Why is Dr. Seuss worthy of inspiring our mask? (responding)

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Why is Dr. Seuss worthy of inspiring our mask?

Our chosen artist was Dr. Seuss because he was an illustrator and his illustrations appeal to children, and if we made a mask on it they would recognise the characters and know who the mask was made for because many children are familiar with Dr. Seuss’s books and have learnt and been inspired from his books. He should be celebrated in honour of his creativity, and inspiration and how he has influenced many people to be more creative and more imaginative and to inspire them to make art.

Many children still read Dr. Seuss’s books, they are famous and they are fun because of his writing style, the morals/messages behind each story and how he creates his characters; how they look, how they think and how they act. Dr. Seuss’s books help taught people to read and write, we now have apps that teach is how to do that. We shouldn’t have to be completely reliant on computers to do everything for us, so if Dr. Seuss was still alive and if he still wrote books many kids nowadays would be using them as a source of learning how to read and write because their parents would have learnt that way and traditions are usually passed down from generation to generation and we all grow up in our parents footsteps.

Dr. Seuss’s illustrations would still reflect the same type of characters and drawing/style techniques although the moral/message behind his stories and illustrations would change. For example, Dr. Seuss wrote a book in 1961 called the Sneetches and other stories. This story was based on racism and discrimination in a satirical way because he was mocking the people who were discriminating others and were being racist because it was a big issue at that time. If Dr. Seuss’s was working in my setting (time and place) he could have a story mocking ISIS, because that is a current global issue. Lets say the book was about a group of bugs who said they were going to kill another set of bugs, we would have the group of bugs (what type) made into 3D to stick onto the mask to show that were reflecting the new book that Dr. Seuss wrote.  These 3D bugs would be in place of the turtle lips, because this book is a new and improved version of yertle the turtle where the lips are inspired by. This novel and the characters in this novel would influence our mask design because the theme of the book represents Seuss’s personal character and his views on the world and so we would incorporate that into our design to showcase his character (personal style) and the icons used in his books so our mask would showcase the modern stories and more people would recognize it because the book is new and they would have probably seen it or heard about it.

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Digging Deeper Part 2

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Dr. Seuss’s books inspire people, this image reflects a boy imagining what he saw happen on mulberry street. Based on this I feel that the message of the artwork is imagination and to encourage people to inspire to be more imaginative because imagination is the begging of creation.

The story where from this illustration is taken is called And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street. The story takes place in Mulberry street, Mulberry street is a street in Springfield, Massachusetts that is less than a mile from Seuss’s childhood home. This illustration and book are related to this time (Seuss’s childhood) and place (Mulberry street, Massachusetts) because Seuss grew up their and based on his childhood and his childhood in that time period created this story and this illustration.

Dr. Seuss’s culture influenced this illustration because it is set in a known environment because it is were he grew up and it is where he is from, his hometown was where he got the inspiration for his first book which is why the book would reflect his communities customs and behaviour, and the illustration reflects customs (Mule as transportation) and behaviour (Marco walking back from school like a typical child).

This book allows readers to understand Dr. Seuss’s creations and his imagination because the book is about a boy called Marco, who witnesses a horse pulling a wagon on Mulberry Street, which leads him to imagine other things going on such as a marching band driving down the street. This book allows the reader to make a connection between the character (Marco) and Dr. Seuss’s creativity and imagination.

Functions of art

Key Concept – Form
Related concepts – Style and Time & Place

Global Context: Personal and Cultural Expression
The aim is to understand how different art forms have a variety of functions that are determined by the intentions of the artist.

Our artistic intention is:
Our artistic intention is to create a piece of functional art; a mask which, expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss.

The function of this mask is to be worn during a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s life. We will achieve creating a function mask which expresses the cultural and personal identity of Dr. Seuss by using aspects from his books that represent his culture and him personally to showcase Dr. Seuss’s identity in our mask.

Our final mask design

Final mask design

Cultural Function (How our mask relates to the culture of our artist)

The pink, purple and green trees are actually from the story, The Lorax. The book is recognized as a fable due to the fact that it has a strong and learn full moral. This is Dr.Seuss’ favourite book since he was able to create a book regarding the economy and the environment issues without it being dull. Although the tree look happy and nice the Lorax said Dr.Seuss came out of him being angry. The colors of the trees work really well with this mask and make it look bright and look like Dr.Seuss art.

The star comes from the book the sneetches and other stories. Some sneetches have a green star on their bellies and others not. The green star leads the sneetches with green star bellies to discriminate those who don’t because they think the star makes them superior. The star has to do with culture because the star is linked to racism and discrimination. The book was published in 1961 and racism was a big problem then.

