This is my Max 7 project. My big idea was to be able to control multiple drones with using sound such as music. By meshing two tutorials together, I was able to accomplish this idea. There are two parts to this patch (the 2 tutorials). the right side is the sound and the left is the drone animation.
For this portrait, I first made a photo of me black and white using photoshop. I then used a projector to project it onto bristol paper and traced it. The mediums used were pastel and graphite. I used a smudging tool for the shading and to make the texture smooth. I then brought it into Photoshop and adjusted some of the shading.
I wanted this portrait to reflect my personality. I am a quiet person if I don’t know you that well, but once you get to know me I am pretty out going and am a fun person to be around. I feel like the pose and the expression on my face shows this.
I have done portraits in the past, but I’ve never done a final portrait of myself. I thought the process of shading it was interesting. I really got to know the materials and learn more of how they work and how they treat on different surfaces.
The most challenging part of this project for me was the shading on the right side. I was timed on shading this sections because I didn’t want it to be too dark. My strengths in this portrait the shading in my hair. I think I really captured the folds in my hair and how the light hits it.
On March 19th, 2017, I wen to go see Meleko Mokgosi’s Pax Kaffraria Gallery in Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery. This gallery showed a series of art stories he painted.
“Kaffraria” is an Aribic word for Kafir (infidel) which is a derogatory word for African Americans. This term was first used by the British in the 18th century. It was mostly used along the settlement of the Southeast coast of Africa where they force the Xhosa to live. “Pax” is latin for peace.
Melee combines traditional and contemporary elements in his work using oil and charcoal on canvas. He also used confusing and complication concepts, making fun of events to confer exceptional power on an individual. Showing the Southern African experiences, the rise of African nationalist movements during the 1950’s, and the Xhosa castle killings.
Each piece tells a story. They are placed in a specific order throughout the gallery. None of his stories have a beginning, middle, or end. They all represent themselves all at once.
There are a few symbols that are consistent throughout the gallery. The mastiff, which symbolizes the brutal history of colonialism and the struggle for territorial control. Cattle are also common in his work.
Chapter1 “Lekgowa” [white/light-skinned person-also meaning a person in a position of power]
Chapter2 “Fully Belly 2”
Chapter3 “Terra Pericolosa” [Dangerous Land]
Chapter4 “Sikuselo Sembumbulu” [Bullet Proof]
Chapter5 “Graase-Mans” [Frontiersman]
Chapter6 “Fully Belly”
Chapter 8 “Ruse of Disavowal”
When applying Meleko Mokgosi’s contest to DM&A, by using our experiences as an inspiration, others will see how we are feeling and what we want to say in our work. It is important to tell stories as artist because that they are what make us who we are and what shapes us.
On January 29, 2017, I went to go see the Escher exhibit “Reality and Illusion” in Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery. This exhibit showed a lot of his work and his processes in creating it.
Escher rarely got inspiration from his surroundings. He tended to draw from his imagination using abstract concepts. By exploring with visual ideas using mirrors, multiple dimensions, infinities, and other worlds, he was absorbed by all of these concepts.
What grabbed my attention the most were his metamorphosis pieces. It is so amazing how he transformed one thing gradually to another with having the pieces interlock with each other throughout the whole piece. I also really liked his illusion pieces. The way they really play with your mind. Both his metamorphosis and his illusion pieces really make you want to want to look closer, harder, and longer to try to really understand how they work.
The exhibit also showed some of the steps he took to create his metamorphosis pieces. By using grids, he was able to make his designs perfectly consistent. His process included a lot of math and geometry to get things just right.
One can apply the content of Escher’s exhibit to DM&A, and Interactive Design. With just the process itself, by taking the time to plan ahead, mapping out ideas, and following through, it is a lot easier to then reflect on what needs to be improved. By trying to skip to the end product, you don’t really get to know what you’ve done, know how the mediums used work together, and overall just learn from the process in general. So in future projects you know what to do and what not to do.
Above is the final colored version of the five panel comic.
The mediums used for this spread are: graphite pencil, watercolor, colored pencil, and micron pens. The culture of the creation story I chose is Hawaiian. I felt I could get a lot more bright colors and textures coloring it by hand compared to coloring it in photoshop. I first sketched out the layout with mechanical pencil. I then used watercolor as base colors. To ad texture and depth, I used Prisma colored pencils on top of that.
Here is a link to the “Birth in the Dawn” creation story.