowicz’s work into much more explicit activism and political content, notably around the injustices, social and legal, inherent in the response to the AIDS epidemic.

A Fire in My Belly¬†is a visceral meditation on cultural and individual identity, spirituality, and belief systems. It echoed themes explored throughout David Wojnarowicz’s art and writing.

On a trip to Mexico City with Tommy Turner to scout Day of the Dead imagery, Wojnarowicz documented scenes that embodied the violence of city life. A central image is that of a child exploited as a fire-breathing street performer, which resonates in the title of the film and Wojnarowicz’s own experience hustling on the streets at a young age. He later staged scenes in his New York City apartment to combine with this footage, collecting dreamlike images to illustrate thematic sections he planned for the film’s structure and cutting script. Among these images is a dancing, gun-wielding marionette, coins dropping into a plate of blood, vibrantly colored loteria cards, and the now iconic self-portrait of the artist with his lips sewn shut.

A Fire in My Belly¬†was never completed.¬†Wojnarowicz’s cutting script shows that he thought of organizing it into discrete sections. Each section includes notes on general themes, such as “aggression” or “hunger,” accompanied by specific symbols – religious icons, the four elements, or colors.

In 2010, Smithsonian Institution¬†removed an edited version of footage used in the¬†short silent film¬†from the exhibit “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the¬†National Portrait Gallery¬†after complaints from the¬†Catholic League¬†and the possibility of reduced federal funding for the Smithsonian.¬†The video contains a scene with a crucifix covered in ants.¬†The Catholic League claimed the work was “hate speech”, against Catholics.

However, many artists and curators thought that it was not anti-religion or sacrilegious. It is a powerful use of imagery. In response, The Andy Warhol Foundation, which had provided a $100,000 grant to the exhibition, announced that it would not fund future Smithsonian projects. Many protests were held and artists sought to withdraw their art from the exhibit.

“The Reincarnation of Saint-Orlan” (1990) by ORLAN

ORLAN is one of the most famous french artist internationally known. She creates sculptures, photographs, performances, videos, using scientific and medical technics like surgery and biogenetic.

She often makes her own body the medium, the raw material, and the visual support of her work. She is a major figure of the body art and of ‚Äúcarnal art*‚ÄĚ as she used to define it in her 1989 manifesto.

*Carnal Art:¬†is self portraiture in the classical sense, but realised through the possibility of technology. It swings between defiguration and refiguration. Its inscription in the flesh is a function of our age. The body has become a ‘modified ready-made’, no longer seen as the ideal it once represented.

Her best known work “The Reincarnation of Saint-Orlan”¬†started in 1990 that involves a series of plastic surgeries through which the artist transformed herself into elements from famous paintings and sculptures of women.¬†As a part of her ‘Carnal Art’ manifesto,¬†Orlan’s operating table became her baroque theatre.¬†Poetry was read and music played while she lay fully conscious. Each surgery was captured on video, broadcast in galleries and sometimes fed to audiences around the globe via live satellite link-ups.¬†Some critics have described Orlan as mad, some have written up her interest in cosmetic surgery as anti-feminist.

However, Orlan’s goal in these surgeries was to acquire the ideal of female beauty as depicted by male artists. When the surgeries are complete, she will have the chin of¬†Botticelli’s¬†Venus, the nose of¬†Jean-L√©on G√©r√īme’s Psyche, the lips of¬†Fran√ßois Boucher’s¬†Europa, the eyes of¬†Diana, and the forehead of¬†Leonardo da Vinci’s¬†Mona Lisa. Orlan picked these characters “not for the canons of beauty they represent… but rather on account of the stories associated with them.”

According to Orlan’s Carnal¬†Art¬†Manifesto, it’s “not against cosmetic surgery, but rather against the conventions carried by it and their subsequent inscription”. Instead of condemning¬†cosmetic surgery, Orlan embraces it;¬†instead of rejecting the masculine, she incorporates it; and instead of limiting her identity, she defines it as “nomadic, mutant, shifting, differing.” Orlan has stated: “my work is a struggle against the innate, the inexorable, the programmed, Nature, DNA, and God!”¬†She believes it is important to underline her work as a feminist artist.

