Lesson 5

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The day will begin with a review of the Piranesi assignment from Lesson 4.

Slide talk on Tone COLOR_forPS.pdf (right click download)

Exercise: color

Your task is to paint or composite a vase of flowers. The aim is to organise the color in your painting in a 'meaningful' manner.

  • To review the lightness organisation of your work, simply apply a Hue Saturation adjustment layer and desaturated.

In both the above cases, ensure that there is good spread (low to high) and good organisation (clear differences between high, middle and low values). There is no easy way to review the hue of your image except by looking at it. Hue may be understood as being organised according to the following two values:

  • Hue variety...

The amount of perceptually different hue values. Monochrome painting have low hue variety, colourful paintings have high hue variety.

  • Hue antagonism...

Any hue values on opposite sides of the RYB hue wheel can be said to be in an antagonistic relationship with each other.

Some artists to look at: Van Gogh Henri Fantin de la Tour, Manet, Monet, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Hokusai

Also... slides for a lecture I delivered on flower painting: Flowers_s.pdf (right click download)

Assignment: Ruin ADM

The aim of this assignment is to ruin the school or part of the school. You will need to take your own photograph. Camera phone resolution will not be sufficient for your source image. Should you be photographing the exterior, you are advised to use golden hour light, which in Singapore is 7-8.30am and 5-6.30pm. It is also advised that you use a tripod.

Below is an annotated drawing of a ruin. Significant formal attributes are listed:

  1. Pile of rubble wrapping a wall. Wrap is a form of overlap and serves to signify form.
  2. The broken profile signifies it as a ruin. Be bold with this profile. Take care to maintain strong positive and negative shapes.
  3. The profile will be composed of high frequency and low frequency detail.
  4. Debris accumulating at ground level and piling up against a wall: 'pile form' (like a collapsed pyramid).
  5. This debris will be staggered in size: large, medium and small. Small bits will stray away from the pile.
  6. The door here functions as a 'Vista': a view through one form into another.
  7. Cracks in plaster have their own mechanics. They will often start at holes in the plaster or from architectural features (eg a window ledge or a door frame), and fork like lightening before fading out.
  8. A ruin is a building that has been disassembled, it therefore pays to have some knowledge of how buildings are made. See how the remains of the window form an interesting shape.
  9. There should be variety of texture and form: long straight wooden floorboards, bricks, plaster etc.
  10. Background (providing a spatial context).


Assignment: Self Directed Practice

What??? A second assignment? Yes. But its an easy one. After the semester break you will begin your self-directed practice. This is the point at which you will be doing your own project. Here is the low down:

  • This is your own project and also your responsibility. You own it.
  • Preparation is important for this project. This will be in the form of indirect reference (i.e. ‘inspiration material’, perhaps artists that you admire or random stuff that you found on the internet. It will probably also be in the form of direct reference (photographs or drawings).
  • It is strongly advised that you seek consultation.

For next week I expect you have have acquired some indirect reference. You must have a ‘talking point’ for us to review next week. I do not care what form this comes in so long as you have it.

Also have ready all assignments that you have done so far. The day will be spend reviewing your ideas for self directed practice and also reviewing the work that you have done so far. See Course expectations for details on how to name and organise files.

Assets and related links

For this kind of work texture is important. The website cgtextures.com is extremely useful. I encourage you to get an account there.

Check out my page on skies. Also look at this website (Cloud Appreciation Society).

Google anything to do with 'urban exploration'. Tons of links can be found. here is a subreddit on urban exploration.

Assets for Lesson 5
Name Description Link
Ruin A psd example of a matte painting of a ruin. Right click download (135MB)
Slides: Landscapes The slides from my talk on ruins. Right click download (5MB)
Slides: Flowers The slides from my talk on flowers. Right click download (3MB)
Slides: Color Notes from my lecture on color. Right click download (2MB)