This exercise called for “a series of simple stripe or spot designs in repeat using the techniques you’ve discovered in Part Two.” These are all A5 size collages, in order of preference, beginning with my least favorite.
The last collage assignment is Stripes and Spots, so I’ve been looking at images for inspiration:
The assignment says to “select some of your strongest collage drawings to develop your design ideas.”
These are the collages that I feel are strongest:
I also think this work I did for the Sketchbook Development Course could come into play:
You can see how these sketches developed from the photo of umbrellas in the crosswalk at the top of this post!
Now to get some input from my tutor before moving forward…
Exercise 2.4, Reflection
Did the process of working in collage bring new challenges in terms of observation?
Absolutely! Collage is so very different from sketching an item. The choice of paper is so important. Solid or print? Which combinations? White, solid color pr print background? Layering small pieces, or larger pieces cut into definite shapes?
Whether block silhouette or line, I felt trying to accurately depict an object would be near impossible, and not the correct approach for me.
Did it affect the way you observed?
It moved me away from attempting to recreate the objects realistically, and opened many other possibilities. What could the object represent? How could the scene unfold? Would the object’s true purpose be important to the scene:
or would it simply be part of an overall design:
Were there unexpected qualities or effects?
Yes, the way an object could disappear into the scene, almost to the point of not being noticeable as itself:
Or the way the shape, which I thought meaningful, really didn’t bring much to the table.
For example, the landscape in a bottle could have been in any shape:
And the bottle shape that seemed to represent the ‘good life’, would have worked just as well, perhaps better, in a traditional snow-globe shape:
Moving on to the final collage!
The last collage for Exercise 2.4, this idea came to me after a weekend of Christmas preparation. My husband and I had started with buying our tree, and carrying it home through the city with our son. The next morning, we went to the Farmer’s Market for wreaths, all very idyllic. On our way to lunch, we inadvertently drove through one of the worst sections of Baltimore, and the contrast between our Christmas and what I expected it might look like to the people in that neighborhood seemed striking.
The assignment asked for it to be an A2 size, but the design I had in mind didn’t lend itself to being folded for assessment, and I didn’t think the design gained anything from the larger size. I made the background from tea-stained pictures, contrasting that with the bright, primary colors of the wine bottle-as-snowglobe tree. It doesn’t have the impact I had hoped for. I wonder if it’s the lack of people. Perhaps a smaller ‘snowglobe,’ with a Victorian scene of Christmas morning, and people in the background scenes?
My tutor gave me the green light to move away from the tea theme, though I was told by someone else at OCA that it should still apply. So I decided to keep a theme, just not tea, as a compromise. Perhaps having a specific parameter to work within is important?
Anyway, I moved to using a wine bottle as my starting point. It’s certainly a shape I’m very familiar with! I’ve already posted some of my sketchbook work for this assignment.
I toyed with idea of the shape representing something else, which was fun:
Ultimately, I think what the bottle can contain is more interesting. I like the way the landscape feels when enclosed. The black framing the view makes it recede, and cements the feeling of distance as you move toward the top of the scene.
One more piece to finish!
Whenever there’s a point where we have to wait for something to dry, he suggests it’s a nice time to get a brew, my kind of guy! I see the potential for an art class drinking game. One shot each time he calls a color juicy, chug a beer when it’s brew time…
Seriously, the videos are well done, and as a complete beginner, I’m learning some much-needed basic techniques.