For this piece I chose to do space and earth to create unity. The stars create repetition which creates unity in the piece. The black in the moon creates contrast against the white background and yellow stars. I tried to maintain the stars location with not having them move too much. I made the meteor go in a more organic shape to make the piece more lively. One thing that I would like to change about my piece is to add more animation. I thought that there would be more movement in the piece but when viewed there isn’t. I used the moon changing phases, the earth, and the meteor to create the movement in the piece. As an artist I have grown in the fact that I have gotten better with Adobe Illustrator. When I came into this program I knew little about it. Another way I have grown is through the fact that I have gotten better with color. You can see this from the illuminated name project. I learned to limit what colors I used and to make sure they relate. This project is relevant to the program because I am part of the animation course and it helped me to learn a new technique. It also taught me how to use the laser cutter which I can use in future projects.
Yuri Norstein is a Russian animator. This “legend” of contemporary animation used cut outs as his medium for animation. Yuri became prominent in the community because of his series of animated shorts which were aimed towards family audiences in the 1970’s. These shorts were notable for their art style and the mood they created. Most of his pieces give off a tragic or sorrowful vibe (“Yuri”). The tragic and sorrowful vibe is really shown in a large majority of his shorts, some examples are: Hedgehog in the Fog, 1975; The Fox and the Hare, 1973; and Tale of Tales, 1979. In all of these shorts which were part of the series Yuri used cut outs. In every short Yuri did a fabulous and pretty much seamless job with animating the cut outs. With these cut outs he illustrated many already told famous tales. Continue reading
In Starry Night Over the Rhone Vincent van Gogh created texture with his brush strokes. The stars, the lights, and the reflections of the light create contrast against this mainly dark piece. The light’s reflection on the water is a focal point because it’s the brightest and largest amount of yellow on the piece. The size change creates a sense of depth. The repetition of the yellows and dark blues creates unity. The people blend into the piece until you move your eyes towards the general area they’re in. The change in direction of the brush strokes also helps create contrast. Overall the piece is very pleasant to look at and the contrast in the piece helps to move the viewers eye around it.
In Nighthawks by Edward Hopper he used the bright color in the diner against the mainly dark piece to create contrast. The same teal hue throughout the piece creates unity. The patterns below the windows creates reputation which creates unity. The girl in the red dress is a focal point because red is only used in the piece on her and red is an attention getting color. When viewing the piece your eyes are drawn to the diner and then once there your eyes move to the girl and then all around the diner. Overall this piece is a very good piece both technically and visually.