Angela's Digital Sketchbook

January 23, 2012

Surrealism

Filed under: Assignments — Angela @ 6:07 pm

This artpiece represents my dream. There are many elements that appear repeatedly in my dreams: elecator, gears, and death. I seem to always die in the dreams that I remember, if not, I am being chased or watched or waited upon, like they are suspecting me in some nasty way. I see blood, and I feel pain and uneasiness when I wake up. Usually, my dreams are in the colour theme of dirt and yellowish-brown.
My first nightmare that I remember really well was when I was about 5 years old when I repeatedly have a dream about gears appearing and rotating. It makes me uneasy because mechanical things scare me. I also was eating a piece of candy before I see the gears, then I started to cry in my dream and when I woke up, I had tears around my eyes too. Elevators appear a lot in my dreams as well because when I was young, my sister was trapped in an elevator before, this probably worried me and traumatized me because after that, I had a dream about my sister being trapped inside an elevator again. Recently, I had a dream about me going on an eleventh floor where people were expecting me in an uncomfortable way, which is also related to elevators.
The blood and dirty fingers represent deaths and killings in my dreams where people are killed brutally. It also represents counting up and down because I would look at the time and count how long I’ve slept after I wake up from shock and the fingers also kind of represent the hands of the clock.

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January 18, 2012

Surrealism: subconscious

Filed under: Assignments — Angela @ 10:21 pm

Miro – “Carnival of Harlequin”

This piece is surreal because there are elements of suprise. First of all, it has many familiar objects that can be seen in everyday life, yet there are sujects in the piece that cannot be recognized or abstracted. For example, one can easily recognize the music notes and violin, but the person holding these are abstracted and surreal. Also, there is a large hand that can be recognized, but it doesn’t have an arm to support it, instead, it’s coming from a line, which started in open space. The title suggest that it is a carnival of harlequin, so one can presumpt the human characters, who are abstracted (such as the one holding the violin with a clown-hat liked figure, the two descending from the ladder, one with horn which leashes the cat, etc.) These characters represent something in real life, yet they look nothing like what they represent. That is the element of suprise and that is what makes it a surrealist painting.

Magritte – “La Condition Humaine”
La condition humaine
“La Condition Humaine” is surreal because it represents the reality that is not real. In the composition, there is a painting, and the painting blends in with the background (the scenery of the outside). The scenery is in the background, yet the painting is in the foreground, but it appears to be ron the same plain because they blend in. The element of suprise is the illusion that the painting is a part of the background, but it actually isn’t, so it gives the audiences the shock. It plays with the audiences’ mind and alter their preception of space and plane (what is in the forground/cloaser and what is in the background). It seems like they are within one space, but they’re not, that is the surrealist concept.

Salvador Dali – “The City of the Drawers”
The City of the Drawers
Salvador Dali’s sketch, “The City of the Drawers” is a surrealist artpiece because it tests the psychology of the audiences by challenging their preception of reality. In the piece, there is a obvious figure of a women’s body, but instead of flesh and blood, the body is composed of drawers. The drawers are of different forms and shapes that is porportional to those parts of a woman’s body, so it is interesting and a shock to the audiences because having drawers as a part of body is not the reality, yet it seems realist and possible. In the background, there is a road of houses and people walking like a city, and the woman’s body is in the foreground. This represents the idea that women are looked down upon by the society. Although they seem like they need desperate help, no one is willing to grab her hand and help her up. They are like objects/drawers, where people abuse and throw them out after they’re old or damaged. Using art to deliver ideas with an indirect way is also the surrealist concept.

January 16, 2012

Diverse Origins

Filed under: Assignments — Angela @ 7:50 pm

Photos used in background (not taken by me):

Q: Explain the process behind your artpiece. How did you narrow down the images you chose to use? How did you come to the decisions you did in regards to the images you chose to use, the colours, layout and other elements and principles of design.

This assignment is about expressing oneself, so the images that I’ve used represent who I am, whom I love, and what represent me.
Process: What I did was choosing the dominant photo first, which is the photo of me on the right panel of the triptych. This dominant photo brings a base to the colour theme that I’ll focus on (blue and white), and highlights (red). Then I started selecting pictures which I want on this piece. Most importantly, I play around with the composition a lot so that I know which one has a better effect. I don’t want to cluster too much together since I already have one main focus on the right, so I made the rest of the photos subtle. More importantly, the photos need to harmonize with the colour theme and they need unify. That’s why the photos on the left panel are in the colour blue and filtered with the stamp filter. The last touch-ups are the brushes, they are very faint and almost blend in completely.
Images: To narrow down the images I use, I simply follow 3 steps: collect, choose, paste. I fist collect many photos that I think which represents me, then I have to choose ones that has a strong emotional impact for me. The large photo of me that is emphasized by the colour red and the bright and contrasted colours. It is a photo that represent my Chinese descent and how I appreciate Chinese culture and its beauty in terms of costume and performance art. The map of Taiwan represents how Taiwan is where I was born and grew up in; it is where my childhood memories stay. The piano’s keyboard represents what I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old. The “Dragon-Tiger Towers” in Kaohsiung is where I visit frequently during school field trips or sight-seeing. The “Emerald Mountain” is the highest mountain of Taiwan, it’s a place where I’ve always wanted to go, yet I never got the chance to. It’s where the Aboriginals live and it’s a beautiful place with an undamaged natural view. These three photos (minus the keyboard) blend in as the background and has little emphasis, but it brings unity in colour. The keyboard is in the foreground because it has a steady rhythm and repetition of black and white, which leads the eye from the middle panel to the left panel. The Plum blossom frames the triptych, which lead the eyes and they repeat throughout the three panels (with the whole stem and petals). It is the national flower of Taiwan, my country. I chose this as the border because the pink is soft, and it brings balance to the dominant colours of blue and red. There is variation in size for every flower, so it brings interest.
Brushstrokes: The brushstrokes are really faint and blend in with the background. They add depth (layers) to the piece, also, the fading effect on the edges brings focus into the triptych. It not only makes it more visually appealing, but it also represents who I am as a person since I love to paint, so the brushstroke I used look like paint on a pallet and real brushstrokes. The wing is also drawn with brush and it represents how I got my name, “Angela”, which originated from my nickname, “Angel”. It’s in the colour white and stands out among the blue in the background.

Q: What do you think worked in your art piece? Why do you think it worked? What would you change if you could? Overall how successful do you think your art work is at representing yourself? Explain your answers.

I think what made my art piece appealing is the unity in colour theme that is constant throughout the panels. Each panel look fine on its own as an individual, yet when they’re all put together, they make one whole piece and there’s no disconnection between the pieces, which I thought was magical and it’s fine because of the colour theme. I also think there’s a good balance between dominance and passiveness between the photos. It worked because the emphasis is clear, but each component can be seen clearly when looked closely. The framework and direction of gesture and objects also lead eyes around the whole piece.
To be honest, I am quite satisfied with this piece of work, however, if I could change it, I would try a different filter on my family members and rearrange the components to see how it looks like, or change the colour theme to, let’s say, red instead of blue to see how it looks like.
I think this piece represents Chinese side of me that appreciates my won culture and its beauty, but I don’t think that it represents all of me because there are many sides to me. I think it’d be too much if I put everything I like and care about into the composition, so I want to keep it basic. My basic wants are: health, family, togetherness, and art, which are all represented by this piece.

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