Reviewing Experiences

Physical object: A paintbrush

What can you do with your object?
A paintbrush is used to apply a pigment of some sorts to a surface, to place a mark usually resulting in a final piece. It can be used for any type of painting, including applying make up and occasionally it is used in cooking to coat pastries or pies.

How do you know this?
Paintbrushes have been used for centuries to create works of art, so it has become an object that is very well known worldwide.

How do you do it?
There are hundreds of types of paintbrushes you can choose from, so pick the one that is most suitable for the job you’re carrying out. Dip the bristles in the pigment and sometimes it’s required to mix with water depending on the consistency and thickness of the mark you want to make. Place the brush, holding it similar to how you’d generally hold a pencil and begin to create strokes and marks as you please on the surface/canvas.

What can’t you do with your object?
Usually paintbrushes require some maintenance as they’re quite delicate and can get ruined easily depending on the type of pigment that you’re using, therefore it’s usually suggested not to roughly use a paintbrush. Depending on the type of person they would say you don’t get the same precision with a paintbrush as you would with a pen, so creating fine, straight lines may prove to be very difficult however it’s not impossible…

How do you know when you’ve done things correctly (or incorrectly)?
It’s an open ended question as a paintbrush is usually associated with art of some kind hence leaving the person whose using the object to assess for themselves whether they’re using it right. It is deemed “correct” when you use a paintbrush to create something that involves mark making but the opportunities and uses are endless.

How do you think the object works?
A paintbrush is usually made of 4 main parts, the bristles, ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles together), usually a crimp/heel and the handle. The ferrule can be synthetic or natural and comes in many types of shapes and sizes usually indicated by a number printed of the handle (starting from 00, then 0, 1, 2 etc.). The bristles are used to apply the paint/pigment to the surface and it works as simply as just holding it by the handle and applying pressure to create marks.

Digital Object: Adobe Illustrator

What can you do with your object?
Adobe illustrator is a program that is used by many artists, including illustrators and graphic designers to create vector images. The images that are created are usually used to fill briefs in creation of company logos to promotional work or just everyday use.

How do you know this?
Adobe Illustrator has been an active program since January 1987, originally developed for the Apple Macintosh in 1986 and then commercialised and developed in to an Adobe software. As time has passed in the present day where computers are used avidly by a majority of the world, adobe illustrator has become an essential program for designers and artists to use with hundreds of online tutorials and books readily available for you to use and learn from.

How do you do it?
Illustrator is a program that features hundreds of components, in order to use each one you have to research about them and how they work or simply click and practice with each tool. The basics of how it works is to open the application and create a new document of the size you prefer, then proceed to click on the pen tool and by using the mouse or track pad click and drag to create the marks you wish to make. There are countless objects that you can create and to see further tutorials you can click on the link below: http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-illustrator-cs5/

What can’t you do with your object?
Adobe Illustrator differs from programs such a Photoshop, it generates vector objects which aren’t a part of a bitmap like Photoshop. On illustrator you cannot manipulate individual colour pixels within a fixed bitmap like you can on Photoshop. Illustrator isn’t designed to work with bitmap images so in some cases of work you will have limitations.

How do you know when you’ve done things correctly (or incorrectly)?
Each piece that is a product of illustrator will be different however using the tools provided you can assess whether the outcome is what you expected/wanted.

How do you think the object works?
Adobe Illustrator is based on digital software that has been designed to be compatible with many digital platforms, the main ones being MAC and Windows users. By using the tools that feature on the program the user is able to create as they please with very few limitations. As Illustrator is used to create vector art it has less detail but can be resized infinitely without the loss of quality therefore being able to be a platform for many creative briefs.

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