Archive for February, 2011

Still Life Critique, or on why there are words around my drawing.

Posted in Almost irrelevant topics., Notes., Still life. on February 22, 2011 by fullcircleproductions

You can choose to pay attention to either title: the one that seems more exciting or more informational, less hassle or less involved. I’m just gonna let you know now that Nell distracted me from my original purpose of explaining my evaluations of peer-pieces, and pushed¬† me instead to explain the relationship of the words and the shapes in my still life. I try to do something selfless, and look what she does to it. Tisk, tisk.
Okay. Bethany and I ended up with our work grouped together because we both formed a bond between our senses, and that is pretty cool. Her lyrics are much, much more uplifting than mine. I mean, like, whoa. She speaks of Heaven, and I speak of Hell. Another reason I feel like Nell put these pieces together.
Cee Cee’s piece, on the other hand, was not much like mine at all. I had the pleasure of working next to her for the duration of this project and the opportunity, therefore, to admire her pseudo-obsessive attention to detail. The reflections on the hoses in her drawing are fabulous.

Now, onto the real reason I am writing. To explain my musical choices.
Reason #1- Fiona Apple’s “Sleep to Dream”

Reason #2- Cee-Lo Green’s “Fuck You”

You know what makes this pairing awesome? I mean besides the incredible beats, clever words, and catchy hooks… This basically spans my entire existence. Fiona’s song came out in 1996; I was four. Cee-Lo’s song came out in 2010, and I was eighteen. And I put them on the same playlist for me to get angry to, to focus my attention with, in 2011. The range astounded me, and it very much influenced my work. Age. Hm.

02.09.2011 (I am quickly running out of clever titles.)

Posted in Notes., Self-reflection. on February 9, 2011 by fullcircleproductions

You know how you assume that everyone else sees the same thing you do? That is an entirely true assumption. A thing, a stationary presence, is going to look similar. But capturing that presence on paper?
Totally different story.
The particular image that caught my eye was a rendering of a box, Hell, it’s not even a whole box. It’s part of a box. This part of a box blew my mind. The successful use of sharpie and pencil really made the image pop. [Note: I have not been able to photograph this image, but when I find it again, I’ll bust it out real quick-like.]

Okay, so. Here is ze earthz. It is a mighty fine earthz you might say… Ooh. Sorry, folks. Too much YouTube this week. Anyway, let me tell you what I learned from our very first critique! A lot of peers tried to get to know all of it at one time, instead of learning it piece by piece. Make no mistake, I did the same thing. I was overwhelmed by the amount of information my brain was receiving from my eyes, so my interpretation of the still life reflected my panic. This was initially upsetting because I didn’t know how to fix it. Slowly, though, my process became clearer, and I used a few techniques we learned in previous class periods (blind contour, drawing the negative space, and an amalgamation of the two), slowed down a little, and paid attention to everything but what I was drawing. Music, my neighbors, the sunlight… Anything but what I was trying to see. It felt forced otherwise, unreal. And I think that was a shocker for me: seeing what’s not there is making a portrait of what is. 3-d rendering is a pain-staking, gut-wrenching work when all you can see are the objects in front of you, but when the rest of your life comes to play, when you can begin to imagine that a bunch of boxes and rubber tubing is, say, a Roman military helmet (other classes come into play often for me), your lines become more determined because you know what you see- and more importantly, you know what you can see.
I like that. Knowing what you can see.
It’s like being a kid, but backwards.
These things are starting to come more naturally to me now.

And, of course, I could be wrong about all this. But I don’t think I am.

We are done with the chair. I think.

Posted in Chairs., Self-reflection. on February 4, 2011 by fullcircleproductions

I believe this one portrait (via http://www.graphicbuzz.net/2010/08/30-funny-illustrations-about-simple.html) sums up my entire project. In class Wednesday, we participated in our first critique of our artwork as a whole, and I discovered why I concentrated more on making a mess than I did on making it right. Simply put, I learned more by making a mess than I ever could have trying to make it perfect the first time.
Here it is, two days later, and I am still finding things to apply that mantra to. My perspective is changing because of one statement that fell out of my mouth by accident… I have already changed the way I react to everyone around me. I’m not so worried about things being “right” anymore,¬† so long as I am learning from my “wrongs.”

Of course, there is something to be said about thinking a Friday is a Saturday at Agnes Scott- everyone else’s hustle and bustle to do things right and be on time sort of passes right through you. It’s a nice feeling, and I’d like to hold on to it.