The Rotten Lemon of Enlightenment


Creative Project #011
May 17, 2011, 9:01 pm
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Wasn’t a big fan of my last attempt so had another crack tonight. I really like this version and think it works well as a whole. I opted to keep the left side photo quality to really draw the focus to the creative side. I think I managed to strike a good balance between recognisable and childlike.

What do you think?

Third time is a charm



Creative Project #010
May 15, 2011, 8:50 pm
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Had another play around with the creative side tonight. Focused on getting the mark making right. Finding the right balance however is proving difficult. The orange marks I think work well though I will have to balance the colour on the right. The contour lines on the other hand look too sophisticated for my liking. I want it to be recognisable but still look as though it was drawn by a child.
 
Feedback is always welcome.

another portrait.



Creative Project #009

As I start to focus this project now would be a great time to start exploring its specific elements. Since I am drawing one side of the face in a childlike fashion it is only logical to start looking at drawings done by children. Here are a few I found and like using a google image search.

I really like the mark making especially with the pink and the crazy colours

Again the mark making in the green

The mark making in the blue is quiet beautiful

This time its the green but also the change in colour of the spikes on the dragons back. It's a strong decision.

Great use of colour and of course the mark making

Really like how the lines are different colours

 

References

 6a00d8341cc08553ef00e5540958078834-800wi (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://belladia.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/08/17/littlebirdiesmonsterdrawing.jpg

a (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GjitsPnjV4w/SeSGs0HaBVI/AAAAAAAAAQo/msDTle9CFE4/s1600-h/a.jpg

d (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GjitsPnjV4w/SeSGtaUpUqI/AAAAAAAAARA/EBLNakX2paU/s1600-h/d.jpg

kidpic1 (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://www.baggtheatre.co.uk/images/productions/milligan/kidpic1.jpg

kidpic2 (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://www.baggtheatre.co.uk/images/productions/milligan/kidpic2.jpg

 SDC11141 (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from; http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GjitsPnjV4w/Sdn-bJ3H5DI/AAAAAAAAAPc/-LrBigy-8iM/s1600-h/SDC11141.jpg



Creative Project #008

A self-portrait based on Freud’s primary and secondary process using the concept that the right side of the brain is the creative side. The right side is the primary (childlike) process while the left is the secondary (adultlike) process. The primary being associated with creativity and therefore on the right side.
 

self portrait



Creative Project #007

I got some feedback from the class and Mark yesterday in regards to my creative project. I have been bouncing between two different concepts for a while now and not really making much progress. I really liked Nina‘s suggestion of somehow combining the two together. So will be looking at ways to animate the right side of the face to illustrate my creative self. Will start revising the various class handouts and worksheets for inspiration. Finally feels like I have direction again! I have discovered over the course of this unit that being able to bounce ideas around with others is an integral part of my creative process. I need immediate feedback to help my ‘flow’ get moving again when it starts to get stagnate.
 
With all this in mind I wanted to take my project away from standard photography portraits. So the series of portraits was scraped for one self-portrait that was taken two years ago. This I feel takes away the importance of the photo itself in the work. I also really wanted to push my technical skills with this project so decided it was time to finally give my drawing tablet a proper workout. Being a Visual Arts major I wanted the look and feel of the visual arts but the ease of working with digital media. Will also come in handy with the animation side of things I hope.
 
Here is the process I took to turn my photo into a “painting” without actually painting. Early stages so may rework it depending were I decide to go from here.
 
As always feedback is welcome and appreciated. Enjoy!
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Original image

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Getting the base colours down

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Using a brush tool

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Black background

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Finished(?) left side



Creative Project #006

I have spent a fair amount of time on the creative portrait concept so figured it was time to investigate the first idea I had. Harman, J (2011) pointed out the importance to “entertain all ideas” not based on its merit but on where it may lead. If you recall I was interested in creating a visual representation of the creative process. I was inspired from a video I found on the net where an animation was created from graffiti (or street art depending on who you are). Here is a link to the original post if you are still a little hazy: Creative Project #001.

First thing was to find a surface that I could use legally. More importantly a surface I could draw or paint images on top of each other in rapid succession. After some consideration a whiteboard came to mind. The main problem I found using this surface however was how reflective it was. Will have to look into ways to minimize this if this is the way I decide to go. I setup a tripod with a camera and began a trial run. I had a very basic idea of what I wanted to do but it was still very much on the fly. Will definitely have to storyboard in the future. This short animation is called ‘how ideas are made’. The plan is to illustrate the whole creative process. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

References

Harman, J (2011).  Personal Creative Process: John Harman.
http://sandbox.ea.ecu.edu.au/staffuse/mtmcmaho/CCA1103/CCA1103L3/index.html



Creative Project #005

 

Jims creative self

 
I downloaded GIMP this morning for my photo manipulation needs. It’s very similar to Photoshop but free! Not because it’s an illegal download or anything sinister like that. It’s actually an open source program created by users for users. GIMP is also a way better name than Photoshop too!
 
Now armed with the correct software I had another crack at the photo I took of dad (Jim). It turned out much better this time. The next question is how I am going to present/display these portraits. Will they have a graphic design feel or a visual arts approach…
 
Let me know what you think!
 
References
 
GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program