After sleeping on the gradient I had created, today I looked back at it and found that I don’t particularly like how it looks. I feel like it is too dark and dull, and I want my swatch book and wall to be bright and vibrant shades of pink. After asking my peer , Poppy what she thought, she also felt like the gradient is too dull. This meant that I spent the rest of the day, recreating a better and brighter gradient. This final outcome I feel is allot better, and will create better swatch colours for the book. It will also look allot more appealing and satisfying on the wall, which is also a goal of mine that I want my final piece to achieve.
Today when I started to compile a list of names for my collection of colours from my surveys I found that I had two problems.
One problem was that from my ‘first names’ survey, the data I am collecting is so vast and varied that most names only come up once. I would need to collect an extremely large amount of data for it to start generating an accurate representation of name popularity. To solve this I think I will look up what the most popular female baby names were in 1997 (the year I was born) and then use this to name some of the colours.
The second problem I have found is that the list of catcalls/pet names mixed in with the popular baby names, doesnt look like a cohesive list. The mix looks and sounds odd. For this reason I think I will make two books, one named after catcalls and petnames, and another named after popular baby names. The catcalls book would be made up of the new gradient of colours I have created, while the the baby names book would be made of the original set of 38 colours I generated from my original collection of pink photos. I could also display a book of the printed pink photos along side it as a colour matching reference.
After all the trial and error I had done with trying to create my gradient I decided to do some research into creating four point gradients and finally came across a method using Adobe Illustrator. Using the mesh tool on a rectangle in illustrator I was finally able to make the four point gradient that I wanted. Rather than sticking to these four colours I found that I could make multiple gradients that could fit together using more colours.
After testing and playing around with different colours, this is what i finally came up with. I then went through the process of using the colour picker tool to select individual colours on the gradient to form the colours for my book.
From my list of ‘ways to decide what to name the colours’ I decided that using female names would be best fitting with my research. At the very start of the project I did a survey asking people what their immediate associations with the colour pink were. The overwhelming majority were awnsers such as ‘girly’ ‘feminine’ and ‘female’. Other answers were also things that are often closely related with femininity such as ‘cute’ ‘flowers’ and ‘princess’. It is as if society has given the colour pink a gender ; female. Obviously there are exceptions to this, but from the average percpective, pink is a female colour.
To represent this I want to use female names. I think it would be interesting also to look at catcalling and pet names, as words that are used to “name” females. Yo collect this data, I have created 2 surveys; 1) asking for first names to guage popularity of first names and 2) asking people if they have been catcalled/been called petnames and so, what sort of names have they been called.
In order to create my collection of colours for my book and wall paintings, I have tried out different methods of creating gradients.
Originally I used Adobe Illustrator to create a grid of evenly spaced boxes to fill with colour, and then tried to use the colour picker tool to put shades in place. This was very difficult as I want to have a gradient square between different types of pink as well as the shade. By trying to pick each individual one it was really hard to have a system, to make sure that the colour matched each direction of the gradient (up down, left right, and diagonal).
I then tried painting a wide range of random swatches of colour, and then attempted to organise them into a gradient. Ideally I would have then taken a photo of the gradient, and used the eyedropper tool to get the colour codes. However, this method was very time consuming, and there were gaps as I had not painted a swatch to fit inbetween certain shades.
After this second idea failed, I decided to try to use photoshop again. While it is easy to make a linear gradient on photoshop, I want to use multiple types of pink in different corners of a gradient. To achieve this, I first tested out creating two linear gradients of light and dark shades – placing these at the top and bottom of a page. I then used the eyedropper tool to select colours along the two gradients and then created a new series of gradients between the two. Although this half worked in a way, there were many things I didn’t like about how it came out :
- there were faint stripes down as some parts of the gradient didn’t fit together well.
- I wanted more colours within the gradient between the two top and bottom colours
It was also a very time consuming process, that didn’t really seem worth it for the the outcome.
From the feedback from my tutorial with Alison yesterday, I decided to not only paint my nails pink, but to actually buy some fake pink press on nails. I don’t have very long nails at the moment, so to make some slime poking videos as aesthetically pleasing as possible, I thought that putting on fake nails would help.
It turns out that doing anything with long nails that you’re not used to, is very difficult. As you can see at the start of the video I have trouble even taking the slime out of the container. The video then ended up being out of focus completely, as I hadn’t set the focus as close as where I put the slime. It ended up that one of my fake nails actually came off in the slime, so I decided to take them all off and then just paint them pink.
I still don’t particularly like the results. There are lots of things that i can see wrong with the video; the lighting is too dark and I feel like my hands take up too much of the frame. The lighting could be improved by adding in extra lamps, however I’m not sure of how to lessen the presence of my hands in the frame. I tried lots of different ways, but my hands just end up taking up so much space. Even when trying with a different kind of slime (more liquidy) it didn’t make a difference.
Although it would be nice to try and redo this slime video with better lighting and maybe a better microphone to pick up the sounds of the slime, I feel like it would be more beneficial and productive if I just concentrate on my swatches and book. Rather than making 3 average pieces, I’d rather forget about doing the video and fully concentrate on making the swatches and book the best as it possibly can be.
Although I have decided to pursue the idea about swatches, I still feel that my pink slime could have a presence in the show. Rather than having it physically there to touch, it might be interesting to have my pink TV show a video of me squishing slime. This satisfying video would hopefully add to create an overall satisfying experience. As I have a tutorial with Alison tomorrow, I will see if she thinks it’s a good idea tomorrow, or whether it will just overload the whole look.