Negative Space is space that is not defined or is the opposing color to the colors being used in the portrait. I found negative space by filling in anything that was not colored in a filling in the other half of it. It helps an artist to see negative space to know if/when they should add something to a picture and where it should be added. Seeing negative space enhances a drawing to really see every aspect and decision that the artist ade, and where your eyes should focus.
My element was Nitrogen. Nitrogens number is the number seven. Nitrogen has a rich history and many interesting facts. Nitrogen was discovered by Daniel Rutherford in 1772. Being the fifth most abundant element in the universe, Nitrogen has many uses. Nitrogen helps create amonia, fertilizers and it’s a affordable freezing agent.
My imagery was the planet Venus. I chose this because Venus had been proven to some amount of nitrogen in its atmosphere. My process for making this was pretty simple. I paper sketch and transferred it into the plate (making sure it was reverse). After that I rolled the ink on the plate until I heard the tacky sound. Finally I put it on paper. If I could redo this, I would have put more depth into the plate. I loved when I got to see my finished product. I just felt really proud of it.
My atom was Beryllium, atom number 4. This is an alloying element to copper, aluminum, copper, iron, and nickel. This element was been used since the Ptolemaic Dynasty. I figured what is the most common tool that has beryllium and I thought a wrench was the best example. I had 10 different sketches and narrowed it down to the most neat. After I printed and matted I concluded my project. If I were to make any changes with my project, I would've printed earlier. I loved matting and ripping the paper because it was something I've never done before.
- My element was Gallium, and it's atomic number was 31.
- Gallium was discovered in 1875 in Paris, France by a french chemist named Paul E. Lecoq de Boisbaudran. Before it’s discovery, the father of the periodic table Dmitri Mendeleev predicted it’s place on the periodic table. He named it eka-aluminum as he predicted it would be placed below aluminum on the periodic table. Gallium’s main use is often combined with arsenic to create Gallium arsenide, which is dominantly used in electronics. Such electronics include the circuits of microwaves, infrared circuits, and high speed switching circuits. Also, Gallium is part of gallium nitride and indium gallium nitride, which is used in production of semiconductors mainly for solar panels, and laser and light emitting diodes. Gallium can also be used as a substitute for mercury in medical thermometers.
- My idea for the imagery was that since gallium is often used in electronic motherboards and such, I decided to place it inside of a computer screen, combined with a mouse, and electrical pathways coming out the side, representing the motherboard.
- I went through a strict process that I had in mind to create this print. I wanted to dish out as many ideas as possible for my print; some of the prototypes that I came up with was the Ga31 being microwaved in a microwave, lasers shooting at the atomic number and symbol, and the sun shining down on solar panels engraved with Gallium's atomic number and symbol. I ultimately chose the computer design due to it's connection to modern day society, and also it will be easily recognizable.
- If I did this print a second time, I would have probably tried to make the colors more full instead of making it look faded, because the fade does not play in with the theme of computers being old and what not. By making my color a bit more stand out, the computer will shine brightly on the print.
- I really enjoyed making the actual print, and using the ink alongside the brayer roller. It was really interactive, and it got me thinking that people do this as a profession, so they could make really cool designs with this kind of technique.
What is your element? Name and atomic number
-My element is Manganese, its atomic number is 25.
Tell the reader about your element, history, function/use and so on.
- Manganese has been around for more than three centuries, it was discovered by a swedish chemist by the name of Johan Gottlieb Gahn. Manganese. A good amount of the Earth's crust is actually made of manganese
How did you get the idea for the imagery you chose?
I didn't want to do a generic soda can so I decided that I was going to do a human body with a lot of foods that are high in manganese and I can have that as my symbol.
What process did you go through to make this print?
My process for this was kind of long and kind of easy at the same time, I decided on my design in the actually really like my design but I doubt it it for a while because I thought it was too simple or it was just not going to look well as my final product but I actually love how it turned out. I made three drawing prince before I transferred it onto my styrofoam plate and I picked my best one in my favorite one.
What would you do differently if you did this print a second time?
