Unit 8: Using Mobile Devices

Task 1

As a group we received and read through our briefs. We worked as a group to define mobile devices. We thought about and listed different social media sites that we could use during the course of our studies. The class then split into two groups. The sites my group decided to use were Facebook for private discussion about the project, Pinterest for posting some of our work, Evernote for notes and Tackk for writing about our studies. We made accounts on all of these sites and got in contact with each other. We then did some research on photo manipulating artists. I found a website called mymodernmet.com which I found a little about each of these artists.

Cristophe Gilbert

Cristophe Gilbert is a skilled photo manipulater who has worked with Mercedes, Toyota, Ford, Playstation and LG Electronics. He had manipulated liquids such as paint and water in a few of his pieces. His style is clever and distinctive. Here are a few of his photo manipulating works.

Andric Ljubodrag

Andric is an award winning photographer with a distinct signature style. His strong work has brought to the photography world light and clean images that prove time and time again to be timeless. Born in Belgrade Yugoslavia to a family of artists, Andric has been working as an advertising photographer since 1988, and has moved the advertising world with his stunning images since then. Having been born into a family of artists Andric's talent was naturally self taught and he landed his first paid gig at the age of 21.

Andric's work combines humour with wit and has the ability to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary by single-handedly creating illusion.

Many big named brands have the privilege to work with Andric, some of these include AT&T, Capital One, Amex, Hitachi and Samsung.

Erik Johansson

I found out about this artist through boredpanda.com. Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer whose work is unbelievable and reality-defying. His high-skilled retouching makes the images seem almost real. He develops the ideas in his head before he starts work on them and even models in some of the images himself (he's the one punching himself).

After researching the artists we looked at different photo editing software. Using Photoshop we would be able to crop, straighten, rotate, flip, fix red eye, colour change, removes spots and dirt, add borders and share features. Using an app called Photo Effects Pro we would be able to add filters and effects, add text and stickers, draw onto photo using our fingers and make collages. Another app called Cut Paste Photos would allow us to cut and paste parts of photos to change the backgrounds or just create images for fun. Taking into account the different photo manipulation techniques such as morphing, drawing over and cutting and pasting we chose a theme. We agreed as a group on the theme of fun fruit. We each drew out a mind map, looking at each others ideas and adding them to our own mind maps. We created a hashtag - #FunFruit

When our mind maps were complete we chose out the fruit which we were using and took pictures of them. Each person in the group decided on what part they would play in the projects, working on their own piece. I took a picture of a punnet of grapes to work on. I started by sketching out a couple of different faces to put on the grapes. I drew some zombies and some pirate grapes into my sketchbook. I used an effect on the photo to make it look a bit more green than it was before. I uploaded the picture to my laptop and using the paint application on it I drew a pirate face onto each visible grape. I saved the image and then captioned it with "The Grape Pirate Crew".

When the Grape Pirate Crew was finished I posted the starting image and finished piece onto pinterest. I then started work on another fun fruit project. I bought a pear and after discussion with my group decided to draw over the pear using an app called Avairy to make the pear look like Snoopy from Peanut & Friends. We came up with this idea because we thought that the pear resembled the shape of Snoopy's head.

When I had decided what to do I took a picture of the pear on my android tablet and I began work on altering the image. I first thought of turning the pear white but no matter how many effects I put on the image I could not change the colour to white. I decided to just draw over the image. Using Avairy I drew the rough shape of Snoopy over the pear. I then made the shape more smoother, using black to make the outline. I continued adding to the picture until I had Snoopy where the pear was. I coloured the background in blue so that the drawing would stand out. I was planning to use Photoshop to change the blue background to a scenic one but due to time management constraints I was unable to.

I looked at what other team members had done for the fun fruit theme. Using a melon, one of my group members decided to make a Minion from the popular film Despicable Me. She used the paint application on her laptop to draw a Minion onto the melon. She did this all from home.

All of these #FunFruit are available for viewing on Pinterest. They can been seen at https://uk.pinterest.com/demonkid70/funfruit/

Task 2

Sophie Calle

As a class group we studied the work of Sophie Calle, a french artist. She was born in 1953. When she had finished her schooling she travelled for 7 years. Upon her return to Paris she began a series of projects, to reacquaint herself with the city and the people living there. She observed the peoples actions and behaviors, constructing their personalities as she did so. Her art consists of photos of people she was following around without their knowing so. We watched a video about what she had done. In it we learned that she followed a man from Paris to Venice while in disguise, photographing him and trying to take the same photos that he took. In 1986, Calle worked on a project entitled The Blind. For his project she interviewed blind people, asking them to define beauty. The responses were accompanied by portraits of the interviewees and Calle's photographic interpretation of their ideas of beauty. I thought her work was quite weird but I admire how it is original. I like how she continued to do what she wanted to do without caring what others thought about it.

We were assigned a project after we had seen her work. we were to follow a close friend or family member for a day, taking pictures of them without them finding out. (O.O)

On Saturday 7th March 2015 I started on this assignment. I was attending an anime convention on that day with my family. I decided that my 7 year old sister would be the best choice for following. I somehow managed to take 151 photos during the course of the day! I deleted a lot of these photos but I was still left with 80. I transferred all 80 photos to a memory stick using my laptop. I brought the memory stick into college to find out what I was to do next. Here are a few of the photos I took.

