Thursday, March 22, 2012
THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND MY IDEA FOR A RESOLVED SAMPLE
Looking back at my line drawings and landscape designs from Chapter 11 together with their source images my attention has been caught by line drawing B) from image 9.
It has immediately made me think of a face or mask and my next association has been: a face is somehow a landscape with its hills and valleys – front, eyes, cheeks – and its changes and marks left from the passing of time which remind me of wrinkles and other signs of age. And I think it might be interesting to use some manipulating techniques learnt in this Module to translate these different reliefs and marks in fabric.
Stage 1 - Initial line drawing chosen as basic design idea
My chosen line drawing has only three areas and to get a first feeling of what I wanted to do I have made some rough sketches of faces and masks found in art books which I find have some connection with my design idea.
B line drawing is my foremost inspiration with its three bold areas but also the crayon marks on both designs on cardboard and textures shown on the related source image 9 may offer useful suggestions for surface treatments at a later stage.
Stage 2 – Development of design idea into a face or mask, with the addition of smaller areas for the eyes, positioning of the nose along the vertical ridge and separation between front and lower face along the horizontal ridge. No mouth is added.
And this is my paper mock up based on above design.
Stage 3 – Paper mock up (37 x 22 cms at the outmost edges). The eyes are left half opened, the nose ridge divides the lower face into two halves.
All these materials have been arranged on two sheets of my portfolio as shown here. The real paper mock up is kept separately, on the portfolio there is only a photo.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
For this Chapter students are asked a) to decorate a good number of papers first with flat textures and then with relief textures and b) make line drawings of shapes found in source images from Chapter 1 and using flat textured papers to translate these drawings onto black cards to make a range of landscape designs to be used in next Chapter.
As in all this Module I chose to use only white or off white on black, after the feast of colours of the preceding Modules!
The following collection of decorated papers was inspired from images of rusty surfaces from Chapter 1.
Papers have been separated into three groups according to the decorating techniques used on them.
Papers from this group are mainly obtained from black ink and bleach, some of them with the addition of rubbing with a white crayon after the bleach was dry.
Group 2 – Rubbings of white or black crayon on contrasting papers.
Group 3 – China ink applied or scraped back with different tools, sponges, corks
Also this collection of textured papers was inspired from images of rusty surfaces from Chapter 1.
Each paper has been identified with a number.
1 – Pieces of string on acrylic gel
2 – Seeds on acrylic gel
3 – Foam medium applied with a palette knife
4 – Sugar on white glue
5 – Different samples of tissue papers
6 – A momigami paper plus white gouache
7 – Bits of scraping paper
8, 9, 10 – Gesso and oriental papers
11 – Momigami paper with frayed edges and white gouache
12, 13 – Masking tape and white acrylic
14 – Old newspaper, distressed, painted
LINE DRAWINGS AND DESIGN IDEAS
I made line drawings of a group of source images from Chapter ONE and I translated some of them into design ideas using flat textured papers.