Everyone is familiar with it, that nagging feeling that you have something more important to focus your attention on, and yet…”ugh I don’t want to, you can put that off until later” comes creeping into your head. It starts with a simple, diversion “oh I …
Update, value and color intensity can be hard to mix in design work.
Sorry it’s been a while since I last updated. I have been working in the lab on the value studies. It takes a lot of time to find the right value and color for a design!! I like bright, high intensity/pure “happy” colors, yet those do not create a very dynamic design. It falls flat if I don’t mix in some darks to create dimension and contrast. That is where I am struggling. It most of the color studies that I have converted to black and white (like I showed you in the proposal post) have a lot of middle-tone boring greys. I need to diversify that without losing the fun bright colors I love. I’m working on creating a balance between the two, and will update with pictures as soon as a get a good couple of sets together (hopefully after spring break.) 🙂
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Update time…value: what is it? why is it important? Value: The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. This is the traditionally taught definition for art …
It’s a new semester…actually it’s my last semester…
SOOOOO what better way to start my last first day of class then with a post about my future plans! Okay, not plans for beyond college, we’re thinking smaller here, I mean more immediate plans, like what I’m planning for this semester for a class I’m taking called Special Projects! It’s an independent study for me to continue my work this semester that I started with my senior seminar project, because there are some more areas I want to explore that I wasn’t able to in the fall.
My basic plan to easy…MORE COLOR!!!
I’m still deeply fascinated and interested in learning more about the intricacies of the interaction of color with space. I intend to research this more and experiment with my own color palettes.
To start, I’m going to do black and white studies
Wait a sec….no color when I want to explore color?
Yes… main reason…color can be a distraction sometimes. I need to make sure I’ve created a good balance of space before I begin coloring in everything. For this I need to make sure that my color selections meet my desires in value – meaning that if I’m making an image with corals, golds, and teals, while they may be very different in color, if they overall have the same value in tone then they basically all blend into each other to create a singular square block of color. Is this making sense? I’m not finding an easy way to put it into words. There needs to be dynamic contrasts between the tones, so that the spaces play with each other over complimenting them. In other words, I’m adding another element of art/principle of design into my work: VALUE
The best way for me to accomplish this is to go digital!
Remember those color studies I did digitally…well I’m revisiting them and I’m “fixing” them. They were great studies, don’t get me wrong, and they certainly got the job done, but I see more potential in them helping me to push color further. I’m really looking at how values interact with each other to create a dynamic, eye-catching space.
When I look her at this digital rendition of what my color scheme from last semester, something stuck me. While the blues have great contrast in tint/spade/tone with each other, the gold and the coral and that lighter blue are almost identical. If we were to turn this greyscale…I’m sure the image wouldn’t have a lot of dynamic contrast at play here, it would become dull and boring.
Let’s see shall we…
And yes, as we can see by the image on the right, they are very close to each other. It looks so dull in comparison to my original layer design. Really only the dark cobalt blue stands out to me and really, the rest blend into each other. See how important value can be?
Okay so there’s one main idea I plan to look at- value. Here’s a couple questions coming to mind for me to use/think about as I explore this semester:
- How does it create balance, harmony, contrast?
- How does it aid in creation of spaces (both positive and negative?)
- How does value change the way we conceive color?
- Are warm or cool colors better suited for one kind of value over the other (like the traditionally taught notion that warm colors present in the foreground while cool color recede?) I’m interested in this mostly because it contradicts the other taught notion that lights and darks battle of the foreground/background. Could there be a connection?
The second idea I’m planning on spending time exploring is deconstructive space.
During my printing during last semester, I came upon a revelation. Space is more interesting, engaging, when it’s less “perfect”. I tired to make perfectly square block prints. All four layers I created would be printed on top each other to construct a square space once completed. While it was a success and I mastered the art of registration, I also learned that it can be visually appealing to create something more unexpected.
When registering my prints on test runs, I wasn’t always so concerned that the prints completely matched up like I did with my actual prints. They’d be off, shifted to one for two sides. As I moved through the layers, it occurred to me how cool my tests were coming out for not being lined up. It wasn’t what the viewer anticipated. I ended up making my last layer not register fully for that exact reason. The unexpected white space added visually to my work. So I want to explore that more , how layering and playing with registration adds to the space I’m creating.
I don’t yet have any exact ideas as to how specifically I plan on playing with this. I intend to focus first on value, because that for me will be digital work first. Then when I get to the printing stage I will revisit this idea. At least that’s my thinking for now, we’ll see.
Okay, that’s my ramble for tonight. I’ll check back in again soon.
So this post is a depository of progress updates on my senior seminar project, as well as my final in my digital processes course since it basically expanded digitally on my work I was doing for my senior project. Frist update: Research is done!!!!!!!!!! …
In the typographical form assignment we were asked to specifically create a design using literally only the font choice, direction, and size to influence the abstract concept we were trying to get across to our viewers. Every choice we made was highly intentional given how …
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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.