Forrest Gump Pt 2: Image References and Design Processes

Hi there, It’s been awhile! I finally came up with some designs for the 4 movie quotes from Pocahontas. If you guys haven’t checked out Forrest Gump Pt 1 (click here), you should! It’ll give you a rough idea why I choose to interpret the quotes this way.

Artist Reference

mtiwnja4njmznzq4ode3ndiw

Source: http://www.biography.com/people/hieronymus-bosch-9220497

All my work¬†were greatly influenced¬†by¬†Jheronimus¬†Bosch¬†(1450¬†‚Äď 9 August 1516),¬†an¬†Early¬†Netherlandish painter¬†who¬†is known for its fantastic imagery and narratives.¬†His paintings was said to¬†be¬†difficult to translate from a modern point of view; attempts to associate instances of modern sexual imagery. Today he is seen as a hugely individualistic painter with deep insight into humanity’s desires and deepest fears.

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/dean_henryyoung/garden-of-earthly-delights/

Jheronimus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, oil on oak panels, 220 cm √ó 389 cm (87 in √ó 153 in), Museo del Prado, Madrid

I enjoy evoking fears in people through my work. I think it’s easier for me to express myself this way and this is why I could relate to Bosch’s artwork.

Image References

I found some really cool books lying around in our ADM library and I thought it would be useful to scan some images from it. These are some examples:

  1. ¬†Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona
  2. Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker
  3. Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber

Design Process

My design philosophy for this project was pretty straightforward. I dissect the quote into different parts and/or select key words, and then I try to find images to convey the message. I only applied “threshold” for all my design because it seems more consistent throughout.

1. ‚ÄúYou flow through me, like a river.‚ÄĚ

This quote was written for Pocahontas in the movie, and I thought it was more appropriate to use female image.

image-52

From Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona

I thought the female figure I found in the book looked a bit oriental, so I choose the Japanese wave to depict “river”, and layer it over the female figure so that it looked kinda like the river flows through the lady.

output_e5u8ku

like-a-river

output_3e9ayjlike-a-river-4

However, The Great Wave off Kanagawa¬†in this case was the work by famous Japanese artist Hokusai and it’s too recognisable and powerful. Hence, I came out with a few composition replacing¬†the wave with:

image-50

From Eric Gills’s Masterpiece of Wood Engraving, edited by David A. Berona

output_nmadwm

sylvester-you-flow-through-me-2-oss

Artwork taken from: https://citizeninsane.eu/s2007-08Juxtapoz.htm

Artwork taken from: https://citizeninsane.eu/s2007-08Juxtapoz.htm

output_cpqozk

sylvester-you-flow-through-me-oss

2. ‚ÄúCome spirit, help us sing the story of our land.‚ÄĚ

For this quote, I decided to use mythology creatures to depict Spirit and our mother earth as “our land”.

For my first attempt, I was going all out with the image. I include a lot of creatures and stars etc.. hence the composition looks visually heavy. Also, Prof Ina also pointed out that the creatures look like they were created from different people, so it looks odd when put them together.

image-31 image-34 image-42

Mythological creatures from Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber.

barystetraphonos-palasis

Ancient Musical score. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_chant

galaxy-wallpaper-11

Galaxy stars. Source: https://newevolutiondesigns.com/40-super-hd-galaxy-wallpapers

sky-earth-galaxy-universe

Earth. Source: https://www.pexels.com/search/earth/

output_vjjmxv

come-spirit

The subsequent attempt i try to minimise it and went for the pattern approach. I include 1 type of creatures in it and play with the placement. I also include the human hand holding on to the mother earth to give a contrast between reality and fantasy.

hands_png894

Source: http://pngimg.com/img/people/hands

war_flag_of_the_imperial_japanese_army

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag

output_sxlaym

sylvester-come-spirit-oss

output_sickmq

sylvester-come-spirit-2-oss

3. ‚ÄúKeep both eyes open when you shoot. You see twice as well.‚ÄĚ

This quote was written for the villain in the movie, and I want to emphasise on the villain’s attempt to “kill” Pocahontas and her people.

