During this lab, I learned how to create different landscapes using different color schemes. For the desert landscape, I used a split-complementary color scheme, adding a linear gradient for the sky and a linear and radiant gradient for the sun to present the feeling of an evening oasis. Next for the city landscape, I used a triad color scheme using different tones and saturation of red to show the distance between them. The three colors I used were red, blue, and green. For the underwater landscape using an analogous color scheme, I showed the contrast between the seaweed and used different shapes to give a more underwater experience And lastly, the easiest landscape was outer-space, I used a complementary color scheme using different sizes of shapes representing things you would see in space. The most challenging part was trying to create a realistic feel within the landscape using different tones of color and shapes. My submission could’ve improved if I would have sent my project into the dropbox a few days earlier to receive feedback and wanted criticism from my professor and classmates. I don’t think this assignment could be improved because it was super fun and I had to use knowledge from previous assignments to be able to convey the ideas of what I did. For future assignments, I will apply the knowledge that I gained from this project by remembering how I showed distance, contrast, and similarity to create a realistic visual landscape for the first time. I was able to get inspiration from different photos of real landscapes and from examples shown in class to get a better understanding of how I can create the visual effects and use colors to show different moods and environments.
During this project I was able to learn a lot about visual perception and how to reflect illustrated principles in design. For each principle I was able to learn how to present each in different frames using the form of shapes. I also learned throughout this project how the “gestalt principles describes how the mind organizes visual data.”
I am a visual person so creating the shapes and finding ways to represent what was being said in the nursery rhyme was very easy. It was also easy to use the principles because I can understand what each principle means and how they can be shown in the illustration. For example in the second frame “How I wonder what you are” I used the moon as the I that is wondering while having the star be the focal point of what object is being wondered about. In the third frame “Up above a world so high” I made the star look like it was shooting up away from the earth and the other stars by using lines as a representation of upward motion. In the last slide, I used the twinkling star as the focal point in the thought bubble and I used continuous stairs leading back to the moon in the representation of the small bubbles that are underneath thought bubbles coming from the thing that is thinking (the moon).
The challenging part was the process, I had to redo my project because my safari had crashed and my progress wasn’t saved after I had to force close it. It was challenging because I had to recreate my ideas knowing they weren’t going to be exactly like my original. But on the good side, I was able to learn from my mistake of not making sure everything is being saved as I work and I got extra practice in the software.
This project was very fun and interesting and I don’t think anything could have been improved with the assignment. On my end however I could’ve improved my submission if I knew more creative ways to represent the nursery rhyme with primitive shapes.
“Gestalt Principle Applied in Design” and “Design Principles:Visual Perception and Principle of Gestalt” were the two sources I used for inspiration during this project. It allowed me to understand the meanings and representations of the Gestalt Principles. I will apply my knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios by keeping in mind the Rule of Thirds, Layout crimes and the basis of what Gestalt Principles are.
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