Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quiz 1

Goal: Demonstrate your knowledge of form, line and shape. This is a review of what we've covered so far, so you may use your books, notes, sketches, T-Square "Resources," or the course blog. DO NOT copy verbatim from any copyrighted source. Objective: Create ONE digital (computer-based) art/design composition based on the following steps: Step 1: Ground - Create a background for your composition. Step 2: Figure/Ground - Create at least two additional layers using imaging software and FOR EACH LAYER choose one of three relationships to demonstrate in your composition (obvious/stable, reversal, or ambiguous). Refer to pgs. 10-11 from "Principles of 2D Design" (i.e. interrelationships of forms) for ideas. Step 3: Add lines (layer) to create variety. Use techniques from "Visual Design on the Computer" (length, position, direction). Step 4: Add shapes (layer) to create harmony. Use techniques from "Visual Design on the Computer" (geometric, calligraphic, freehand). Step 5: Arrange your line and shape layers to emphasize AT LEAST ONE of the "principles of organization" (balance, proportion, dominance, movement, economy).

Because I wasn't sure what to do, and because it was the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival that past weekend, I ended up trying to incorporate elements of visual design into her story.

The legend, of both Chinese and Japanese origin, vary in plot. The Japanese tells the story of a moon princess that yearns to return to the moon, the Chinese tells the story of a woman who sacrificed herself in order to protest taxes. Her spirit rose to the moon.

I chose to do lines that focused the viewer on the princess, and the moon to balance out the lines in the stark background. There was ambiguous and reversal themes in the image; for example, the princess is standing on the ground but it is made of clouds, which fuses with oceanic waves in the sky. There was also calligraphic and freeform elements involved.

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