Brush making 101-Lesson 12

candle brushes

Candle brushes were just an exercise in reality. Could I really make a brush out of ANYTHING? And do I really need to? Not knowing what I would do with a whole line of candles (Give me light!), I discovered how to make a brush without using the dreaded pen tool. YES! Now I can’t stop…

This is the most interesting one, made from a photograph of rippling water. As always…all photographs by Sue Bowling.

water ripple

Isn’t it surreal?-lesson 11

Surreal-hwk 11

Well, wasn’t that fun! I admit, I’m not much of a wild and crazy artist, things should make a little bit of sense, or at least have some emotional attachment. But I did learn quite a bit about transforming and the pen tool attributes annoying as they are…

About the theme…for the last four years, I have been serving on summer mission trips, twice to Mexico and twice on church youth group trips. I wanted to use this theme to get my head, body and heart ready for this coming season’s trip to Crownpoint, New Mexico. 10 days, 40 teenagers, should be a blast!

Typography-Hwk 10

Typography-Hwk 10

Typography Lesson–

This is a scripture our youth bible study class memorized, along with hand movements and gestures. What fun!

My father worked as a printer most of his life and I remember being fascinated by the letterpress machines and the plates of type scattered around the shop. One of the new things in this digital era is that you can keep playing with the type and style FOREVER! There are so many things and so many ways.

Midterm collage

The documentary photograph collection of Lewis Wilkes Hine, 1908-1938

The documentary photograph collection of Lewis Wickes Hine, 1908-1938

Concept

Lewis Wickes Hine: Documentary Photographs, 1905-1938
This collection has more than 500 silver gelatin photographic prints depicting American social conditions and labor, including immigrants at Ellis Island and construction of the Empire State Building, Hine’s principal subjects.

When you look… what will you see?
What will you find?
What will you do?

These were the questions that I developed after choosing to highlight the documentary photograph collection of Lewis Wilkes Hine. Hine was known for his photographs of early 20th century labor, especially the conditions that children were forced to work under.

My approach was to showcase the children he photographed and their haunting eyes. With that in mind, I chose a few very vividly haunted young faces, stuck them in a tenement window and scratched out the brick walls. I used a mild sepia tone because it depicted age much better than any other tone.

I wanted people to explore the social conscience of Lewis Hine through these faces and see what he saw when he looked closer. When he looked closer, he saw horrible conditions. When he looked closer, he found children with missing limbs, crushed bodies and dejected spirits. What he did, as well as many others, was document this and help bring the child labor situation to people’s attention.

What I attempted to do was bring these few images to people’s attention so that they would want to look closer.