Thursday, April 25, 2013

Interdisciplinary Arts: Friday

I have posted your still-life photographs to a temporary blog. Take a look. Browse through your options and consider which offers the best composition for your piece. You should save this image and prepare to transfer the basic block-in via projection either today or Tuesday. You are strongly encouraged to print an 8x10 photograph unless you have an iPad available for classroom use. If you took your own photos with a phone, great, but remember that the image I've saved for you is a 15 megapixel image (iPhone pictures are 5-8), which allows you far more zooming capacity for the detail expected in a photorealistic image. Once we make our selections, we will work in pairs to transfer the images with the projector. If you are not working on a transfer, you should be completing the blog work below.

1. Offer a reflection for the Chuck Close documentary. What scenes, techniques, or elements resonated with you? (one paragraph)

2. The article on edges (from Wednesday) was written by Anthony Waichulis. Visit his online gallery, browse his and his colleagues' work, and pinpoint your favorite still-life image. Identify it and describe the qualites that you find exemplary.

3. Use the links on Mr. Kefor's art blog or any other online resource to track down at least 5 still-lifes that demonstrate particular visual characteristics that you hope to display in your own photrealistic piece. Paste them into a Word document along with bullet notes for each. Narrow your margins (save paper) and print this resource to include in your sketchbook/study pages.

4. Complete a compositional thumbnail from your selected photo. Include a 5 value key and range. Keep this for reference and to include in your study pages.

5. In the interest of planning ahead, view last year's proposal brainstorming for the forthcoming independent study. Brainstorm possibilities for your own proposal (post here as a paragraph).


Anonymous said...

Dylan Colpritt

In Chuck Close’s documentary, I noticed that he painted portraits more than other things. I also draw portraits and I enjoy doing them. We do portraits in different ways however. He does it in little squares that are painted on while I use pen and ink to do stippling. Chuck tends to make his portraits realistic looking from a distance, but I like to use surrealism and make the portraits very questionable when it comes to being possible or realistic.

The still-life, Dawn, was the most interesting in my opinion. I like how it looks very atmospheric and the outside world beyond the window look very foggy. It also seems to have a very dark theme going on and the painting has a feeling of dread.

For my independent study, I will most likely do a dark themed, surrealistic portrait of a monster or some kind of creature. It is safe to assume that I will use pen and ink, and I might even add in a few colors. It will probably consist of an undead creature with parts of the skull showing. If I decide not to do that monster however, than I might do a book cover for a book I’m writing. It would consist of a man wearing futuristic armor and in the form of a portrait.

Anonymous said...

Danielle Puopolo

1. I thought the Chuck Close documentary was incredible. The process in which he works is unreal. He starts by painting within little squares and builds colors in oval shapes that ultimately become a portrait. I admire that he never gave up his art when his arms and legs became paralyzed. Close found a way to make it work with his disability with machines and other people helping him. The fact that he found a new way to make amazing pieces that worked with his inabilities is amazing.
2. Every piece of Anthony Waichulis looked like it was a photograph. I don’t even see the point of the actual art because it looks as if someone just took a picture of it. They’re absolutely incredible. My favorite was the painting of the chocolate truffles. It’s simple but it looks unbelievably realistic. There is nothing about it that remotely makes it look like a painting.
5. Since seniors will be leaving soon we’ll have to do a smaller piece. I think I would want to do a pencil drawing of my dog Summer or maybe a portrait of me and my mom.

Anonymous said...

The story of Chuck Close was very intriguing to hear. The fact that this man was so disabled both mentally and physically proves that there are varying forms of intelligence. Art is a sign of intellect as it is simply one large puzzle to solve in order to achieve your goals. Photo-realism is no different and Close’s attention to detail is a superb example of astute puzzle solving. His heartbreaking tale is very memorable and the success he has experienced through his determination to be an artist is very beautiful to observe. Pixel by pixel he toils to create a perfect copy of photos in paint. Pain is all a part of art.

