Monday, 29 September 2008

On My Own

My favorite technique that we have used during class for drawing is blind contour. I decided to do this on my own and here are some examples.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008


I found this lecture to touch on some interesting points. Seeing the world, or even a simple object from a new perspective is always interesting to me and this presentation really talked alot about how we should view things differently. 
The goals that the AIA 2030 wanted to achieve seemed excellent to me, though i'm not so sure that others would view it as a possibility to be carbon neutral by 2030. It seems like a somewhat radical goal. 
At one point the presenter mentioned that there were "no individual parts in nature, only systems." This quote goes along very well with an article that we read earlier this year entitled "systems generating systems" that talks all about how everything is a part of a bigger system, there is no individual object, only a part of a larger system. This is a very interesting concept to think about and i'm glad that i was given a somewhat new way to think about the world around me.

Twig Project Issues

Some of the issues that we, as a class, have run into during the different stages of our twig project have to do with scale, color, contrasting ideas, and mainly focusing on one key aspect about your design.
When experimenting with the craft of our ideas it is difficult to make things work well, and still be aesthetically pleasing. We have to figure out the best way, out of countless options, to make our projects work the way we want them to.
For some projects there were many things that your eye was drawn too, which ultimately distracted viewers from the designers original concept or focus for their project. In order to fix this issue it's important to reduce the layers, or variety in your project. For example if i wanted to focus on a specific twig i would do all i could to focus all of the viewers attention on that specific twig. Such as, play around with lighting, different colors, and different shapes that emphasis that specific twig.
It's important to experiment with different techniques of craft and focus. Creating different models, i have learned, is an excellent way for you, the designer, to see how the slightest changes may make a huge difference. Whether for the best or for the worst, it's interesting to see a difference from such a slight alteration.

Saturday, 13 September 2008


For my visual representation of my precedent i chose a photo of a tissue box. This is somewhat the same shape and concept that i'm creating in my project as well. The space for the tissues by the user is very similar to the overhead view i created for my twig box. The leaf design on the box also goes along well with the concept of this project and the life of a tree, or twigs. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Twig Project Development

In my final product (depicted above) I chose, for the lid, a color that would compliment and accentuate the twigs.  

The above image is the most recent of my twig project's development. When thinking about this project i thought of the yearly rings in a tree's trunk. I incorporated this idea into my initial designs by layering boxes (below) but as i progressed i chose to create an enclosed box with only one opening to view the twigs. This has the same effect and allows the viewer to focus more intensely on the twigs themselves.

Hands and Negative space

               I found the contour and negative space drawings to be most helpful in my development as an artist. It forced me to look at the objects being drawn in a new way, and i was able to understand the objects a little more. 

Monday, 8 September 2008

Leaf Project

My thought process throughout this project was fairly consistent. My leaf reminded me of a wave, or ripples in water and so i played off of that and sketched out some ideas. At first i attempted to create ripples out of a single sheet of paper but i realized that my the sketch that i drew actually looked like several layers. So i adjusted my project accordingly. I then had to think about color and scale. I also thought a lot about the life stages of a leaf and the layers of paper seem to portray that well.
I tried to incorporate my leaf as much as possible by having only one piece of color included in my project, so it drew the leaf to it and really seemed like a more purposeful place for my leaf to rest.
The issue with scale was one of my biggest. I changed the size of my project several times and in the end i stayed with a size not much larger than the leaf.

Friday, 5 September 2008