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Sunday, February 27, 2011

class exercise D

There was really nothing much to take in the LT. Furthermore, with my camera phone which does not hae the auto zoom function!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

assignment 2 - Less is More

I was really troubled as to use who in my work. I do not really like the idea of using political figures, but celebrities didn't really give me an idea of any conceptual statement that can be made. So I turned to ficticious characters.
On an afternoon ride home on a bus, suddenly the idea of catwoman VS joker came to my mind.
Went home, did lots of picture research on them and shifted my idea to 'girl power'. So I did another search on female super heroes. Other than Wonderwoman, I really didn't really think the rest were popular enough. However, I had a problem- how am I going to portray the idea of girl power with just 2 characters. I thought of having guys in the background but in the end, another idea hit me.

A module I was taking mentioned about the sex scandal of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. And the famous blue dress came into pictire. So I thought, the given colors that we were allowed to use were black white and ____. Perfect. Blue it shall be.

Also, I have decided to portray them such that people would think of iconic movie posters at one glance. Here are some references.

This sort of gave me an idea, but I have never heard of this movie before so I thought others may not know of it too. I needed something more iconic.

Juts a picture for reference.

Original sin.

Another idea.

And finally, I decided on this. Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky & the blue dress in Mr & Mrs Smith.

Til then, I shall start drawing...

- OK I have completed my assignment 2 and this is by far the MOST tedious one. I had to redo it 4 times in total whether the change is big or smal...-

So my very first draft went like this:

this is the photo that i used photoshop to create. Imposed Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's faces onto the movie Mr and Mrs smith poster.

Below are hand drawn sketches

And so I proceeded to fill in the colors.

AND when I was about to print, I reread the assignment instructions and realised I have gone in the wrong direction. Abstraction process that ends up with a pictogram but I have done an abstraction piece. So, I redrew and modified the last 3 steps. It was difficult because it was not easy to make a pictogram of this initial photo, but I thought I should not change the whole thing. So here we go. With MORE drafts before settling on this one.

cleaned up the strokes from this step onwards for a more clean cut look.


But when I proceeded with printing, the color came out quite differently. It was more purplish than on the screen. The significance was the blue dress so I had to change the color manually to another shade of blue that guaranteed a close print out. And so this is the 3rd set.

Unsatisfied, but made do with this and brought it to tutorial.
My classmates laughed at me, ok I laughed at myself too. Sat on the chair of confession and realised I had done it wrongly. After clearing up much doubt and confusion, I could not bare to take another look at this work. So immeidately after the tutorial, I went back and redid it, for the 4th time...
The idea came to me when I was sitting in tutorial and only had britney spears in mind. Actually I did thought of beyonce and lady gaga's collaboration - telephone. Also, Adam lambert was on the list, but in the end i settled with madonna and britney. They shared a famous kiss in the performance of the song - Me against the music. The reason why I chose to work on celebrities was because most of my classmates did on politicians.
So I was thinking and playing around on photoshop with regards to the orientation of the 2 faces and after many trials, I settled with this. And my final work. My final prototype would probably be step 3 or 4.









Managing a weak smile after ALL THAT hassle and brain drain!
At least I'm satisfied with my work for now! :D

Sunday, February 13, 2011

class exercise C






process of abstraction - 5 steps.

Since the OHP was the most complex object in sight in the Lecture theatre, jael and I decided to draw it. And it was actually rather problematic initially, trying to simplify it because it was full of angular shapes especially rectangles. We were just figuring out how to simplify them and someone said it was difficult to make this abstract because we do not have curves to straighten. Then the idea hit me - why can't I do it the other way round? So here it is, curving in the progress of the abstraction.