Friday, August 27, 2010

KCAI ANIM: Hunting & Gathering Project, PART 1

Our first assignment, first a location that we remember from childhood, and second our current favorite local spot. Both were done on 4 x 6 notecards. Here goes nothing.

This is my memory image. When I was younger, my family lived in Lee's Summit in a little blue house on Madison. My mom made our backyard pretty special. I had a swing set, a fort, a huge jungle gym, and a play house she built from the foundation up. I guess you could say I was really lucky. I spent a lot of time on the swing set in particular, which was right next to my play house that we painted lavender, my favorite color. I chose to try to stay away from linework and focus more on color since this was a memory piece. I drew the swing set with india ink because it was the most prominent thing I remembered.

This is my favorite place locally. I've always been a homebody, and thus my favorite place is my living room in my apartment. The couch is my favorite part of the room, so I chose to draw that with india ink, as well as the poster we have hanging above it. The couch was being thrown away, so we got it for free. It only has a small tear at the back, which isn't even noticeable. Yes, it only has one arm. We're pretty sure it was part of a sectional and the people wanted to keep the other part(s). Oh well. It was better than our last couch which was just an old futon. When we moved in my boyfriend and I painted the walls orange with a yellow stripe, which took a lot more work than I had originally thought. Either way, we're very happy with it.


  1. I like how simplistic these images are. Also the transluscent colors adds to the memory piece.

  2. Concept:
    I absolutely love the approach! The images are indeed deceptively simple. Your choices in terms of line weight and purposeful choice in medium, like rendering the most important items in india ink, shows a very holistic way of seeing/thinking. And of course color is always a powerful communicator. Color carries all kinds of information to clue us into time, place and mood.

    Both images are composed in a very minimal, slightly off-center way. The swing set works best using this approach. As, it feels more like a memory because it's not perfectly framed. Almost like, in a memory, you can only see it out of the corner of your eye. The living room image feels a little too tight. Like there is no depth. The color helps, but there is a lack of contrast, shadow and detail that doesn't set the mood properly. However, since it's really more of a inventory of important items, maybe the mood is not important.

    I really feel that some tonality and contrast would have helped both of these. More attention to light. The medium you've chosen would lend itself perfectly to a more impressionistic take on these spaces.

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