Thursday, 15 April 2010
This is the media product that I have chosen and which is the final piece drawing that I submitted for my A-level Art. The reasons that I have chosen this piece of drawing are because it can be visually-led with plenty of cues and art direction in order to emphasis the visual aspects of it.
‘Plants’ was the topic for this piece of work and there were both primary source and secondary source within this piece of drawing. I have also chosen an artist who is well-known in drawing flowers as a reference for my work. Furthermore, I have used different types of color media, such as color pencils, pastels and water colors etc….in order to provide a mixture of different drawing styles. In addition to that, as we can see from the photograph; I have used some dry flowers and leafs to surround the edges of my drawing in order to emphasis the topic of my work – plants.
My concept idea behind this piece of drawing was to simulate a visual view of our eyes when looking into a forest or garden; we would be able to see different types of plants and flowers. And it would be as beautiful and colorful as this picture. And last but not least, the dry flowers and leafs on the edges were used to emphasis the topic; and the main idea was to give a mixture of realistic and painting since the concept of the whole piece of drawing was to simulate a visual view of human eyes.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
This is just a simple photograph of the side view of a book. There are no special effects or any special photographic techniques applied to this photograph; however, the reason why I have chosen this image was because of the creative idea of the photographer.
As we can see above, the pages of the book have been split into two halves and bended inwards. Therefore if we look from the side, we will be able to see a heart shape.
By looking at this photography and understanding the concept behind it, I realised that it’s very important that sometimes we look, think or read things from different aspects in the media industry. And by doing that, we will be able to understand things more clearly and completely in order to generate more different ideas and creative concepts; therefore we might at the end get an unexpected result.
The oil painting above is a typical example of Pop Art. Pop Art is a 20th century art movement that utilized the imagery and techniques of consumerism and popular culture. Pop Art developed in the late 1950’s as a reaction against Abstract Expressionism and flourished in the 60’s and early 70’s.
It is not difficult to notice Pop Art images through our day life since we can easily find it on advertisements, magazines or comics. Furthermore, Pop Art favoured figural imagery and the reproduction of everyday objects, such as logos, soup cans, animals etc…. And most of the Pop Art images are simple and colourful; and sometimes artists apply different colours to different copies of the same images in order to make the paintings look more interesting and to catch people’s attention.
This photograph was taken by a camera with fish-eye lens. Fish-eye lens, in other words means a 180 degree wide-angle lens. And by taking photograph with this kind of lens, we will be able to capture everything above, below and around us and compacting them into a circular sphere shape. Therefore, subjects that we shooting on would be twisted and bended around the edges, stretch towards and away from the lens, and also converge their lines towards the center.
This photograph was taken in my housemate’s room. The reason why I have chosen this photograph was because of its colour; as you can see above it’s not just a normal black and white photo. This is one interesting function of my camera which allows me to take black and white photo and at the same time, apart from black and white, I can also choose one colour to be emphasized in order to stand out from the photograph.
Use the photograph above as an example, I have chosen red to be emphasized therefore everything which is red would be appeared in its actual colour (red) and all the rest would be in black and white.
In my opinion, I think this photography technique can be very useful as an advertising element. For example it can be used in a product advertisement on magazines in order to make the product stands out from the background.
This photograph was taken at my friend’s Japanese restaurant in York. There are different kinds of Japanese style decorations and these two lampshades are one of them. The reason why I took a photograph of these two lampshades was to make a comparison to my last image which shows about depth-of-field. And by taking this photograph I want to show that depth-of-field is not the only way of focusing an object since sometimes we might want to focus on more than one object. For example in this photo, objects we trying to focus might both in the foreground and also in the background. In this case, we need to use a smaller aperture since it allows more of the foreground and background fall within acceptable focus. In other words we can get a sharp image of both objects rather than focusing on one object and making the other object blur. And this is what we called extended depth-of-field.
This photograph was taken in my room which shows a foreground image of a teabag label and a background image of my laptop. As you can see the teabag label in front is in a sharp focus and the laptop at the back is blurred. And this is what we called depth-of-field.
Depth-of-field is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in a photograph. We can also define depth-of-field as the zone of sharpest focus in front of, behind, and around the subject on which when lens is focused on a specific subject.
Photograph above is a typical example of a photo with shallow depth-of-field control. (Only the main subject of interest is enhanced by throwing other elements out of focus)