Our next job was to exchange photos with one of our peers. I chose ten photos from my friend Melly which I was to change the order of and alter to tell my own story from the photos. Here are the photos which I chose to work with. The photos were of Melly's mother.

I printed off my chosen pictures, also saving them to my memory stick. I cut them out, set them in the actual order and  then rearranged them to make a new story. The story I came up with was not very creative but it did the job that needed done.

I used the paint application on my laptop to edit the photos. To tell the story I thought about using a child's storybook approach by writing text onto the images. I experimented with different bubbles and shapes to make it look more fun. I wrote a poem like story to go with the pictures to make it even more fun. I asked Melly what nickname I should give her mum for the story. She chose Mamma Munchkin and that is what I chose to title the story. When writing the poems to go with the pictures I didn't use a mindmap or story board. I looked at what was happening in each image and I came up with a poem to go with it. The poems were made at a spur of the moment pace, some came easier than others did. I used coloured text boxes to write the text in to make the writing clearer to see. The boxes are plain squares due to time management issues. Here are the images with the added story in order as I wanted them to be.

When I had finished editing the photos I printed them out, putting two on each A4 page. Even though I had selected for the pages to print in colour they came out in black and white. I chose to continue with the black and white versions as it was easier to do than print them out again. I printed two copies so I could try two methods. I trimmed the edges and made a title page, titled Mamma Munchkin. I glued the images back to back in a way that when put together could be read like a book. I used a hole puncher to make holes in all of the photos. With the title pages I cut one into separate back and front covers. I left one in whole for folding over. I put holes in these too, lining them up with the picture pages first. I used wool to tie them together into two small books. I prefared the one with the wrapped round cover more than the other. I drew a cartoon style of Melly's mother on the front cover, above the title. I liked how the book turned out as it was simple but fun.

Comparing Task 1 and Task 2

During this unit there were many similarities between Task 1 and Task 2. The main similarities that I could note were that in both tasks we worked with another person, if not in a group. For Task 1 we worked in groups, I was in a group of 6. We worked together to find a theme that we all liked and were willing to work on. We did the research together so that nobody was losing out. During the first task we were continually talking with our group members, so that everyone in the group knew what we were doing in response to the task. In Task 2 we started by working alone but then shared are photos with others. Both tasks were similar in that we worked with our peers but different in how we did it.

The software and techniques used in Task 1 and Task 2 had one similarity but many differences. The paint application on laptops was used in both tasks for adding text to images but only used in Task 1 to draw on the images. Laptops were therefore used in both tasks. Cameras on phones, androids and iPads were used in both units. We were taking many photos during the unit which we were to edit. We used built-in features of our mobile devises to add effects to the images in Task 1 but we did not use any of these during Task 2 as they were not needed. Apps used for drawing on mobile devises such as Avairy and Photoshop were used in Task 1 only. What made Task 1 and Task 2 different for the use of mobile devises is that a wider range of apps and devices were used in Task 1 whereas the laptop was mostly used to complete Task 2.

The images used and how they were used in Task 1 and Task 2 showed many differences. In Task 1 my group chose to work with fruit, still objects that we could control in any way we wished through positioning, cutting and colouring. In Task 2 we took photos of people as they were living through a day, they were constantly moving and we had no control over what would happen next. As we were secretly taking photos of the person we chose there was no telling if the picture would come out blurred or looking well. The lack of control in the second task made it more interesting to work on. We didn't know what kind of pictures we would have at the end whereas in the first task we had full control and could keep trying to take photos as many times as we liked until we got what we wanted. I prefared Task 2 when it came to the images worked with as they were captured in a moment that would never be recaptured. When it came to choosing images to work on it was easier to pick some in Task 1 than in Task 2. For Task 2 we chose images that our peers had taken. It was hard to pick some that I could work with as there was a lot of option. Task 1 was easier to choose images as I just had to pick a fruit and what to turn it into. I preferred Task 2 when it came to choosing images as it was more fun to pick from a large selection that somebody else has presented than working from images of my own.

Pros and Cons of Using Mobile Devises in Art & Design

Using mobile devises in Art & Design had its difficulties as well as its benefits. I found that it was difficult to draw over images using both the laptop and the android tablet. When using the laptop to draw over the grapes the mouse kept jumping, drawing lines where I didn't want them. In order to resolve this problem I had to draw in single blocks, causing the process to take longer than anticipated. When drawing using the android tablet I found it hard to draw accurately as the tablet read the lines as being slightly off where I was trying to draw. Due to this progress was slowed down.

I discovered that using my laptop to add text to images was a lot more sufficient than trying to write over a printed out picture. Writing on an image by hand didn't work because the writing was too hard to see when written in pencil and wiped of when written in pen. By using the different applications on my laptop i was able to add text, shapes and colours to images with ease. When needing to add text and shapes quickly to images i would definitely use my laptop again, but when drawing I would much rather use pencils, pens and paper.

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