Space and Motion Definitions 

Overlapping/Transparency- overlapping or layering images can create an illusion of space between the images or a feeling of motion from image to image. Transparency can be used to layer images and create an illusion of a smaller amount of space/ smaller movements 

Size change- objects that gradually become larger appear to be moving towards you, objects that gradually decrease in size appear to be moving away from you, sequences like these give the viewer a sense of motion and depth 

Linear Perspective- parallel lines meet giving the illusion of depth and distance 

Atmospheric Perspective- creates an illusion of depth or recession, a common method of atmospheric perspective is gradually fading the colors in the painting as you go back in space 

Vertical location- objects that are farther away in the picture may appear lower or higher than the objects in the foreground 

Figure/ground relationships- visual grouping that allows the viewer to distinguish the focal point from the background (Faces VS Vase)

Conveying/Capturing anticipated movement- capturing/predicting a fleeting motion and conveying it through painting/drawing/etc. 

Repeating- repetition can create patterns and rythyms (movement)

Cropping- cropping removes excess and can improving framing, accentuate an object, or change the focal point/background ratio, can crop to create the illusion of movement from one edge of the image to the other (rule of thirds) 

Blurring- to obscure or make something indistinct, used on the background so the focal point can be made more obvious 

Fragmenting- breaking apart of an image into separate pieces. Can be done to focal point or background depending on what you want to emphasize and how, creates a feeling of continued motion when done gradually 

Eliciting kinestethic responses- listening to something (like music) and drawing what you think of in response to that music (usually motion) 


What does “being successful” mean to me? 

Being only 18, my achievements are limited and relatively small. Then again, I don’t think success can be measured in physical achievements alone. I think there are a few common notions of success that most people have- “success is making a living by doing what you love”. Let’s put that statement into an equation: money + happiness = success! This equation is what many of the students at this university are striving for. Can you blame them? Not at all! It’s completely reasonable. 

I think that equation can be one formula for success, but I also think there are multiple formulas. These formulas vary depending on age, social status, desires, etc. To me, there are potentionally millions of formulas and many people will have similar ones. 

My own formula? I don’t have it quite figured out. I’m not sure really, about anything. So pinpointing something as peculiar and indivudual as my own idea of success is fairly pointless right now. It’s subject to change over and over again and it’s completely tentative. I’m only 18! I have no idea what I’m doing this week, let alone the years following graduation. 

I’m really avoiding this question, aren’t I? Okay, to be more specific, as of RIGHT NOW, my formula for being successful looks something like this: good grades + learning about interesting things + good relationships with the people I love + overall health + balancing hobbies and work = success!

Visiting Artist: Andrea Myers

Andrea Myers is a sculpture artist from Columbus, Ohio. She started college as an English major at Carnegie Mellon, she later transferred to OSU, and then decided to finish out her Bachelor’s degree at School of Art Institute of Chicago. She stayed at SAIC and got her masters in Fiber and Material Studies in 2002. She’s currently a professor at Kent’s Stark campus and a working artist. Her sculpture materials range from paper, to fabric, to wood. I’m not very familiar with sculpture, but I found her presentation very interesting!

Most of her artwork features similar concepts/research interests such as hybrid forms and internal VS external conflict.

One of her most recent pieces is an amazing example of the internal VS external conflict.

Myers created a series of artwork with the same concept. She coined this her “Duplicate Series”. She creates a strip using different colored fabric and then parallel to that strip she places a piece of wood that was painted identically. Although they’re different materials, it appears as if it’s a reflection!

Myers usually starts all of her concepts with simple black concepts. She uses these contours for her self and possible commissions as a blueprint for her work. One of her commissions was a sculpture in Franklin Park Conservatory, in Columbus. (my home town!)

My two soon to be digital renderings and two honorable mentions

I think  turning this image into a digital rendering could turn out interesting. I look forward to altering the reflection in the mirror.   
I plan on doing something with the numbers on the clock within the circle. 

 The magic eight ball has good image quality, but I think the digital rendering would be a little too simple. 

I like this photograph, but I feel like the digital rendering would be very tedious to make because of the grate. 


I Survived My First Week of College

I think every incoming freshman imagines how their first week of college will ensue. My own questions ranged from, “How do I turn on the shower?” to, “How will I ever navigate my way through this campus?”

My biggest and still ongoing obstacle is the fact that my otherwise lovely residence hall has NO AIR CONDITIONING- every fat girl’s worst nightmare! My roommate and I acquired an extensive range of fans and placed them strategically throughout the room. 91 degrees was our record high. How did I do it? I’m still not so sure myself. The lack of air conditioning caused us to spend a lot of our time in our (air conditioned) first floor lounge. Although inconvenient, the change of location provided us with the opportunity to meet more people in our hall.

So, you’re an incoming freshman at Kent State and you don’t want to look like an incoming freshman at Kent State. You’re in luck! Here’s my first week survival guide:

– I HIGHLY recommend finding the buildings and classrooms you’ll be in the following week. My first day on campus, I used that god-forsaken navigation tool on the Kent State App. DO NOT USE IT. It will probably take you on the campus loop and each of your classes will appear miles apart when in reality it’s a straight shot through campus! Don’t doubt the accuracy of the paper map they give you on move in day. Luckily, I never lost my way or showed up to class late, which were probably two of my biggest fears.

– Who doesn’t want to meet new, cool people? If you’re shy, like me, all of these strangers living so close to you can be pretty intimidating. But my best advice is to be friendly, a passing smile is more productive than you’d think.

– Try your best to keep your room reasonably neat. I ran into a couple arguments with my roommate because of my mess(es). (I think organized chaos is apparent in the genes of any artist.)

– I am a CHRONIC procrastinator. I urge you not to follow in my footsteps, but, hey, old habits die hard. I was reminded of how awful this habit of mine really was this past week. I crammed 7+ hours of homework into one night and again, I have no idea how I finished.