Week 3 24/2/16

This week we are looking at tails using colour, pattern, scale, simplification and layering using a variety of techniques. I started by making a colour palette through my research. We created this through mixing paints that linked with culture. Then we developed this by mixing enough paint to fit a A3 sheet of white paper.

colour pallet

This was helpful for me as I found it hard to mix the colours that I wanted which linked with my research. It also gave me a clear understanding on how I could use my research in a effective manner without imitating the image. This helped me think about how I could develop my design from my original colour palette that I created through 2 images I felt would be effective with the background myth of ‘Argus Panoptes'(extend on this?) . I struggled to mix enough paint to cover the whole of A3 so my design was patchy. I could solve this by using more than I feel I need to ensure I have full coverage of the same colour. In comparison to others, I felt that my colour palette should have been a wider range of colours due to mine being blues and greens, by creating more of yellows and oranges.

head designs

In the afternoon, we looked at how narrative could be made through images. I was given the title ‘Blues Brothers’ and made a narrative through scenes from the film. I looked at the selection on images and turned it into a story about two men looking for a manager to start a band, they find a manager and celebrate. Then they have a gig but after get into a car crash which kills both characters. We then printed these images in black and white and turned them into a book in a landscape form.

This is relevant to my project as it has helped me think more about the narratives of the characters I am making, while linking them with Native American culture. In comparison to others my theme wasn’t as challenging as the pictures I could google were effective. The next step is to complete the extension task of either doing another of my photography or doing a front cover. Although, I feel creating my own would be more challenging for me so would be the better option to go for.

On Wednesday, we had a opening lecture on how to create a design board for our puppets. We need to include our colour palette, patterns we wish to use with connections and samples of costumes. We went from looking at colour to interpreting it into pattern to help with my design board.  I started by looking at my colour palette and recreating this. Then, I looked at the patterns I previously sketched on tracing paper and tried to recreate them using my colour palette. Also, I still had work to do on my head of the puppet which involved sanding it down to make the surface smooth to paint on. Clay was also added to two of the eyes due to it being difficult to reach when painting onto.

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The lecture helped me understand what I need in a design board and how I can link my ideas clearly through imagery; could include interaction through use of materials like buttons, stiches and textures. It also helped me understand how I could link my imagery to pattern- even though I did take pattern from the images I hadn’t thought about how I would create these- paint, print or materials. Nor about how I would link the colour with the tails as I have such a bright head I may have to adjust my palette to suit the head. This gave me a chance to think about how mine and Alice’s puppet would look like with my designs already started, I may need to plan more by making a design board for our puppet too.

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Overall, I feel that this week has given me a wider approach to looking at how I go about creating colour and pattern. As you can see through my sketchbook I had a simpler and quicker way of creating pattern and colour. Yet, now I can make more in depth choices and gain opinions of others when they look at my design board over the weekend. I hope to collect objects and materials that could be used for my puppet and see if I could use stitching techniques. To continue developing my heads I will think about using a colour wash technique to add for shading.

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Week 3 24/2/16

Tuesday 18/2/16

For this puppet I was looking at the description of the wendigo and the drawing I did of someone I looked at on the bus. From this I created a sketch and started making it. I found it hard to papier mache the teeth which meant once I painted it there are many cracks in the design meaning I will use artex to fix this.

Tuesday 18/2/16

Saturday/Sunday 15/2/16

I started this finger puppet on saturday with tape. I came up with this design through an amulet from the show Supernatural. I felt this was relevant to my project as amulets are known to have magical powers that give luck and a help of hand. So this is a mythical object. I wanted to do this as a finger puppet as I felt the details fit very well with what I wanted. Also, I wanted to keep it as a papier mache as it looks more personal and has the colours that I’ve found matched the images I’ve found with them being very colourful. I found that taping down the foil was an easier option for me and after a while it helped me more than gluing them down. I found that the hot glue didn’t stick down the foil as well as the tape did. I found it hard to shape the antlers I could solve this by using something as a base like foil and then instead of paper I’d use something like bubble wrap which would be more stern.

Saturday/Sunday 15/2/16

Wednesday 10/2/16

Wednesdays workshop we continued to look at our puppet making. Due to me not finishing my papier mache I had to complete this and the wait for it to dry. I then had to paint it. The paint helped with seeing and cracks, gaps and the parts that need smoothing over with Artex. I found it hard to use the artex as it was the first time using it. Yet, once I have practice I think it would be useful to create the shapes I need and to fill in the areas that are loose. I then started thinking about the colours I wanted to use; I looked at my research and decided I wanted- Greens, reds, blues, browns with whites and black contrasting it.

Wednesday 10/2/16

Tuesday sound workshop 10/2/16

On Tuesday we looked at how music can tell a story. We first tried to identify sounds metrowithout knowing where it came from. We also talked about how sound could link with memories to create a visual. Before the visit to Firstsite I didn’t think of sound as an art form but this helped me do this workshop more open minded with its use. Sound can be used to connect with emotions like fear, happiness, and sadness. Yet, we conveyed mystery through the use of light sounds and a crescendo to create a dramatic feel to the piece. We looked at how we could use an instrument to create multiple sounds and link them with an emotion. I’ve never been very musical so doing the task of relating music to a story was difficult. Also I couldn’t find many ways of using the instrument yet it was useful for a powerful beat. This will be useful for my performance element. I could try to collect multiple sounds to have something as a starting point.

 

Tuesday sound workshop 10/2/16

Tuesday Minories 9/2/16

For primary research we went to the minories, firstsite and Hollytrees. We started at the minories looking at Mark Scott-Wood’s work. When I first looked at it I thought about how it looked like Native American cross with Pagenism.

The work I liked most was his photographs of his sculptures put on large size pieces.

I felt that they gave it a modern touch in comparison to the other work presented. Also, I liked how he created the spray paint which gave off a magical touch to it with the overlaying of colours and how simple it was made. Another favourite was this one:

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I felt that the use of 3D with the background gave it more narrative than the other pieces.

I feel as I’m looking at Native America I could use some of this work as inspiration.

We then went to FirstSite which I didn’t find as interesting but gave me some ideas on other ways I could create puppets.

flat 3D menPalem Puppet    The image on the left made me think about how, even though my 3D work isn’t my best, I could put a flat body into a 3D object. The Pelham puppet made me think how something simple like this could be interactive.

We then went to FirstSite exhibit which was called Listening. It made you more aware of how sounds can effect you and your emotions. Some of them made you feel uneasy. Also, I found that it enables you to create a good story tale from just sound. One of my favourites was Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller with their cabin box which was a couple yelling and someone getting shot creating an uneasy atmosphere as you cannot see clearly inside the box other than trees and a light of the cabin at the end.

cabin   Overall, I found that FirstSite was the most interesting as it helped me understand how sound could really be used as an art tool which I never considered before. Yet, the minories gave me some primary research which I could use towards my project.

Tuesday Minories 9/2/16