Session 00 | Oct 19, 2016
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Session 00 | Oct 19, 2016

Womb


HAITAM DAOUDI

In Class

1.

Tree1

 

To make the tree, I used a couple of Photoshop brushes I found in my library, but more importantly, I used some reference trees (that I had previously downloaded for a different task) as a starting point, since nothing can be created out of the void. Although the resemblance between the reference trees and the drawing is slight, it depicts the fact that even the most abstract of artworks has its start in everyday life and experience.

 

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2.

Capture

Homework

1. 墨水画

chinese_ink_drawing_by_artofandreas

What caught my attention in this image is the way the author plays with what is near, showing it as more detailed and darker in color, and what is far, represented with a wider range of colors but lighter nonetheless. Another aspect would be the use of three main planes, which are the front dark one, a second tremendously light one (which contrasts with the first) and finally the last, composed with a variety of tones from the first two.

Last but not least, I think of the writings on the left as verses from a short poem enclosing the feelings of the author towards his work.

2. white light on wall

Painting-with-light-through-colored-glass

I chose this image because I was attracted to the play of colors in it. What we see in the first plane shares nothing with the second one, yet this last one is generated from it.

This image also plays with perception, given that the shadow projected by the object in the front plane is unpredictable had it not been shown. Another important aspect would be the fact that this shadow can only be achieved using light from a specific angle, and that any other point would give us a different result, but as unexpected as this one.

3. mountain refugee

I-need-a-house-and-a-beautiful-wife-at-this-place

What I like the most about this picture is the way the colors change in the reflection on the water, and also the stillness of this last, which sharpens it’s reflection properties. Concerning the colors, I would like to add that the effect changes from one to another: whereas the blue of the sky acquires a greenish tone as we get closer to the viewer, the trees in the back conserves their light tone when reflected.

Another aspect that caught my attention is the relationship between the boat and the stairs, that extend under it, creating a different effect from what we see in the rest of the picture. The stairs are the only element that we actually see submerged under the water, which contrasts with the shadow of the boat, reflected right above it. Moreover, it makes me think of the boat as an extension of them that helps moving around the lake. Looking at the stairs as an extension of the boat to walk on the ground could also be a possibility.

Last but not least, the line where both meet constitutes a man-made barrier that, on the one hand, extends “ground” space, and on the other hand, separates both mediums.

4. sunny day

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The picture represents to me how a regular leisure day enjoyed by someone can change in a matter of seconds.

5. lunch

national-geographic-photography-contest-2011-05

In the top half, the hunter swimming in the sky; in the lower one, the fish floating in the sea.

6. catch the nut!

squirrel-photography-russia-vadim-trunov-11 Catch the ball!

The subjects in the picture are experts at seeing where the nut is going to be, but not the puck.

7. set of curves

Vassily_Kandinsky,_1923_-_Circles_in_a_Circle

What I like about this drawing is the way my attention is drawn to the area enclosed by the big black circle. Inside, the overlapping of different circles is made clearer by changing the color of the intersection. On the other hand, the straight lines also belong to the set if the are seen as circles with infinite radius.

I also like the variety represented in the picture. By using only one shape, the author generated a number of different elements and, by overlapping them, he was able to show how they act with each other.

8. taurus

picasso_bull_plate_11

The complexity of the figure lies in the fact that one single line is not enough to represent it. On the other hand, too many lines would make it loose it’s lightness and balance.

The curved lines in the bottom remind me of a bell, which I find as the perfect object to describe the image. The summit, which would represent the right amount of lines,  lies in the middle, whereas the rest of the bell would represent either more or less lines.

The image is clearly of a high level, given that the author was able to approach the summit of the bell.

Discussion

8 responses to “Womb”

  1. Neko says:

    Class work: excellent observations about drawing a tree based on references. This is exactly how artistic process work! Here’s an interesting, and related article on how Picasso applied different levels of abstraction to the same figure of the bull:
    http://www.artyfactory.com/art_appreciation/animals_in_art/pablo_picasso.htm

    Also, I like very much your visual examples (for now, the first two you posted). Both feature a very thoughtful analysis of visual elements of the image, which will serve as a great introduction to our next classes . Keep up the great work!

  2. HAITAM DAOUDI says:

    Thank you for your comment. Also, I really liked the article. It did enlighten me on the way to start and approach an abstract composition.
    I also introducing some change to the pictures by adding a title to each.

  3. HAITAM DAOUDI says:

    One question: should I give some information about the sites shown in the picture (geographical, year, …)?

  4. Neko says:

    Great new comment, and I like the way you are structuring the document with titles.
    A response to your question: not at all, it would be the best to actually completely ignore any information you have about what you’re looking it. At this point, the less information, the better – all you want is to focus on the image itself.
    In fact, I would suggest you do the following: try to limit your comments to only a few sentences, and keep it less than 20 words for each image. This will make the exercise more difficult, but it will help you focus even more on what’s the essence of the image you’re looking at. You were doing great already, I am just “adding weight” in this “brain gym” to push you more. :)

  5. Neko says:

    image #4 and #5: great briefs! I am sure you noticed it’s much more difficult to write short, then to write long :) It’s also a great exercise in trying to focus on only the most important.
    For the remaining images, you are free to choose how long you want your comments to be. I would suggest, in order for you to exercise something else, to try and find an abstract image, and analyse it in purely visual way (without trying to think of what the image attempts to represent or any other meaning behind it). Thanks

    • HAITAM DAOUDI says:

      Sorry I had already uploaded #6 when I read the comment. Tomorrow I will upload 2 abstract pictures to practice. It is indeed more challenging to write one sentence, but the result is also more satisfying. Thanks for the feedback.

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