Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Worth 1,000 Words

I thought of many solutions to what's the point and kept coming up with things like needles, pens, arrows, simple things that simply had sharp edges on them. After I though about it, I thought about point of views and came up with the idea of the point of view from a camera because it's a totally different take on "what's the point" and playing around with different angles of a Polaroid made me very excited. I showed contrast by using a simple black on white sketch for the top half of the piece and a busier white on black pattern on the bottom. I chose charcoal pencil and a white Prisma colored pencil for my medium as opposed to a regular pencil and pen. I chose this mainly because the charcoal was a bit easier to shade and blend with, and was more matte than regular led which leaves a shiny finish; I also used the white pencil because it showed up on the black paper very well and grabs your focus when you first look at the piece. I used a lot of shading in the process of making the camera and played with the shadows to really make it look 3-dimensional; I added an intricate paisley/zentangle pattern on the bottom to liven up the picture even more. I had never really worked with charcoal before but because of this project I came to find that it is now one of my favorite mediums and I would love to do more projects including this in the future. I did not take any particularly big risks, but I was a little nervous trying to sketch the pattern on the bottom half without having to erase and redraw different parts of it. The message I am trying to convey with this piece is that people shouldn't just look at the surface of something when they make judgments, do a little research and see things from all angles so you can get a better perspective on what something is really worth before you jump ahead and label it. The camera itself represents the surface of what we see, but when we look through the lens, we see something like the pattern coming out the bottom that's so crazy and beautiful and more than what we expected.

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