Project #2 Objective: Complete a set of drawn studies of a simplified object using traditional drawing tools followed by vector production tools. Create a final study of 3 abstracted views of your object on a single page or composition.
So I poured my coffee, pulled the cobwebs off my sketchbook, sharpened my pencil and got into the zone… ahhh yes, welcome home…
I love the details… finding all of the curves and grooves to convey through a drawing… thinking about how I will be able to eventually simplify shapes and forms… okay, remember, no grayscale. No worries, that should be easy enough. Just need to show the blurry reflection on the rubber handle… but no grayscale… um, okay, stick to the shapes… no that’s not right, maybe try this… I’ll come back to that, let’s go back to my happy place of details. Wow, there is a LOT of detail in this nozzle, why did I choose this thing anyway??? (insert deep cleansing breaths here)
“Hey, Mom, why did you draw our hose?!”
“Because it’s visually interesting, and because I LOVE A CHALLENGE!…”
(Breathing… relaxing… sigh) “No GRAYscale! AHHHHHH!!!… Okay, I’m already committed here, let’s turn up the music and move on… simplify the details and everyone’s happy…
So then I thought the easy part would be outlining and blackening. That took a lot more planning than I initially imagined… what an eye-opening process this turned out to be! I had to re-think how to conceptualize this nozzle. I had to look at it in a totally different way than I would in my normal sketching mode, and then I would start seeing double when I was working in just the black and white. Experimenting with swapping the positive and negative elements in each image proved to be much more difficult than originally anticipated, as well. I had to un-think my visual cues and focus on the simple shapes.
In between my work sessions, I began to notice every day objects in a new and simplified way. What were the prominent and identifiable shapes embedded in each object? Logos take on more meaning to me in this perspective… fascinating.
So here are my 6 snippets up for review… Next up, learning Illustrator for Part B!