Second Star to the Right by Anthony Waichulis is impressive due to its realistic qualities. It looks just like a photograph and the colors are still very bright and vibrant while also showing a dramatic value scale. The amount of little details, such as cracks and reflections are portrayed very subtly but very well. Everything has a distinct form while being unified and it certainly is a believable piece.
For my final project I would like to return to a piece of work I did months ago. I drew a picture of my best friend for another art class earlier this year of my best friend Kara Mackie. I drew it and worked really hard on it and I managed to get an A, however it still was not up to par with my expectations. I love drawing faces and my friends means a lot to me for all she has helped me this year. I want to redraw this portrait with my newly attained skills this year so that I can observe how much I have improved. It would also make a nice sentimental gift to her. I really would like to do this so that I can really feel proud of my effort this year.
Seth Killingbeck

Anonymous said...

Sean Bostrom
Period A

1.) Was not here for this video
2.) This picture has a pirate theme going. The contents of this picture are a picture of a pirate, a gun, some dice and a bird.

Anonymous said...

1)The Chuck Close movie was very interesting to watch. I found it crazy how much technology went into every single piece he did. He had machines in both art workshops, and there was so much that went into it. He didn’t just draw; he had a picky process that was done every time. He didn’t start in a corner or decide which spot was the most important piece that stood out or whatever. He had a graph set up and he worked box by box. Most artists start by importance of each spot, but most artists aren’t successful like him.

2)My favorite image was the Setting the Stage. It’s of an ink bottle with a flower coming out of it and some grapes and paintbrushes are next to it on a table. It looks really cool. It’s done so well. There are good shadows & terminators are visible everywhere.

5)My proposal would say what it was, what it looked like, how I would start it, & why I chose it.

Allison Goldman

Anonymous said...

Mike Abdelahad
1.) In the Chuck Close documentary there was a lot that interested me. I was intrigued how Chuck used a grid technique to get the exact placement of line and colors for a more photo realistic painting or work of art. I also loved how random colors in a box on the grid, put together the right way and looked at from a distance, can create a very accurate and amazing portrait. A lot of Chucks works were truly amazing in all their detail and even more amazing when they look exactly like the person Chuck drew. It was also amazing how up close a piece was just abstract art or colors, but far away you could truly see what the piece was meant to be.
2.) I personally like Jason Brady’s piece called just a game. I find it very intriguing and interesting. It is also good because it clearly shows proper shading and contrast. It is in black and white and demonstrates a lot of the types of work we have been doing in class. It shows hard and soft edges, shadows, reflections, lots of detail, and even the whole value scale. I like the depth the piece has and just the sheer oddity of it.

Anonymous said...

I think that it is really amazing how he overlays the colors on his drawings to get the final color that he wants. I can’t believe he uses colors that are not even close to the color of his skin or glasses at first and by the time he has built all the colors they end being perfect. I also can’t believe how much time he spends on each painting and that he does not give up especially since he is extremely disabled.
I really like the panting dangerous speculation. I like it because the theme is really cool. I like the gangster card game theme a lot. I like it also because it looks really realistic and it is done in paint so it has good color and I think that it makes it more realistic.

Anonymous said...

Luke Kane Class A
1. When watching the Chuck Close Documentary, I was in awe. How could a man almost completely paralyzed complete such beautiful pieces of artwork? The story his wife told about how he had to stay in a rehabilitation hospital for around seven months and how the only activity he could do was paint and draw was truly inspiring. What was even more interesting was the way he completed most of his pictures. He uses this technique where he draws these little mini pixels and they don’t look like much to start but as the pixels start coming together, they form this terrific painting. The one thing I don’t understand is how he draws the pixels and knows what the final product is going to look like. It’s almost like he works from the inside out. Overall Chuck Close is an awe inspiring man who also happens to be a great artist.

2. Looking in the art gallery, I actually chose one of his own drawings called “Shiver Me Timbers!” The picture is of an overhead view of what looks like a shoebox filled with various different items such as a gun, a pirate comic picture, two dice, three marble, the scrabble L block, , a different dye with the letter “w” on it, a jax, a “X” marks the spot, and a small model of a dove. I like this picture because there is so much going on in the picture which is really cool and it is so realistic. Also it reminded me of one of those “I Spy” books which I used to read all the time.

Anonymous said...

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