Sunday, 26 September 2010

Tilt Shift Photography

A couple of members in my class, Jordan O'Brien and Kris Sale mentioned Tilt Shift Photography when they saw my stuff for narrative sequence.

I love how these began life as the average photograph but now look as if they are miniature models!

Narrative Sequence

After studying a range of artists who work with paper, I felt very inspired and decided to have a play around with the material myself to see what I could come up with.

Keeping in mind the image I was given to work with of two small children sliding down a hill I began to come up with some simple ideas appropriate for a children's picture book.

Here is some of the work I produced:

I have predominantly used paper to create some 3D parts ie: the house and car but felt it would be interesting to include more flat, 2D elements. To make the people I used air drying clay and threaded wire through their 'limbs' to allow moveability!

I think they have turned out quite successful and I had fun making them although it was sometimes a challenge working out the 'nets'ready to be folded up into 3D shapes.

I have just sent a layout of the images in a book to be printed so I will look forward to seeing how that turns out.

Helen Musselwhite

Each of the artists that I studied so far that are working with paper all produce such different outcomes with the same materials.

Helen Musselwhite's paper cut-outs have a lot of depth to them and there is a foreground and background making interesting and exciting pieces:

I love these little pieces, they make me want to reach out and touch them and pick the little creatures up!
I think it's important to have this kind of interaction or effect on an audience to give them as much enjoyment that is within the little creations.

Anna-Wili Highfield

I was recommended by Megan Thomas to look at this particular artist.

Anna-Wili Highfield is an artist based in Sydney who works with torn paper and wire to create animal structures.

She creates paper sculptures from archival cotton paper, that is painted, then torn and sewn together. When using copper pipe she bends and manipulates it to create sculptural forms reminiscent of line drawings.

Paper Sculpture

Sher Christopher sculpts and manipulates paper to create interesting and beautiful 3D models:

I love the charm and character that comes with these constructions which makes them very life like.

I find the skill and attention to detail in making these models is amazing, they are so neat and precise which is really nice.

Paper Cuts

The next artist I looked at was Elsa Mora and her paper cut outs. Unlike Peter Callesen's constructions hers are predominantly 2d but still extremely beautiful and delicate.

I adore the amount of intricate detail that is included in the cut outs making them look that much more delicate and fragile.

Second Year

So far I have found the second year much more demanding and time consuming but I am very content and enjoying the first project we have been given.

There are three parts to the project, one is to produce a narrative sequence based on our own personal image.
I thought it would be interesting to create imagery based on paper models/cut outs/constructions and photograph them to put into a book.

I began by researching into paper cut outs and constructions. One artist I came across was, Peter Callesen.

I was blown away by his creations and the shear intricacy of them. I have definitely been inspired by Peter Callesen. I particularly love the mix of 2d and 3d elements and the simple use of white paper with the huge amount of delicate and beautiful detail.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Terri Hallman

From a very young age, Terri Hallman grew up surrounded by four women, her mother and four sisters therefore was always subject to faces.
She experimented with pencil and graphite until the age of around twenty five and had a go at painting once in high school when she was pushed by her teacher however she was not a fan.

Eventually Terri became interested in drawing textures such as cloth, wood and leather, wanting them to appear as realistic and tactile as possible.

Terri Hallman herself says; 'I find faces endlessly interesting not necessarily the face structure but displays of some kind of emotion on the face, gestures and gestural, good, bad, darkness and joy-it's all fascinating to me.'

I love the use of colour it brings the images to life and makes them very exciting and eye catching. I adore the interesting line qualities and use of negative/positive space being displayed.

There is something very intriguing and charming about the figures she is producing.