image-48

From Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker

pocahontas-1595-1617-granger

Source: http://www.virtualjamestown.org/Pocahontas.html

black-tree-png-image-gallery-23

Source: http://weknowyourdreams.com/tree.html

mountain-07

Source: http://weknowyourdreams.com/mountain.html

My first attempt of this quote was to add in lots of hidden images within the artwork.¬†I found an image of a creepy looking eye from the book¬†and duplicate them to form a squarish traditional american indian mask, and uses the rifle dingbats to emphasise on “shoot”. To bring a little au-naturale feel into the picture (which is what the movie is all about – saving the environment from the evil), I hide a mountain in between the rifles and added trees underneath. so overall it forms a sculpture/mask from american indian tribe.

output_mhojtl

keep-both-eyes

Also, using the image of a creepy looking eye I found from the book, I attempt another variation. I use the eyes to illustrate “keep both eyes open”, and image of a person holding a gun to depict “Shoot”. This is a simplified version and I thought this is easier to understand than the one on top.

A British soldier aims a Browning 9mm pistol on a shooting range at Basra, Iraq.

A British soldier aims a Browning 9mm pistol on a shooting range at Basra, Iraq. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/defenceimages/5038803128

output_87euq3

sylvester-keep-both-eyes-open-oss

4. ‚ÄúThis is what we feared. The paleface is a demon. The only thing they feel at all is greed.‚ÄĚ

For this quote, I attempted to use female image as well, because I always thought that female villain gives a very powerful image. For the first attempt, I tried using a random female image found online and try to play around with it. And then I use a illustration of a red indian mask found in the book, and layer underneath the female image. I then use liquify to “melt” the female face to reveal the “demon” in her.

portrait-beautiful-sensual-woman-elegant

Source: https://images8.alphacoders.com/600/600193.jpg

image-47

From Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures by Richard Huber

output_idr5kl 250x250mm-pale-face-3

I use this composition for silkscreen and I really love the result!

photo_2016-10-10_00-28-55

Silkscreen during F2D class.

After the our silkscreen process in class, I thought I could further improved this composition.I then try to reinterpret the quote and focused on “greed” and “demon”. I went over to Pinterest to find vintage Vogue magazine cover and found a really cool illustration. I thought I could use that as a based to add on the devil’s lips and tongue. To illustrate “greed” in this composition, I found images of money and place them in such a way that the “demon” is licking it.

tumblr_m5bjiw03eu1rse6upo1_1280

Source: http://shu84.blogspot.sg/2012/07/kornelia-debosz-fashion-illustrations.html

devilevillipssmiletongue-5b5eb16e52b34531c25cb1d8658062b8_h

Source: http://cdnstatic.visualizeus.com/thumbs/5b/5e/devil,evil,lips,smile,tongue-5b5eb16e52b34531c25cb1d8658062b8_h.jpg

4d7c6fc5bd64129bfaf716360c7a1fd5

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/240379698838400269/

output_sn9gmf

sylvester-paleface-is-a-demon-2-oss

For the next composition, I took the same female image that i used for silk screen and play around with money on her head (“The only thing they feel at all is greed”), and place a devil horn on her.

images-of-money-notes

Source: http://creativestockphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/images-of-money-notes.jpg

image_109

Source: http://www.keyword-suggestions.com/ZGVtb24gaG9ybnM/

output_cf3ppz

sylvester-paleface-is-a-demon-oss

That’s it! I will do a part three to consolidate all the final work into one so it’s easier to see. Ciao!

Project 2: Sequentially ‚Äď Impossibilities of Being

Camera & Len: Canon 6D + Tamron 24-70mm F1.8
Software: Lightroom, Photoshop & iMovie
Location: My House, Merely Ice Cream, Orchard MRT station
Cameo: My bestie Germaine Tay ūüôā
Photographer: Lena & Germaine (Ice cream shop scene), Felicia (MRT scene) and Myself.

