20 October, 2009

Topics for CDF

My ideas are pretty different from one another. I haven't decided how a narrative could go into these topics. Most of them would have to be small and very loose narratives.  Comments?

- Patterns; using color to define the actual pattern. Using all different subjects (paper, metal, furniture, plastic containers, or even shadows and reflections. I would have to do a good job of making sure the color is dominant and is more important visually, rather than the patterns.

- Shower curtains; A slightly cheesy idea. But I though it would be different and fun. I would like to photograph shower curtains by using their hues, light surroundings, their texture/fibers.  I would also like to shoot these photos close-up. Making them are to know they are all shower curtains, maybe abstractly.

- Buildings; our last project in Vis Com was using a lot of building structures to capture what we needed. This got me noticing the buildings more closely and paying attention to there lights and windows hues. I would want to use building scuctures to show the colors. Using windows and the actual scuctures, and maybe even it's surrounds.

- Glass bottles; When photographing the bottles, I want to use only the glass. I would not use the labeling. I would most likely be buying the bottles and photo graphing them using light (white lights and natural lights), hue of the glass, and using very minimal background colorings.

FINAL STATEMENT: Juxtapostion Project

My final book was "Man-made", I chose this title because my pictures were all man-made creations. Which included different elements of our surroundings, such as metal, plastic, and even sand. Being such a broad topic, I did not base my book layout on a narrative or a continuable aspect. I merely used contrast, curves, diagonals, and the overall "flow" of the piece.
The pairing of the line studies with the photos was of course the hardest, but the greatest learning experience within the project. Using juxtapositions was a new concept, but after learning what to look for. I believe my book had a good variety of juxtapositions. I tried to place them in order by there content, not a narrative.
I hadn't really decided on an exact location to take my pictures in Kansas City. I had originally just decided to do the whole city. But when I visited the River Market, and began to walk the bridges and front streets, I decided this would be a great place to photograph my images. I was drawn to the riverfront because it would sound like or in some places, would be considered a natural place, with wildlife and beautiful foliage. But that of course wasn't the case in Kansas City. This was the beginning of my "Man-made" booklet.
When it came to refining my manipulations for our line studies, I though it would be sightly unneeded to make every line perfect, and really just not necessary. I would soon find out that this was not true. After looking back on my first tracings for my vector lines, I knew I had greatly improved. By refining my hand skill and perfecting it on paper, I learned that this greatly improves my digital craft. I was able to use the pen tool much more successfully and create beautiful line quality.
Transitioning from line studies into photographic elements was a really interesting process for me. I had a hard time with seeing the big picture at first. I think ultimately this project showed me to break things down to see the smaller picture. I really enjoyed finishing the book and knowing how much I developed it and the production process I went through. Looking through my process binder, I am proud of where I started from. I believe without all the steps we took, my book would not be as successful.



Scher Video Response | Vis Com

Scher's video talked about her influences as a graphic designer, specifically where she resides. Her city of New York has influenced her work immensely. She talks about the sizing and surroundings of New York and how they influence her big graphic designs. I believe an artists surrounding always play a big in their art and that my book was influenced by my city, Kansas City. In my book "Man-made" I focused on somewhat of a industrial aspect, while she focused on New York's large and busy feeling. By pin pointing a certain theme with the parts of Kansas City we may overlook and regularly pass not thinking of the graphic elements of man-made materials.

Sequental Process (& what I have learned)

Things I have learned throughout this project:

1) Measure, measure, measure! Take it slow; make sure it's all correct, exact measurements. This goes along with my craft. I am improving, but at this point I feel I should be much better. Practice makes perfect...I need the practice.

2) Line tracing is a pain, but very worth it. Along with craft, the processes I went through to get to my final projects always amazing me. Tracing allowed me to "craft my craft" and ultimately improve my digital lines.

3) Multitasking is key. I have greatly improved on this since I have entered KCAI. But I know I am still improving and continue to juggle everything, in hopes to succeed.

4) Patience. This is something I feel I always need to work on, not just in school. This goes hand in hand with this project. You spend so much time perfecting, vectoring, and cutting; that without staying clam and collected, all would be a disaster. But when it comes to measuring and craft, patience is a trait that will allow me perfect my pieces. And ultimately succeed.

Horizontal Lines:

Combined Lines:



 Vectored and paired: