Analog Photography – Self Portrait without body

Last photography class was about different kinds of analog cameras. We looked into different kind of sensors like full frame and middle format.

We based almost all the class in the TLR, the twin lens reflex. This camera:

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I was amazed to know how this camera works and it is getting really interesting to discover the technical and mechanical side of photography.

After about 3h of talking about this camera I just asked the teacher if I could borrow his and he said yes! The film was already inside and I have 12 photos, black and white.

Since I do not know a lot about work done with this camera I talked with a friend and he told me some references to research:

  • Vivian Maier
  • Nan Goldin
  • Garry Winogrand
  • Mike Mandel
  • Mark Steinmetz
  • Robert Frank
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • William Eggleston
  • Diane Arbus

I went on Pinterest and here you have my photography board:

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The task given at the end of the class was to make self portrait photography without body. This means we have to do self portrait without appearing in the actual pictures.

I still do not know how I will be able to complete this task but for now I am happy that I get to experiment with a new camera!

Stay tuned 🙂

 

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Business Cards – Graphic Design

Two months ago I was asked to make some business cards from a friend. I am not a graphical designer but I accepted!

The old business card looked like this:

 

Since my friend changed companies, he wanted something fresher. He also asked me to include 2 logos in the business card. One is the main company logo, and the other is the logo of the software that he sells.

Like always, before doing something, I researched and tried to find some inspirations but it didn’t really go well. I guess a business card is something really personal so I kind of just went with my gut.

Some of my first ideas:

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My friend wanted something more serious so we created these:

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After this selection, the chosen one was this one:

 

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To be honest, these gave me a lot of work. Specially because I had to learn a lot of photoshop features that I did not know.

Of course that working for a person rather than yourself can also be hard but I got used to it…

This was another project that helped me develop my skills both with people and with photoshop!

Life Drawing – Erasmus

Last week I found out that there are life drawing lessons at my university.

I asked the department right away if I could attend classes and since I do not need the credits, I can go even twice a week!

This made me really happy because life drawing is crucial, no matter in what visual arts area you are. Observational drawing is hard and must be practiced. So… I went on my first class and the experience was amazing!

First of all, the atmosphere in the room and its decoration is great for inspiration:

There were 3 model and you had to draw to one you were closer to.

Here they seated while a strong light was on them so the contrasts are great. One of life drawing’s difficulties is to understand light – very important:

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The class took it’s normal course:

  • Prepare paper and stick it into canvas with masking tape.
  • Prepare drawing material.
  • Position the weasel according to our dominant hand (my case, the left) and height.
  • Draw for 3 hours (2 breaks)
  • Once the time is over, fixate our drawing with the spray.
  • Put everything back in place.

I was a little scared because it has been a while since I did life drawing… The lesson itself was good and the teacher was really helpful and welcoming. Though I am not exactly proud of my work, here it is:

I am really happy that I can attend these classes and I will surely get better!

(I hope……………)

Inktober 2018

During the whole month of October I decided to embark on a new experience!

There is a challenge called Inktober 2018 where each day you are given a word and with that you have to come up with an illustration with ink.

This contest exists mainly to help artists develop their skills with ink, which is not so easy to use. It also helps artists to share their work with the world. This seemed like a good idea so I went for it!

The official prompt list:

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All my drawings are on my instagram account here!

Or…. You can see them here (ordered from day 1):

It was not always easy and sometimes instead of making one drawing per day I did 2 because I missed one day.

It was really fun but I am also glad I am done!

Overall it was a good experience and although I am still not a master of the inks I learned  lot.

🙂

 

 

Game Design – Trees

Last week, on my multimedia studio class we looked at game assets and libraries. Our teacher showed us how to create whole new world (for a game) using simple shapes. He used one of his projects to show us that he made up scenarios, architecture, nature and animals based on the shape of an hexagon.

Note: an asset is anything you see in a game. From a character, to its clothes, to the world he is living in.

The project briefing was to create our own trees! So he explained some rules about these assets and how to come up with a library:

  • Each element has to be resizable and reusable – make it in big resolution.
  • If we are talking about nature elements we have to consider the different seasons.
  • Make up a portfolio of small elements that can be applied for many situations. (Ex: scanning folded paper to had texture in the shapes we create – usable in many situations).
  • Once we choose an element (trees), make at least 6 versions so when you use several it doesn’t become repetitive.
  • If we use a shape or a certain pattern, we should repeat it sometimes so the world comes together. However, we can always generate new things from those shapes or patterns.
  • Once we have something complex, for instant the character, we should decompose it in small elements.
  • Irregularities are what make a world interesting and believable.
  • The deeper we go the better and more believable it gets. (Ex: Make a real map of our new world).

After this presentation we started to work and the main task was to create our own trees. 6 of them and apply the different seasons.

First I did some research on pinterest that you can see it here!

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After that I got to work and these were my first attempts:

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I quite like them but decided to go for this one which was my 3rd attempt:

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This is my Spring tree. Now what I had to do was to come up with 5 more trees inside the same style and then play around with the seasons.

Extra: I really wanted the colors to work so I would this color generator called coolors and it really helped me. If you’re looking for pallets, that is the site you should go, it’s free!

Here are my final seasons and elements:

SPRING

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SUMMER

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AUTUMN

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WINTER

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I am pretty satisfied with my work! But let me know what you think 🙂

It was amazing to discover this new possibility of creating my own world… Stay tuned for more!

Photography – 1 hour exercise

Last class we discussed and saw each other’s assessments. The exercise was to take 3 pictures during 1 hour of our lives that documented that same hour.

Goals:

  • Think more photography, what is worth taking a picture of.
  • Not “pollute” the world with more unnecessary images.
  • Develop both document and photography skills.

This was not an easy exercise for me because once I chose the moment to start I had only 60min to find something interesting to document and it had to make sense. During this time, I realized I was more focused on what to take pictures of instead of enjoying the moment.

My first try looks like this:

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I did not really like the outcome because I felt like it didn’t really document a full hour and the pictures themselves were not really good.

After this first attempt I felt like I could never complete this exercise…

BUT! In the morning of the assessment’s due date I managed to complete another try. Here it is:

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I presented this to my teacher and this was his feedback:

  • For the task of documenting one hour it was successful because it is possible to see the movement from one place to another
  • As a serie it does not work. Each pictures is completely different from the other. The contrasts are to great and its not necessary “to try to make a masterpiece in each photograph”.
  • Only the 2 picture is interesting but alike to millions of pictures out there. The other 2 are not good.
  • I am “diagonal” person since all my pictures have a diagonal composition.

I pretty much agreed with everything said. I think sometimes the teacher was a bit tough and close minded about some pictures (not only mine) but I guess that is a great thing since I never had anyone evaluating my photography.

Next task:

  • Document one hour but instead of 3 pictures we can take as many as we like but we can only present 3 to the class.
  • We should time how long we take to choose the 3 pictures among the ones we took.

The teacher also mentioned that we can repeat the previous task if we feel like it and I want it. I will try to make up with simpler and non-diagonal compositions for both tasks.

We will see how it goes!

 

 

Screen Printing – 3 Colors

In the last couple of classes we printed our design in 3 different colors.

My design had the same little girl as the first one. I made some Japanese buildings silhouettes and a big Japanese lamp. In this design I was looking for detail… I wanted to see how much detail I could put into screen printing (hand-made).

I wanted to try really different colors so I chose blue, red and yellow. I had to separate my design according to colors so for 1 print I had to make 3 design. Like this:

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  • Left – Blue
  • Middle – Red
  • Right – Yellow

Here are the stages of the print:

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Outcome: I realized several things after this first color experience.

  • Yellow is not a good color suited for small details
  • The 3 colors I chose don’t really go together, at least in my opinion
  • When making the design, I have to be a lot more precise for things to be straight

Although I am not really satisfied with the outcome it was a good way oft trying out my options and I am sure that the next design/print will be much better!