I chose to do macro flower photography for many reasons. I specifically chose to do photography of flowers because, spring is one of my favorite seasons. It is the rebirth of the planet, when everything is bright and beautiful. Flowers really represent this idea. I wanted to do macro photography because you can see a lot of details in perfect clarity. It brings a lot of focus to the foreground of the photo while the background is blurred. Through my project I hope to get people to look at the details and little things around them.
Design Your Own Art Project Pre-assessment
In the Documentary Project we had to create an original documentary that reflected an environmental issue that we were passionate or interested in.Something that really made this project take off for me and my partners was when we started looking into all of the problems that we have in traditional building and how we choose to not focus on it. It made us realize what a effects non-sustainable building has on our health. The most helpful part of this project was the critiques. This was because after you had it critiqued you realized everything that you could change in order to improve your documentary.
Reflection: How is art used in everyday life? Art is used in everyday life whether we realize it or not. The plates and bowls we eat off of and the pillows we have on our couch are examples of art that we use everyday and do even think about.
Does material culture influence artistic decisions? Material culture heavily influences artistic decisions. If you look through art in the 20th century you can see influences of historic events and inventions such as World War II and color TV.
Why do Artists Produce Preliminary Plans? (sketches, brainstorms, storyboards, etc?) Artists produce preliminary sketches and notes so that they can explore all of their ideas and possibilities for their art piece. Without these they might by halfway through their piece then have a better idea. Also so that they don’t forget what they wanted to do.
I learned from this project that a lot of things can go wrong that you didn't plan for during the project. My example of this would be that my project wouldn't load in Illustrator. I ended up having to draw my logo in Photoshop instead. This was a challenge because in Photoshop it doesn't automatically refine the line like it does in Illustrator.
To what extent does a work of art depend on the viewer’s point of view?
Art is different in everyone's eyes. The same piece of art can be five different things depending on who is looking at it. I believe that everyone can interpret a piece of artwork differently. When you read some peoples interpretations of famous pieces of art and then you read the artists perspective, it is amazing how extremely different they are. I think that what a piece of art is, is heavily dependent on who is looking at it.
What problem solving skills are employed in making visual reflections of self?
Some problem solving skills that I found in making my self-portrait were, that you had to find a creative way to capture your essence in a picture. I had to do a lot of brainstorming to figure out a way to do this. You also had to figure out how to do this with out being able to explain the piece to whoever is looking at it.
Teacher Creature Project
The steps I took to complete the Teacher Creature project are that first I picked what teacher I wanted in my project. Then I figured out where I wanted my teacher to be, which in this case was a beach in Madagascar. I then looked for various pictures that fit my setting. It was interesting for me to see how I compiled my images because I found a lot of pictures that I liked but that didn’t fit my project. The hardest part of this project to me was putting the teachers face on another person's body. It was really hard to get the shape of both faces to match up as much as possible. Then the skin colors didn’t match so I tried to change it to match. When I tried to match it I turned the face a very strange shade of orange-pink. I finally accepted that I couldn’t make it look perfect no matter how hard I tried. That was the biggest struggle for me. I found that my artistic style is a a lot of recreation of similar past pictures. I found that I also had a lot of media influence in my project. For instance, the cartoon seagulls in my project were from the movie, Finding Nemo. Another example of media influence is, the body of my teacher is actually pop singer, Kesha. Over all this project really pushed my Photoshopping limits because I’m not very good at Photoshop, so I had to work through figuring out how to do a lot of stuff on my own.
For the first set of pictures I used the color picker to change the color of the brush tool to change her hair color to pink. For the second set of photos I used the pen tool to select the iris of the eye then I used the hue/ saturation tool to change the color.
I feel that I struggled a lot with this project. I struggled to a point where I kind of gave up. I tried to ask questions and even though I tried to follow directions I still couldn't do it. I hope for our next project I am able to succeed.