Illumination Sensation – Digital Processes Final Project
Warning: If you are sensitive to flashing lights, please be cautious looking at this!!!
Statement of intent: What is your “design sentence/phrase/adjective?” What is/are the word/words you are using to make your work happen?
My design statement is the interaction of transient color and light over time. I’m looking at how artistic GIFs are made that appear to shift/move from color to color and I will be using some of the sample works I created as color palettes for my senior seminar project, though there will be a lot of creation of other color combos as I progress.
Investigation into your own process of how you respond to your work, ask questions about it and grow beyond the original intent. How does the material of what you are doing interact with your original intent? Does the original intent change? If so, in what ways? What images describe the way things evolve? (screen shots, environment shots, research on the web shots)
At first my questions where: do those colors work with each other? What’s missing? Does this work within the color wheel theories I’ve used as a basis for this creation? How do I effectively transition between colors/themes? Is there a better arrangement/what if I move this color to that other layer? Do those two interact the way I want (when thinking about both the color selection or the transition between two different colored layers) It later moved to an conversation in my head about timing, how the layers should be timed and if there should have been a shift in timing in the first place or was it fine keeping it all in a loop? The original intent did change to looking at a moving GIF over a filming of my printmaking process because I felt like this first better exhibited my work with color but also better showcased my newly learned skills from this class. Also it’s just more fun visually to have s spectacle of light over a boring video of someone printmaking.
What are you learning in terms of tools? What are you learning in terms of your own approach to how you create work? What is YOUR process?
I learned how to take layers from one project in photo shop and duplicate them over into a new project in Photoshop for making the animation. I also learned a lot about the layering needed for animation in the timeline software to Photoshop. For example: I learned a lot about tweening (creating frames between images for a more flawless transition) I also learned how to add new frames to the animation automatically when bringing over my images from another project so I didn’t have to manually do it each time myself and have the sequencing be tampered. My own process to creating work is really just to remain open and flexible. I always start out with a plan of what I want to have happen and then usually somewhere in the middle I get a new idea or a new angle for making it happen that changes the original plan. I usually have detail oriented, sometimes mundane process because I like controlling all the changes myself. So if that means going in and pixel-by-pixel changing something, then I will. I also like to take process pictures and step away from my work to see it outside of that moment and space to reflect on what it needs to better fit my intent or idea. For a detailed run through, see my senior seminar process post for a play-by-play of each step I took.
A clear summative post of what you meant to do, what you did, and what you learned
I created a transient GIF of a triangle print design I made earlier this semester for my senior seminar. The GIF is 434 frames long of different color transitions of the same image. It’s not 100% perfect, there are some frames where you see colors jump between two frames (like look at the top when the yellow to green transitions come through) and the image itself is tilted. These stems back to fact that I hand drew the original image, and it scanned into the computer at a slight tilt. I believes it adds character, shows a warmth that while I strive for perfection, I’m also okay with the fact that it’s not going to be 100% perfect because my little mess-ups make it more personal to me, shows that I worked on it personally. For producing the final product, I hand drew an image, scanned it in, played with the contrast and levels to darken the outline. Then I filled it in the different triangles with four different colors (at first it was just greyscale), essentially creating four different colored layers. I did it at random, just picking spots to put the colors as I saw visually fit (though I did use a specific number of triangles to try to keep it as equivalent as possible.) Then I looked at the image from far away and played with the balance of the different colored sections. Were there any gaps of one particular color that I need to fix or change? Then I researched color combinations that worked really well with each other and filled in the triangles to reflect these color schemes. Some were inspired off of works from the famous Impressionist painters. I took those layers and added them to the final GIF through a duplication process. After looking at how those color schemes played together, I felt like it needed more concrete movement, smoother transitions, so I looked at moving artistic gifs and decided to make a rainbow transition the main focal point of my piece. This idea came from a GIF by David Szakaly. That’s when I created the different transitional rainbow color layers (about 42 layers) and put them all together to make the final piece. I learned that to make a moving GIF it takes a lot of layers and that the GIF animation software can’t export really long GIFs easily. I had to reduce the quality, and size to get it to finally download to my computer. Also I learned that Photoshop can only export 256 of the colors used (at least for the animated GIF) and if I made one color that didn’t quite fit their preset colors I got colors that looked either duller or a combination of the colors overlaid they had broken down pixel to pixel.