Album Cover/Value

Since this picture is off center, and there are different parts of the picture that can be used in terms of value, I plan on breaking down the picture/use different viewpoints. After making these sketches, I decided that along with the title “Part of Your Essential Being”  I wanted to break down the woman in my original photo and make skeletal figures to mirror her (as seen below).

With my 4 figures, I also really liked her tattoo so I used it in my album title. People consider “part of their essential being” either their anatomical attributes or something that means a lot to them like a tattoo. It was challenging to express different forms of value after doing a negative transformation, but I did add white pencil to help that out.




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Sydney Opera House with Inspiration by Paula Scher

The catharsis project my group decided on was that of the Sydney Opera House. The supplies we used were illustration board, cardboard, balsa wood, solo cups, paint and a touch lamp. Our main idea was to use the light as the source of the deconstruction but in the context that the deconstruction was for the better (going back to the definition of catharsis meaning, “to cleanse”)

Note: the light is darker because we took the picture with a dark background.

I chose this angle of our set of photos because I like how disorganized everything looks from this angle. Although one can find balance in a deconstruction, balance does in fact contradict the idea of it.

My inspiration for the digital product is going to be Paula Scher. I like how she uses words as her form of mark and gesture and her use of several (and I mean SEVERAL) different colors makes everything look so disorganized and chaotic, like what an explosion would cause. Instead of using names of cities and countries, I want to use the definition of catharsis, different icons in Sydney and other phrases that relate to Sydney as my words for mark and gesture.

I feel that this will also be a challenge, because this photo doesn’t have that much color in it (except for the blue), but I feel once I get my sketches onto photoshop, it will make things a little bit easier in time.


I’m starting out with a drawing of my catharsis which is pictured below:

The next phase is digitize the entire piece, adding letters and color. However, I’m not sure if I’m going to put color in the piece yet or not.

Update: I ended up doing another rendition of my colored product (shown below):

Since I considered the light in our sculpture the most important aspect. I used different saturations and made the light the main point of focus.



1) Reaction to: 1) Introduction, Chapter 1 from Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion by Oliver Grau (posted via T-Square).

This chapter is an introduction into the idea of virtual art. It gives a better idea of what virtual art is and how artists are now using virtual reality as a form of expression. Today, it doesn’t seem like anything new because my generation seems to be used to the idea of virtual reality and 3 dimensional avatars and worlds. However, during its discovery, it was a haven for up and coming artists to make their mark and set a path for other artists to either follow or break away from. Virtual reality has also given more opportunities to use animation and sound in art as well as making art interactive. All in all, this chapter introduces what virtual art is, how it came about, and how it can activate the senses of the person taking in the art.

2) Reaction to: 2) “Virtual Artists’ Immersive Discoveries in a Virtual 3D Frontier”:

Something that really caught my eye during reading this blog was the first sentence. Although the creation of virtual reality is relatively new, the idea of it is about as old as cave art. Like reading the first article, in order to really experience and enjoy virtual art, you have to immerse yourself in the virtual world. Several artists that were interviewed mentions Second Life and how it’s used to express a new form of post-modernism.

3) Reaction to: 3)

I like how the Hyperformalism relates to mathematical space as well as 3D space. Unlike the previous readings, this focuses on how Hyperformalism focuses on marketing as well as art. It is more of an informative entry instead of an expressive as it talks about how depth is important in digital imaging software and how mathematics can be incorporated in the creation of 3D waves in an art piece, for example.


“Watch the World” and “Crows”

“Watch the World” to me is a work of art that treats the eyes and ears in a way that 2-dimensional art cannot do. It treats the eyes with 3 Dimensional images and the ears with the song ‘Starry Starry Night’, and they both coexist with the sky image similar to the famous art piece, Starry Starry Night. The process of the art piece is seen through mathematical calculations and different measurements used on the computer. “Crows” goes from one person looking at art to the art coming to life. This makes the viewer wonder about the story behind each of the paintings. I personally like this one better because of the different uses of editing (crosscutting) the filmmaker uses continuity shots that bring the viewer into a world inside of the painting that we wouldn’t see in our reality. Unlike “Watch the World” that just goes through the process of creating the ‘Starry Starry Night’ world, “Crows” shows a world way beyond the art that is seen by the naked eye.

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Sydney Opera House, Catharsis and Iconography

By definition, catharsis means  “to purge” or “to cleanse.”  For this project, my group (Casey Smith, Matt Rubin and I) are doing a catharsis project relating to Australian icon, the Sydney Opera House.

 The Sydney Opera House is the icon of Sydney, Australia. The deconstruction of this wonder would be similar to that of the explosion of the hospital in The Dark Knight. The different angles of the building bring opportunities for purging the sail-like parts of the building.

