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Smith_

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16th April 2006

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#1 12 years ago

I'm currently working on my media arts project..making a 3 page spread. I'm having a block on my opening page. This is what I have so far(Note this has been heavily compressed down from the original 8.5-11 at 300dpi):

conflictdiamonds8cy.th.jpg

I dont like the subtext..it just does not look right to me (dont know if its positioning..font..what)

I also have a few pics for inside my article: g6ee.th.jpg untitled38qs.th.jpg untitled24gt.th.jpg

I plan on putting some sort of diamond necklace on the grenade eventually..but I cant find anything usable for scanning..if anyone has something..please post so..and you can email me the 300dpi file.

I could sure use some inspiration because this is my final project..worth 30% of my final grade..and my teacher used to work at a magasine in toronto..so he knows his shit.




Dr.Fritz

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#2 12 years ago

Looks good. I personally like the gernade.




ixi DIFIGLIA ixi

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#3 12 years ago

idk what this stuff is so sry i cant help ya




Mynros

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#4 12 years ago

I get the direction that you're trying to take this but I don't know if there are limits or some sort of brief that you need to work thru, do you have one and if so can you post it? I will thou comment on what you've posted. The opening page, the woman-red eyes, yeah, isn't working, its a relevant idea dont get me wrong but I feel the almost puritan wording is a bit strong. In media-art, its more about carrying the message without needed to say it in words, its like saying it twice, you either get it or you don't if you don't then maybe the image is the wrong image, so maybe as an idea move away from saying ...something so evil .... to a less personal phrase that isn't indicating that maybe the woman herself is evil, or that diamonds are evil, which they're not, its the practice of controling the places (and the people) where these things are mined. A diamon with a tear coming from it would describe that much better and its very easily achieved if you're good with Photoshop, even a blend of two images - that I think would change the angle that it appears to be taking, removing the emphasis from it being a specific 'person' evil/wrong and shifting it toward the base element and practice ... another idea would be since diamonds are refered to as 'stones' maybe a stone with blood with the capture along the lines of 'would you spill blood for a rock'? I hope that makes sense. Also, I've always been of the opinion, if you're going to do B&W vrs color, to stick to one or the other, don't mix them... its fine with the hit of red as thats just the highlight, but the grenade, althou a very nice piece of work, doesn't stand well with the other two people images because of their framing and being in full monochrome in a sense, maybe either, change the grenade to full b&w, or adjust the other images to include of that 'copper' color (via layer blending and color variation) just to add continuity, the only other option is to alternate between the slight colored images with the full b&w to perhaps offset that difference. The other obvious thing that I'll just comment on, is that all 3 images have people in them, but the grenade doesn't! Its lost something in communicating the 'belief' almost de-humanized in one go, its needs something else, maybe the face of one of those kids, nearly invisiable over the ball of the grenade so that you're always emphazing the human impact... I think, also its a good idea to write about 5 keywords around your subject matter and narrow it down to about two, which will keep the work focused or else it can quickly become a slightly unbalanced mix of images-concepts, atm I don't see that focus there more so some good key-images pulled together, that just show tragedy but with no outside relation as to why or the thought behind why those images were used over another tragedy image. I hope that's enough feedback and ideas to keep you going or at least to get you round that block as I know what that feels like. Good luck.




Smith_

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#5 12 years ago

Alrite, thanks alot mynros..Its suppost to be a cover though..so i need some sort of subtext...I just dont know what to put.