The street sign comes from the book and to think I saw it on Mulberry street. The street sign has to do with culture because the story takes place in Mulberry Street. Mulberry Street is a street in Springfield; Massachusetts this street is less than a mile from Seuss’s childhood home. Seuss grew up in Springfield and its where he got the inspiration to write his first book, which started off his career.

The hat, the whiskers and the nose were all inspired by the very famous book by Dr.Seuss, The Cat in The Hat. The Cat wears a big read and white striped hat, which is included into our design but in a unique way due to the trees attached to the hat. The book itself was created in response to a debate in the United State about literacy in early childhood and the ineffectiveness of traditional primers such as these featuring Dick and Jane. He created the book based on the first two words he found that rhymed. The words he found were cat and hat.

Personal Function ( How our mask relates to the artists style)

The trees are something reflecting Dr.Seuss’ art very clearly, colourful unrealistic looking shapes. They are a key feature to this art piece since the story of The Lorax is known by the majority of the world, the tress are something standing out making people guess our artist easily. The steams of the trees are not going straight into the air like normal trees would do instead they are fin and shaped almost like a snake topped with a ball looking with spikes all around it. These trees are simple but powerful to Seuss’s art style and imagination.

Dr. Seuss uses white areas or light coloured areas to create the illusion of depth, i did this in the lips using a light green base colour and darker green in the corners of each section to show the depth of the lips and to make them look realistic like Seuss does with his characters.

Practical Function

To make sure the practical function of the mask works (practical function = wearing the mask to showcase and to celebrate dr. Seuss). In order to wear it the mask has to stay on your face so we are adding ties onto the mask just to ensure the mask stays on the face and does not fall off.

The page from the book also represents dr. Seuss’s books and how it taught people to read and learn because his books had a big impact on our culture and society and thats all from his books. We are including a page from his very first book and to think I saw it on mulberry street because it was his first book which inspired him to write many more books and eventually encourage people to read and to learn by reading his books influencing our society and our culture.

Nathalie’s mask designs

Design 1

Design 1:

Design 1 has the truffula trees from the lorax story. Blue hair coming from the characters thing 1 and thing 2. The star and yellow belly colour from the sneetches story. The mulberry street sign comes from and to think I saw it on Mulberry street. Lastly, the lips are made to look like a turtles shell taking inspiration from the story yertle the turtle.

Design 2

Design 2:

The hat comes from the book the cat in the hat. The ears represent the character Horton the Elephant. Again, the star and yellow belly colour from the sneetches story. The fish and fish bowl are inspired by the story the One fish, two fish, green fish, blue fish. Lastly, the circus tent comes from if I ran a circus.

Design 3

Design 3:

The circus tents come from the book If I ran the circus. The eyebrows are inspired by the hair on the characters thing 1 and thing 2 and the baloons come from thing 1 and thing 2 as well. The moustache comes from the Lorax character. The nose and mouth are to represent the cat from the cat in the hat.

Digging Deeper part 1

"Introduction." The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2015. .

“Introduction.” The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2015. <http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dsads/&gt;.

Before Dr. Seuss became a writer he worked in advertising. This artwork is narrative because the picture tells a story, the story being that if you by Flit it will kill mosquitos and flies. The media used in this advertisement is ink and pen. Dr. Seuss fist draws out the images and then fills them in with ink, the colours are blended well and you can see areas that have a shadow on them.

An artist cShadowan employ contrast as a tool, to direct the viewer’s attention to a particular point of interest within the piece”. In this piece the point of interest is the tank, the black eye catchingand white colours contrast each other, the orange colour of the soldiers vests stand out against the dark colours behind it, which is eye catching. Seuss uses many colours in this piece, in total he uses 7. The 7 colours are yellow, white, dark grey, blue, green, red and orange. The colours are used in a realistic way as a mosquito is brown and a tank is green.  In Dr. SeDroopy linesuss’s particular style his lines are droopy and curved. As seen with the people the lines on their face are curved ad droopy. The lines on the yank are also curved, tMotion linesanks are not curved in real life so this is a surreal representation of a tank. Dr. Seuss did not draw with straight lines, the only straight lines in this picture are the motion lines to represent movement.

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Dr. Seuss uses motion lines to show that things are moving, he used this technique in his earlier work in advertising and he also uses this technique in his later work/books. In Dr. Seuss’s first book ‘And to think I saw it on Mulberry street’ he uses motion lines to show that the boy Marco is walking/moving down the street. 

Our chosen artist – Dr. Seuss

In this blog I along with my partner are going to document our process of mask making, and what led to the design of the mask. To start off we needed to chose an artist and we decided that we were going to base our mask on Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is an American writer and cartoonist, who has written 46 children’s books. Dr. Seuss’s books are known for their “Imaginative characters”.

