Monday, November 17, 2008

munsell and mannequins

Three-dimensional through psychological space, flat spiral and helical score

Sunday, November 16, 2008


The function of my final shapes are an initial guide to the interpretation of my haiku. The first and last images of my haiku (blistering rainy and dimly, breezily) are abstract which allow the viewer to have a more emotional response, in comparison to the representational image of petals in the second line.
The tool documentations are literal representations of the objects used. A far greater depth of meaning can be experienced by the marks in comparison to the tools. Literal representations can be much more shallow, for example, how much can a person read into the photograph of a fur ball?

The inclusion of text further assists the viewer’s interpretation. Since abstract shapes can be read differently, text is especially helpful for clarification. For instance, the first line of my haiku, Blistering rainy, is represented by a violent splash with hints of leaves. Without the assistance of text this image could be interpreted a number of ways. Additionally, although my mark of petals for the second line happens to be a literal representation of rose petals, the poem is not specifically about roses. In this case, the text guides the reader as to which details to take in, and which to overlook.

The connotations implied by my formal language are that I long for the viewer to see and find more. An intense unforgiving rain, petals dancing in the aftermath and a soft breeze lingering; I interpret this as the relief after a terrible experience–although, any interpretation is welcome.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

vector vs. bitmap

A vector image is made up of points, lines and curves. A bitmap is made up of tiny microscopic pixels, only visible under magnification.

Bitmap format is useful when attempting to retain soft details. Yet, scaling can create quality problems. When a bitmap is saved smaller, pixels are basically thrown away. When a bitmap is saved larger, pixels are added somewhat randomly (or interpolated by the computer); therefore, the image can appear less detailed or down-right nasty.

Vector images can be scaled from a tiny logo to a colossal billboard at no loss of quality. Vector format is easily manipulated similar to the stretchable quality of a rubber band. Yet, if a photographic quality is necessary, at least at this point in time, vector is not the ideal format.

Bitmap is my format choice for the haiku illustration project, since I would like to retain soft details contained in my marks, especially for the lines, "petals ruminate kindly," and "dimly breezily." The delicate nature of petals and also a soft breeze would be difficult to capture with a harsh, crisp vector format.