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Studio/Seminar: American Ukiyo-e

3 Portraits Connected to 1 image

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OLD – IDEA #1

Idea: Working on hair. Creating 1 image through emphasis on 3 different portraits highlighting the struggle for maintaining hair that is long and healthy. Influenced by subject of Ukiyo-e folk tales.

Research Examples:

Kawanabe Kyosai: Focus on fur texture

Suzuki Horonobu: Focus on linear shapes

Utagawa Toyokuni: Focus on linear shapes and textures

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Practice:

Portrait #1: Bathing

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  1. Torii Kotondo
  2. Hashiguchi Goyo
  3. Hashiguchi Goyo

 

   Portrait #2: Brushing

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  1. Torii Kotondo
  2. Hashiguchi Goyo 

 

 

   Portrait #3: Cutting

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  1. Hashiguchi Goyo
  2. Hashiguchi Goyo
  3. Kitagawa Utamaro

Texture Play

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NEW – IDEA #2

Concept: Working on self-tension. Creating one triptych through emphasis on three different portraits highlighting the struggle for decision making and consequences of these decisions in the “eyes” of self-analysis. Influenced by subject of Ukiyo-e geisha portraits.

Research Examples:

Katsushika Hokusai: Focus on color contrast

Toyohara Kunichika: Focus on vibrant colors

  1. Museo Pambata
  2. Utamaro Kitagawa
  3. Utamaro Kitagawa

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Layout Ideas of Triptych:

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  • Favored layout: Number 2.

Style Practice:

  1. Joe Cruz:

My Sketch:

2. Henrietta Harris

My Sketch:

3. Nicholas Jacobsen

My Sketch:

  • Favored artists: Inspirations by Joe Cruz and Nicholas Jacobsen.

Building Upon the Favored Artists:

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  • Favored Image: Number 3.

1st Draft:

 

  • Errors to improve:
    • Centering of the body on the page.
    • Retaking photos to improve posture, eye level and expressions of model.
    • Focus needs to be on the center portrait given by the 2 differing portraits.

2nd Draft & Final:

  • Individual images:

Left:

Center:

Right:

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