Sunday, 25 January 2009

Assignment 2: Self Portrait

I have now started work on Assignment 2: Self Portrait. I have thought a lot about how I want to portray myself and I have spent some time making some sketches; taking photographs of myself and my possessions as well as scanning stuff in. I also understand from the course notes that some criticism of others' work is necessary and I have e-mailed my tutor today for some input. I hope that I will be able to complete this module by the end of February. Now I just need to put it all together to make a final image!

I have reorganised the slide show to show a sequence of thought processes. I am now thinking along the lines of footprints, hand prints etc, not in the literal sense but in the abstract sense of my impression on life and life's impressions on me.

I have also started to look at self portraits made by other people and have been making some notes in my paper log. This assignment, I notice, requires not only self criticism but also assessment of other's work including a statement on how other students completed the tasks. I have e-mailed my tutor, as instructed, but, as yet, have not heard from him. It is only a week, but I hope he sends me an answer soon as it is holding me back.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Project 8

As you can see I have been rather busy catching up trying to complete the Projects for module 2 so that I can get on with the serious business of Assignment 2. This project was also a bit repetitious as I have been making contact sheets and printing images using the Photoshop Elements program already, for my hard copy Journal. I have tended to use Picassa 3 to upload pictures and sldeshows into this blog as it is particularly easy (see previous posts on this and all my other blogs); however making a website in PE is also relatively easy and all I have to learn now is how to upload it to a website! First create a Website.

Any Clues?

Project 7

Making a collage was covered rather well in Module 1 in my opinion. This project was much the same. I have already combined straight lines in the form of threads and torn papers folded papers and my own artwork in several images already so I was not very inspired to create more collages with no real purpose except for creating a frame. I did, however, make one new one with old Christmas wrapping and a Paul Smith gift bag for this project in order to say that I have completed the project:

This was then framed by increasing the canvas size according to the instructions:

From frame collage

I also used one of my images from Module 1 which includes some of my original artwork to show how "framing" enhances the image.
From mix

From frame collage

I now know how to increase the size of a canvas.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Project 6

Just picked up after the Christmas break. Not much of a break for me as I was working almost throughout the whole two week period; lovely on the tube as nearly no one else was travelling in. Still life with fruit seemed to be what was required of this project. Can't say that I found it all that inspiring and somewhat repetitious of the first module. I want to move on to the next project quickly so am not going to spend too much time here. I played around a bit with brightness, contrast and resolution with one of the still life pictures.