Experimenting with Colour

For my interactive piece, I would like to incorporate Brightness Thresholding into the video capture. I have decided to experiment with different colours I could use, here are some outcomes:


I feel that the ones with the white background would work best as it would be harder to see the falling objects on a coloured background. Although I feel the coloured figures look good, I think it would make the objects stand out less and I would have to be more cautious as to what colour object to use. Therefore, I think that the white background and black figure (top left) would work best for my idea. I could then use any colour for the objects and it would clearly stand out and there will be no contradicting colours. These colour experiments reminded me off Andy Warhol’s pieces, here is an example of his ‘Marilyn Diptych’ piece that is displayed at the Tate Museum:

Marilyn Diptych 1962 by Andy Warhol 1928-1987
Similarly to my idea, the figure is positioned on a clear background. I plan to incorporate colour into the falling objects rather than the video capture. I feel that some of the target audience may not like being on camera and therefore hopefully the black and white silhouette-like effect that I plan to use will help encourage users to interact with my piece. The black and white piece on the left looks similar to what I plan for mine to be like. Andy Warhols art work also features various objects (Campbells soup, Coco Cola etc), and for my piece I need to experiment with what objects to use. This relates to the theory module I studied (Media and History) and highlights how past art/design movements are still important. Pop Art came around in the 1950s, yet it is still widely recognised and used in contemporary. Next, I will go on to experiment with different objects I could use in my piece as well as developing the code.

Tate, 2014. Andy Warhol [online]. Available from: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/warhol-marilyn-diptych-t03093 [Accessed 16 December 2014].

Processing Workshop – Functions and Arrays

In todays workshop, I developed my processing skills and learnt about functions and colour arrays. Here is a video of what I made

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 14.48.23I learnt how to draw basic shapes, in this case a square an triangle in order to make the house. I then used existed knowledge of for loops and rotation in order to made the houses and ellipses rotate. I learnt how to setup an array of colours, which I did using different hex values. As well as well learning about using functions and arguments, in this case the house was the function and the arguments were the sizes and colours. I also learnt how to make the video so I clearly show on the blog what I have designed in processing.


This workshop was useful as it allowed me to develop my processing knowledge. The use of arrays is particularly useful as if I want to create an array of colours/objects for my piece then this skill will be required.