Monday, October 26, 2009

Reading: Anatomy of a visual message

Through out reading Dondis's, "A Primer Visual Literacy" he explains his views of Representational, Abstraction and symbolism. Dondis explains that Abstract imagery can be the kinesthetic quality of a visual even reduced to the basic elemental visual components, emphasizing the more direct, emotional, even primitive message-making means. What I got from this definition was that in order for an image to be considered abstract it has to be basic, and in someways unrecognizable. Taking away from an image is a good way to become abstract within how you draw. Another description of a visual message would be Representational. Which is what we see and recognize from environment and experience. In order to be successful with representational art is to be thinking in the mind of the viewer and think about how they are going to look at this specific image. A certain object has to be something that everyone would know and get a feeling of. The last description of visual message is symbolism. Symbolism is when the vast world of coded symbol systems which man has created arbitrarily, and to which he has attached meaning. It's interesting to think about how many symbols that the world knows and sees and recognizes as all the same meaning. It gave a good example within the text which was the peace sign that was established during the nuclear disarmament movement in England.

This reading was helpful when thinking about how to do my sketches because it helped me realize what kind of image I should go for with certain words. If it's a more abstract word that gave a certain feeling it may be smart to show it more as a representational image due to the how the mind works within. Also, if you have very literal and basic image try and get a little more creative with how you portray it..make it more abstract so that the viewer can try and make out that one object that everyone sees within their mind.

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