I think I would have changed how I made my styrofoam plate I would have darkened more areas so that it would have given more deaths to the final product because I don't think I pressed down as hard with my pencil when I was making a styrofoam plate and because of that it wasn't as precise as I wanted it to be.
What part of the project did you enjoy the most? Describe the step and what you liked so much about it.
My favorite part about the project was probably the printing process with a styrofoam plate onto the final white paper. This is because I felt like it was just really refreshing seeing my final print come to life and seeing the different colors that I could have it associated with. So with the printing process I had to use a barrel thing and roll this slow drying paint on my styrofoam plate which then I transferred and pressed against a white piece of paper which was going to be my final paper and so the paint from the styrofoam plate would be transferred onto the final.
My Element is Sulfir, and its atomic number is 16. You can find it in coulum 16 of the periodic table. Sulfur was first discovered in prehistoric times, but it was said that it was first discovered in 1777, by a french scientist named Antoine Lavoisier. Sulfur was officially and element in 1787, but it was known as a compound until 1867 when it was discovered that it was not a compound of anything.
Sulfur is used in many things such as black gun powder, fertilizers, sulfuric acid for batteries, as well as fireworks, paper, and in some medicines.
I had gotten my idea of drawing a cracked egg for my print-out because I found out that Sulfur is used in eggs. I had thought that Sulfur wasn't edible, but when I realized that Sulfur is in the food we eat, I had decided to choose the most common food where Sulfur is found.
First, I had 3 different drawings for Sulfur, one was like a Sulfur terminal, another was a bar of soap because Sulfur is also found in face soap I then drew the egg and I felt like that this drawing looked way netter than the others, as well as giving a small image of the fact that Sulfur is found in the food we eat.
Second, I had traced my image onto some wax paper, so I could use it as a stencil for when I had to put it into my foam plate in order to roll the ink on top to print it onto normal paper. I then used a ruler to rip the sides off of the image to give it a bit of a jagged look. I had measuered a piece of construction paper to be a 1-inch border around the printed image(the egg) and then gluded it onto the paper once I was satified.
If I could do this a second time, I would want to mix colors to give it a more unique look, as well as took my time with the tearing, because as you can see, some of the image is ripped.
I enjoyed the tearing part the most of this project. I had to put a ruler on around the edges of my images to rip the excess paper around it to give it that jagged look. I enjoyed this the most because not only did it feel satisfying to rip the paper off, it inspired me to try to make images with jagged images.
My element name is Krypton and the atomic number is 36. My element was made in 1898 by a guy named sir william ramsay. Krypton is used in high speed photography, light bulbs and combined with some gases to make a luminous greenish yellow glow. For my image the reason that I chose this because it's a lightbulb and Krypton is in lightbulbs. The process that I went to was we got a paper and drew out a photo, went over and rolled paint until a sticky sound and the put it on a paper and press down. If i could do it over it would be to change the color. The part I enjoyed the was the actual printing.
Tungsten was discovered by two Spanish brothers, Fausto and Juan Jose de Elhuyar in 1783 by reduction of acidified wolframite with charcoal. Tungsten has had many uses throughout its history. Tungsten was first used in incandescent light bulbs and tubes in x-rays. During World War II, tungsten was heavily involved in political dealings. Because of tungsten’s high melting point, hardness, density, and strengthening of alloys, it was a hot commodity among the axis and allied powers to make weaponry. Tungsten’s etymology is straightforward. The word Tungsten comes from the swedish words “tung” meaning heavy, and “sten” meaning stone.
My imagery derives from tungsten’s etymology. I thought I could create an interesting image by using negative space lettering and texturing.
My process started with decided on a set of images. I created three images and selected one of them. I wanted to refine the image and take it from a 2D sketch to a 2.5D impression drawing. I chose to texture the rock by pressing various objects on the rock and making impressions.
If I were to do my print again, I would refine my lettering a bit. I think it is inconsistent and could’ve been better.
I enjoyed the texturing process the most. Figuring out what objects make the coolest and most effective impressions was enjoyable.