One of my favorite classes after studio this semester has been visualization 2. Looking back at the drawing I posted from earlier this semester it is undeniable that I have improved quite a bit. We have moved from purely geometric shapes with sharp edges to cylinders, spheres, and smoother more realistic edges. Until this last project which I had attached, all the drawings we did were purely imagined and realized on paper. However, this week’s assignment had us draw a block composition which our professor put at the front of the class. I am pretty satisfied with my outcome. Sadly, I realize now that by trying to include the blocks in my image I let the focus stray too far from my drawing which gave it a warped look. Our project for the coming Friday is to draw the front and back of our own block compositions which we came up with in class and have memorized. Mine will be a boat. I am planning to post that drawing later this week once I have it finished.
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The last few weeks have been busy per usual. However, as we approach spring break and we wrap up projects, I finally have some extra time to write a few blog posts to summarize the last month. In industrial design studio, we have been working on the final compositions for the deconstruct/reconstruct project. In this project, we took a found object, in my case a hand plain, and deconstructed it to understand the form and function. After this, we did several iterative models to reach a final composition which pays homage to what we observed in the first step. The final model is made of different colors of chipboard joined with Sobo glue. In my model, I chose to include a mechanical mechanism that slides. As you push the plain forward the wood shaving grows longer. Of the work I have done while here at Wentworth this is my new favorite.
It’s been an intense last few weeks here at Wentworth, but with finals wrapping up I’ve got some time on my hands to make a couple posts about my work from this first semester. I’m thinking I will put up my favorite work from each of my three design studio classes, with possibly a bonus post from my color theory class because I am especially proud of how far I have come in my understanding of color and composition.
However, before I get to that I will dedicate the rest of this post to the work I’ve done in English. This semester I had Professor Bailey for English 1 and really learned a lot. While my English foundations from high school certainly weren’t weak, I benefited immensely from having to write a short three to five-page essay on almost a weekly basis. This practice really solidified my understanding of how to find solid sources and cite them correctly. In high school I had always been taught to put in direct quotes from my sources, but Bailey consistently pushed me to include other forms of citation, like paraphrasing and summary, which I wasn’t accustomed to using. I also thoroughly enjoyed that, more often than not, we could chose the topics our research papers were on. This analytical writing is, in my opinion, very befitting of a tech school such as Wentworth. While Professor Bailey’s class isn’t suited to those who might be adverse to hard work, if you are willing to take on the challenge and make the most of what he teaches, the rewards are undeniable. I can say without hesitation that the papers I have produced this past semester were some of the strongest and most enjoyable to write.
For Color and Composition class we refined our understanding of hue (color), value, and saturation. We started off the semester with painting a set of two seven-stage value scales from black to white, followed by 13-stage value scales for all three primary colors as well. Both of these projects were rendered out of painted Bristol mounted on illustration board. Next, we investigated patterns and other compositional elements by coming up with and finally painting them on illustration board. The latter half of the semester was spent cutting and mounting pre-painted color aid paper on illustration board to express the concepts we were learning. In this portion, we did the below projects to illustrate our understanding of implied transparencies through color choice while still utilizing the negative space effectively. A set of two of these took me 30 hours of work to render, but it was so satisfying to have this to show for it. If I had to choose one project I was the proudest of for this semester, I would, without hesitation, pick this one.
In Visualization 1/ Drawing 1 we worked our way through the full course of the drawing progression. We started back in September with gesture and concluded in December with fully rendered and shaded drawings. For me this was an interesting way to loosen up. Coming from an engineering background I was used to drawing in a technical fashion, so it took some time for me to become accustomed to drawing exactly what was in front of me with all of its real-world imperfections. We started the semester with doing big sets of gestural drawings, which are loose thirty-second drawings that try to roughly capture the form of the object. These gestures now serve as the basis for our more complex drawings as they lay out how the drawing will develop. After this we worked on diagrammatic lines to refine our gestures and check proportion (this came more naturally to me). Next, we started to do contour lines over our gesture and diagrammatic lines, which captured the definite lines of what was being drawn. Lastly, we shaded our contoured drawings to capture the form through how it interacts with light. Below is a drawing of the Boston Public Library in contour and cross contour line.
In my Industrial Design Studio class, we focused primarily on developing our understanding of the design process and made models with Bristol paper (it’s similar to card stock). This semester we started with making platonic solids out of Bristol with uniform volumes. This was primarily to introduce us to cutting, scoring, and gluing the material. With this project, and every other one, we were expected to turn in work that was flawless. As a result, I was forced to make two of my five solids twice because of small imperfections in the cutting and gluing of the form. The second project I am going to attach an image of is my fish mask, which I talked about back in October. This project also required me to make several prototypes and iterations, until I finally had a mask that matched what I wanted both functionally and aesthetically. Ultimately, I was very happy with the outcome, despite my mother thinking on first impression that it was an otter. Personally I don’t see it