Kani uses exaggerated scale changes, texture, and color to make her work kid friendly. Designed as a book cover, this piece shows simplistic views of the characters on the front.
Unzners work is made up of imaginary creatures, creating a wide range of possibility in design and imagination. Her creatures are often extremely larger than the children depicted. She sets a dark tone yet keeps the creature smiling.
Scale to body in seen in both pieces. Kani and Unzner both make their depictions much larger than another. In Kani’s book cover, we can see that she plays with size by making the animals larger than Earth. Unzner shows her scale changes by making the creatures in here drawings much larger than the children.
The spaces chosen by both artists is also similar. The centered Earth, with relatively similar sized animals surrounding it, fills the space. Unzner doesn’t choose to focus on only one character, but both. They are both the center of attention in her piece. Although the creature is much larger than the girl, the size of her bed makes up for lost space, giving the illusion that both are centered.
Detailing is used in different ways in both works of art. Kani uses textures, such as crumpled paper, and Unzner uses what looks like water color blots, creating a fuzzy texture.
Adding on to the space choosen, both artists create a simple background to highlight the centered objects. Kani’s simple, light blue background sets a conrtrast between that and the harder color of the animals. Unzner leaves a blank, washed wall with only a window and small light to contrast the figures.
Finally, both artists use color. Imagination and creativity cannot easily be seen in many black and white works of arts. Color provide a general feeling of happiness, especially relating to children.
I began writing out lists a webs of possibly topics to write my memoir about. It started with marching band and no matter what other topic I wrote down, marching band had the biggest web of ideas, and that’s how I chose the topic. I chose this topic because for four years I was a part of something bigger than myself. The people, and most importantly the directors, helped shape who I was as a person. I learned respect and discipline have taken it to heart. After band, I found art. I always doodled on the sides of notebook pages but had never taken it to heart as I did band. I decided to apply what I had learned in band to my art and now I am getting a further education to pursue a career in art. Digging into memories to try and figure out exactly when I remembered these lessons I had learned was a challenge, as well as combining all of my thoughts and writing them down.
For my encounter, I plan on going to a tattoo parlor. I chose this location because I’ll be getting matching tattoos with my sister and I also have a fear of needles.
Location: Body and Soul Tattoo in Jersey City, NJ.
Cost: Around $120
Ways I can document the encounter:
– Video of either myself of my sister getting the tattoo (Maybe a video of the whole procedure and then speeding it up?)
– Sound recording: the buzz of the tattoo machine, people in the shop
– Also if there were other people getting tattoos maybe I could talk to them and photograph them (With permission)
*Before doing any of the above I would ask the tattoo artist if it would be acceptable*
I feel like I was most prepared for this project. The research helped me understand the encounter better and made me realize exactly what I wanted to focus on. I ended up using an encounter between my mother and myself about my planned encounter. My mother only cared about my appearance in a wedding dress and how my tattoo might affect that. I used this for my studio project and designed a “tattooed bride”.
The final project consists of a scene in the life of Ruth Rae. The narration, seen on top of each panel, is a poem being recited by Ruth. She talks about evil and how it is everywhere, whether on the streets (where she is rescuing someone from a possible mugging), or inner evils, being relieved by poetry.
In my beginning stages of this project I decided on an alter ego that was a Therapist/Poet. In a way, she would be helping people by citing poems.
Later, I decided on Ruth Rae. poet by day, crime fighter by night. I felt like this alter ego helped get my point across better than the therapist. I wanted someone who could help people all around. With Ruth, she can help people emotionally through her poems, and physically with her crime fighting.
This is the beginning stage of planning for the comic.
Moves for the action scenes.
The section I had from Einstein’s Dreams was the one that involved body time and mechanical time. When I explored NYC for this, I found myself taking a photo of people entering the subway. What interested me about this photo was the “mechanical time”, or blurred portion of people rushing to get onto the subway, and the “body time”, shown by the girl standing near the subway entrance.
The aspect of movement and stillness stood out to me. The difference between the two varies. A stillness can be found when one is relaxed and resting, and yet stillness can also be found in one who is constantly on their feet and only stops for short periods of time.
In applying this to footwear, I decided on a resilient sole, one that can be compressed and also spring back into its original form. This is to show that no matter what kind of pause, short or long, one will always go back to being in motion.
-Hollow tubes made of sheet metal