This afternoon I went through some old art pieces in my bedroom and I happen to find some of the first photography pieces that I had done in the dark room. One was on composition and the other one was on black-and-white portraiture with composition. I was working on contrast and composition.
I really loved doing this at the college because we had a a press to help mount our photos. one of them is photo mounted on foam board and the other one is not and you’ll notice that the second one did not show as well. Looking back at the photos I never realized until now, being more experienced in photography and editing, that in the dark room, I could have manipulated the Overexposed part of the photo by using less exposure on the photo paper in that particular corner.
The upper part of the stairs is also very exposed and I could have changed that in the dark room. Well, of course, that was 33 years ago and I was not very experienced. These old photos to bring back a lot of memories.
last week was my mom and dads 56th wedding anniversary. So I started to jot down all the things that I appreciated about my parents and their marriage and how it contributed to helping me enjoy life in my married life. list of things.
Mom and dad always showed open affection to each other. As children we always knew that they loved each other. Mom was very supportive and always looked after us kids. She taught me how to paint walls she’s a good listener and always was straight forward to with her advice. She was my first art teacher. I remember when I was very little she used to draw me a man. You know, to this day I still remember that drawing whenever I sit down and think about it.
….I had the privilege of helping my dad in the shop for 12 years and spending time with him while he was working on vehicle’s. He was always generous and helpful and spontaneously …always got up and helped others when they needed a hand. When I was 12, my sister and I climbed into the attic and we found a box. In there was a bunch of trinkets from a long time ago. We found a cherry blossom box and it never had been opened so, we asked my mom what was the cherry blossom box doing up in in the box upstairs in the Attic. She explained. “Well I was pregnant for you and we were in Toronto and I was having a craving for cherry blossom.. so your father got up in the middle of the night and he went to the store and it was closed, went to another store and he spent the whole night looking for cherry blossom. By the time he came home late in the morning I was already fast asleep and she never did eat that cherry blossom. ” I sure love that story. And they’re still living happily ever after. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.
I had the privilege working with some wonderful children in the sixth grade. We were on our second lesson and I cannot believe how they are really applying what they are learning. Last month I outlined the 5 points of a drawing. We focused that day on shadow and light. We had all the lights turned off so we could see more of the contrast in the shadow and the lighten area.
It never ceases to amaze me how quick the students can apply what they learn.
I was working with 2 classes. Each class was different. The first class is done the day before. So It helps me see what questions the children need help on. The second class is the next day. So I am a little more prepared. There are students who are not afraid of working with new ideas. They look at what they are achieving. Very creative ideas. It was fun to see them love what they were able to draw. I wanted them to take time to relax and enjoy the exercises and view them as stepping stones for developing new art skills. One thing I help then remember is that challenging yourself helps you to progress.
Thank you all your kids, for a great time in your classes. You’re surprising me with your hard work and fantastic drawings
WE see light and shadow every day. It is part of our subconscious. So when we start to actually think about shadow and where and how it is drawn, you will find it difficult. we naturally develope what is a normal shadow and what is not normal. for instance. What if you saw a on the vase or above it. that would not be logical or normal. Because we see shadow always the same. They never change, they may move with the movement of the light source but it still will be the same pattern that we have seen before. This Goes for everything we see every single day
Before I learned this, I would just copy what I saw. But what if you want to create your vase and shadow from memory? You have to know the principles on how it works. Or it does not look quite right. Maybe one shadow in the drawing is longer that another objects shadows in the drawing.
Whether it is shadow, prospective, spirals or people. We need to know why what we see is a certain way. Which way the line needs to be on a building in order to look good. Has this ever happen to you? You spent hours on a drawing but something is not right. You would look at the drawing and all the parts are there… Have you ever had those moments, where you could not figure out what you did wrong. It’s okay, everyone has done it. Well I am going to let in on a secret…
Actually it is quite logical an not that hard. Everything we see is familiar. It follows a patterns. It follows logical design.
There are geometric patterns that can be used to create proper shadows,Prospective, spirals or people. We have discussed landscape clouds recently. we will continue more later.
Check out my other article on “What do we see in a drawing. Shape colour, shadow, reflection, negative spacing , contrast ” .. Dealing with negitive spacing.
Today we’re going to talk about landscaping drawings or paintings. You might have noticed sometimes when you look at a painting something doesn’t look right. Well one of the key elements in a good landscape painting is to make sure that your clouds are drawn in perspective.
