tirsdag 6. desember 2011

Evaluation feedback: Time and clocks unit

Piotr: "It's nice, even though the eyes are a bit weird. Make me visualize old times".

Andreas: "Very nice. Wings are well-developed. Hat is nice. diversion of eyes is cool. Could have prevented paint stains on back".

Markus: "Components are connected in a nice way".

Simen "The masterpiece created by sander is one that is impressive. One can argue that it is meant to be ornithologically oriented and that it is very educational in this way though others might argue that this is for entertainment purposes".

Roman:"My personal opinion  stat this sculpture could be used for many different things.

  • It could be  a clock
  • It could serve as a ornament
  • It could possibly be used for pleasuring purposes
  • It could be used to kill people (some people have a fright phobia for birds)"
Note: Everything Simen and Roman wrote was written entirely by themselves.

From this feedback I can see that the structure of the sculpture is good, even though I could work a little more to prevent careless mistakes like paint stains. According to Simen and Roman, the sculpture could also serve different purposes. The general feedback suggests my sculpture was successful.

Time and clocks assignment: Relation to an artwork

‘Lechku & Nechku’ relation to clocks and time
By Sander. H. Hjallen
The artwork known as ‘Lechku & Nechku’ was originally created for the game ‘Okami’, made for the Playstation 2 by Clover Studios. Clover Studios was closed some years ago, so the original artist is unknown. The game ‘Okami’, is based of Japanese mythology, and the whole art direction is ancient Japanese art style. The artwork ‘Lechku & Nechku’ is also drawn in Japanese art-style. The characters Lechku and Nechku, in the game, are two demonic twin owls with the power to control time. Their names and appearance aren’t directly based off Japanese mythology, even though owls in Japan can be acknowledged as a symbol of negative qualities.
An interesting detail about these figures is their physical appearance. Both the owl have an industrial theme to them, even though the story is set in ancient Japan. This suggest that these figures are not affected by the current setting of time and are indeed “timeless”. I have chosen the time of the artwork to be “stopped”, not because of the characters themselves, but because of how the picture is drawn. The way the two owls just stands with their neutral looks on their faces and how their piercing stares creeps you out, suggest that their current position is fixed. I think that the artist(s) who drew this wanted to create this effect, and were highly successful. 
Even thought the two owls are highly similar, their details contradicts each other. The color of the the left owl (Lechku) is gold, while the color of the right owl (Nechku) is silver. The top hat of Lechku is bent, while the top hat of Nechku is completely straight. Lechku has a beard, while Nechku has a mustache Lechku’s cane is hinged, while Nechku’s cane is not.  Lechku has ears, while Nechku has no ears. Lechku has a regular-style clock with roman numerals on his chest, while Nechku has a clock which could resemble a digital clock with japanese numbers. These differences may symbolize different versions, ways of perceiving, or ways of understanding time. It could also just be a way to differentiate the two owls. Since both the owls are demons, they may also symbolize the cruel/evil parts of time.
I think this piece of artwork symbolizes time in an interesting way, prior of it not being a painting of an official artist. Even though the artwork does not directly connect to time, I believe the characters behind the painting does so in a unique manner.

Creating the sculpture: Part 04

It had gone several weeks since we were able to work on the sculpture, due to trip to cinema, christmas concert rehearsal etc. We had gotten the whole day to work on the the sculpture. We worked at MYP, so we had to go and get our stuff at PYP first. I weren't able to get all the stuff I needed, because a lesson was in session at the room we usually use for ART.

 I started with cutting out the wings of the owl out of cardboard, as engraving them into the sculpture turned out to be a bad idea. I painted them with a blend between black and silver, which created an interesting shining dark color. I painted the entire clay part of the sculpture with silver paint, to add a mechanical feel to the sculpture. I then made the top hat of the owl by cutting out 2 circles of cardboard, gluing them together and paint them black.

 The next step was to glue all the pieces together. I started with the gluing the clock into the frame I had created at first. As the clay sculpture had dried, the frame was made more hallow, which made it more challenging. However, with the help of Roman and Tollak I was able to glue it together successfully. I did not feel like adding  a way to remove the clock, as it would not be appropriate to my chosen type of sculpture, which is also why I didn't add a battery. I then glued the top hat to the head, and the wings on it's back.

I then painted Roman Numerals onto the background of the clock, because I think it added more sophistication, even though the numerals were poorly drawn. I then glued on the top hat, and the wings. I used a cut out piece of a clock hand as an eye, and a metal ring symbolizing a monocle.

onsdag 30. november 2011

Creating the sculpture: Part 03

The following lesson I worked on the details of the sculpture. I had some problems with engraving the wings onto the sculpture, so I decided to scrap it. Since we this was the second to last lesson we were able to work on the sculpture, I decided to make the rest of the sculpture out of cardboard and other materials, as the clay needed one week to dry.

onsdag 23. november 2011

Creating the sculpture: Part 02

In the second lesson I was able to work with the sculpture, I continued modeling the body of the owl, as I had finished the frame of the clock. I used clay to build around the frame, to make it into one sculpture altogether. By the end of the lesson, I had finished the main structure and was ready to proceed to the details.

onsdag 16. november 2011

Creating the sculpture: Part 01

The first thing I had to do when creating the sculpture was to create the background of the clock. I did this by cutting out an appropriate sized circle out of cardboard and then painting it with silver paint. Then I proceeded to create frame to insert the clock in. This was going to be the stomach of the owl. My initial thought was to add gears to the sculpture, but since the classroom lacked that component, I was not able to.

onsdag 9. november 2011

Clock design

I have now made a design of the clock I am planning to make. I will cover a clock with some kind of material, most likely clay. I will also probably include some other accessories, to make it not just look like a statue. The sculpture will be of a robotic owl.

onsdag 2. november 2011

Clock ideas

Last lesson we were introduced to out new unit, where we work with time and clocks. The assignment of this unit is to create a clock or another form of sculpture that represents time. I am thinking of designing my clock to look like an owl, because it reminds me of some characters from the video game Okami, which had a very interesting concept to it.

onsdag 26. oktober 2011

Evaluation feedback

Aj: ''Good, but could have included more black on the dark side''.

Roman: ''Likes the purple color on the dark side''.

The general feedback from the class was that my painting was good, and very symbolic, even though some people were surprised I had a ''dark side''.


onsdag 21. september 2011

Progression update

Last lesson I painted the half of my painting. I focused on the dark side, because I am going to paint with different kinds of methods on each side. The next lesson I will finish the painting by painting the light side.

onsdag 7. september 2011

Self portrait artist.

I choose the self portrait artist Gustave Courbet, because I believe the emotions he tried to show really reflected the painting.

onsdag 31. august 2011

Art developmental workbook 01

This week I have decided what kind of drawing I will make.

I have decided to make a split self portrait of myself, showing my dark side at on side, and my light side on the other. The dark side will focus on chaos and dark energy, while the light side will focus on peace and natural beauty. The light side will be the only side that actually show my face. On the dark side I will only show the outlining with a glowing red eye. The picture below shows how I will base my design of the dark side.
This a picture of character of a video game called Okami.
He is meant to symbolize the evil side of humanity.
I got this picture from: http://okami.wikia.com/