I believe this is one of my final blog posts for the semester for Design Visualization. This has been such a challenging and rewarding course for me. Most of the terminology was new to me. Most of the instruments, pencils, triangles, drafting boards were items that I knew of and wanted to use. I think the most important thing that I learned in drafting is patience. Taking my time, being neat, and clean made my life so much easier; and my drawings much cleaner when finished. I also learned that sometimes it's easier to just start over. I did this a lot.
[Straight edges aren't always straight]
Velum hates being erased
On the non technical drawing side in the world of sketching and shadowing, I gained a lot of experience. My greatest success story was learning how to create images through shadow rather than line. I'm still not very good at it and need lots and lots of practice, but I now know that shadows create everything. I still struggle with people and proportions. I can draw myself as Vasco De Gamma or some other 15th century figure, proportionally slightly askew and final image somewhat awkward. I learned that trying and trying and trying are the best ways to understand what I'm trying to portray. It's frustrating at times and hugely rewarding even more.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Luminaire - The final phenomenon. In this project I created a light effect that emulated the varying layers and depths of shadows seen in pea gravel. This is my process and my final project.
|The Light effect I was trying to create. Soft layers of shadows that when overlapping create more depth. The closer to the surface the brighter the shadow. The deeper down the softer and darker the shadow.|
|My luminaire and the light effect that it creates.|
|This is a close up of the aperture at the top of the luminaire. This detail also allows for ventilation within the Luminaire, allowing a place for heat created by the light bulbs to escape.|
|View of the desired light effect and the aperture.|
|This is the reverse side of the above image. Here you can see the elegant simplicity of the piece.|
|Detail view of the aperture opening. This opening is magnetically adjustable, and can be completely closed as well.|
|Top Piece and Bottom Piece side by side. Each are 24 inches tall.|
|Composite Drawing, showing the created light effect and scale drawings.|
|Detail view of the scale drawings.|
|Section drawing detail.|
In this post I am exploring the development of my final light phenomenon. I gained an incredible amount of knowledge on how light reacts in different environments and with different materials. I also experimented with different light bulbs. I tried a halogen flood light which was too hot and created it's own light effect. I tried a cfl bulb which created a total wash pattern, a clear incandescent bulb which created the proper light effect, just not enough of it. Finally; I tried micro led lights that completely filled each hole that I had created in the light filter. They looked great if you were looking at the filter, yet projected a perfectly even field of light when projecting on a surface.
|Light Filter development piece from my last prototype development piece. This prototype ended up being the basis of my final piece.|
|Small hole light filter, did not create any type of light effect for me.|
|This is a side viewof the prototype that Mira and I deemed the pill box.|
|These are the two Light filters. Small holes in one and large holes in the second one. Here I discovered the material thickness of the wood became more important that the size of the holes or the spacing of the holes.|
|This view shows where I painted one of my light filters silver to create a more intense light originating from inside the box. this really had no effect on the light that I was trying to create.|
|Here is another view of my light box with the top cover down.|
This morning we were assigned a class critique to attend. I started with the Tina's third year studio. They were presenting two different projects. The first one was a redesign of a Central Regional Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Butner NC. The second one was a historic building in downtown Durham NC, 106 West Parrish Street. This building would be turned into a wine bar by night, wine shop by day, and contain residential units above.
Tina started by explaining the two projects and then let the designers take over. Everyone presented their projects and spoke a little bit about their inspiration and process. I wish they had gone into more detail about their selections and reasoning behind design choices they made. I know that they must have had oodles and oodles of reasoning behind everything. After the presentations were over I asked Tina if they had any specific constraints or requirements to work within. She explained that the basic shells had to stay the same. The main areas in which they were working were a Boys wing, Girls wing, adolescent wing, family room, and Activity room.
The greatest challenge that I saw was adapting the space to a child or adolescent scale. Making it more comfortable and familiar to the patients. The space needs to function as a home away from home that envelops and helps them change and grow, rather than be stark and scary. Some of the plans were more successful at completely changing the way the space felt, while others focused on making a much more calming environment.
|Stoel and Tina explaining the general concepts for us.|
The second project that was presented was for a wine bar/shop/residential building in downtown Durham NC. Here the designers had to work within the historic parameters set up by the city and a very dilapidated building that had been a crack house. The clients had asked for a comfortable space that was not intimidating to anyone. A place that was warm and homelike where everyone in the neighborhood would want to gather. They want to name the wine bar/shop The Horn.
|O'boyle and Wright presented a Cornucopia, based on the cornucopia being a horn. A nice abstraction I thought. I enjoyed their use of wood and the ways it was used as a design feature in contrast to some of the more modern elements of the design.|
|Smith-Dean-Loloci presented The Horn. Their concept Integrated the Wine bar and the residential spaces in a very unique and fun way using a central light shaft.|
Friday, December 3, 2010
|Here is a sketch that I did of Andrada. The use of shading is somewhat successful here. More time spent on details would make the drawing more realistic. Proportions are off, this is an area that I struggle with.|
|This is a sketch that I did of Josh. Shading is good in parts here. Proportions are off, especially in the forearms and facial features.|
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In Class we did an exercise in drawing people in scale. We were timed and only given 5 minutes for each sketch. Most of the drawings are supposed to be contour drawings. We were given a different scale to use for each group of people. This really challenged me in drawing groups proportionately, especially since most of my figure drawings have looked like muscle men or spaghetti figures.
|I chose this example because it captured the energy of the poses the individuals chose. This was also the first drawing that I did where I was able to capture the individuals at the proper scale and the proper scale within the group.|
|I chose this example because it showed depth of the grouping of people without using shadowing. I feel that there is an energy in the legs of the people.|
Friday, November 5, 2010
|The Light Cannon, 36 inches long, 4 inches in diameter.|
|I added two layers of filters with holes. This one is full of small holes|
|Here you can see the small hole filter and the secondary filter behind it with larger holes in it. I believe that the thickness of these filters will determine the acuteness of the shadow that is portrayed. I will explore this next.|
|This is the light effect it created on the wall. I like this but ultimately want higher contrasting in the shadowing.|
|The light projecting on the floor. I like this and would like to cover the entire room or at least an entire wall. Maybe I need to look at rectangles and squares rather than tubes.....|
|reflecting light off the back wall through the opening on the front gives a double shadow. One soft, one sharp.|
|directing the light directly at the front creates soft shadows with fuzzy outlines.|
|Changing the core color to black actually created sharper shadows, the opposite of what I thought would happen.|
|Experimenting with diffusers created with Velum and 1 inch hole cut outs. This is what I want to create with my luminare.|
|Same diffusers, different light angle.|