Friday, October 29, 2010

If this is it....

Well there's a huge tropical storm in a collision course with Trinidad right now, so if you don't see any more posts after this, I'm probably either dead or lost my laptop in the

While we all wait it out, I'll probably be exceedingly bored when the power is cut, so I thought I'd share a few images of our lovely country in case it doesn't look that great after the storm passes.

After my last lesson in composition, you should be able to do shots like these as well.....

One of the many beautiful cathedrals of Port-of-Spain. 

Waiting for the Water Taxi at the complex in Port-of-Spain.

Water Taxi at King's Wharf in San Fernando.

The Port-of-Spain International Waterfront Complex.

Just wanted to give you all a nice little impression of how photography works. It's all ALL about lighting, steadiness of your hand and capturing the best part of your environment using the laws of composition.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Divali's coming....

Sorry for the late post...

I've been a bit delinquent when it comes to updating the blog.

Well...Divali will be soon upon us and I can't wait to get my hands on some barfi, kurma and jalebi. Mmmmm....
The lights and sounds of this time of the year will be out in full force by next week Thursday. Unfortunately, that also means my dogs will be having a hard time with all the noise from fireworks and scratch bombs...Poor things...

Now back to business....

We've been recently exploring compositional aspects of everything around us.
One way of easily spotting this is by creating a viewfinder out of literally anything.
To do this, just get something with which you can see isolated parts of your surroundings.

Another way to see this is by simple photography....

By arranging the elements of your photo correctly, beautiful compositional effects can be created.

Some samples of what can be achieved are as follows:

Note: All photos are taken with just a simple 4.0 megapixel digital camera in the Hillview College Art Studio.

After seeing what a couple of changes in materials and lighting arrangement can do...
I'm sure that the mysteries of photography and composition on the whole now seem less like big words and more like the 'ten commandments' of creating your photos, drawings, paintings etc.
The application of these skills is what separates a regular artist from a great one.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Entry 2


Minimal practical work was done in today’s class due to restraints in time. However, we learnt many new theoretical aspects and guidelines by which we can improve our work, especially in the branch of graphic design such as the elements and principles of design. Exercises in balance were also conducted as seen below.

The simple geometric shape of the circle was drawn three times within a rectangular box. Each circle per box was given a different size to change the balance of the box.
Balance is affected by size, colour and placement of the object, so bigger, darker, lower objects will appear heavier while small, lightly coloured, high objects appear lighter.

The Elements of design are:
  • Line                          
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Colour                      
  • Texture (tactile or visual)
  • Space
  • Value

The terms tactile and visual as it relates to texture refer to the use of realism or optical illusions. For example, using body paint, one can change one’s skin colour to an inhuman metallic effect detectable by the eyes, but the skin still feels normal to the touch. This can be manipulated in graphic design to achieve unique effects in relation to the piece under construction.

The Principles of design are:
·         Balance
·         Emphasis
·         Movement
·         Pattern
·         Rhythm


Today on the official first day back to school for the 2010 – 2011 academic year, I was pleasantly surprised by the completion of the Hillview College art studio. In this completed studio, we now had full access to the atmosphere and special requirements for the study and improvement of our visual arts skills. We studied the area of figure drawing by learning to see beneath the skin and draw the ‘skeletal’ structure of our model. 

Our Form 4 class consists of 5 students, one of which posed as the model for our observation.
We used 14” x 17” sketch pad pages and charcoal to capture his body language and structure. Our experience in this particular area of the subject can be enhanced by experimenting with different models of differing body types, gender and using a wide variety of poses. I eagerly await our next session to see our progress in these endeavours to improve our skill.

Top: Body lines of the model in about 5 different poses.
Right: The model’s final pose in profile view.


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