For this Dialog project, we were required to use 12 sticks and 12 planes and find our dialog inspiration and use it to create two spaces with these objects. We couldn’t fold the planes (4×6 in size) more then once and we needed to keep the length of the sticks uniform. This project then needed to be placed on a 12×12 base.
I originally started thinking about the triangular form as specified in my initial drawings shown here. I wanted to create a space above the horizontal stick and then the second space would be below. It looked great on paper, but when I actually started to put it together, I was not as crazy about the design as I was on paper. I was finding it difficult to figure out how to attach the planes without making it look like I just laid them on top of the sticks half hazardly… I also tried a few different joinery options for the sticks. I tried string which worked out pretty well but really stood out since I needed to use enough to hold it tightly. I also tried using Sobo glue, which was not as successful. it took a long time to dry, and then looked too “crusty”. I decided to start over and come up with a new design. ..
The sketch above is from my sketchbook while I was eating at an Indian restaurant for lunch and trying to come up with new ideas. I knew I needed to simplify my idea and thought I would come up with what dialog means to me… as well as what simplicity means. I then drew what was supposed to be scale figures around some shape ideas I was coming up with. Some of the ideas were simple and some weren’t. it’s funny to me now that I look back on this sketch that I drew what was later to become my project. It took me many sleepless nights and tries to get to my final. I just seemed to have “designer’s block” and was not coming up with anything worth showing.
I took myself to lunch today at the Indian restaurant on Tate Street and had some yummy Paneer Sag. For those of you who have never heard of this – it a bunch of yummy goodness. Spinach with cheese squares in it.. It honestly looks like baby’s miconium which would not be too pleasing to think of whilst eating it, but it is YUMMY…
I started sketching the mexican candle holder on the table and began to listen to the two girls at the table behind me… Interesting conversation and I just started to let my mind wander..
for this morning’s exercise, we needed to draw a few different shapes in one point perspective. here is my attempt
This morning, we worked on drawing “folds”. I chose the sweatshirt of the person sitting in front of me. I still need to work on my hatching and I’m still having a difficult time with my drawings and having them look realistic for what they are supposed to be. Part of my challenge is that I am comparing my work to others who are at a different skill level and that is something I need to stop.
I am excited about our next project – drawing with a horizon and vanishing point.
This has been – by far – the hardest project for me. I have great difficulty drawing people and I think I need more instruction on how to better my technique.
Over the weekend, my partner, Janine and I went to Washington DC for the National Equality March at the Capitol Building and more often then not, we were outside so finding an interior space was difficult.
In this picture, I sketched Janine at this rooftop restaurant we dined at on Saturday evening… the food was yummy, the sunset and view was amazing and we were with a friend of ours that we met up with and were having a great time. Janine was sitting next to me on a bench seat with the city behind her.
In this next drawing, I sketched her while she was watching TV in our living room.
This sketch was done of a boy at the equality march who was with his parents. He was standing there and I was captured by his sign, so I sketched him. I took a picture of this and sketched it from that picture because I did not have the ability to have him stand there for an extended period of time without disturbing his parents.
These are two more drawings that I did.. One of Janine sleeping on the bed and another one of a random person in a store. The random person was extremely difficult for me to do, not only because I had a limited time to draw her, but also because I just have a difficult time drawing people.