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Project 2

Project 2, while it may be over for me, my process will continue.

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Project 2 gave me an opportunity to create a dedication to my late uncle David. He was a wood sculptor, he would carve grand tiki-totems. Utilizing the laser cutter allows me to engrave wood with depictions of some of his carvings. I chose specifically to engrave a photo of a family of tigers standing tall next to each other. I learned better how to use Illustrator through applying different image trace filters to the actual photograph of the tigers to then break them up into basic colors and shapes. I did not want the engraving to be as detailed as the photo, nor did I want to capture the photo. I wanted to depict the tiger’s shapes, specifically the strokes and arches my uncle had carved himself. I also learned how to mask which is a very important and powerful tool to take advantage of. I chose to break the tigers into 3 different shades of the grey scale. White, black, and grey. The laser cutter interpreted these different levels of the grey scale to be 3 different depths of engraving. The issue though with how my piece came out was that the grey and black were not that different. Even though they seemed far apart and that the contrasted enough, according to the computer it was much closer to black thaScreen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.56.29 PMn white. Because of this any portion of my image traced and masked tigers that was black and grey almost ended up blurring together. For example, the tiger’s stripes do not very much contrast with the tiger’s regular fur.

 

Going back to what I said before, my process hasn’t ended yet. I want this dedication to eventually be a gift to my father when I go to see him in Toronto in December, and I want it to be a lot bigger. 18x24in would be a size I am happy with. I would like the wood to be about 1 inch thick, have rounded edges and corners on the front side, and be stained a mahogany color.

 

I will have to be very careful with certain parts of my project. One of many is how I draw contrast between the three tigers. If I choose to overlay them again, then I will have to make sure that some of them have some sort of outline or border to draw them in front of/behind one another. Otherwise they would merge together into a blob. Secondly, I may not be able to rely on the black-grey-white method of engraving. The difference in depth from white to black is only maybe 4 millimeters, and that is hardly taking advantage of the 1 inch thick piece of wood I hope to be working with.

 

The importance of project 2 was not in the piece I produced but the door it opened for me into new creative applications I am capable of taking advantage of to produce meaningful results in my personal life.

 

Marcel Tv

 

Marcel Tv Css Design-02Marcel Is a foundation regarding art and culture. My first project at ASAP Media Services was to design a website that could facilitate the discovery, preservation, and curation of video art. I was almost on my own with this, and had to figure out a whole lot. What is video art? What video art am I trying to preserve? What does it mean to preserve art, or discover art? What does an art curator do? That whole portion of the project, answering those questions, was actually quite far on. I first had to define myself what I had to do. It took many months to discover myself that what I had to do was build a website to preserve, discover, and curate. Discovering that, and the process of, defines one the largest growth periods I have ever undergone.

Sketching, Drafting, Planning

Final Project Sketching

Throughout NMD 102 we pursued a number of projects. This allowed us to practice how to approach projects. This includes figuring out what to make, critiquing it, then establishing an initial direction. These concepts were critical in each project and upcoming ones throughout my New Media career. Without these a project would struggle to gain a footing, a teamwork would be in vain without communicative plan. This screenshot in particular is of my final project with Ted Scontras and Josef Siraco. Sketches depicted are of the first stage of our game designed to model denial.

Project 1

The Assignment: Take two pictures of your ‘object’ for each of the listed categories with your project team helping you along the way with lighting, assembling the backdrop, etc.

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I already knew how to take each of the photos. Macro, depth of field, indoor lighting, outdoor, then some sort of photo including a planned backdrop. I already know how to use a camera at an intermediate level. Though my Nikon still has a whole lot of functionality I haven’t yet dabbled with. I enjoyed taking the pictures, though they weren’t necessarily of subject matter I’d usually capture. My object was my bike, and without some sort of rig or planning for movement shots I can only make it so exciting with still photography. I suppose thats part due to poor planning on my part.

I think the project is good for incoming students who do not yet know how to use a camera, though I do not believe it justifies the requirement of meeting with your group to Backdrop 2shoot. What I believe the purpose of the project to be, learning to use a camera, warrants personal work. If someone wants to meet with another, whether it to be as a subject or a helper, that option is there.

Some problems I ran into regarding the requirement of meeting with group members is time. Many of us were very busy already, and finding a time to meet was difficult. On top of that when members do mBackdropeet time is of the essence. Taking your time is not a very practical thing at that point.

On Sunday I met with someone outside of my group to do some filming. I had missed our previous meeting time and only had that early afternoon to do it. I needed someone to hold Indoor Lighting 2the camera, hence Theodore joining me. I had requested to rent out a tripod from the IMRC though
no one had gotten back to me. I could of and would have shot the whole thing by myself originally. While Ted helped a lot, the unavoidable shakiness really took away from the quality of my shots.

While I do think the project is good for students to take different types of photography to learn how a camera works, I do not believe doing this in a group setting should be a requirement. The amount of effort and time I wish to put into each of my shots does not mold well with trying to meeting with a group of students who have just as variable schedules and busy lives as I. When we do meet, it could be more of an impediment than benefit.

Heres a link to the video I shot:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B05j6hmfpwPbU1I3MlhjLTBaZnM/view?usp=sharing