I’m sure it’s been said before (you know who you are :-))) but MMT is a lot of sampling and it does feel like sticking, cutting, fiddling for no reason. Why are we doing this without a theme? Why are we doing this without an end goal/project in mind? What the hell am I sampling for? Well? So once I’d got down off my ‘but I’m an artist’ high horse I realised it was all about working the brain, learning to demonstrate your ability to generate ideas and then talk about. Something that I am not very good at. Could this be why I am so reluctant? Why I’m being so passive aggressive about the course content and the requirements? Yet again OCA is pushing me out from my comfy corner and making me actually do something difficult and scary. Why is talking objectively and honestly about my work so difficult? Do I need fancy word? Does it matter if I use the same descriptive word twice in a sentence? Time to man up Harrison and just get on with it!
First thing I decided was not to be so lazy and to go back to my sketchbook to review what I had made so far, do any reworking and then actually follow some of the design ideas I’d thrown together in my sketchbook, see the whinging pages above!
You can tell I’m not really concentrating because I’m using big writing, swirling page filling, scruffy stuff, but hey we’ve all got to start somewhere.
After looking at the bud I did make some changes but I did decide to leave the other sample alone and the thinking part of my brain was starting to warm up. I particularly like this sample.
The angles are strong and solid and they allow me to display the interesting elements of the original pieces, which started life as my very talented friend’s C&Gs course samples. I can take advantage of Anne’s very competent colour choices to distribute the colours in differing proportions that I think work well (not quite sure at this stage why).
The pieces had originally been designed as a textured but flatish square that could be stored in a box ready for marking, it was particularly nice to be able to make them into a vibrant 3D piece that when hung looks interesting and different from all angles.
I’m still mulling over ideas that involve making much bigger structures based on this design. It could well be one of the designs that I consider for the final design project.
That’s, that all fully covered, I hope so then I went back to my sketchbook scribbles and thought how best to turn the shapes into something solid.
Loo rolls! Blasted things they are hanging about all over the place, we use tonnes of loo paper in our house so building up a collection of card board loo roll centres did not take very long at all.
I couldn’t quite believe that you could make anything so nice with loo rolls! Sorry about the mess in the background.
The spikes had to be held with elastic bands to keep them firm, the brads and the sticky labels were instantly solid and the wire gave a secure but more flexible join.
I can see this process being developed using painted and covered tubes, they could be spray painted afterwards or splashed.
There are so many different texture sprays that could be used to create an illusion of weight Rust-oleum stone textures or a metal finish. It would be easy to play with scale too.
I’ve had a play with my iPad to see if I could get an idea of what a larger construction would look like if placed outside, maybe as a sculpture in metal. It’d need some work to make a suitable surface, maybe by burning a pattern into the metal, or polishing the surface until it becomes reflective.
A good few years ago now I was very lucky to be able to go to Bilbao to see the Guggenheim museum. The metal encased building fascinated me and I fell in love with the way the metal tiles reflected the light and changed colour throughout the day and especially in the evening. I just kept going back and taking more photos!
Had to imagine it exactly but this sort of helps, even though my neat sculpture is now starting to look like a slightly crazy metal alien.
Not only have this little sample been helping me envisage more uses and projects outlines have been inspiring me to get to learn more about how I can sketch and draw with my iPad.
Last week I was stuck in Aberdeen airport for an hour or so, it wasn’t a problem, the Wetherspoons was warm and I had a glass of wine and because I had some time on my hands I created this digital drawing with the outlines as a foundation.
This has kicked off a bit of an obsession and a little bit of synchronicity and a casual brow in the Aberdeen Apple store had been booked onto an iPad sketch course, I’d highly recommend this, especially as it’s free.
Here’s the result of my layering and layering and trying out the different functions in the Procreate app.
I was meant to have written about 3 blog posts today ….. opps!