Commercial Whaling Diptych #7

Final Image:C6905308-AA1E-4B91-AC93-7F39B38FE27C

Process: For this piece I am doing diptych because I wanted to not only show the action of whales being hunted for commercial use, and for food, but also show who’s doing it. And so for the first piece of this diptych , I wanted to show who’s doing the commercial hunting of whales, and Japan is that country that is doing this. For the second piece I want to show the act of whales being hunted while still doing both in a Japanese style, in artworks such as The Great Wave of Kangawa, because the style is unique specifically to Japan art pieces only, and so in order to remind he viewers of this art piece I wanted to do it in Japan theme/style. For this piece I plan on drawing a scene taking place, there are multiple boats with whales and dolphins in them, along with people dragging whales into their boats with hooks in the blowholes, and with harpoons in their skin. The water will be red to demonstrate the loss of blood from the whales, and when the ships are drawn I will make it so that they are showing how they force whales to one side, trapped against the rocks and are hunted from there. By making a live action scene it will paint a picture in the head of the viewers and make them try to pay attention to each detail of what’s happening that will let them know that this is an endangered piece snout whaling. For my medium I am using pen, maybe watercolor, or I might use ink and print making because they do this in Japan for their art.


Reference Image:



Formal/Technical: Mrs. Johnson suggested to make the first piece and the second piece with two different backgrounds instead of putting two different backgrounds on this first image. For this piece specifically, Mrs. Johnson suggested to make the red painted ovals face a certain direction so that the bottom part that’s flat would go in the direction the whale is going. Also Mrs. Johnson suggested you use a thicker pen for the whale lines so that you could see it from far distance.

Expressive:  Audra suggested that rather than having a red and a pink color, the contrast was shown and visible so she convinced me to use a red paint instead so that way the red paint used for the whales and the paint red for the highlighted country of Japan matched. 

Sensory: Kerri suggested not to add any other colors because the black and white make the pieces look even, along with the use of red and said that it will balance them out with color.

Elements and Principles of Design:

Shape: I used shape in my piece by using an oval shape for the red paint that covers the pen hatching on the whales drawings , by using shape I made more of a variety in this piece. You see the whale not just in hatching, but also an actual drawing of the whale, and by making the red cylinder it is also in the form of the whale and makes the piece come together more by adding from.

Emphasis: I used emphasis by making the art piece black and white with pen and only having the red as the cylinder shaped whale, it adds not only from but color and unity to the piece bringing it all together. By making the cylinder shaped whales on this piece it makes the art piece stick out from a distance. Also to draw the attention to all that is red, on these two pieces of this diptych have red on the, so it draws attention to the red on both pictures.

Line: I used line in my piece by using hatching to draw the blue whales as well as drawing a regular plain outline of a whale drawing, I made a realistic graphic design approach to drawing this so that it would look similar to all my other styles of drawing object and things with pen.

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