Objectified Response

Objectified, though titled as a documentary, is more of a social commentary on design fitting into the daily lives of human beings. It was made to give the consumers and average joes of our world insight as to the creators and innovators who design and reconstruct the products of our daily lives. The creators of the film went around the world to record different opinions from different designers, from Paris to Japan, America to Munich, different cultures with different ways of designing. It had them describing their emotions they put into their designs, as well as their inspirations and past experiences.

Design is persistent. Not by means that one design will last forever, but that the concept of design, the ideal of making something better than it already is and doing it creatively, is essentially eternal. Design is prevalent. It has spread to almost every single thing a human can touch, or see, or taste, or hear. Nearly all objects we are in contact with in our daily lives are crafted in certain ways, and yet we rarely stop to think about it. We don’t take a big Pringles can and wonder, why is it round? Why not just fit it around the form of the chip? Design is marketable. People tend to buy the new and the good-looking, they want to be trendsetters. If not trendsetters, they want to follow the trend. Not only is it trends, but marketing accessibility, usability, reusability, comfort, the things that make using products easier, all are brought into consideration during the designing process, as well as using those concepts to market said designs.

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Final Imaginary Landscape

 

dirt-floor-mansion-karen-lawsonAfter a long search through the dictionary, I found the word rutilate, which means to shine or emit rays of light. I took it into a more literal sense, where people live out their lives on a lightbulb. This can also be thought of as our planet being a light in the dark, one of very few planets being able to support life. The human race just so happened to be the ones to end up here, and someday that light will go out. Also light can mean sunshine, which is equated to two things, daytime, and summertime, which is why everyone is happy and the kids are playing around.

The people, the house, and their reflections on the light were not difficult to include. It was trying to make it seem like the light was coming from the ground the objects stood upon was the difficult part. Needed to add two layers of levels adjustments, one for the light on the bottom and one for the shadows on the top. The house looks decent having it’s shadows on top and most of the light on the bottom. The people however seem to have the same amount of light throughout their entire body, with no shadows on top.

The Eloquent Eye Response

Photography in the arts was, at a time, thought of as nothing more than people taking a cheap route in portrait making and image creation. Many critiques believed that photography was not as refined and articulate as painting was. However, the only reason for this is because photography around the time of Alfred Stieglitz had only been around for about 80 years, while painting has been around for thousands of years, giving painting the edge of having enough time to develop.

What photography needed was radical anarchists and free-spirits who were willing to delve into new concepts, and get people to think about not what is just in the photograph, but what the parts of the photograph represents. Much like the double exposure image of Dorothy True’s leg with her face in it. It wasn’t a normal picture of just some woman’s leg in a tight shoe, the accidental addition of her face to the image gave it a sort of new identity. Accidents were not the only way for people to explore artistic creativity in photography. Stieglitz blurred image of the stagecoach in the snow was blurred on purpose. Stieglitz was criticized for the image not being clear, even though to him it was perfect for what he was trying to capture. But it isn’t just technological techniques that made an image artistic. An excellent example is the naked portraits Alfred Stieglitz took of Georgia O’Keeffe. Most people saw people without clothing in art, but that was mostly based in paintings and drawings. This was the bare human form, as it truly is. No mistakes, no disproportions. It was real, and it got people thinking. People didn’t just see it as a naked woman who got her picture taken, it had tension to it, it was dynamic, and it was radically drastic from many photographs before it. It was not of the norm during that time, and that is what makes it powerful.

Accordion Book

 

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This book was to represent one day from a week long cruise. The day began with my family getting off the boat, and walked along the boardwalk, which I remember being very long, so I chose it as the entrance to each new image, just as it was the entrance to the island. My father and I took a Segway ride around the island, our tour guide showing us interesting sights, as well as explaining some history of the island. Afterwards, we went to the beach, mostly swimming in the ocean. Later in the evening, my mother, sister, and I went around shopping. During that shopping trip, I found a fruit soda that tasted truly amazing. As represented in the image, it was like fireworks in my mouth. At the end of the day, we had some strawberry daiquiri before we got back on the boat, leaving the island.

Most of the soft lines I used were to represent soft objects, mainly liquids, with the exception for the wheel, which I wanted to seem blurry and going fast. The wheel also has some light lines above it to seem like wind going by. The little sticks with circles on top are to represent people, mainly to give reference to how big the boat is.

My work could be a bit more creative, most images being very literal with exception of the fireworks. The work is fairly consistent, with some images having bumps in the lines. The most distracting thing could possibly be the crookedness of my pages. They weren’t lined up with the covers properly. I should have spent more time on it. I have to submit my work with the distraction because it is very hard to fix, which would involve tearing the pages off and gluing them back on, which would make the book look worse.

