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::::: Workshop Report 10: April 19th, 2014 :::::

posted Apr 20, 2014, 7:28 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Apr 20, 2014, 7:52 PM ]
Japanese Clay Doll Making and Photography 人形と情景制作

Dolls are one of the most loved toys after teddy bears. Kids and adults alike have developed fondness to dolls, some are even collecting them. The good thing about dolls is that they can be great for displays, but have you taken a photography which Japanese kimono/samurai dolls are placed in a miniature setting?

On April 19, ICT held its Clay Doll Making and Photography Workshop at Ikejiri Institute of Design (IDD) in Sangenjaya. Seven of us including 3 new members enjoyed making/coloring clay dolls, which reminded us our school days, and taking a lovely doll photography in the latter half of the workshop.

 

First, we started making the head part of a doll after our instructor Mr. Saito taught us how to knead clay and roll over it with hands. The most difficult part was to make small face parts (e.g. nose, ear, eye and hair) while checking the size of a head and body to keep a balance, so all participants concentrated on making their own dolls without talking!

 

You may know that mixing the colors generates new colors, so what would happen if you mix three primary colors (cyan, magenta and yellow) of “paint”? As you mix colors, they tend to get darker, ending up as black. On the other hand, if the three colors of “light” (red, blue and yellow)

are combined in mixing, they produce white.

We enjoyed producing new colors using a color map and painting a doll in every details.

 

In the last part taking photography, we learned how to take a picture with 5 lights to illuminate the dolls. Although the setting Mr. Saito prepared for “dolls” is very small, it is the same frame as a theater. And more, each light has its own roles. For example, it appeared some face shadows of dolls when the base light illuminated from above, so the ceiling light from the front lighted up the stage to make brighter and to remove shadows. The back light and 2 front lights are used for giving a 3D appearance to side of the body and face. If you know a few tips, you will create any scenes you want with flashlight, lamp stand and even mobile phone light.

 

We spent for a full of 5 hours to finish a whole process until the end taking a group photo (see below the actual group photo)! All of us were filled with our big achievements, and took the only one cute souvenir our home! A very special thank-you to Mr. Takahiko Saito for his all preparation and organizing this wonderful experience on the workshop!





(Posted by Tsubasa Kato)