beat up lil seagull
1. Vertical line - the overall direction of this ad would be pretty horizontal without the street lines racing up the walls.
2. Focal point achieved through change in color - the eye is led to the centered, yellow line that makes it clear what it is supposed to be.
3. Asymmetrical balance - if the angle of the “photograph” were shifted maybe 5 feet to the left, this ad would be almost perfectly symmetrical. But then adding the video game cartridge to the foreground balances the composition out.
4. Diagonal line - The street lines that are on the floor of the room are diagonal, which give a sense of motion or disturbance. In this case, the sense of motion is certainly achieved.
5. Idealism/realism - the color of the street is sort of overlaid onto the room which make it look like the two are blended.
6. Texture - The surfaces in this living room now appear to have the look and feel of a street.
7. Color scheme - Definitely a dark almost black/gray color scheme throughout the entire ad.
That’s all I could pick out from this ad. If any of you can see more principles at work here, feel free to comment.
I composed this piece by photographing a christmas tree (i realize this may come off as cheesy but i feel that the amount the photos are obscured gives it validation).
anyway, i took all the photos by holding different colored drinking glasses over the camera lense and lowering the shutter speed and purposely dragging the lense in different directions. i did this for all except the top right one, the one that has the natural green tint caused merely by the tree’s color. to achieve the tunnel vision effect of the other three, i rapidly twisted the camera in a circular swivel.
i also wanted the bottom left, blue-tinted photo to have that same twisting effect so i did the same while also holding the glass over (not easy).
the focal point i was going for was sort of an ‘eye of the hurricane’. at the center of the dizzying outer edges (not always the center of the photo, mind you), there exists a somewhat calming and peaceful area that you are drawn into.
overall, i wanted to achieve 4 different colors. the top left photo has a warm orange/yellow feel. the top right has the green. bottom left has a blue/violet, and the bottom right is clearly red.
I plan on using a very textural background (something muted color-wise, possibly a plaid-ish fabric) with somewhat of a flow-like wave of color washing across it. I think for the colorful part of the composition I’m going to try and find things around the house that represent daily life in my home: guitar picks, toddler toys/stickers/etc, and whatever else I come across. My idea is for this mass (whether it turns out like a wave or whatever) to represent the uncontrollable… for lack of a more appropriate term “chaos” that exists in our home.
Some materials I’m gathering/plan on gathering:
Large piece of textured fabric (something heavy and muted like maybe furniture upholstery?)
other assorted fabrics and items
Here is my project. I decided to tone down the focal point; in the previous versions, I had more smaller shapes coming off the shapes with the longer…”tails” (??).
Anyways, I just wanted to lead the viewer’s eye up to the top right corner where all the shapes seem to be trying to go. Thus, they break the pattern.