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Tag Archives: EI-P2-Sketchbook
It is with sadness that I learned of the death on Thursday of this great Australian artist in hospital close to his home in Italy. The Australian Financial Review (22-23 June 2013) has the above on the front page with … Continue reading
Here we are required to explore our assignment sketchbook work to produce design ideas in a small format before choosing one to develop further. Most of my designs were done in Photoshop. I found this gave me a lot of … Continue reading
Most of my sketchbook work has been based on the current assignment but I am still making an effort to train my eyes to see tones and shapes and practice this as often as I can. I tried to trick … Continue reading
Just a bit of fun. With all this printing I haven’t done much stitching lately. However I was asked to make a small piece showcasing the 1950s. After much research I came across some fabulous retro fabric entitled Dandelion clocks. … Continue reading
Following on from my post of 1st May where I started to develop some source material for design ideas I’ve continued working with the collage I did. These orange motifs came from the negative space that resulted from repeating one of the original shapes I took from the fascia of Federation Square. Note: Refer to previous sketchbook work for details.
I photocopied, traced, resized, coloured and moved these shapes around. Some of this was done on Photoshop and some by hand. I now have a comprehensive library of sharp, jagged motifs, some of which sit quite well together to form a more complex design.
A couple of the shapes I took with me to the Prints Charming screen printing workshop and cut simple templates from paper which were discarded at the end of the day. I also used them to cut away Vilene and print with the Drimarine K dyes.
These couple of pages of work may not look a lot but I’ve got countless paper motifs, in every size, that I’m constantly playing with – overlapping them, arranging them in numerous configurations, spacing them evenly/unevenly, turning them, combining them, discarding them, etc.. However, to photograph every minute of my experimentation may be a little over the top. Continue reading
Stage 1 Sketchbook Work
Some ideas for creating source material from which to develop design ideas.
The sun went in and the lighting became difficult when photographing. Interesting pink tinge to the second picture. No matter what I do I can’t get rid of it. Each page shows contour line (outline drawing), continuous line (without taking hand off the paper), blind contour (without looking at the page whilst drawing) and non-preferred hand. I explored small areas using the viewing frame but wasn’t particularly thrilled with the abstraction of the drawings.
Change of subject matter:
Close up of Federation Square civic centre and cultural precinct created in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia.
The designs on the page above and those below have been developed from this linear fascia.
The brief is to initially spend some time working in my sketchbook exploring the theme ‘Man-made Environment’. So I’ve been drawing all sorts of bits and pieces (blog post for these will come later).
I started here with the idea of prison bars, that changed to piano wires, then I considered snapped piano wires springing across the taut ones still firmly held in lines. Next I looked at the space below, within the piano, where light and shade mix and include a reflection of something bright caught in the shadowplay.
Then I free-motion stitched the red focal area and machine corded the lines in place.[caption id="attachment_3493" align="aligncenter" width="567"] ‘Highly Strung’ by Claire Brach
9 x 13cm (unframed). Inktense pencils, free-motion stitching and machine cording.[/caption]
The course manual has some suggested ideas to work with and here I have encompassed working with lines, textures, flat colours, simplification of shape and a reduced colour palette.
For the sake of the course I should probably have stopped at the drawing stage and tried different colours to achieve various moods, changes in line placement and so on – and I’ll get to that. Yesterday I just felt like a bit of fun, I wanted to practice my free-motion machine stitching and create something in a way I had never done before. Continue reading