In viewing Dr. Mary Drach Mcinnes works, she goes back and forth from surreal and figure drawings. Her art focuses a lot on line work and making a composition so that even a still image can express a tone or mood.
Start of her gesture series, there is knowledge of form, very rough, generalized shading closing the space between lines to show value of shadow
Towards very end of her gesture series, very clean lines, smoothness and fluidity of every line, no distraction of original form, now uses white lines to reference highlights, better understanding of the space surrounding the person in the picture, better representation of lights, midtones, and dark areas of the organic.
Imagined landscape 1
Start of her abstract surreal series, use of bold colors, very little value change, use of compliments to bring out certain objects of importance to her work, simple geometric shapes, collage and comic feel, uses perspective to show volume form and space within her illustration
Imagined landscape 16
Towards end of her abstract surreal series, more use of boldness of colors, addition of shadow by value change, every object relates to its individual broken up frame, has a story element, still basic but with more dynamic geometric shapes, creates illusions of reflectiveness by having outlines of circles around areas warping or capturing light bounced off object
For these pieces the application of the use of the numbers 5-7-5 was needed in some way. The way I chose to apply that numerical interaction was to make the GIFs go in order of 5 seconds, 7 seconds, and 5 seconds.
The process in which the images were created was by using the programs Audacity, Photoshop, and HexFiend. I decided to change my process of developing these distorted images once I changed my base image. I would re-arrange the code’s of an image in HexFiend one or multiple times. Then transform some images from JPEG to TIFF using Photoshop and bring them into Audacity as Raw data and then add effects to the sound file created. Or I would convert my files from JPEG to TIFF first and then do the steps in reverse to vary the effects of glitching on my images. Once again using Photoshop, I would arrange my images in a way so that they could convey my opposition to drinking alcohol before the age of 21.
My observational drawing of the chair uses contrast as its major element of design. The absence of the addition of any markings within the white stripes brings out the highlights within the fabric. Using the various shades of gray to black, each crease and fold are shadows made to represent the separation of the layers on the cloth that the mind would otherwise try and replicate as lines. Each stripe varies in orientation and thickness through the piece to show the flow of how the cloth was draped on the chair creating motion. The piece is centered off to the right and center to create balance of what is seen so as to not attack the viewer and hold its place in its 2-dimensional plane of existence.
This assignment forced me to concentrate for numerous hours in replicating this delicate form. The stress of hoping the wind would not move this light fabric to not obscure by work was overwhelming. The need to find a proper reason of creating art is what this project has taught me. As in the realm of digital media, the art must show emotion and character as to not sit flat and center within the page to draw in a viewer. With this project I now know that I have a new medium to attach onto my preferred ways to create grayscale pieces that aren’t just graphite.