2D Composition

Final Project: Pascal Campion

    • What kind of movement?
      • He creates movement in a few different ways. His illustrations usually are of people, so their body language usually conveys a sense of movement. The background does the same thing. For example, when he created an outside setting, the trees and glass will all lean a certain direction to help guide the viewer’s eyes through the composition.
    • Do the artists establish shallow or deep space?
      • I think that with the use of overlapping, shadows, and light, Campion is able to evoke the illusion of deep space, even with his flat illustrations.
    • What techniques do they use to suggest that kind of space?
      • Campion created his space by both overlapping figures. When trying to create space with geometric figures though, he will use simple perspective techniques like creating a horizon line and vanishing point.
    • Where are focal points positioned within the frame? Symmetrical, asymmetrical, regular, irregular, repeated, etc.
      • Focal points are placed in one of two places. Either in the center of the page, or off to the side with specific emphasis on them made by color choices that stand out from the rest of the image.
    • What techniques does the artist use to convey a consistent composition? (Unity).
      • I think his color schemes are the biggest factor in holding unity in his pieces. He usually pics a certain color scheme for the entire piece, but breaks it only for the focal point. For example, in the image below, it looks like he uses an analogous color scheme, but he breaks that by using orange on the character in the middle.
    • What techniques does the artist use to make focal points stand out? (Contrast)
      • He will usually make them larger, centered, or give the focal point brighter and more vibrant colors.
    • What color schemes (analogous, complementary, triadic, etc.) does your artist employ and to what effect?
      • He uses all kinds of color schemes. Each illustration uses a different one and the scheme will change depending on the emotion he is trying to evoke.
    • Does your artist use saturated or muted colors, and to what effect? “Bright, prismatic colors to create energy”, or “muted, dull colors to create atmosphere or natural environment”. That kind of stuff.
      • It depends on the image. When depiction delicate moments with his family, he usually uses vibrant colors to help the reader understand that his three, young, children have tons of energy, but he also has other images that use muted colors to convey a sense of serenity or peacefulness.

Pascal Campion

2D Composition

Final Project: 3 Artists

Three artists that I chose to research are Mamma Andersson, Jonas Wood, and one of my personal favorites, Pascal Campion. The thing that I like most about these artists is their ability to evoke the illusion of space using in a style that appears to be very flat.

The qualities that connect them aesthetically are mostly their shapes and the technique. They all have a style that is very flat, almost like they were cut out and placed on the page. They skew and distort the illustrations in the slightest way to be able to make these flat shapes look like they are in a three-dimensional space.

Conceptually, I found that these artists create their art as references to other art, imagery from film, memories, delicate life moments/emotions, people, and various objects, and settings. They all create their art because of the things they have seen or experienced in their life.

2D Composition

Collaborative String Theory

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.50.46 PM.pngthis is a poorly made representation, but i think this overall piece could have benefited from more unity. i think it was good that the triangles were consistent, but i think that the linear string with shorter pieces tied to it were distracting. i also feel like all the shapes that were filled in with stripes clashed with the organic figures that helped to fill in the tentacle-like shapes. i would have also liked to see ore squares or rectangles.

2D Composition

String theory

2D Composition

3 Artists

Respond to three of the artists on the Action! list. What techniques are they using to suggest time/movement/space beyond the surface of the paper?

  1. Trudy Benson: she very much takes advantage of negative space and overlapping to create depth in her pieces. she uses various objects and colors that use quite a large range of sized to suggest that some things are closer while others are further away. many of her pieces use a grid of some sort at some place in the piece an i think those are the most successful in creating the illusion of space. 
  2. Ellsworth Kelly: he uses a lot of straight horizontal or vertical lines to create a sense of movement in his pieces. by slightly offsetting the lines from one another it creates this patterns that appears to roll right across the page. 
  3. Andreas Kocks: uses paper to come off the wall and cast shadows to make the piece come at the audience even more. there is also quite a bit of repetition in the shapes and holes cut in the paper of each one. 
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“How is composition different with digital tools compared to composing on paper? What are the pros and cons?”

depending on the assignment, digital tools can absolutely be far more helpful than any physical tool can be. for something like making the circles to depict the gestalt principles, digital tools, in my opinion, were more beneficial to making those designs successful. it was hard to use the template because the sized of the circles are so limited and once the circle was planted on he paper, it took a whole process to carefully erase it and place it somewhere else or make it larger or smaller. using the digital tools would have helped to speed up the process of trying to figure out a good composition before finalizing it. on top of all that, digital tools are helpful when working in small spaces, like a 2×2 square. zooming in on a particular point was very helpful to grab small objects or to make a certain part of the composition more precise.

of course there are cons to using digital tools as well. there’s always the nagging thought in the back of the head that says to save the document every few minutes just in case the application were to crash. what if it crashes before getting a chance to save? what then? at least with physical tools once the mark s made, it’s there to stay (unless erased of course). the other con to using digital tools that physical ones can provide is the ability to remain more organic. it can take a while to learn to use applications or programs and how to make patterns or colors or change shapes, where with a pencil and paper, one can just draw it out as imagined.