Session 1A | Oct 26, 2016
No.1 SYMMETRY + PEACE
No.2 CENTRAL ALIGNMENT + DOMINANT BY DIFFERENCE AND SIZE
No.3 CONTRAST AND MOVEMENT
No. 4 CONTINUITY AND RHYTHM
I really like some of the images. I have to say that most of the images are pretty difficult to understand what exactly you wanted to illustrate with them. It’s actually the same problem happened to most of the students – while these exercises are basically easy to do, doing them really -well- is quite challenging task.
Going forward with the homework, I would suggest:
– Try to focus more on representing very clearly and vividly the keywords/principles you’re showing. Keep in mind that it’s no easy task really. In your particular case, i’d suggest you try to clean up the composition by using less element, and think more of relationship between these elements. For example, one of your compositions that i assume represents “depth” (the one that has like pink “staircase”), is quite ok, but it doesn’t really need these yellow diagonals.
– Check out my Photoshop tutorials posted under Session 1A post, to help you clean up the photos. Especially pay attention how you crop (cut) your photos. I am not sure if the black rectangle in your classwork is meant to be an element of the composition or it is intended to be a “frame” of your composition. If later is the case, then make sure you crop the photos in such way that the black background fills entire photo.
Thanks Neko for the advice, I understand what you are saying.. I didn’t have the time to label each picture when I submitted them in class. As for the homework, I will follow the instructions carefully and use Photoshop
First two homework = VERYgood!
Thank you very much, Neko. Happy you liked them
Contrast and movement (kiwi/apple photo) : I’d say I can’t see neither contrast nor movement. I know apples are not kiwis, but visually on your image they are not that different at all (all are round, and even texture is not that dissimilar).
I thought that since the apple is in the middle, it would be distinguished. And the movement is created by the circle of kiwis and their slightly different angles. What do you suggest I should do to improve the composition ?
You are correct, the position of the apple in center does make it a dominant, through the working of radial symmetry. However, that does not mean that there is “contrast”. If you used peanuts instead of kiwis, we would have a contrast by size. Or, if you dipped apple in black paint, that would also make the contrast, black on white background. Even more contrast would be dipping the kiwis (or peanuts) in white. Then apple would be completely contrasted to subordinate elements (the ones at the bottom of visual hierarchy), both by size and color.
As for the movement, you are correct that the rotation could be suggesting movement, but I guess the impression is not that strong enough to be read just by looking at the image. I think a different, uneven distribution of kiwis/peanuts would make more impact towards movement. Can’t sketch at the moment, but thought of something that:
– kiwis do not complete full circle
– kiwis are distributed so that they start and long distance and then they are getting closer and closer between themselves. Something like this composition posted by Sakshi, only along a semicircular path, for example:
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