Exercise in digital and tactile ideation sequential iterative process in 3d/spatial and photographic practices.
- Spatial considerations
- Material experimentation
- Light source/shadow
Important points to consider
- Work on the selected verb from week 1 & 2.
- Use only simple, abstract, platonic 3d forms.
- Aim to make 4 to 5 objects or more.
- Make sure all the forms are light coloured.
- Images should focus on the essential qualities of the elements in space.
- Use different types of paper stock to print images.
- Document the arrangement of forms in the studio space.
Experiment on the following
- Found materials or readymades
- Negative and positive space
Final 30 images focusing on the essential qualities of 3D models
All the images in high resolution at
I decided to do some of my work using the fast-set plaster after the demonstration class on Monday, I thought that plaster best suits some of my work and decided to use the similar technique using sand, making smaller objects as tests.
little cylinders above are made using toilet rolls and square shapes using the container found at home, Later while making the molds in the barn I found a small skate board style wood, where the idea strike me to make a mold out of it using the sand and put some spikes on it, such that it represents my verb, while doing that I got another idea of using the left over wood from the creative technology class and do the same thing but with much distant and bolder spikes on it.
Until then I thought I finished half of my work but when the tutors spoke about the scale of the objects, I started thinking on that perspective, this is when I tried to delve deeper into making things on a larger scale. The objects and the making behind them can be seen below.
3D Object I
While I was thinking on how to convey falter using 3D space I looked back onto my 2D designs from the week before and tried to covert the following idea in to 3D form.
though the 2D forms were made using the skewers, I thought of converting it into the 3D form using plaster so that I can make it bigger. Making 6 columns of plaster standing vertically and breaking one of them in half to make it appear as falter, for this I tried to use to use the sand technique to make a single large column (the before day I spoke about the idea to Danny and he suggested me to use the fibre as it adds strength, such that they don’t break easily), but the idea didn’t work, the sand mold didn’t withstand 7 liters of plaster and break away, but I tried to fix it and get the results but I didn’t like the sand texture on it.
Then I decided to make something that has smooth finish, and made 6 prototypes with the cardboard that’s been found in the studios. the below images shows the prototype that holds the plaster.
the next day I took them to the barn and filled one with approximately 6 liters of plaster
To make it simple but represent my verb, I put a small piece of cardboard to make a little breakage thats looks as falter and it worked well and the fiber in it holds the hanging piece perfectly. then I scraped the idea of making 6 columns as just one column is enough to convey the meaning. the final output below.
3D Object II
The original idea was to make something smaller with bamboo skewers thats left over after working on 2D tactile forms and break a part of it to make it as falter. something as small as in the image below.
later I decided to increase it on scale, and want to make two separate blocks of it one hanging from top and the other on the floor and a gap between them to convey the meaning. Approximately 2000 skewers were used in the making of the object. I want to make the object in white so I tried to to spray paint it.
I realized it would take up to 5 cans of spray paint, but fortunately I found the Dulux white paint in the storage rooms back, tried to paint the rest with it.
but, it was not working as there is no greater surface area, so I immediately got the idea of winding it with the white yarn (this idea was from the left over yarn from the 2D forms) such that it gives more stability and looks something different. It approximately took 300 meters of yarn and worked well.
3D object III
This was the extension from the object 2 after I found the wooden object, I observed its structure and dismantled it to paint it in white, but the left overs provoked me to alter its shape and make it look as such it conveys the meaning of my verb.
3D object IV
While I was looking after another idea I went back to my 2D work and one of my work found interesting that is
As I got the left over wood from the creative technology wood work project, I used the similar collage on to wood. The idea is such that to take long piece of wood and drill holes into it with few centimeter apart and fit them with 10mm dowel sticks and leave one empty so as to convey the meaning of falter and it feel it worked perfectly, later I painted it with white paint.
Original painting process finished object
3D Object V
This is the idea extension of from the 2D work flow of the image below
I finished that using yarn because it has got some soft texture to it, as I used wood, bamboo and plaster which has got hard texture to it. I wanted to do something different. but instead of sticking it to something, I hanged it and made some gaps in it so as to convey the meaning.
3D objects VI, VII, VIII, IX
All these objects are initial tests as I described above which are smaller in scale but I think they conveyed the meaning well so I included them.
The objects helped me in making them.
3D object X
I got this idea while I went to 2 dollar shop and saw those sticks there and used the same image that made me understand falter better.
Found materials/ readymades
the objects that I found and generated an idea from it is the wooden object from the studios and the tiny skate board like thing in the barn, bamboo skewers and a paint to cover the objects in white. I used them them in ways to make my final outcomes better.
To photograph my images I used the tungsten light, which I borrowed from the technicians. and my setup looks like
to correct for the correct white balance I used the grey card. the image below shows the white balance correction for tungsten lights.
Using grey card Before correction After correction
The pictures are captured for Details (please see texture section of the page), shadows, materials connections (please go through composition section of the page) without loosing the quality of the verb (see the images under Final 30 photographs section).
Adobe Lightroom was used to make the corrections to the images, the images were so good right from the camera, so I didn’t have to make much changes, in this case I used the Fujifilm X-t2 camera with 18-55mm lens below are some examples.
Original Slightly cropped and enhanced
To check the quality of images various paper stock and printing methods were used for the top 10 photographs.
- Epson super glossy photo paper
- Epson lustre pro 250
- epson enhanced Matte
- Regular Matte paper 210gsm
- Regular satin paper 210gsm
- Creme texture paper
- Acetate paper
- Tracing paper
- Drawing Paper
- A random Photography paper
The 10 Images with different paper stock
Out of all the Paper stock used, Epson enhanced matte paper produced the desired results with rich blacks and a smooth finish for this kind of photography. As the matte paper doesn’t reflect light, it is more appealing to the eye. if its a colored photograph I might have preferred the other paper.
* All the images were converted to ‘Adobe RGB 1998″ color profile with image size of 210*314mm for epson printers at 300dpi
* All the rest of the images were converted to ‘working CMYK – (U.S) web coated (SWOP) v2’ with images size as 210*297mm at 300dpi
The images captured are at various composition parameters such as forms, space, size, distance between them, shadow etc. below are some of the examples.
Negative and positive space
Subjects occupying 80% of positive space
Subjects occupying 50% of positive space
Subjects occupying 20% of positive space
All the images were taken a great care to capture the texture of each object such as plaster, sand, white paint, bamboo, rough edges, yarn, ruptures etc. below are the few examples.
All the objects are well made using different materials, using different techniques, some inspiring from the previous 2D work, other from the creative technology wood work, some of the objects are the repetition of the same thing but in different scales. which helped me to successfully complete the given task.
here is a link for Pinterest board of the 3D tactile project photographs
here is a link for 3D tactile images Pinterest board
My research can be seen at various levels of making the objects like knowing the use of Fibre to make something more strong, learning about printer color spaces, enquiring about different lights during photography and so on.
Link to Raw files on Onedrive
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