Animator’s Round Table Interview


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“The Cow with The Subtile Nose” by Jean Dubuffet

“The Cow with The Subtle Nose” by Jean Dubuffet


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Dynamism of a Cyclist 1913 by Umberto Boccioni

Dynamism of a Cyclist 1913 by Umberto Boccioni

1. Describe each of the elements of the artwork.

            • Lines- Arching lines, sharp corners that form movement within the piece itself

and creating shapes with all of the colors. Having these bendable lines make the subject have much more flow making it seem life-like.

            • Shape- The shapes are formed through the lines but they also serve a purpose in this piece as body parts for the cyclist. Through the cone shaped arm to the slightly bended rectangle thigh, each shape serves a symbolic purpose for each body part of the subject.

            • Texture of the paint – brush-strokes how are they applied and the effect created. – This piece has repeating brush strokes that look like they had been aggressively layered on with pigment after pigment. This aggressive dry brush stroking form shifts of value changes that come together in unison with each other. They push the movement of this piece further by giving it an illusion of speed with how quickly the paint was brushed on.

            • Colors- Very strong primary colors and subtle secondary colors. The strong primary colors serve to give the subject more power and energy which is what is shown in the painting. It’s to give a an idea of how much the subject is pushing through the piece. While the secondary colors serve as subtle additions to help better define the setting and to show detail though its idea of bright colors representing light. With the secondary colors, they also hold a special idea of movement because of how little detailed they environment around the subject is. It’s as if the colors are moving through an endless cycle of bright colors that almost seem nonexistent.

            • Scale of elements on canvas-Shapes seem to grow smaller and grow greater in detail as it heads toward the subject of the painting. Value change in colors. Atmospheric perspective in darker areas of the subject making it stand out more.

2.  Describe the relationships between parts of the painting. Is there similarity and repetition – patterns? Do these repetitions develop, is there movement of line, color or mass?

>There is repetition in the way how the paint strokes in small arches and how those arches create  these funnel like shapes and swirls. The lines create movement for the piece making it seem animate. The colors increase this illusion by creating a sense of depth within the subject of the piece with its change in value and lighting. This also helps in mass of how the paint builds up giving more attention to the subject of the painting to bring it out more from the background.

3. Is the composition best described as balanced, symmetrical, asymmetrical, crystallographic, radial, random, grid modular? Give examples from the painting that inform your decision. 

>For the composition of this piece it possess a strong asymmetrical subject, a crystallographic style, and a radial style of how the paint was brushed on the canvas.

>Asymmetrical: The figure is sensed to be unbalanced from the way he or she is angled. From the painting, it looks as if the figure is going through head first while riding the bike.

>Crystallographic: From the way some of the shapes form and have some sharp edges on the subject this painting can have some form of crystallographic but only slightly because most of the shapes represented seem to bend or curve.

4. What is the treatment of space? Describe.

>The space in the painting is acting as if it were wind because of how aggressive and unorganized the strokes are. But in this case it actually helps because this further increases the illusion  of going through speed and sound. From this the view can guess that the background seems to be moving at such a high speed that it seems the detail in the background is nonexistence for our eyes to catch.

5. How is light represented, its role, color, e.g. contrasty, shadowy, illogical, warm, cool, symbolic…?

>The light in this piece are represented in a warm, cool, and shadowy sense. The warm colors represent a sense of life that shines off of the cyclist, accompanied with some reds, dark reds, blues, and purples to get the cyclist some depth.

The cool colors give the sense of the cold brisk air moving through like wind on a chilly night with a warm breeze that follows with the reds and yellows. The shadowy colors like the dark blues, reds, orange, and greens really pop the cyclist away from the background making it seem like the cyclist is going out of the painting through a blast of wind.

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Descriptive Narrative based on Igor Stravinsky’s “Le sacre du printemps”

The sound of sizzling bacon, crispy fresh salad, and juicy red tomatoes being sliced on a cutting board. The aroma coming from the bacon travels throughout the entire kitchen. This aroma attracted an unexpected character who has just been passing by. This character creeps around the ingredients and kitchen utensils following the alluring aroma. This character was a roach. The chef sets up the sandwich and leaves the kitchen. The roach hastily yet swifty makes his way to the sandwich with sweet delight. Just as soon as the roach was about to take a taste of this most delectable wonders he had ever laid eyes on a knife drops down right next to the roach nearly chopping him in two. The chef screams in anger as tension begins to heighten. The knife continuously hits the countertop as the roach crawls quickly while avoiding the items in its way. The roach makes it way back to the sandwich and as it was just about to get close the knife slams down right of of him. The roach swiftly turns around and runs in the other direction. SHING! Down goes the knife slowly cornering the roach until the last swing comes down right in the middle, the roach lowers his head in fear. SHING!- The roach looks up a sees that the knife had been stuck between two loaves of hard bread. The chef struggles to take the knife out  as the roach rushes to the sandwich. The chef forgets the knife and jumps towards the plate. The chef ends up crashing onto the counter and spilling the sandwich everywhere. The chef then argrly gets up, wiping the food off his clothes, and goes to the other room to get cleaning supplies. The roach is seen taking a large piece of bacon back to his home.

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Lighting Set- Ralphy’s Kitchen

Lighting #1 Lighting #2

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Ralphy – Character Creation and Turn Around

Ralphy Creation Ralphy Creation #2 Ralphy Creation #3 Ralphy Movements

Ralphy Turn Arounds

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The Gritter – Storyboard

Story Story/ Storyboard Storyboard #2 Storyboard #3 Storyboard #4 Storyboard #5

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