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Art of the Day: Thursday May 11, 2017

A Nintendo Controller

- by Aimee L. Dingman

This week's theme: Childhood Things

Sunday, May 15th is Mother's Day in The United States. This is the week many will be buying cards, planning lunches and ordering flowers for Mom. To celebrate the people and the planning, Art of the Day is featuring a few of the childhood distractions that have been special to so many mothers and children.

Art: A Nintendo Controller by Artist Aimee L. Dingman
I have a serious weakness. That weakness is vintage. On top of my already strong love of games. So I guess this is natural. I give you something iconic, something you have probably held at least once. The NES controller. With this piece, I returned to the solid white setting, which really allows some intriguing and unexpected shadows to be explored. I began as usual by bringing out the darkest areas, gradually moving towards the lightest, incorporating some of the object color into the shadows. For the cord shadow, I feathered the more distant parts into the solid white, and I love how this allows the viewer to infer the shape of the unseen parts of the cord. For the actual controller, I paid close attention to the details, while trying not to become too mathematical in my approach. I think the result is a nice tribute to a popular vintage object that is painterly and realistic, without being too cold. I particularly enjoyed the interesting shadows that were thrown by the curling cord, and I must admit, that the long black wire was very fun to paint and highlight.


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