This self portrait of the artist Paul Cezanne can be considered both realistic and idealistic. It is realistic because the painting is of a specific person. You can tell that the painting is not just a reproduced picture of any face because it has distinct features. It is idealistic though because the features appear to be perfect. For example, in the man’s beard there does not seem to be a hair out of place.
Friday, March 2, 2012
This is a portrait by Todd Doney of a musical Artist known as Bob Marley. It is a realistic drawing that utilizes what looks like pastels. At first you just see it as an average face but when you look a little more closely at it you begin to notice some colors that don’t belong. The artist also makes use of the negative and positive space. The actual face of bob Marley is the positive, and the background is negative. He also uses the negative grey space to create a shine on his face.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
This is a video of a guy who took a picture of himself everyday for eight years. You can see various things like hair style and clothing change in each picture; and then there are other things like hair length and shape of face that change at a more gradual pace. I think he chose his face because it is the easiest body part to put in the same position every time and that it shows the most change over time. I thought this was interesting and very creative.
This head is of the Buddha, a religious figure in many Asian countries. This head is idealized because there is not enough detail to make the Buddha look like it is representing one specific person from real life. All images of Buddha show him in the same expression and with similar facial decoration. Buddha was actually a historical person, but the images of Buddha are trying to represent the godliness of his being by showing him beautified, making him more of a symbol of enlightenment and peace than trying to be like a specific person.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
- John Marchetti
This piece which is a depiction of an ordinary human head is called Nirvana, designed by a South Korean artist Seo Young Deok. This head is made from old bicycle chains and took about a year to create. This piece is stylized because it isn't representing one particular person, it is representing just an average human head. Even though this sculpture is made from bicycle chains, the detail in the face, such as the eyes, mouth, and nose are very specific.
This scuplture is entitled "Head of a Girl" by Alphonse Mucha. This sculpture was composed in 1900 and is made of bronze, silver, and parcel gilt. The scale of the piece is 29 x 10 x 22. Mucha's scultpure is stylized. The title even suggests that the piece is stylized because it is just "a girl" not a specific person. Mucha decorates the girl with a headdress that makes her appear regal, though still not identifiable as a certain person. The girl's face is very symmetrical which adds to her beauty. Her eyes are also closed displaying a sort of calm despite her warrior-like accessories. Since Mucha uses silver and bronze, the light reflects off the scultpure, highlighting certain parts, such as the cheeks, of the girl's face. Mucha had considered lighting when making this piece. The symmetrical nature of this piece implies balance as well.
Monday, February 27, 2012