And to think I saw it on Mulberry street: (figure 1)
Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. His hometown is what inspired Dr. Seuss to write his first children’s book, And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street. And to think I saw it on Mulberry street is about a boy called Marco who witnesses a horse pulling a wagon on Mulberry Street, which then leads him to imagine other parts of that scene until he snaps back to reality and goes home. The story takes place in Mulberry street, Mulberry street is a street in Springfield, Massachusetts that is less than a mile from Seuss’s childhood home.

I a going to use the mulberry sign shown on the front cover of the and to think I saw it on mulberry street book in my mask. I will use this to symbolise Seuss’s youth, and his background.

Yertle the turtle from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: (figure 2)
Yertle the turtle was published in 1958. The book is about a “tyrannical turtle called yertle who builds his empire on the backs of suffering citizens”. The book was written post Second World War it was based and was inspired by Adolf Hitler’s tyrannical rise of power. The book was considered a reaction against the fascism of World War II.

This book will influence my mask because I will involve the design of a turtles shell, I will do this because yertle built his empire on the backs of suffering citizens and the backs of turtles are there shells. I am thinking of either doing a crumbling turtle shell or a hole one probably in the shape of the lips.

The Sneetches from The Sneetches and Other Stories: (figure 3)
The Sneetches and Other Stories was published in 1961. The sneetches story in the book is about a group of yellow creatures called Sneetches, some sneetches have a green star on their bellies and others not. The green star leads the sneetches with green star bellies to discriminate those who don’t because they think the star makes them superior. A man called Sylvester McMonkey McBean invents a star-on machine for those Sneetches without stars so they can become like the others and to stop the discrimination. Although the Sneetches who previously had stars don’t feel special so McBean invents a star off machine so they can lose their stars. The star on machine costs $3 to go though and the star off machine costs $10. Although now the Sneetches with stars don’t want stars so they go through the star-off machine. This escalates and soon the Sneetches are jumping from one machine to the other. This only stops when the Sneetches have no money left, now McBean is rich and the Sneetches are poor. Although in the end “the Sneetches learn that neither plain-belly nor star-belly Sneetches are superior, and they are able to get along and become friends.” This story was based on racism and discrimination; Seuss intended to write the book in a satirical way.

This book will influence my mask, as the whole mask will be painted yellow with a line in the middle representing the separation caused by racism. One side of the mask will have a star and the other not portraying Seuss’s satirical representation of discrimination and one of his books.

The Lorax: (figure 4)
The lorax was published in 1971. The story centres around a creature known as the Lorax. The Lorax is the protector of the truffula trees. The Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues”. He is trying to prevent the trees from being cut down by the once-ler. The once-ler was cutting down the truffula trees to make a Thneed. As his industry carried on expanding more pollution was being emitted into the area. After the once-ler cut down the last tree, his company shut down and the area was left polluted. The Lorax book was portraying economic and environmental issues. I will add truffula trees to the top of my mask to act as hair because of the fluff of the trees; the tress will also portray the lorax book.

Dr. Seuss is a visual artist and cartoonist. In Dr. Seuss’s illustrations he used pen and ink. In his earlier novels he only used black, white and two other colours. In his later books he started using more colours such as in the lorax. Seuss never used straight lines his lines were always “rounded and somewhat droopy”. Like many cartoonists Seuss used motion lines, when used this technique was very affective as it gave a sense that the object was moving.

Dr. Seuss was specifically inspired by 20th century America. The events going on during the 20th century were very influential in the plots of Seuss’s books. Common themes used in Seuss’s work where morality, politics, culture, economics, environment and society. His themes were based on events going on in the time period of his writing such as discrimination. His drawings and books reflect these themes such as environmentalism as seen in (figure 4).

We chose Dr. Seuss because he was a visual artist and since he had so many books we had many options as to how the mask would be designed and how or mask would reflect his work. We also chose him as our muse because our mask would then also be aesthetically pleasing to children, as they would recognise the characters and know who the mask was made for.

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Digital image. Wikimedia. N.p., n.d. Web. .

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Digital image. Wikimedia. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/37/And_to_Think_That_I_Saw_It_on_Mulberry_Street.png&gt;.

User Image. Digital image. Blogimg. N.p., n.d. Web. .

User Image. Digital image. Blogimg. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/13/6e/e42cee358c14df48a739a89bac290543.jpg&gt;.

Mack the Turtle. Digital image. Niabischmaltz. N.p., n.d. Web. .

Mack the Turtle. Digital image. Niabischmaltz. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://niabischmaltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/mack-the-turtle.jpg&gt;.

The Lorax Example Page 4. Digital image. Seussblog. N.p., n.d. Web. .

The Lorax Example Page 4. Digital image. Seussblog. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://seussblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/the-lorax-example-page-4.png&gt;.