As i previously mentioned, i’ve been working on a body of work which consists of drawings. i finished this drawing in pencil where i tried to get a combination of the detail present in the tense parts of the body and the blur present in the parts of the figure which seem to be moving most. i defiantly prefer the pencil to the chalk pastels used in previous experiments, but i’m not fully convinced with the result.
i’m stuck and i hate this feeling. i guess my next step would be to try an other experiment maybe with a different pose, or possibly go back to depicting a sequence, as shown below, this time using pencil.
Dissertation finally coming together 🙂
I just sent out the second part to my surveys, where this time, in contrast to the first part, i used my own work (produced from the techniques resulting in the first survey). these works consisted of a gestural drawing and a sequential photograph. the participant is asked the same questions that where asked in the first set, but this time, in addition, the participant must write the reason for his/her selection. this will allow me to have a better understanding of the reasoning behind results i will receive and draw better conclusions.
Below are images of the two works that the viewer will select from for each of the thirteen questions, which are divided into Emotional Response, Visual Response and Logical Response.
I have been working on my thesis surveys these past few weeks. After sending out a set of questions to 30 different individuals i finally managed to obtain a result on which Fine Art technique is thought to be most effective in capturing movement produced by the human body. all the participants had background in either the Arts sector or the Sports sector, this aided in relative answers due to the familiarity with both movement and artistic techniques.
In the surveys i sent out, i asked questions relating to the viewer’s Emotional response, Visual response and also logical response to the artworks presented. The set of nine artworks were selected to go together with the questions, ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography. All the artworks where produced by artists which i had previously carried research on, when writing my literature review. These included work by Marey, Rubens, Boccioni, Muybridge, performance artist Shen Wei, Balla, contemporary photographer Bertil Nilsson, the Bragagalia brothers and also drawings by contemporary artist Karolina Szymkiewicz.
When calculating the results obtained from my participants, it was clear that one image was most commonly chosen. this was the photograph depicting a sequence of movement produced by Etienne Jules Marey. The second commonly selected image was the piece produced from a performance by Shen Wei and some of his dancers, this suggested movement through lines produced by the body itself (using the body as a medium).
From these results, i will now work on producing work using both these methods, photograph sequence and linear/gestural drawings, and will later test these works on an other set of ten individuals to back up the results obtained, to prove if photography is really thought to be the most effective Fine Art method used to capture movement produced by the body.
Experimenting with digital painting. Started by making a drawing using charcoal from a photograph i recently took. i later imported an image of this drawing into Photoshop and added colour to it using a graphics tablet.
Im interested in the simplicity of this image, resulting to focus on the dancer herself. I plan to develop these studies further and experiment with digital painting relating to my movement theme in the coming weeks.
Apart from this, i have been experimenting with other digital painting techniques. By tracing an image of myself, i created a self-portrait using photoshop. This was my first attempt at digital painting.
Possibly one of my favourite photographs captured so far. The scenery and dancer are caught in a static moment, both at their aesthetic peak, working well together. The black and white adds more drama to the image on the whole.
I believe this image captures the dancer in her most glorious moment. This is what i found to love about taking photographs, the idea of capturing a moment which can only be seen for a few split second or cannot be seen at all excites me and inspires me to experiment more with photography.
Working with the idea of showing movement through a sequence, i used a set of manipulated photographs, as shown in my previous post, as reference to produce this piece. By using chalk pastels and charcoal on paper, measuring approx. 100 x 80 cm, i rendered a sequence of movement, revealing each step produced by the dancer.
In this piece I was inspired by the work of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules-Marey. Due to the lack of technical equipment i have available i thought of reproducing this work to have similar results as obtained by the artists mentioned above. By shooting in continious mode, i took a series of photographs which captured each step the dancer produced. Later i transferred these images onto Adobe Photoshop and placed each frame into one whole image. I experimented with different opacities as to create a sense of depth in the image.