I learned that even when it looks like a picture doesn’t have a background, it still does because the top left corner is not supposed to be white. The bottom left picture has to be more accurate with the contrast because the other half of the composition is supposed to be lighter. Including those changes i will also fill out the type compositions with more type
Fence: This image is an example how the shadows make up a dark part of an image. With the sun shining it’s light for the right side which helps create a dark and light sides to the fence. Using only lines and letters I used heavy tipped ink to create a shadow on the fence.
Tree: This image is an example of how contrast works with a image. I used lines to and with heavy ink marker I created a more contrast side to the tree and also with the words I made the typefaces bolder.
Final sketches were developed and defined furthered with ink and transferred onto bristol. Backgrounds were added for the line and type pattern.
Thoughts on this project:
While the process of thinking up backgrounds for the pattern picture nearly drove me crazy, the feedback from class was incredibly helpful in overcoming thischallenge. I learned to not follow the traditional contours of pictures, that what we see isn’t really a “line” but a defined aspect that had been enforced by a background.
As for the technical aspect of this project, I could have definitely scaled my pieces much better and ahead of time. Not all the pieces are exactly 5×5 inches, as I made the mistake of not checking the dimensions before inking everything. For the next project I hope to remember that small, yet vital detail.
Sketches I did to visualize and interpret my ideas for line and type. I experimented with different styles ranging from hatching, cross hatching and line shading. I developed/finalized some of these into type once I felt ready to do so.
Line sketch for tree bark and developed with ink.
Type sketch of tree bark that was traced over with a 6B pencil and later transferred on bristol for inking.
Line sketch of a fence/chain developed with ink. Darker lines were used to represent the areas with the most shading.
Type sketch of said picture developed with ink. Sans serif and bolded letters were used to accomplish different types of shade.
The tree bark picture is an example of detailed texture with a high amount of contrast. In addition to the balance of light and dark within the photo, the shadows casted within the crevices of the bark offer thick linings for this piece. Each bark outline is evenly spaced apart allowing movement and flow throughout the piece, contrasting the rough texture.
The picture of the fence offers a strong light source coming from the front, which cast shadows behind its structure. This also forces the viewer’s eyes to focus on the much lighter areas of the piece, instead of the blurred background. Combined with strong shadows, it makes for a smooth and rounded surface with even composition throughout.
I learned a lot from this project such as getting to know different types of art such as Ambiguous and Obvious. I could have improved my work by improving my inking and having a better understanding of the assignment. This project was still very enjoyable.