Concept of Abstraction

In this concept of abstraction, I will be delving into the mind and how the stress of massive work sums can drive someone to the point of madness. Paper will be used to represent the mind, beginning with a bright, pure white color. The paper will begin to rip, each tear line representing the amount of stress the work load gives me. Sometimes the tears will be slow, as an assignment will take longer to give me stress, sometimes the tears are fast and anger me easily, while most other times the tears will either only go part way as I finish the assignment before I get stressed, or I do the assignment with no stress at all, which is rare. As time goes on, the color of the paper will go down in value, slowly becoming more gray as the madness begins to slip in. At some point it may change to different bright colors rapidly, possibly a rainbow effect. This would be the insanity that has eventually entered in, and will only leave as soon as the end comes, with a black page that does not tear, for it represents the end, the nothingness that this work has eventually lead to.

Below the torn pages will be a soft material, like cloth or possibly cotton. This is to show the softness of the person that is under all of this stress, giving some insight to the interior of the person, instead of just the outer layer. This is also to give the video some texture, a light fluffiness in contrast to the flat blandness of the paper.

Imaginary Landscape #2

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For this image I went off the concept that paradise does not exist, that there will not always be good in people’s lives, and simply that bad things just happen and we can’t do anything about it. The high rising palm tree on the island is to represent paradise, a place of perfection. I kept the island and tree off center, while at the same time placing a coconut on the other side to give the image asymmetrical balance. To get the effect of the coconut floating in the water, I simply turned down the opacity on both the ripples in the water, and the reflection of the coconut. The dark clouds are to represent the uncontrollable bad things in life that happen to everyone at some point.

The hardest part of creating this image was the clouds. There are not a lot of side view pictures of clouds, so I had to improvise, taking multiple pictures of clouds from both the below and above, and then blending them all together to create the illusion of the tree going through a cloud. I ended up with about 2 layers of storm clouds and 3 layers of light clouds.

Imaginary Landscape #1

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The idea of nature outlasting humans and overtaking their creations has always been interesting to me. But whenever it is depicted it is over a large area like a city being covered in grass and vines, and I thought that was too broad. So I decided to put the idea of nature taking over into people’s homes.

Flipbook Animation Project

First Attempt: https://vimeo.com/182301397

Second Attempt: https://vimeo.com/182487666

The animator I chose was Ub Iwerks of Walt Disney company fame, being an incredibly well developed and consistent animator. The five Iwerks animations I took reference from were Funny Face (1930), Plane Crazy (1928), Fiddlesticks (1930), Steamboat Willie (1930), and Little Orphan Willie (1930). I took reference of walking and running from Steamboat Willie, specifically when Minnie was running to catch the boat that had just left the dock, her running animation being roughly 3 to 4 frames. To have an inanimate object look like it had motion, I took notice of the gun barrels in the beginning of Little Orphan Willie, where they began to rise in the back, and did a sort of wave leading to the front, which was roughly used the same way in my animation.

Character design was taken mainly from Iwerk’s Mickey Mouse cartoons, but the anthropomorphized animal I used was an elephant. Based on general appearance and common knowledge of elephants, I made the character have a more circular body because of elephants weighing tons. The dog at the end of the animation was based around the animals that appeared in Plane Crazy, except on a much smaller scale, and not a bipedal character like most of the Plane Crazy animals.

After analyzing my animation, the smoothest performance was when the box was moving, and when the dog jumped out of the box. It was not shaky, the box and the dog didn’t teleport to different places, they had consistent size and that piece turned out well (Frames 24-50). The least smooth, and arguably the worst part of the animation, is when the elephant walks into the frame. It is extremely fast and hard to see almost like he is running, which was not the intent (Frames 1-8). My make shift set up to take the pictures with Framerator was a complete mess, and looked incredibly unprofessional, and will be fixed the second time around. To improve animating the main character, I will leave the trunk almost connected to the face, to keep the trunk at a consistent length for the entire animation.

The animation was clear story wise, the elephant was interested in the box, and was so surprised by it moving that he jumped and fell down. When the box moved again, the elephant could have moved his arms more instead of just having shock lines form above his head. Facial expressions were also very lazy, and need more variety.

In the second animation, I essentially glued the trunk to the elephant’s face As to keep it consistent in size and shape. The elephant walking in looks slightly better, and doesn’t come from the very edge of the card. An animation I added and improved upon was when the elephant saw the dog jump out of the box, and swung his arms around to grab his head in shock. It looked incredibly smooth, and was extremely consistent. The dog jumping out of the box was a bit faster than previously, but considering the action, the speed is fine. Overall better character animation, consistency, and quality.

Music Drawing

 

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16×16 Image

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Original 6×6 Image

Recreating an image by sight alone is incredibly difficult. Trying to upscale the lines and keep them the same relative size to each other, while at the same time keeping the tones and shades the same, makes for a challenge. The double lines in the 16×16 are not as close to each other as they should be, and many of the tones are either not dark enough or too dark. The x is too high, and the space below the x is too light. Overall could have been better.

Main Still Life Drawing

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This drawing is used as a means for me to understand proportions, an objects size in relation to other objects around it, and to get better perspective on how objects relate to one another. This drawing is not incredibly accurate. The luggage box in the front is not wide enough, throwing off all of the other pieces of the image. Though the circular object in the front is very wonky looking, it is in decent placement from it’s real life counterpart. The bench in the background is too small, far too small in comparison to the box, and the ends are either too big or not big enough. Overall, this drawing could have been much better than it turned out.