Definitions for 2D Comp

Overlapping/Transparency: By overlapping, you can create a sense of motion in the composition and by using transparency you can create depth.

Size Change: By making an object larger or smaller, it can take up more space or less space in the composition.

Linear Perspective: In order to give the illusion of depth and distance, objects are determined their placement by all of them going to back to a specific point on the horizon.

Atmospheric Perspective: Used to create depth and distance in a painting by changing the hue or distinctness of objects received, changing colors to light blueish gray color.

Vertical Location: When an object is perpendicular to the horizon.

Figure/Ground Relationships; Tendency to see some objects as well-defined against a less distinct background/less distinct other objects.

Conveying-Capturing Anticipated Movement: Capturing movement or anticipated movement In order to caption more emotion in a photo/composition. It can show motion.

Repeating: It can create a flow within the composition by using identical/similar themes.

Cropping: Can create how big or small the photo or composition is, creating more or less space.

Blurring: By making the whole photo/composition less distinct by blurring it, it can blur perhaps some objects together creating different space.

Fragmenting: This could be an incomplete or isolated part in the picture or perhaps fragments of other objects out together to make a whole.

Eliciting a Kinesthetic Response: Evoking a emotional/physical response by what is put into the composition.


What does it mean to be successful?

By pondering this myself and asking a few friends, I aim to answer this question.

For my friend/roommate Heather, an 18 year old photo journalism major, she said the typical stuff like time management and being responsible, but what it was really all about for her was the motivation within you to succeed. “You gotta believe to succeed” are the exact words she said to me. She thinks that in order to be truly successful, in any field, you need to have the willpower to keep yourself going and believe that you will make it to your goals.

And as for my other friend Tyler who is a 21 year old electrical engineer major at Lorain County Community College, he believes that success is achieving goals that set you forth in life. That as long as you’re moving forward and learning from your failures, you’re becoming more and more successful every day.

And for myself, it seemed to be something that both Heather and Tyler mentioned to me along with what else they had said, and that is to be happy. Being happy and enjoying what you do seems to be a common trait that even two friends with different majors believed in.

So overall what I learned from thinking about success myself and the opinions of some friends, is that you need to yes, make sure you’re handling your time well and being responsible and motivating yourself to move forward as well as doing so. But more importantly to make sure you’re happy.

3D Sculptures – Final Compositions

Composition #1:


This first piece was meant to represent the Gestalt principles of proximity, repetition, and perhaps you could count closure in this as well.
Proximity shown in the way that they are all grouped together, repetition because of some of the repeated pointed patterns (towards the right side of the composition) and closure because of some of the negative spaces that created a triangle shape. 

My process behind this piece was that I wanted to create something that was geometric because of how geometric the shapes are themselves. And also show how well these triangle pieces could fit together, sort of like building blocks. Hence why it was crucial to me to create all of the triangles the exact same size. 

Composition #2:


This second piece was meant to mainly represent the Gestalt principle of continuity by how this piece flows upward. 

The process/inspiration behind this piece was to create something not as much geometric but more flowing. Instead of thinking how the shapes fit together as building blocks, I tried to see how I could make them all flow together in an interesting way. I had intentionally planned on having just one long structure coming up from the middle but didn’t know if that would hold properly, so I added the two smaller structures in the side and added a base to the middle. 

Overall, I tried to contrast the two by having one composition very structured and geometric and the other more flowing. 

Andrea Myers


Andrea Myers was the guest artist speaker who’s lecture I had the pleasure of attending last Friday! I honestly wasn’t planning on attending because I had other things going on that day, but since our whole FYE class was going, there I was.

And I’m actually very glad I was able to attend. I fully realized that day how fun and interesting it was to go to see and hear other artists talk about their artwork and their journey. And that’s probably what my favorite part of the lecture was, hearing Andrea’s journey. Just seeing how her artwork developed over time from her nature inspired tracing designs to her layered fabric sculptures was so interesting to see.

I feel like it’s good to see how an established artist develops themselves and their style over time because it shows you an example of how to perhaps get yourself started on your own journey, and I feel that’s so important for aspiring artists.

Her artwork itself although too was very enjoyable to view. And learning about the processes she used to create her artwork was just as compelling as well.

Overall, I did very much enjoy her lecture and I feel I just really enjoy hearing artists talk about their journey and their process, it inspires me to start thinking about the building blocks for my own journey.