At first I must say i was a bit annoyed and confused about this project. We were basically taking pictures of garbage and stuff. Now I know that it’s because, I didn’t understand a thing and the concept of ambigus and obvious just gave me a headache. However as I started listening and paying more attention to the lesson i got it. And I started enjoying this project when we were making the six compositions because you got to be creative and make basically anything because therw are so many things that a person can see from a single picture. If I had to change something would be add more to my obvious pictures because, I do feel like they are just to simple. I wanted them to be minimal but minimal isn’t always good. I would add more to the pictures or change the position of my obvious objects.
Throughout the course of this first project, there were so many things that I could have done better on or simply just prevented. I didn’t have all of the required materials, and I definitely didn’t use my time wisely. Even though I didn’t perform my best, there’s still a lot that I got out of this project. For example, I learned how to use Photoshop on a more advanced level. In addition to this, I learned how important it is to pay attention to even the smallest of details. When it comes to figure ground relationships, there are several things that can alter the way a person sees the image. Even if you see it in a certain way, there is no way to say that another person will see it as well. Even filling in the figure a specific way can mess with the original image and what you see. Just having an outline of the image creates a somewhat weak figure ground relationship but once the image is filled in properly, the image begins to pop out more so than usual. You have to be really careful when making either an ambiguous or obvious figure ground sketch. One of the main things that I’ve learned is that when rushing to get something done last minute, the work you produce isn’t as strong as it could have been. Time management is also a very important part of creating good pieces of art.
This project helped me learn how to use Photoshop, a program I’ve been wanting to use for a while, and in turn showed me what we can create with just a few images taken from the outside world. The only thing I regret is not framing my second ambiguous photo properly on Bristol paper, making it looked unfinished or not drawn properly to submit. But I look forward to learning more about figure-ground relationships in other types of graphic design, as well as the thoughts of my other designs from my peers.
This project told to me differentiate the difference between obvious and ambiguous figure-ground compositions. I also learned that the two figure-ground compositions can really affect the implication of the design, they have completely different means of expression. During the phase 2 of the project, I didn’t quite fully understand the obvious figure-ground compositions, and it resulted me created six ambiguous figure-ground compositions, but a light bulb popped up in my head after seeing other colleagues’ work, now I feel confident with it and also if the future project contents works about obvious figure-ground compositions, I’ll say I am very confident about that.
The entire project gave me a clear understanding between ambiguous and stable art work . During the process of completing the project, I had artist block when completing the digital art pieces. However, I was able to break the artist block just in time . For the future, I will be more organized and manage my time so I don’t have to rush to complete the project last time .
I learned a lot about patience, and also about how to be comfortable with using new things. I also used a lot of imagination and creativity. For my upcoming projects i will keep working harder and harder to make my technique better and better. I now have experience with the materials, and know how to keep myself from smudging my artwork. In the end i was successful in trying my best to meet all of the projects requirements, showing figure and ground in an ambiguous and stable piece using the artifacts.
I have learned a lot from this project. It has definitely helped me to better understand better figure/ground relationships in my art and helped me to get a better understanding of how obvious and abstract figure ground relationships look. If there are some things I could have done differently, it would have been to not forget my project the day it was due and plan ahead, like making thumbnails of what i wanted to draw, before nose-diving into making a full sketch of my piece in the drafting part of the project. One thing I would use from this project in my next one would be planning ahead better so I can make something more pleasing to the eye.
While participating in this project, I feel as if i have gained a better understanding on the relationship between the figure and the background placed behind it. I also learned that the image relies on the background to portray an imagery and impact an individual due to constructing my own images. The downfall is that I believe I only gained the introduction of this concept. I feel that I can increase my practice in order to fulfill the goal of fully utilizing the figure/ground relationship. Furthermore, I feel that I need to become more familiar with the type of ink utensils I use to smoothly apply it to my images to show the smooth effect instead of the stroke marks. In other words, the presentation needs to become much better than how it is. What I will do in the future is ask for better feedback as I progress with my projects to complete it neatly. This will allow me to get to the clean and presentable effect that I desire.
While participating in this project, I feel that I have developed a deeper understanding between the relationship of the figure and the background highlighting it. I have also learned that they are also able to play off of each other and make each other more noticeable. However, I feel that I have only completely grasped the introduction to this concept. There is still much practice that I need to do before I am able to fully utilize the figure/ground relationship in the way that I desire. One of the ways is that I feel that I need to learn more on balancing the figure and ground to get the kind of effect that I want. I also need to work on not only how to use the subject of my art pieces, but also the space around them as well. What I will try to do in the future is to try and utilize the full potential that the space around me gives. This may allow me to get the kind of effect I want to viewers in the most efficient way.
Urban Artifacts: Phase 1
Urban Artifacts: Phase 3