Short Synopsis 

Me & Myself is a fictional story about¬†Sylvester being stuck inside his phone out of the sudden and how he started to interact with him (mirrored ego¬†who’s in the real world) across different space. Desperately wanted to get out of the phone, sylvester¬†tried to sabotage him’s¬†relationship with his girlfriend in order to get his¬†attention, not realising that he was sabotaging his own relationship as well. After the girlfriend decided to broke up with him,¬†he fell into a depression state. Sylvester felt really bad and tried to cheer him up but to no valid. Him¬†accidentally spoiled the phone in the end and¬†thought¬†it was best to go back to sleep so that he can end the bad day. Out of the sudden, the phone started to work again. The story ended with him¬†receiving a text from the girlfriend and Sylvester appears again…

So what is reality?

Story Inspiration

This story was inspired by my own bad experience with my mobile phone¬†which has spoiled on me for a few occasions. It made me realised how I couldn’t live without my phone and have gradually become a phone slave. Hence, I came out with this idea of being trapped inside a mobile phone, and show how obsession with mobile phone can ruin my life.

Art Direction

I wanted to insert a bit of my personality into this photo montage, hence you will see a lot of exaggerated facial expression to give a comedy feel. I did not reference to any movies or artist and decided to kept it really simple to bring out the storyline instead. Hence, you guys will realised there are a lot of moment-to-moment, action-to-action transitions and a few scene-to-scene to bring the across space from home to ice cream shop and then back to home.

To make the story interesting, I decided to not fall into the wake-up-and-it-was-just-a-dream kind of story, but instead, I decided not to bring the main character out of the mobile phone so that it will allow the audience to form their own conclusion. I thought it was a huge risk to take because the audience will end up being confused by the ending. I also wanted to highlight on how even though I know it was bad for me, I still continued to be dependant on my phone.

Reflection

It was a really fun assignment to make! I struggled a little bit during the start of this assignment to think of a story. I thought it must be really magical and abstract since we could use any medium for this assignment. I went for the simple approach in the end and decided to apply what I have learnt during 4D class. I spend quite awhile to plan every single frame because there are 2 different space: the real world and the virtual world. I have to first take a series of photo with white background and then uploaded them to my mobile phone before I could start shooting for there scene. It was really confusing for me and I have to retake a number of shots so that the story flows well. but overall I’m quite pleased with the end results ūüôā

My Line is Emo Pt 4: Self-Exploration

Hi guys! I am very excited about this post because I actually tried out something really cool and fun! But firstly, I want to document down what I have done way before I was introduced to OSS:

photo_2016-09-02_20-57-26

I wanted to document down all my work in a physical visual book at first, but I find OSS much more convenient! Anyway, I did some drawings and make some patterns using brush pen on the left, and on the right I use different tools such as spray paint, pastel sticks, acrylic paint and fountain pen ink to make some marks.

Image (21)

I also used spray paint to create marks. I first place a layer of sand and small stones on the paper and spray paint it over. It creates this a moody, galaxy-like print which is really beautiful. look at those gradient at the side!


Milk and Detergent Experiment

Here comes the exciting part! I came across a video on Facebook showing how a small drop of detergent on milk could create some kind of chemical reaction! If you add a few drops of ink onto the milk, it will create a cool marble-looking prints! The video below shows the experiment I conducted!

IMG_8362 IMG_8359Then I place the drawing block on top of the milk and left it to dry.
IMG_8364

And then I digitised it by scanning the end product:

Image (22) Image (24) Image (25) Image (26) Image (27)

So there you go! A very short but fun experiment! I hope you guys enjoy it!

My line is Emo Pt 3: Artists Reference

Hi there again! In this post, I’m gonna explore different techniques based on the artists that I’ve researched on! Let’s jump right into it!

Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan_1

Tara Donovan assembling ‚ÄúUntitled (2003),‚ÄĚ at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Tara Donovan is an¬†American¬†artist who¬†creates large-scale installations and sculptures made by everyday manufactured materials. Material such as¬†Scotch tape,¬†Styrofoam cups,¬†Paper plates,¬†Toothpick, and drinking straws were used to create large scale¬†sculptures¬†that often have a¬†biomorphic¬†quality. I was drawn by one of her work “Untitled (toothpicks)”. It was a standing cube constructed with thousands of toothpicks pressed together:

Tara-Donovan-Untitled-Toothpicks-DeNada

“Untitled – Toothpicks” by Tara Donovan Source: http://www.pacegallery.com/artists/111/tara-donovan

So, I tried to recreate her work using satay sticks, painted them with black and used the Sobo craft and fabric glue (that dries transparent) to stick them on my line:

IMG_8368

Satay sticks painted in black.

IMG_8371

Using fast drying glue to stick to the line

IMG_8370 and the result (I would say it sticks pretty firmly on the paper!):

IMG_8401

It gives a terrify emotion when I look at it due to the shape edges.

IMG_8374

Burnt plastic gives a fluid look.

Next, with Donovan’s idea in my mind, I used plastic to form another line. I first burn the plastic with lighter (Please don’t try this at home) and then I uses craft glue to stick it on my line:

Next, I painted a layer of acrylic paint on the plastic sheets to bring out the dimension of the line:

IMG_8378and the result:

IMG_8400

I left some of the transparent part as it is so that it gives a kind of “liquid” form to the line, otherwise it would just look like a black garbage bag.


Anthony Poon

anthony-poon-singapor-artist

Pioneer Singapore Artist Anthony Poon

Anthony Poon was one of the pioneer¬†abstract artists¬†in¬†Singapore¬†best known for his paintings in the “Wave Series” which he began working on in year 1976. I came across his work when I visited National Museum of Singapore, where “W – White on 2P Waves” was displayed:

british-treasures-white-data

Self taken “W- White on 2P waves” at National Museum of Singapore

Anthony created a sculptural effect of sinuous wave patterns by using aluminum strips under the stretched canvas. If the viewer moves from one side to the other, the metal strips that push the canvas forward transform it into an attractive sculpture. The artist purely used light to create different values on the canvas without any paint.

I was really inspired by his work after seeing “W- White on 2P waves” and I wanted to use his technique and ideas to create my own version of “waves” using papers:

IMG_8390

I used papers with a bit of rough texture, cut them into strips with different length and paste them on my line.

IMG_8391

I then glued the other end of the strips on my lines and rearrange them to different “wave length”. This is the result:

IMG_8399

The “waves” create different values when the light source changes.


Ed Moses

moses_h-850x640

Abstract Painter Ed Moses

Ed Moses is an American painter best known for his eclectic range of abstract paintings, Moses’ work is unified by his interest in transitory processes and the mutability of concepts. His canvases are formal abstractions using a variety of processes to experiment with surface, creating striations, cracks, marks, and blurs that sometimes juxtaposed with hard-edge geometric abstraction.

cracks

“Y? Copper” by Ed Moses. Source: https://newamericanpaintings.com/blog/ed-moses-greenbronze

 

pinkblack greengolddetail

I was inspired by his work, especially the “Y? Copper”. I did not really look into his techniques to create the cracks but rather, I explore other techniques to create similar effects.

I first spray paint (faster and dries quickly) over the drawing block, and then I used correction tape to layer it over the paint:

IMG_1402

I then use sharp objects like scissors to scratch the correction tape off, leaving some cracks and scratch marks on the paper:

IMG_1403

However, I thought I could improve the aesthetic by scratching the correction tape vertically instead, and the result:

IMG_8398


Agnes Martin

004-agnes-martin

Minimalist Artist Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin is an american abstract painter, referred as a minimalist but considered herself an abstract expressionist.

martin2

“On A Clear Day” by Agnes Martin source: http://www.themodern.org/collection/artists/Martin

fx1

“Untitled #1 (2003)” by Agnes Martin Source: http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00051-3/fulltext

A fan of minimalistic design myself, her work really speaks to me the most. However, I find it hard to achieve that minimalistic aesthetic and still show emotion from it. So I had a discussion with Prof Ina, and she actually advised me to find grid-like material and create marks from it. I found the fruit wrap (Okay fine I actually took it without permission) from the supermarket. I cut it into half and spray paint over it.

