Expressing sound visually


Different modes of working:

  • scientific
  • symbolic
  • expressive
  • true representation

ENERGY-changing orientation(tension vs. comfortability)

How to visualize sound?

  • properties
  • attributes
  • characteristics
  • quality


How loud?




Attributes, Characteristics, Quality



pitch(high vs. low)


rumbling vibrations(orchestra)

Does sound have color?

Timbre(sound changing vs. sound having mixture)


  • overtones/complexity
  • noise(harsh or severe)/harmony(light or airy)

“Explore sound in simple ways”

Sound 2 (Group 6)

Feb. 8–9

  • tried to create a softer effect to represent the marimba
  • starting to move away from a linear representation
  • introduced at a higher pitch and then goes down two steps in pitch
  • goal: to make it look more intentional


how are things represented?

time: avoids linear, but places mine to the right of page, leading off, to signify end as it transitions into another part

pitch: higher pitched notes tend to lead upwards, lower pitch leads down

loudness: Larger marks represent louder noises

combination of large and dark marks combine

speed:closeness of marks

pattern: repetition in mark-making to show pattern

type of sound: strings are represented by lines, notes are more dot-like

Things to consider for next iteration:

  • darker tones for ominous feel
  • exaggerate(larger dots)
  • faint dots at the beginning to fade into the sound

Bryce and I worked on the same page to create the following iterations:

Feb. 16

Figure Drawing

tone vs. line

“Gesture”-tension and energy

low vs. high energy poses

True proportion of the human figure

  • proportions
  • movement
  • balance/posture
  • tension

Feb. 22

Feb. 23

Goal for Monday:

3 drawings — one action

  • beginning-middle-end

Ex: standing-sitting, climbing-jumping, cleaning dishes

2 points of view(side/front/“3/4”)

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