Foundations/Journal Week 4

September 15 Gallery Piece

The artist of this is Tobias Stretch, and the total running time was five minutes and twelve seconds.

I like how the people are made of yarn yet they are still life-sized. The movement of the different elements seem very puppet-like, similar to a marionette in some parts while the movement is very smooth and realistic in other parts. The gospel music give the piece an etherial feel.

September 16 Gallery Piece

The artist who created this animation is Eric Souther. It is titled Impermanence and ran for seven minutes and thirty one seconds.

It was cool to see all the details evolve in the images as more white was added to the people and backgrounds. However, too much of the white made it hard to watch at some points, like with the man in the striped shirt. He was easier and more interesting to see when he just had thin white lines to detail him. The flickering white that kept re-appearing was distracting when used in the images themselves but not when used as a transition.

September 17 Gallery Piece

The artist of this work is Carlos Jiménez. It is called Collage and ran for twenty eight seconds.

Combining the collage colored background with the black and white video was an interesting effect. Combining the muscular green arm with the brown clotting, however, seemed odd to me. I feel the work might have been more powerful if the objects representing the head changed at a slightly slower pace so I could see better what each object was.

September 18 Gallery Piece

This work is by Jennifer Linton. It is called Domestikia and ran for seven minutes and thirty seven seconds.

I thought it was interesting how the thorns on the hat grew while the hat was on the woman’s head in the first part. I thought that it was creepy how in the second part the birds were dressed up as young children; it was even creepier when they all started crying. In part three of the animation shown, I thought it was really wrong what the octopus and the woman were doing, and it only got worse when the octopus tore off the woman’s head and a butterfly came out. The oddity continues as the butterfly took butterfly-shaped pieces out of the octopus’s skull and killed it. I do like how there is the same opening to each animation. While they all have separate stories, they are all tied together with it. It was interesting to see the realistic yet still somehow cartoonish style that the cut-outs displayed. If I could meet the artist and ask one question, it would be “What is with the octopus?!”

September 19 Gallery Piece

This animation is by Stephanie Loveless and ran for five minutes and twenty four seconds.

I thought seeing the shadow-like figure seemingly hold fire in her hands and dance with it like she was holding two fans was very cool (I do not mean to be ironic by saying this). The shadows only being used to show the movement added a sense of mystery to the piece. I thought that is was clever how the dance was choreographed to resemble a crackling flame.

Time Management Tally

I have a total of one hundred sixty six hours for work, one hundred sixty seven hours of sleep, and one hundred fifty hours of relax time. As for exercise, I do not really set time aside for that. My exercise is walking around anywhere I need to go on campus.

Refined Drawing/Write-Up for Linear Day



image-3 Medium: Strathmore paper, cardboard, sharpie, HB pencil

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The elements and principles of design can be used to describe any art piece. A couple of these include emphasis, movement, and line. These three concepts will help to describe my linear day.

First of all, there is plenty of lines within my piece. Within the transitioning of panels there is implied line. If each image is judged separately from the others, then you can see how the image would have been completed if there was a bigger page. Within each individual panel, there is even line weight. However, the weight of the lines is different between some of the panels. On the covers of the piece there is heavy line weight, while in panel five there is medium line weight and in panel three there is light line weight. All of the line edges are hard, except for in panel four.

Secondly, the way the lines are placed creates movement within the images. The direction that the lines go in each image influence the way that the eye moves along the page. In panel three, your eyes are directed at a diagonal down to the lower right corner of the panel. In panel four the eye is drawn in the opposite direction, from the lower left to the upper right of the panel. The curved lines on the covers draw your eyes around the panels clockwise.

Finally, emphasis is used to draw the eye to a certain part of the image. Within each image, there is a shaded element that is the focal point of the image. On the covers it is the symbol in the center. For panel one it is my hair; panel two would be the shadow figure; panel three is the soda; for panel four the focus point is the canvas; panel five’s focal point is the pencil and notebook; in panel six it is the crescent moon. The radial patterns on the covers and in panels three and five help to direct the eye to these focal points. Placing the objects at different angles also draws the eyes to that point in the image faster.

While many more concepts can be used to describe my piece, movement, emphasis, and line best summarize my images. The effect these elements and principles create is what brings my linear day to life.

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