EXERCISE 3.1 ILLUSTRATING VISUAL SPACE

VISUAL REFERENCES:

I had a look on Pinterest for visual references for the following:

– a tree

– a child running or walking

– a building

I edited the photographs into black & white images and then ‘cut-out’ the individual items to work with. Instead of printing and cutting them out, I edited them using Procreate in order to manipulate the images into different sizes and arrangements.

A TREE:

A CHILD RUNNING OR WALKING:

A BUILDING:

I tried out a lot of different arrangements using the 3 individual images:

I then added some colour:

During this exercise, I explored how each element works in relation to each other.

HOW DOES YOUR SENSE OF THE IMAGE AND ITS MEANING CHANGE WHEN THE FIGURE IS SMALLER THAN THE OTHER ELEMENTS?

When the figure is smaller than the other elements, it creates a more realistic image, where the figure is at the same depth in the picture than the tree and the house. It looks realistic and on the same scale. When the figure is bigger than the other elements, it can either add depth to the picture, with the tree and the house further away in the background. Or it can create a surreal effect where the house and tree is the size of a dolls’ house compared to the child.

IF THE ELEMENTS ARE AT DIFFERING ANGLES TO EACH OTHER AND AT AN ANGLE TO THE FRAME, WHAT DYNAMIC IS SUGGESTED?

I’m not really sure, but I guess it creates an effect of movement up or down the hill.

IF ALL THE ELEMENTS ARE COMPLETELY HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL IN RELATION TO THE FRAME WHAT DYNAMIC IS SUGGESTED? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THIS IMAGE AND WHAT SENSATION DOES IT COMMUNICATE?

I guess it creates a more balanced and stable effect.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE COMPOSITION? EXPLAIN WHY YOU FEEL IT IS MOST SUCCESSFUL.

I enjoyed playing around with the different combinations and it was hard to choose a favourite. Out of all of the combinations, I liked the surreal ones the most, especially these ones:

If I had to choose an image which I think was most effective, I would choose one of the following images:

VIDEO with added music: ‘I wish I was a Punk Rocker’, by Sandi Thom

I think the figure in the foreground, with the tree and the house further back, added depth to the picture and was very effective.

REFLECTION:

I have never thought to try out this kind of exercise in order to experiment with different compositions. It was very interesting to play around with different sizes and combinations of the different elements. This process will come in quite handy when trying to figure out different angles and combinations for future illustrations. It was fun. Thank you!

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