Sunday, August 28, 2011

Playing Card Part Two

In Class
Select three of the emotional states listed below:
anxious; embarrassed; exhausted; distracted; slovenly; sensual; aggressive; awed; maternal

Do not let anyone know which states you have chosen!

Using the suit signs and the number of signs from the three cards you were given, design a card for each of the emotional states you have selected. So, if one of your cards is the 3 of clubs, and one of your emotions is “embarrassed,” then you will use the forms of three clubs to create a composition that visually expresses the feeling of being embarrassed.

Draw at least 10 sketches for each card. There may be no other visual elements in these compositions. Like with your 50 thumbnails, worry less about depicting recognizable objects and more on the emotional impact of the composition itself. Consider what makes one emotional state different from another. When you find a good visual effect, try to push it as far as you can, and see if that heightens the intended emotion. Try contrasting one effect with an example of its exact opposite. Get rid of anything that is not helping communicate, even if it looks great. Refer often to the Molly Bang Principles to guide you.

Out of Class

Execute these three images in cut paper. You may use black, red, and white paper. Use the opportunity cut-paper provides to move your shapes around before gluing, and see if you can further refine your composition. The three images should each be 5”x7” (twice playing card size), and mounted together on a piece of black mat board. The 3 images should be mounted side by side with 1 inch between and 3.5 inches on the outside edges. There should be a 3.5 inch border on the top and bottom. The final size of your black mat board should be 24” wide by 14” high. FLAP IT!

These cards will be graded on clarity of communication (we should be able to immediately recognize what emotion you are depicting) and craft (no globs of glue, no stray pencil marks, and change your X-acto blades often for nice, clean cuts). Oh…and DON’T write the emotion beneath the card. Your classmates must be able to discern the emotional state by the visual communication alone.

This project is due next week, 8.29.

For next week, bring a digital camera; borrowing and sharing is fine. I will bring mine for anyone who does not have one.

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