Art Using Mixed Media Techniques

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By Heather Caton

This painting has used acrylic paint on sculptured cardboard. I like this because the autumn colours blend really well with the texture.

Witch hat with a buckle and spider graphic drawing on white back

I like this drawing because it has used many kinds of techniques to make the drawing appear 3D, such as cross hatching and tone.

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Types of Photography

Realism

Realism photography is based on the qualities of life and rejects traditional forms of art. A photographer who follows realism is Gerhard Richter.

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Expressionism

Expressionism photography is solely portrayed for emotional effect by an artist so they can express how they feel. A photographer who did expressionism was Aaron Siskind.

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Formalist

Formalist photography emphasises composition and perceptual aspects. An example of a formalist photographer is Grant Mudford.

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References

Gerhard-richter.com. (2017). 5. Juli 94 » Art » Gerhard Richter. [online] Available at: https://www.gerhard-richter.com/en/art/overpainted-photographs/urban-landscapes-76/5-juli-94-13399/?&categoryid=76&p=1&sp=32 [Accessed 11 Oct. 2017].

Ethertongallery.com. (2017). Etherton Gallery – Aaron Siskind. [online] Available at: http://www.ethertongallery.com/html/artist_detail.php?recordID=7 [Accessed 11 Oct. 2017].

Artgallery.nsw.gov.au. (2017). Woolloomooloo, (1973) by Grant Mudford :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW. [online] Available at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/325.1985/ [Accessed 11 Oct. 2017].

Examples of Storyboards

I have researched some storyboards for my animation project.

This is a Peanuts storyboard from a Charlie Brown Christmas. This storyboard features simple drawings of Lucy and Charlie and the script it features for the episode. I decided to research Peanuts storyboards because it is one of my favourite cartoons, and I like this because the storyboard is simple and gets to the point – it doesn’t state direction of the shots or background. I would like to follow up on this simplicity with my own animation.

This is a Scooby Doo storyboard. It has basic drawings with not much detail but it has a lot of detail about how it is directed, such as the zooming in and zooming out of the sign, known as a positive, negative flash. There is also the box where Scooby jumps out of the frame. This uses very interesting directions which I may add to my own animation.

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This is a storyboard of the film, The Wrong Trousers from the Wallace and Gromit series. It features many frames of the chase scene.

This is a storyboard from ‘Moe Baby Blues,’ a series 14 episode of the Simpsons. To the bottom right it shows what was actually produced for the show. This video compares the storyboard and the completed episode to show the differences when the episode was in production.

Abstract Images and Artists

The definition of abstract is art that does not try to represent the outermost actuality, like expressing deep emotions, however seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colours, and textures.

Stamps

I was asked to research and pick three abstract stamps. These are the ones I chose:

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I chose this stamp because I like the many uses of green and shapes to make a tree.

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I chose this stamp because I like the simple but effective drawings, and that the buildings are stacked on top of each other.

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I chose this stamp because I like the lighting and the reflections off the diamond.

Abstract Artists

I went to the library and researched abstract artists. The two I picked were Edvard Munch and Maurits Cornelis Escher.

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Edvard Munch

The pieces of work I liked from the Graphic Works of Edvard Munch are:

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The Vampire – 1895

I like this image because it has a very dark feel. There is a plain dark glow around the woman which creates emphasis. The drawing is of a woman sucking the blood out of a man’s neck.

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Lovers – 1896

I like this image because it has a relaxing feel to it. The waving lines in the background shows this the most; as does the woman’s facial expression. The drawing is of a man kissing a woman on her neck.

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Madona – 1895

I like this image because it feels relaxing but creepy. The waves around the woman creates the sensation of tranquility, however, it also constructs fear and suspicion as the alien creature looks defensive and irregular – it doesn’t seem to belong there.

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Whirlpools

What I like about this image is the symmetrical composition and its use of red, grey and white to create the pattern.

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Sun and Moon

I like the use of space as the bird pattern takes up all the canvas.

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Sphere Spirals

I like the swirling pattern this drawing creates and the blending of the colours.