IMG_8395

Black Spray paint and Fruit Wrapper

I really love the result! The spray paint kind of gave a nice gradient as oppose to watercolour/acrylic paint which in my opinion, difficult to control to create gradient.

IMG_8396

Layer the fruit wrapper on top of the line and spray paint over it

Image (14)

This wasn’t inspired by Agnes Martin, I burnt the fruit wrapper and spray paint it black. I then cut it into pieces and create another emotion out of it.IMG_8397

(P/S: PLEASE ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE YOU TAKE ANYTHING FROM THE SUPERMARKET)


Jackson Pollock

1407981921699.cached

Jackson Pollock at work. Source: http://www.biography.com/people/jackson-pollock-9443818

Jackson Pollock is the artist who invented “drip paintings”. Most of his canvases were either set on the floor, or laid out against a wall, rather than being fixed to an easel. From there, Jackson Pollock used a style where he would allow the paint to drip from the paint can. Instead of using the traditional paint brush, he would add depth to his images using knives, trowels, or sticks. This form of painting, had similar ties to the Surreal movement, in that it had a direct relation to the artist’s emotions, expression, and mood, and showcased their feeling behind the pieces they designed.

IMG_8406

Self Taken in New York. “Number 31” by Jackson Pollock.

I’ve actually seen one of his piece “Number 31” while I was in New York a year ago, and I would say the size and the texture of this piece was jaw dropping. I did take a closer look at the texture and I wanted to recreate that in my lines.

IMG_8365I layer the acrylic paint vertically and horizontally over and over again, it somehow¬†has the Ed Moses’ aesthetic to it. (and it looks yummy I don’t know why HAHAHA!)

IMG_8366

I also tried different ways to drip the acrylic paint on the drawing block:

IMG_8393 IMG_8394

I hope you guys enjoy what I’ve shared so far and hopefully you guys can draw some inspiration from here.

My Line is Emo Pt 1: Mark Making Tools

This was done by the 2nd mark making tool from the left, the army brush:

Image (6)

I used different ways to leave marks on the paper, stippling, brushing it across a straight line and also kind of like brushing it in the “S” form. It all gave different patterns and marks.

This was created by stippling the brush onto paper that created a nice pattern:

Image (8)

This was created by the middle mark making tool, wooden sticks with recycled paperboard:

Image (7)Likewise, I created this pattern by stippling the mark making tool on to the paper, and it has this very beautiful “flower-looking” mark. This is my personal favourite!

Image (11)

This was created by the first mark making tool from the right:

Image (9)

It kind of just produced lines. but I still somehow managed to scan it and it is in one of my 18 lines!

Lastly, this was create by the combination of  the first mark making tool from the left, and the 2nd mark making tool from the right:Image (13)

I thought it successfully created a certain type of negative emotion. I’m very excited to see how all these marks could turn out in digital form!

Stay tune for Part 2!!!!!!

3D Object: Twisted Milk Carton

I came across this milk carton from the trash, and it caught my attention due to its unique twisted form that creates a very sophisticated angular lines at the side of the object.

Dominant (D) of this object will definitely be the twisted carton itself as it gives the most visual weight.

The blue cap really stands out due to its contrasting colour, and also how it is the only part of the object that has an circular axis to a cylinder.¬†This milk carton was made mostly with¬†paperboard coated with waterproof plastic, only the blue cap of made entirely from plastic which makes it even more contrasting than the rest of the parts that form the milk carton. Hence, I would describe the blue cap as the Sub-Dominant (SD). I wouldn’t describe it as a Subordinate (SO) as it gives substantial amount of visual weight but less than of the Dominant.

I think this object is proportional as the SD is placed at 1/3 the height of the D which give a good visual balance.