Monday, October 28, 2013

Turning a Song into 3D Space

To start, the song I chose was "Tip Toe" by Tamar Braxton. I chose this song not only because I really like it, but I love the instruments that are in the song. The percussion in this song sounds kind of tribal to me and I love the range of her voice in the song. She also uses her voice to make emphasis on certain phrases in the song. For example there is a line where she says "Cause I don't want my business t be at my neighbor's door, and I don't want my business on the Wendy Williams Show!" I also thought this line was funny considering who Wendy Williams is (a celebrity news gossip). This is definitely one of those songs that when you hear it you can't help to move. Here is a link to the song below.

"Tip Toe" - Tamar Braxton

So I made up a dance to this song. I would describe the dance as very structured with every movement having a purpose to express that part in the song. Here is the dance.


As you can see I used neon lights on my wrist, ankles, and head to better focus on the space that I was occupying while doing the dance. As for it being shot in the dark there is a reason for that as well; actually two. The first and obvious reason is because I wouldn't be able to see the lights. The second reason is more of a vain one. I enjoy dancing better when I'm in my living room and no one's watching but my dog. I'm so glad animals don't judge!

After doing my dance and reviewing it I came up with a space that occupied a perpendicular plane. I could explain what I did, but I have pictures!

After critiques it was suggested that I try to show more connection between the frontal portion and back portion. I could possibly use a thinner piece of string to show this connection. I do agree with this critique and will attempt this approach. I'm excited to see how this new weaving/connection will create a different space.

UPDATE: To follow up with this piece, the whole thing fell apart literally. I decided that instead of taking more time to put it back together and weave the string all over again, I would just move on to the next iteration. This next iteration is discussed more in the post "Exhibit Piece".

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Music in Pictures

We were asked to pick our favorite song. This song had to be one that we would listen to over and over again. It should be one that spoke to us and would stop us in our tracks if we heard it in the street. The song I chose for this project was "Beautiful" by Blackstar feat. Mary J. Blige and here is the link below:

Next we were asked to draw 25 squares on a piece of paper and take a minute (graciously timed by Prof. Mendoza herself) to draw whatever the music was making us feel. Here are some of the images I drew below.

After that we were asked to take some pictures that expressed our song and make a collage.

I was asked why I chose to place my photos on this particular grid pattern and honestly it was because the small pictures I drew were on the same type of grid.

My second iteration of my collage is pictured below. I needed something big to place my pictures on because I could not figure out how to print my pictures out smaller than 4x6. Most of the pictures I took were of flowers from Duke Gardens in Durham, NC but I also wanted some pictures of actual people as well. I decided to go to Southpoint mall also in Durham,NC and take pictures of couples. I don't have a picture of my second iteration as I pretty much deconstructed it before I realized I had no photo of it. It was basically a tri-fold poster board with my pictures and drawings arranged in it.

My third iteration is pictured below. I wanted something with a little more depth and dimension which is why I chose to create a four sided box.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Formal Introductions

I just realized that I have not taken the time to formally introduce myself...Hello!

My name is Tiffani and I'm a 31 female originally from NJ, but was pretty much raised in NC my whole life. I'm a second degree student at UNCG pursuing a degree in Interior Architecture. My first undergraduate degree was in Nursing, which I obtained in Charlotte, NC at Queens University of Charlotte. After obtaining my nursing degree and license I vowed I'd never go back to school for anything ever again, but here I am! I guess that's why they say never say never! 

I love nursing and I love taking care of people, but if you were to ask me if I were passionate about it, I would have to tell you no. When I graduated from high school and got accepted to college I knew I wanted to major in something that was not too competitive and something that I would be guaranteed a job once I completed school. The answer to all of that was nursing, and that's what I did. I do not regret going into the nursing field. I appreciate all the knowledge I have when it comes to health and wellness. I am proud of all the skills I have learned over the years and making a difference in peoples lives on a healthcare level. But now I would like to reach people in a different way. 

I feel deep down inside I am a creative and artsy soul. I could sit for hours doing arts and crafts and not get tired. I love creating things and working with my hands to build. I remember in college I had to take a "fluff" course and decided to take ceramics. In all my years of school (prior to now) never had I stayed in a studio or classroom until 10 or 11 o'clock at night throwing clay. I would put my earbuds in and tune out the world and it would be just me and the clay for hours, and I was at peace every minute of it. I love structures and I love to learn about the different materials used to make them. I love to feel the different textures of different materials. I could spend hours walking around a museum of art just studying and learning about the different artists, their pieces of work, and their muses. 

Because of all this and more is why I find myself embarking on a new path in life. I not only want to learn the above things and more, but I want to be well versed in these areas as well. I want to learn the language that goes along with this medium of knowledge and skill; I want to be apart of that world. And so here I am, back in school at 31 years old breaking my vow to do something I said I wouldn't to chase my dreams and relish in my passion.

Value Drawing

I must say that the whole value drawing studies are proving a bit challenging for me. But with much more practice I believe I will get a handle on it. For now though, the picture below shows what I feel to be my best value drawing.

So here a few of the reasons why I really like this drawing. First I figured out a different way to depict trees. Before my drawing of trees looked like this:

Now don't get me wrong, I do like the way I drew the tree in this drawing, but I feel like you can tell I'm a beginner. This is not to say I have advance from a novice stage in the first drawing. All I am acknowledging is that I feel like learned a new technique to drawing an image.

The second thing I like about my drawing is that this is actually me drawing from actual life and not a photo. I took a different approach this time and instead of taking in everything in the scene, I chose to points and made them my constraints. In this drawing my constraints were the two trees. This way I was able to focus on a specific area and draw it in detail without getting myself confused or distracted about the entire scene. This also helped me to understand the scale and position of the objects I was trying to draw.

The last couple of things that I like about my drawing is the journey from beginning to end. I started out first drawing a light outline of the trees and then the fence and I built up from there. When I did this it better helped me to understand what my professors were saying about building up a drawing by adding value to each component. I also learned that a pencil with a dull tip made it easier to create value. The sharper point made my lines heavier and when I tried to use a smudge stick with those types of lines they smudged, but you could still see the lines (which I liked this affect when I did the trees, but when it came to the roof and fronts of the houses it wasn't very affective). 

Now for the the things I didn't like and/or feel I need to improve on. I talked with my professors about this drawing, because after studying it a bit I began to question if what I did was really a value study or more of a shading project. Let's take a look at the trees side by side.

Unfortunately the picture here is not very clear of the drawing, but after my discussion with my professors I do agree that the tree on the right shows a better example of value drawing (as far as the tree trunk portion) than the one on the left. However, the reason why I did the tree on the left a bit darker than the one on the right was because it was actually darker (as far as the actual bark and the lighting on the tree). Also I want to add that the tree on the left was the first one I drew. All in all, I think I'm just in love with the technique I used to draw the trees!

Another aspect of this drawing that maybe lacks value is the fence. I personally like the way the fence was expressed in this drawing, but I do understand my professors critique about how some value should have been given to the front side of the individual posts. When I drew the fence I was more concerned with trying to get the fence to look 2 dimensional and not so flat on paper, I feel like I did this, but I could have taken the drawing further by adding more value and tone to front side of the posts.

There are some other places in this drawing that I think I got a little lost with creating value and tone was on the roof and the actual fronts of the houses.

Overall I just think it will take more practice to fully understand and get more skilled at creating value and tone in my drawings. I must say though I am very proud of myself thus far as if you would've shown me this drawing in the beginning of class I would've never believed that was something I did. I am very excited about my progress and am even more excited to see my skills develop even the more.