Skeleton Observation Piece

For this image, we were to do a study skeletons and how they conform with figures. What I chose to do was to take a commonly known figure and give it an extra layer, adding an inner skeleton to the Statue of Liberty.

Reference Image

The Statue of Liberty gives a good use to study the line variety within clothes folds, the folding over pieces being lighter than the draperies that make up the bottom and her left sleeve.

The pairing of green and orange is one that is both based on a historical aspect, and a design portion. The Statue of Liberty was made of copper, so originally it was a brownish orange shine, but as time went on and it was exposed to oxygen, it became a bright green color. The bright green brings out the orange, extruding it and pushing it into the viewers sight.

I wanted the image to have an x-ray feeling to it, so I made the clothes folds overlap the skeleton, as well as adding some green shades to the edges, and very heavily folded areas of the skeleton.

To give the illusion of shading, I created this defined value change in the greens and oranges that led to this light and dark comparison throughout the image.

The head was a big focus, so I highlighted it by giving it the greatest amount of variety. The intense variety change, the repeating black rectangles in her crown leading you to the edge like train tracks, the fluid transition from a lighter orange to a brownish tint, all congregating to create a starting point for the image to go from. All of the other shadows direct you to the head as well, from the bottom piece of cloth that opens up, an edge pointing to the head, the repetition of the curved lines in her open sleeve bringing the viewer up the image, the darkness under and around the torch pushing the viewer back down her face.

The medium used created a good composition, but did not entirely create what was intended. The inside was to be a more metallic skeleton, with a shine on it. A way I could have created this was by not coloring a portion of the skeleton to give a shine to it.

To incorporate digital media into the project, I scanned my image to get the best color, and I enhanced the levels to bring out the colors more.

Citation for Reference

“Statue of Liberty, The Symbol of Freedom.” Traveldigg.com. Traveldigg.com, 26 May 2016. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. http://traveldigg.com/statue-of-liberty/

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