For this project, we are tasked with creating a video game level that presides to a certain aesthetic/ metaphor/ story that we have applied to it.
I chose this image for my self-portrait as it expresses my daily inner and outer expression throughout the day. I am content, joyful to be walking around, doing things with friends. Yet all the while I am extremely tense inside, hoping that I’m not doing something like failing a class or making a social situation awkward, always that looming sense of messing things up. Continue reading “Figure Drawing: Self-Portrait”
Once again using Dadaism and tackling the issue of nuclear missiles and their existence in the world, this piece is closer to dadaism than the first poster was. It has more nonsense in it, making it less of a whole piece that fits together. The man to the left is Robert Oppenheimer, one of the creators of the atomic bomb, but began to despise his creation as the weapons grew more destructive. On the right is Kim Jong Un, current leader of Communist nation North Korea, and regularly boasts the nuclear arsenal of the country, even though he has never used it after he threatens to. Almost all of the articles are from newspapers, with exception to the one on the left, that pertain to nuclear weapons in some way.
The two foreground objects create asymmetrical balance, however they could have been made bigger as so there wasn’t so much negative space. The sepia tone of the newspapers adds contrast the the black and white, bright foreground figures. The word stop repeats on Oppenheimer’s hand, each letter being on a different finger. Some of the images could have been better quality, mainly the image of Kim Jong Un and the nuclear missile being fired.
This image comes from my dissatisfaction for the abundance of nuclear weapons that are currently in the world, as well as the lack of concern for them. They are incredibly dangerous to our planet, as well as having the capability to wipe out the human race. They should be dismantled, and the use of nuclear energy should be used as a means to better society instead of destroying it.
With having so many nuclear weapons, I thought of a garden when they are grown on a regular basis, and people are consumers eating up the idea that these weapons are a means for security and safety. The fact of the clouds from the explosions of nuclear weapons being called mushroom clouds gave me the idea to have a mean eat them as a delicacy, and grow more weapons so he could create more mushroom clouds to consume.
In relation to Dadaism and photo collage, this image could have been better. It lacks the nonsense that made Dadaism so popular, and instead it shows more of a cohesive piece. Someone can see how everything relates in the image instead of everything seeming to be random. Is it nonsense that a man is eating a mushroom cloud and is growing nuclear warheads in his backyard? Yes. But does it all seem random and doesn’t correlate with each other? No. So therefore it somewhat fails to relate to Dadaism.
I chose drumsticks because I was once a drummer for a band. I like how drumsticks are in constant motion during a song. They represent my inability to sit and do nothing. I need to have a task or at the least be busy all of the time.
Points and Lines are the basis of design. They are the beginning of forming shapes. like the cells of the human body they are the building blocks of images. Repetitive points add a build up to the main focus of the image, and the object at the top left moves the viewer from the edge of the image to the inner main focus.
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.