Along with the sail-like awnings, the glass windows leave plenty of opportunity to bring in different reflections of light within the catharsis. Since catharsis means “to cleanse” through deconstruction, showing lighting through different value techniques would give the piece a sense of purity within the chaos of catharsis.


Supplies we could use (realistic):


Egg Cartons

Saran Wrap

Electrical Tape


Supplies we could use (to make it more abstract)

Heavy board


Duct tape (multi colored)

Pins (sewing pins)




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Line Abstract: Phase 1/Phase 2

It was hard to steer away from my hometown for this project. It was also hard to 1) draw straight lines fast enough to go see Wicked tonight and 2) find how to take off the little icons on Google Earth (which ended up not happening)

The photo is the Streeterville/New EastSide of downtown Chicago. Right about where I live. I loved this one because it not only shows the lines of buildings, but it’s not on a true grid like most big cities, which leaves room for imagination and leaves room for people like me who have trouble with straight lines (I still use a ruler).

As a result, my phase one (drawn in pencil, to be outlined in pen) has come out to a rough trace of the buildings, the expressway and part of the marina in the upper right corner. Note: The line abstract is going to be finished upside down from the original picture. I liked the photo upside down more than I did right side up.

Due to things beyond my control( charcoal going everywhere/ we weren’t supposed to use charcoal), I redid phase 1 (note: it’s not a great photo)

My plan was to focus on the land during the first layer and then focus on the water/shadows in the second layer. Seen below

There are still a few smears from pencil and such, but this is so far my finished product. It would be interesting to see if anyone could figure out the time that I found this picture on Google Earth…

Unfortunately the final product above got damaged, so I had to trash my duralar layer, but it’s ok because I now have a new and improved final product!

I focused more on movement by using different line directions, but I wanted to make the viewer question whether or not this piece is balanced.

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Cubism and Disney

My team’s exquisite corpse revolved around the theme of disney. The first drawing had the 3 of us show our interpretation of disney.

In an exquisite corpse, a group of 3 or more people create some sort of interpretation of a theme on their separate section of the paper. Mine was the bottom section, where I took Alice in Wonderland, Pinnochio and the Little Mermaid all in one section. The other disney themes in the entire corpse include Mickey Mouse and Tarzan.

My individual corpse had to take our drawing and relay a specific theme. My theme was cubism.

Cubism is a form of art that can be easily recognized when one looks at several works by Pablo Picasso. My main method was to emphasize the idea of Collage Cubism, the more common of the two types of Cubism (Analytic and Collage). With that, I tried to keep all of the parts of the corpse angular. The drawing had curves and writing, and since the  majority of cubist works by Picasso are more angular, I focused on more squares and triangles. The next step of my cubism corpse was to digitize the collage and take out the color and add gradient.

Inspired by the gradient in Juan Gris’s Portrait of Picasso, I added gradient to the background of the picture. I also took out the color because although there are several collage cubist works that are in color, there are also a great amount that are neutral. I took out the color to keep things consistent in the piece. I did have trouble with the line prominence for the picture in the foreground. After I uploaded this picture, I used charcoal to emphasize the lines a little bit more. It made those lines more prominent than the pen tool’s work.

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Mark and Gesture: Mine and Final with Matt Rubin

The first mark and gesture is the one that I did myself. I decided to do a white background with either black or grey markings. The word that I decided to use is naive. Inspirations from innocent figures like sheep and religious figures to literary references like “the road less traveled”



With my partner, Matthew Rubin, we decided to use my designs and 1) invert the colors and combine them with his designs to create more of an ironic representation of naive.

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Vija Celmins: Elegance of Imperfection

Vija Clemins creates images in blacks, whites and greys. Most of her images pose challenges including the lack of a point of reference, horizon or any depth. The images of choice she tends to use are natural landscapes such as a body of water, a barren desert or a starry night. Her use of mark and gesture emphasizes the elegance in imperfections and the organic beauty of nature or real life action.

Web #2, Vija Celmins

Celmins’ marks are particularly uniform, but she manipulates the value of the image depending on where she would like the light to come from. For example, in “Web #2” her marks are of the same thickness, but the shape and the value of the image itself creates a setting where we see a real beauty in nature.

Celmins’ focus on nature leaves room for imagination and manipulation because everyone’s perspectinve on nature is different even though a collective group could agree on a common opinion.

Another nature image, Celmins focuses more on texture and value instead of color with this image of the ocean. Unlike “Web #2”, her marks vary from soft to bold, and those marks determine some of the shadows found.

Celmins shows the coexistence of value, mark and gesture by taking photographs of nature and enhancing small details through the use of shadow or contrast. She focuses on nature to show the elegance in the world around us, and the depth that can be found in an image that may not have a concrete point of reference.

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