British Music Experience Exhibition

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The British Music Experience Exhibition based in Liverpool at the Cunard Building, features popular British music from the 1940s all the way to today, such as Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse. It ranges from many genres such as jazz, blues, hard rock and punk. There are plenty of famous musical items on display like hand written lyrics, tour posters, and costumes. There is even guitars, drums and keyboards set up so people can play with them.

Each aisle is split into five years of music history and in the centre is a stage, which features hologram performances by Boy George. As a replacement for a person leading visitors, mobile tour guides are provided, which works like a phone. The user can choose whatever they are interested in wanting to know and in any order, instead of being lead by a member of staff. The user can find information by clicking the fact files on screen. There is also a screen where you can flick through major facts and events that happened throughout music history. There is a screen like this in every aisle. There is also a screen where you can listen to musicians and contributors talk about their work. To the left side of the exhibition is the instruments, dance floor and a section about the X Factor. Additionally highlighted, is ‘The Wall,’ which is a giant plaque reading, “The Wall is dedicated to the artists, bands, individuals, companies and organisations who helped the story of British popular music.” The main focus on ‘The Wall’ is certified gold and platinum records. The plaque gets its name from Pink Floyd’s best selling album.

The 1940s and ’50s primarily stared Cliff Richard and the Drifters. The mobile tour guide explains that he was what brought rock and roll to the mainstream in the UK, and how he had the first hits which were Move It and Living Doll.

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The 1960s’ sections heavily promote The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. On display is the door of 3 Savile Row which The Beatles moved into and installed a recording studio in 1968. The rooftop is where The Beatles played live together for the last time. The reason for the door being on show is that a group of people known as The Apple Scruffs, who were devoted Beatles fans, graffitied all over it. The door signifies the strong bond between the group and its fans. In The Rolling Stones display are items from the 1975 US tour, such as, the tour posters and Bill Wyman’s stage outfit and Bass. Furthermore, there is the I Can’t Get No Satisfaction gold disc presented by the RIAA and four popular LPs: Sticky Fingers, Beggar’s Banquet, Exile on Main Street and Let It Bleed.

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The ’70s mainly presents Queen and solo artist David Bowie. Queen has one of Roger Taylor’s drum kits set up and one of John Deacon’s guitars. Many outfits from their music videos are also displayed. In the pre-Ziggy and Ziggy era of David Bowie showcase, there are plenty of outfits, including the dress from the cover of The Man Who Sold the World. There is in addition tour posters.

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The ’80s featured punk, post punk, hard rock and heavy metal. One display has Adam Ants’ famous outfit with original records from his group, Adam and the Ants. Furthermore, there is a display showcasing Def Leppard’s best selling album, Hysteria, with all its tour gear, including one of the guitars. Joe Elliott’s Let’s Get Rocked music video outfit is also featured. Other artists on display are Saxon, Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Sex Pistols.

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The ’90s display has Blur and Oasis items. Blur has original tour posters and a jacket, while Oasis has Noel Gallagher’s guitar and original hand written lyrics of Don’t Look Back in Anger. The Spice Girls are also viewable.

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In the 2000s era it features material by Amy Winehouse such as her outfits and LPs. Adele is also on display.

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Beyond Dredd the Art of John Higgins

When I went to Liverpool, I went to the Beyond Dredd exhibition. I picked three pieces of work that I really liked and did a small analysis.

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The subject of the drawing is the skull and the skull looks like it is laughing, which makes it feel creepy and crazy. I also like the use of only black and white and some hints of grey. The colours greatly achieve the purpose of making it look scary.

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This drawing is of warrior and goblin character designs. The viking warrior character has another smaller drawing of his face to show more of what he looks like. What I like about this drawing is that it has fantasy theme, the detail put into the armour of the warrior and goblins, and I also really like the crown on the character at the top left.

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What I like about this drawing is that it’s very powerful and greatly exaggerated. The royal is bigger and stronger than a tiny insignificant person. This is clearly depicted in this drawing as the hooded, robed figure head is giant and sitting on a tree throne holding a staff, while the other silhouetted person is small and has to walk up the huge steps to reach the royal. The person is silhouetted to show that they are no-one and not important.