GD1 Surrealistic Me Project

Posted on December 6th, 2018

Create a Surrealist Self portrait based on one of your dreams. Use one or more of the Operational Techniques to create your surrealist dream scape. There are links below that will show you the operational techniques and examples of completed work. Be sure to read and follow the project requirements.

Magnification: The “reconstruction” of a subject on a much larger scale than that of the original.

Minification: Something is made to appear smaller than expected.

Multiplication: Repeating images or forms within a composition.

Substitution: Changing the original qualities of objects and surfaces: a “soft” telephone, a “wooden lightbulb”, etc...

Reversals: Reversing color, perspective, functions, relative sizes and so on; reversing the laws of nature.

Fragmentation: Splitting or fragmenting objects or images. The subject may be either partially developed, fragmented, or dismembered. Splitting planes as in cubist art.

Partial Delineation: An object in a half finished state.

Distortion: Changing an object or image by deformation, distortion, or progressive states of degradation. An object is burned, dissolved, stretched, melted, etc.

Disguising: The use of latent or hidden images; obscuring the qualities of an object by wrapping, masking, camouflaging.

Metamorphosis: Something in a progressive states of change.

Soft Focus: Changing focus of all or parts of an image; blurred edges or contour lines. A photographic image blurred by movement or panning.

Transference: The intrusion of an object or element into a space or environment not normally its own; the displacement of an object or elements into a new situation.

Collapsing Volume: Rendering three dimensional objects to seem flat or transparent through the use of contour line, silhouette, transparent planes, etc. (or vice versa: expanding two dimensional forms into three dimensional objects)

Animation: Inanimate subjects can be made to “come to life”; organic or inorganic subjects can be given human qualities. Functions can also be implied through image repetition and progression.

Progressive Image Breakdown: Subjecting an image to treatment that tends to deteriorate, obscure, or progressively break it down to simple shapes and patterns.

Positive-Negative Reversal: Using the photographic negative rather than the print (or both) in a composition: using the female molds or concave shapes to abstract figurative sculpture.

Operational Techniques
Links and Inspiration

At least three thumbnail sketches to think through your ideas. Label your paper with your first and last name and list the operational technique(s) used in each one.
Size 10"x8" or 8"x10" resolution 150
Create a Surrealist self portrait inspired by a dream.
Use your photograph somewhere in the image. Preferably, you should be recognizable. Use at least 1/4 of yourself in your Surrealistic Me portrait.
Use a composite of at least 5 images.
Avoid using cartoons, products or celebrities.
Color correct your images so that they look natural.
Experiment with masking and blending modes, color manipulation, and transparency.

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