Hello again fellow SCAD students!
Ms. Ashley Waldvodel’s assignment this time was to “Combine principles of form and repetition on complex grids.”
First thing to do was to create 75 motifs that were regular, repeatable forms piercing other larger forms.
Then we had to select one motif, draw it out as perfectly as we could in the desired position on a 1″ square panel and photocopy it for a total of either 25 or 100 identical tiles. We were to arrange those tiles on either a 5″x5″ or 10″x10″ grid in at least 5 different patterns. I chose my martini glass motif.
We were to select our favorite of the 5 patterns and glue it down on tracing paper. Then, with more tracing paper, we had to create several ink plans using that pattern. No outlines allowed, no borders, just shapes, positive or negative, to create a design. I decided to go with a cemetery idea complete with bats and a moon.
Then we had to transfer our final design idea onto a piece of cold pressed illustration board and ink it as precise as possible. Follow that up by cleaning up any pencil lines left over and size and shape the board itself as desired. This is my final product.
Critique: My border is a little off, in relation to the image itself. Also, I was told that my product was a little too objective, both in motif and pattern, though there isn’t anything in the instructions that say it shouldn’t be. So I only hope I don’t have a deduction in points for that. All in all though, response to my final piece was positive. My idea came across clearly, so I’m pleased.
Hello again folks! Tonight’s exploration had us trying to create a focal point, on a square image plane, using the techniques of concentration or isolation.
In the first image you can see my rather shoddy attempt at bringing attention to the center of the image by way of isolation. The flowers seem a little out of place in the “brush” if you can call it that. Hopefully it caught your attention.
Now, using the same stencil I tried to create a focal point by creating a dense cluster of flowers on one side, a concentration, to pull your vision in that direction. I payed a little more attention to neatness in this one compared to the first—spent more time on the lines and got some ink practice in.
Here’s something I found in my parking lot I thought represented Isolation pretty well.
Here I tried another go at Isolation. My idea was that the comic book would stick out like a sore thumb among the novels. I suppose it would have worked better if Tim Dorsey’s and Neil Gaiman’s book covers weren’t so comical and Sean Murphey’s comic had been more cartoony. Oh well.
I tried to find an example of Concentration occurring naturally somewhere around my apartment, but I didn’t come across anything that really stuck out. The search was pretty interesting though!
Alright. So in this exercise we had to pick the image from our last assignment we felt was the weakest of the four and redesign it. I chose number two, the “diagonal lines only” piece. It just didn’t seem to me to have the life that the other three had. Also, I spent a little more time in the making of the final pic. I payed closer detail to craftsmanship, and sized the image appropriately this time. I feel my redesign is a success, as it does seem to have more character than the previous idea.
I believe ink would have been a much easier medium for this sort of work than construction paper.
Ms. Waldvogel’s assignment was to divide a page into a design that emphasizes line but develops interest in how the space is subdivided. Use straight horizontal and vertical lines, use diagonal lines, use curved lines, and finally use a combination of them all. I tried to use variations in line thickness to imply depth to sort of spruce it up a bit. It was an interesting assignment.
Edit: Posted the final images in a more presentable manner. Obviously there are some craftsmanship issues with these. One of many things I’ve learned from them. I need to step up my game for sure. Also, I will be redesigning the weakest of the four. More to come in the next post. Stay tuned!
Hello everyone! My name is Matt and I’m a Sequential Art major here at SCAD. I’d love to one day write and illustrate my own stories.
I am a military veteran. I worked as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force. I am 25 and I’m originally from North Carolina.
I like to skateboard, snowboard, and play the drums, though I’m not particularly good at any of those things haha! However, I do consider myself a decent artist and I am confident in pursuing a career in comic books and graphic novels.
All of the art on my page is my own.
Also, here’s a few non-school related project’s I’m currently working on:
I love all kinds of music, particularly anything smooth with a slow, strong beat. Trip-hop is a great example.
I am a fan of just about any movie genre as well. Though my favorites usually belong in the psychological and horror range. I also love Sci-Fi, dark comedies, and international films. I consider it a hobby to collect strange and twisted movies. The weirder the better.
I am also a video game and anime nerd. Again, my love of psychological and horror stories applies to these forms of entertainment as well.
I am super excited to be here at SCAD and I look forward to meeting you all!