Morewood + Ellsworth

First Visit

Observation

August 30, 2016

I went to my location around 6 p.m. on August 30, 2016. When I searched the location of Ellsworth Avenue at Morewood Avenue on Google Maps, I realized that the place is just a couple blocks off of Forbes Avenue. Instead of taking a bus, I walked up to the intersection of Ellsworth and Morewood Avenue.

First Impression

When I first looked at this area, what I saw was a common sight that we can easily see near the CMU campus. When I looked around the area, my initial thought was “nothing special.” With no city atmosphere around this area, It seems like Morewood and Ellsworth Avenue is a very quiet and peaceful residential area where old buildings and poles are seen everywhere.

August 31, 2016

Buildings

The buildings in this area which are old and massive clearly show that Ellsworth Avenue at Morewood Avenue is not a residential area where houses are tightly packed.

Surrounding by many trees, few big brick houses were founded at Ellsworth Avenue at Morewood Avenue. Also, I saw a school, a church, and some construction areas at each corner of the interaction. As shown by the buildings, poles, and other structures at this area, Ellsworth and Morewood Avenue depict how old the town is.

The interesting part is that at some parts of this area, houses start to be reconstructed, while keeping the church and the school which are constructed a century ago. Later, the town could be an area that have both old and new constructions together.

Roads

With scratches or patches of paints and full of potholes on the roads, the roads seemed quite old too.

At this area, I saw the school zone area in front of the school which limits cars to only drive under 15 miles per hour and most cars keep within the speed limit.

On all the roads of the intersection, there are signs that allow riding bicycles with cars. These show that this area is where many individuals including students and workers ride bicycles. The constant but slow and relaxed movement of cars, bicycles, and pedestrians are easily seen at the area.

Old electronic poles which are made out of woods and punched with a bunch of staples and old traffic signs are seen everywhere on the roads at this area.

People

Because it is the area that is very closed to the campus and with a school, called Winchester Thurston School, it was easy to notice many students who are riding bicycles or walking with backpacks around this area.

Because the time when I visited the area was around 6 p.m., all the individuals that I saw were slowly walking or being relaxed.

What I felt:

Seeing and observing every four corners of the intersection of Ellsworth and Morewood Avenue, I realized that the level of care exerted to every single constructions of this area except poles are very high. Every roads, trees, and plants are well taken care of and cleaned. Even though it seems like this area is very old and boring, I liked the peaceful and relaxed view of this area while seeing many students and workers going their houses.

September 1, 2016

The purpose of the project

After the class on Thursday, where Stacie and Steve asked why no one included any words about the reason of this project, I pondered about this question for awhile. Then I realized that the purpose of this project is to make our eyes open to every single objects and individuals around us, explore many visual characteristics, and think about them deeply and visually.

First Try

September 2, 2016

Take a photo & Choose a photo

Again, I revisited Ellsworth Avenue at Morewood Avenue to take another photo for cutting out and making a white flat image of the place.

Because the most interesting building and the sight of Ellsworth Avenue and Morewood Avenue to me was the First Unitarian Church, I took some photos of it while deeply considering about the composition and other aspects. By comparing with the photo of the church that I took on Tuesday, I finally chose the photo from Tuesday that clearly shows how the sight of the area looked like with the strong composition and clear perspective.

September 3, 2016

Tracing the shapes

By using a piece of tracing paper, I traced only the shapes of the image with simple lines.

September 4, 2016

Cutting out

Prepared bristol vellum papers. By using the tracing paper, I sketched shapes of the church on a white bristol vellum paper. Then I used a ruler and a x-acto knife and cut layers and single shapes out to put on another white bristol paper.

Putting on the paper

I made the order of putting those pieces.

September 5, 2016

The process of the project

I added more details by cutting out some smaller pieces.

The final

I put layers and single pieces together to make the white flat image of the First Unitarian Church.

What I learned:

  • I learned how to simplify a 3 dimensional image to a flat 2 dimensional image.
  • I also learned how to show perspective by putting papers in order.
  • Another thing that I learned is cutting smaller things should be elaborate.

Second Try

September 6, 2016

First I considered whether I should keep the photo or change the photo for the second cut-out project. After pondering deeply about it, I decided to keep the photo and only change the size.

I printed out the image as 6in x 8in.

Tracing the shapes

Tracing the shapes for each layer.

I made 6–7 layers by tracing the shapes in order to make the basic form of the church.

Doing the details

I traced the shapes of the small structures for doing details and cut out them all.

The final (comparing with the first try)

By comparing the first try one and the second, it clearly shows that the second one has more details than the first one.

Third Try (Using 4 different gray colors)

September 8, 2016
4 different gray colors

Choosing colors + Tracing the shapes

Instead of using photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, I decided colors by writing on a copy of the image. #1 means white and #4 means the darkest color. Then, I traced the shapes of the image separately and made 3 different layers by color.

September 9, 2016

The final

By following the guide paper that I made at the beginning, it was easier to make. I tried to give contrasts and make a great perspective by only using 4 different colors.

Fourth Try (Adding a color)

September 13, 2016

Choosing a color to replace

Taking a picture of these colors to compare each one

I used photoshop to put each color on a picture of the grayscale cut-out one. Then, I finally decided to use green for the replacement of the third darker color of the four colors.

September 14, 2016

Processing

I did the same thing as the grayscale cut-out one but only change one color. By keep comparing with the grayscale one, I put more and more details on the image in order to make it similar to the grayscale one.

The final

I changed some parts of the grayscale one by deeply considering about it. For example, I removed the cloud on the grayscale. By comparing these two, it is clear that the green color make others to focus on the church.

Mat Board

September 19, 2016

Making mat board cover + Taking pictures

These are all the cut-out samples of the project.

When compare these three at the same time, it is very clear that the one which has a green color on the paper seems very perspective and have much more contrasts.

What I have learned

  • I learned how to simplify a 3 dimensional building into a flat 2 dimensional image.
  • I also learned how to show perspective by putting papers in order and placing colors effectively.
  • By replacing a color with other color, I learned that a small difference also can give a strong impression because of its obvious visual characteristic.
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