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[p8] building mood via color + texture

if you haven’t reread (or read) the chapter on color in Art Fundamentals, do so NOW!


Create three high quality works of art using different approaches to color, texture (real and implyied) material, and technique to create mood. The three works should each be able to stand alone and function as a triptych. Use a series of highly related photographic images or a single image in which scale is significantly altered for each solution–human comp or identity essentials or new images derived directly from one of these previouse projects. Consider how changing the color relationship of an image will change the mood, content, impression and formal focus of each piece.

Source Image {photograph that YOU have taken or directed}
Your image choice is crucial to your success {choose wisely}. Spend time harvesting from your photo library of human comps, identity essentials, and other WASH photo series previously shot; look for the following components:

+ Formally interesting+strong image {composition}
+ Conceptually interesting image {not cheesy}
+ An image that you are excited about {remember you will be using this same image to
create THREE works of art}
+ Must be a photograph with value variety {not high contrast}

Imagery Strategy

+ Select image or series of images
+ Enlarge and crop xerox or laser copies to fit size format. Make more than you think you need, a couple copies of each and some alternate images that fit with the set.
+ Explore mulptiple formal and conceptual arrangements (full scale) of all three units both as a tripthych (consider it both horizontally and vertically) and individual stand alone pieces.
+ Determine overall color scheme which should be very specific and mood related. Of colors choosen as part of scheme, collect free swatch samples displaying a wide variation in each colors’ tint, shade, and saturation.
+ Finallize image selection/composition and transfer xerox to prepainted masonite.

Found Color {phase one} 

Exact Measurements: 4” x 12” or 3” x 12” 

Color Relationship: Monochromatic {one color + shades + tints} based on one of the colors chosen for your overall color scheme 

Materials: Free color swatches {walmart, home depot} single hole punch, clear drying glue, modge podge, wood glue + wood for framing, properly sized xerox or laser copy of image. 

Technique: Collage hole punch remnants or (not both) thinnly sliced rectangles based on the color relationship to create your image on masonite. You will cover the entire piece of masonite with this collage and have the option of coating the surface with modge podge, matte medium or gloss medium when completed. 

Frame: You will build a cradle frame, so the piece extends off the wall. The depth of the frame, along with the treatment of frame’s surface {paint, collage, stain, natural} is up to you. 

Surface: must be completely covered with hole punch remnants. You may choose to xerox your source image and attach to the masonite, collaging directly on top {making the underlying xerox copy hidden}. No masonite, even painted may be exposed. 

Label BACK: your first + last name, must be on the back, not the front of work Timeline: 

Mini-critique over phase one, 4/4-5.

upcoming [p8] surface vj accumulation

  1. color samples-[p8] color scheme SWATCHes
  2. copies-[p8] building mood via color and texture. images of your plan for entire triptych–scaled and cropped to represent the proportions of final pieces. (this means it can be smaller but to scale…ie 1×4, 4×4, 4×4)
  3. color research-[p8] research on each hue chosen [cultural context, usage, emotion, other connotations, history, and general research on specific hue)
  4. color research-[p8] collection of images of art and design using your chosen color scheme
  5. color samples-[p8] phase 1 monochromatic SWATCHes (~10 of varying values)