Forbes + Market

8/30: Market Square is enclosed, cut off from the busier downtown area by way of one way streets. It is surrounded by larger corporate skyscrapers, but the most immediate buildings — those ringing the square — are primarily restaurants, many of which are chains. The square is cut off from the noise of the busier downtown streets, so most noise comes from the conversations of the people around you. It’s a very pedestrian centered area, the cars that do come through have no choice but to go slowly.

Above the restaurants the buildings are built in an older style, despite the fact that they’re new. This, paired with cobblestoned streets, brick sidewalks, and old-timey lampposts lend the area a sort of ambiance.

The inner area of the square is ringed by medium sized trees with small tables scattered around. There is an open paved space in the middle where a father is currently kicking a ball around with his son. This inner area is more of a leisure area — there’s no need to buy anything to spend time there. According to a woman I talked to, some people sit in the middle of the square all day.

The ring of restaurants marks the square as a commercial area, but the number of chain restaurants means that it’s accessible to most economic groups. At night, the patronage is slightly more middle to upper middle class. The lit up restaurants boast higher prices, and the majority of the parked cars are SUVs, which is also evidence that the square is family oriented.

8/31: There was an event going on in the middle of the square, which indicates that Market Square is somewhat of a landmark, a place of importance.

The square is monitored — I saw a police officer on foot and saw police cars driving through the square regularly — this is probably intended to give the area a feeling of security.

The majority of the people I saw looked like college kids and business people.

9/01: Went back to get new pictures that included specific landmarks of Market Square, most specifically one that had the glass cathedral along with the umbrellas and tables that mark Market Square as both a commercial and a leisure space.

Final image for composition

9/08: Notes from critique

  • Gestures and curves can communicate a lot about a person’s social standing
  • Cut your final dimension edges with a boxcutter, not an x-acto knife
  • Empty space can help a composition, it isn’t just ‘empty’
  • Avoid making planes that seem flat and separate from each other
  • Avoid distractors that confuse rather than communicate
  • Don’t divide your composition in half
  • Look at peers work for ideas

Notes from Stacie: Less of a tight crop on image may help soften the strong horizontal of the sidewalk line and add depth + lead in to the square portion of the composition.


Image basis for cutout

09/10: I decided to redo my white composition with a looser crop based on the above photograph.

Greyscale process

09/11: The majority of the values I chose for my grayscale were based off of a black and white version of my photograph, with some adjustments made here and there.

Completed grayscale

09/12: I changed the color of the sky to the lightest color paper — before it was the same color as the ground — once I was finished to add more contrast and balance to the relief. To do that I cut along the edges of the buildings and trees and re glued the entire thing with the lighter paper as a base. Once I was finished with the grayscale I went back to redo the white relief with the new crop.

I attempted to add a layer to the tree on the right, but it didn’t work out in the way I wanted so I didn’t add the layer to my white relief and I don’t plan to add it to the color relief when we do it.

White relief, gray scale relief, and traced drawing from which the reliefs were based off

09/13: Revisions that need to be made to gray scale in light of critique:

  • Change the tone of the building with windows one shade lighter to add contrast, keeping its base the same color to make the windows stand out more, they’re not reading from a distance.
  • The background doesn’t have enough contrast between shapes and it’s making it look flat. Consider making the leftmost building two tone, maybe change the color of either both trees or just the tree on the right.
  • Left umbrella is crooked, fix if have time

Assignment for Thursday: Make new composition where one of the grey tones is replaced with a color.


Thumbnails for 1-color relief

After doing some thumbnails I decided to replace my dark brown tone with dark blue, mostly because I thought the dark blue was most similar to the blue glass of the glass cathedral on Market Square.

Updated Grayscale, not all smaller pieces are glued down

09/14: I changed the window colors and the color of one of the trees. I may go back in later and change the color of the other tree to match.

Beginning of 1 color relief
Final 1 color relief

09/14: I decided to adjust some of the values of the trees so they were all the same tone in order to make it less visually confusing. I still don’t like the rightmost figure, throughout every cutout version I have had trouble making it look like a person at a table. For this version of that piece my craft wasn’t very good so I think I’m going to redo that element.

The dark blue paper felt softer than the browns so I had more trouble keeping my edges clean when my blade was more likely to slide.


09/15: I still need to go back and finish updating my greyscale. After critique I think I may still go back in and change the color of my last piece, the dark blue is a little ominous.


09/19: Spent two hours updating and matting compositions. I mostly updated the greyscale, so that all the tonal values matched up with my color relief. I decided not to change the color from the dark blue, because I felt like a lighter color might blend too much with the other tones.

Final works:

Final matted white
Final greyscale
Final greyscale + color
All 3 compostions
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