Monday, November 15, 2010

Scale Figures

These scale figures were drawn in-class for about 2 minutes each. Both are contour figures.

1/2 inch scale

The gesture of the body in this figure is good, but the lines are a little sketchy.

1 inch scale

The lines in this scale figure are more defined, but some of the body could use work.  I feel like I captured the silhouette of the head well.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Light Precedents & Analysis

The diffused light from Lumicor's recycled glass resin panels reminded me of my fountain light effect because of their reflective quality as well as how the intensity of light varies vertically on the panels which is one of the effects I am trying to achieve. Glass bits could be a possible material.

I researched ways to use corrugated plastic since that was one of the materials I purchased for this project. This example reminds me of the luminaire we were shown in class. I like that the area between the corrugation lines can vary based on how the plastic is cut, as seen below. The intensity of light is also seen to vary in this picture which is necessary for my project, so corrugated plastic as a material is still in the running.

I considered using pleats as a way to translate the light effect of a fountain. These fixtures from Artemide diffuse light very beautifully and achieve a water ripple effect. I could use a technique similar to this with thicker vellum.

This wall light by Alesina Design was very similar to what I wanted to achieve with my luminaire. The ripple effect of the cut paper is very much like my light phenomenon, but perhaps I could find a more successful light effect for my project by projecting the light effect onto a wall in the opposite way that these fixtures.

Alesina Design also makes luminaires out of plastic drinking straws, which I thought to use to create my lighting effect. I thought these were interesting:

Drinking straw lights from another company, Padlab.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Our assignment is to choose a sketch from two people in our studio and describe which techniques they used that we want to adopt into our own process of sketching.

A sketch from Paige Hohlt:

I really like this sketch Paige did of her wood system project.  I think what makes this sketch very successful is her skillful use of shading and perspective.  She drew her straight lines very carefully which makes this sketch look very realistic.

A sketch from Pam Vidal:

What I like about Pam's light sketch is the way she captured the water beads on the water bottle. She also paid good attention to the contour of the water bottle itself. The shading under the curves in the bottle make her drawing look more three-dimensional.

My sketches:

This was my shaded twig sketch, I think my shading shows the twig dimension well.

The contour of this twig turned out well and I paid attention to a lot of the detail in the twig.

I think the shadow of this twig that had lichen turned out very interestingly.