So if you look at a cloudy sky, you will see that the clouds that are up above you or closer to you are actually larger than the ones closer to the horizon or near the mountain. This is the same principle of the road’s view when you
Drive down the road. you will see that edge of the road will start to merge together, as you look ahead of you they come to a point. that point is called your focal point which create your prospective view. The point is always drawn at eye level or on the horizon. Then you would draw from the Point. Depending on whether you are standing to the right or the left of the road, this would determine where you would put your lines that diverge from your focal point to create your prospective view of the clouds in your drawing. Let me know how that works. I will post a drawing later
One of things that I really appreciated when I went to college was that they wanted us to be prepared for the real world. Even though this was many eons ago in my lifetime I will never forget the importance of creating a portfolio of work that you could show your potential employers. At that time we didn’t have internet, we had our leather briefcase that was about two and a half feet tall and 3 feet wide. Actually, I still have my portfolio. It is a high quality leather portfolio and it still holds a lot of the masterpieces that I did when I was 14 and 15 years old. Many years later, when I took the graphic design course, they further emphasize the need for a portfolio. So I started collecting different pieces that I could demonstate different styles and abilities.
So why the article on portfolios. Most busness people know that portfolios are your walking references and they are a
need to have item”..in order to be able to show your work. Next time we will talk about how you can create a simple portfolio.. At little or no cost..
When you start with photography and you really want to get serious about it, one of the things you need to do is learn how to get your photos ready for print. One of the programs I had heard about but never really touched, was Lightroom by Adobe. I started to do some research and I found it was affordable and it really did the job. Once I acquired the program though, I found it’s a very complicated program to jump into if you’ve never used it before. I had a wonderful helping hand with Lightroom at the camera shop. One of the workers there was quite familiar with Lightroom and he was be able to get me started with the basics. Now we have YouTube videos’ to give us a helping hand. Alot is available to help you to learn lightroom. Once I learned how to use the basics I discovered a fantastic world of dials and sliders that helped me to control the output of photo that I took. Yes, Now I was in control of the end results. I highly recommend that if you have no other programs on your computer and you are a photographer at least try this one out. Perhaps another day I will discuss some of the basics of lightroom to help you at least import your photos in the program and tell you what kind of options that it has in there. Well today was a busy day. I’m finishing an art piece portrait for a family. Looking after the house. Visiting with my grandsons, yes it was a good day.:mrgreen:
Many people have talked about the golden hour in photography it’s the time in the morning just before the Sun rises and the time just before the sunsets sets. This has a wonderful effect on shadow and lighting. We went down to the beach the other evening and walk through the bird sanctuary. Right now the grass is in full seed because of the dry weather. Look how the Sun was reflecting through the grass. It created an amazing glow.
Why do we get red, orange, yellow soft colors in the morning and at sun down? This is a good question. It has to do with the way light travels through the atmosphere. Different colors have a different wavelengths. When the Sun is high in the sky it generally appears white because the wavelength of all visible light reaches the observers with almost equal intensity. As the Sun sinks towards the horizon, sunlight enters the atmosphere at a much lower angle. The atmosphere is much thicker and this causes the wavelengths difficulties. Wavelengths of violet and blue light are shorter. Air molecules scatter away the shorter wavelengths whereas the longer wavelengths of light, yellow and red are able to penetrate through the atmosphere. This produces the most beautiful colourful sunsets and sunrises. The golden hour is just before the sunset. The design of the light waves is the secret to our golden hour glow. By Jacqueline Price.
WE see light and shadow every day. It is part of our subconscious. So when we start to actually think about shadow and where and how it is drawn, you will find it difficult.
Before I learned this formula, I would just copy what I saw. But what if you have to do this from memory? You have to know the principles on how it works.
Whether it is shadow, prospective, spirals or people. We need to know why the shadow falls a certain way. Which way the line needs to be on a building in order to look good. Has this ever happen to you? You spent hours on a drawing but something is not right. You would look at the drawing and all the parts are there… Have you ever had those moments, where you could not figure out what you did wrong. It’s okay, everyone has done it. Well I am going to let in on a secret…
Actually it is quite logical and not that hard. Everything we see is familiar. It follows a patterns. It follows logical design. Today we are going to talk about shadows and light.
First formula #1.Shadows
Our major light source is the sun. So we naturally expect the shadow to be low along the ground or horizon. There is a geometrical mathematical way to figure it out. Lets go back now to when we thought about our ball and the light source. (this is in the last posting)
As the light source hits our object it creates the shadow where the object is because the object blocks out the light source.
So we draw a line to the top of our light source, to the top of the object and beyond (not to far). Then draw a line 90 degrees from the top of your light source down to the horizon. Now draw a line from your horizon to the bottom edge of the object. This formula also gives you the length and angle of the shadow.
Good, now you can see by this simple drawing that this is simple. Of course this is a rough not hard a way to figure out an outline for your shadow. There are other kinds of shadows to consider …for now practice this and see what you can do
These are the kind of places that you go to that no one else knows about with its unique natural surroundings of animals and birds. Here in Richmond we have a lot of that the city on one side, is bustling but on the outskirts of Richmond there are small farms in the back lanes and the large ditches that are protected as estuaries for the wildlife. On the outside of tsawwassen, BC. just before you arrive towards the ferry terminal is a large Heron colony consisting of approximately 200 birds. Between March and June these birds nest here and then afterwards some of them fly north and others go other places.. I’m setting up a photoshoot on Wednesday to go and take some photos. With my big camera. I took one with my phone,