August was a “beyond busy” month and I did not even get to the mock up stage of my design for Elizabeth Barton‘s Master Class. Our theme was letters-letters of any kind or language. I was pretty stumped at first on this one but some of the designs that other students came up with made me realize that I should include this in my bag of tricks for the future.
I came up with 2 ideas-we’re allowed 3 for critique-and they are very different from each other. Now I admit I was pretty clueless on what to do with the August assignment. I definitely was influenced by what I saw on line in my research for one of the sketches.
This first sketch looks pretty traditional but it’s actually my initials: the K is in the border and I combined a cursive J and L for the curvier design in the middle. It looks so simple (and it is) but it took me a long time of playing and sketching to come up with this.
I actually like the design with the curves offset by the angular K. If I make this one up I would do it in trapunto and have some really fun quilting around the motifs.
I liked Elizabeth’s suggestion to take it a step further and include motifs or objects of personal significance and kind of hide them, letting the viewer discover them. Love that!
This sketch was influenced by the results of a Google search for “drawings using text”. Glauce Cerveira is a London painter that also dabbles in pencil drawings. Her “Anti-Art Pets” drawings are posted here.
I took a photo of the beloved Basset Boy and created my drawing using the following descriptive phrases (which will give you a giggle):
Sleep, slobber, eat
Roll over and show your belly
Random Basset Moment
In and out
I feel compelled to explain “Random Basset Moment”. Bassets are odd-they will sleep say, 20 hours a day and lounge about for the other 4. But occasionally, for NO apparent reason, suddenly they will get all jacked up and start running around in glee, happy as can be. Centuries of careful research cannot point to any reason why this happens. It just does. Imagine a household with multiple Bassets….
I like the idea of working this one up into a small piece also. I would like to refine it quite a bit though, using the density of the lettering to create much more value contrast and more personality. He really is a goof ball and one of the most ridiculously shapen of all earth’s creatures.
Elizabeth’s comments were again spot on. She suggested that his eyes needed to be darkened and to leave space for a “sparkle”. Also give a sense of light coming from one side by having the background lighter on one side.
I think if I worked on my values and added the two suggestions by Elizabeth, that could really make this a fun piece! If I ever get this made up it will be fun to watch viewers read the text when they get up close. I know I will get some belly laughs from this one!
This is all I have for August. September’s assignment is “Lost edges”-oh dear, gotta figure that one out!