Peer Critique

For the Peer Critique, I am choosing Lucas Schlenk.

Lucas demonstrates a clear understanding of squash and stretch. In the first part of the video, the ball squashes and stretches so seamlessly. It is natural. However, the only thing that was off was near the end of the first part when the ball was losing its energy. As the bounce lessoned, the ball slows down when it touches the ground for the last time. It looks artificial and loses the natural feeling of the animation. He uses arc well enough. The ball loses the arcing motion as the speed decreases.

The second animation demonstrates a clear understanding of the arc principle. As the ball loses energy, the arc diminishes in length. The squash and stretch is not as present in this one. Where it really shows off is when the ball hits the left wall. However, this is a problem. It instantly squashes to the point of being flat. Then in the next frame it becomes round again. It would have worked better if the ball naturally turned round again.

In conclusion, Lucas does understand what he is doing with the principles of animation here. What really works is how natural the animations look. The ball moves smoothly. What would help is to look over the animation again to see if anything looks unnatural. Those little nitpicks take the viewer away from believing that what they see is real.

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Walk The Walk

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Project 1

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Bouncing Ball

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Alfred Art Walk

I attended multiple art galleries for the Alfred Art Walk show. It was a reminder of how subjective art can be. My reaction is not the definitive opinion on a piece of work. Everyone can look upon it and have different feelings. Some will dismiss it, or find a deeper meaning. Some are pretty straight forward or are confusing. I certainly had my fair share of opinions about the work presented.

In the Cohen Art Gallery, the art shown there was strange to say the least. On the walls I saw plates with pictures of all sorts of things on them. Some had pictures of food or inanimate objects. I even saw a spoon in dirt. I did not understand what the artist was going for with the plates. It just left me puzzled. There was also two rugs hug up on the wall. It was a picture of some sort of room. One seemed to be a positive and a negative of a photo. This was the only one I thought was interesting. As I proceeded, I went into another area with paintings. I think they were paintings. It looked liked that oil pastels were used to create them. The pictures were abstract. They used a variety of color. shapes, and patterns.

Another gallery I attended was Gifts of Distinction. This exhibit was more straight forward. It displayed cups, carpets, and paintings. The paintings were traditional. What I mean by that is it nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing abstracted. Some were landscapes and pictures of boats on the water. The cups on display, I could tell, were all individually made different from one another. Each had a unique design. What really stood out here was these pictures of houses. They were cross hatched on pieces of paper. The attention to detail was astonishing. They looked photo realistic.

The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum had some interesting pieces of art. It had sculptures on display. Some were abstracted or easily understood. There were a few, in particular, that stood out to me. One was this series of metal chains together that looked like a cat’s bed. They were even colored too. Another art piece was what looked like a head of a shovel. It was rough, banged up, and pieces were missing. What made it so unusual was how big it was. It was like what a giant would use.

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3D Character

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Self Portrait

So I’ve made it to the end. I went from drawing inanimate objects to still life. The whole point of doing so was to learn about proportions, form, and space relationships to one another. I learned about the importance of paying attention to the shadows of objects to help with the value shifts. Before college, I probably never would have considered or even thought about these ways. When I look back at it, I call it a narrow sense of looking at art. Taking this foundations: form/space relationships and figure& motion have really opened my mind up to the grand scheme of things in the art world.

I remember during the first weeks of college my class went to the Llewellyn art gallery. We were looking at the self portraits of the freshmen from the previous year. I thought to myself, “I would never be able to do something like this!” But now, I see why the self portrait was assigned at the very end. We are supposed to bring everything we learned to the forefront. The self portrait is supposed to be the one of the best works of art we do in college.

Original Black & White Photograph

For Self Portrait 2.0

Finished Charcoal Self Portrait

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I compared this project to the two other charcoal projects. The chair and skeleton within. When comparing this project to them, I realized I had a much smoother time making them. The chair was physically in front of me and the skeleton was just playing around with different charocal values. This one had me looking at a picture in black and white. I had to keep paying attention to it to keep it consistent to the original. It is not 100% accurate, but I tried and I feel it paid off in many respects.  I really wanted to put my skills to the test.

The values are what really create the form and the shape of the portrait. I did this particularly well near the nose lips and chin. It does not look flat. You can see how the values shift as you look more to the right of my face. It creates the 3-dimensional form.

I love how the whiskers came out. Taking the charcoal and adding individual dabs all over was time consuming, but it really paid off. I went back and blended it a bit, but not too much. When you look at if from afar, it does look like what I want it to be.

The hair was the most challenging part. I didn’t know how to approach it and it left me at a standstill. What I ended up doing was making it dark with subtle hair strands you can see inside it. On the left, I applied a value shift that gradually became darker as it went in.

The shirt and neck were pretty straight forward. I started from the bottom up. When the shirt was done, I pulled some of the charcoal up from it to help with the neck.

The closed eye was challenging at first. I noticed how the value was similar to the nose in the picture. So i mimicked it.

What I took away from this project is what I call direction. This doesn’t just apply to this class. It applies to all of my others and everyday life. When I have clear goal to reach I work at it until I’ve done it perfectly. If don’t see an end in sight, I struggle and/or give up. What I mean  by this is how I struggled on this project. Getting the whiskers, nose, lips, etc. right was driving me crazy. It wasn’t what I wanted to see. It brought down my spirits and gave a me a gloomy sight. However, after receiving feedback and getting help from my classmates I was pointed in the right direction. I was taught new ways to help with values and how to handle the medium. It raised my spirits and got me to finish this project satisfied with the result. In the end, it took about 10 hours to complete this.

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