October 7th, 2012
Our second assignment was to take a shape and lay another shape on top of it. After that, we would subtract the overlaid shape to create a new one. This would be our “motif”.
We were to take that motif and make both 1 inch and 2 inch versions of it. The professor then made photocopies of both, totaling 125 little motif squares. This was my motif:
We were then supposed to take the motif squares and arrange them on a 10×10 grid to make a design out of them. These were all the designs I experimented with:
Finally, we were to take the design we liked the most and fill the separate shapes in either black or white. No outlines were allowed, although grid lines were. This was my final piece:
During critique, it was said that my piece was simple, but the fact that it had a good rhythm and balanced made it pleasing to the eye. The professor said that, while I took a risk by making it simple, it ultimately paid off and it made the piece interesting.
The only negative thing said about it is that there was a tiny smudge of ink on the top part of it. It was an accident, and I was upset that I couldn’t get rid of it!
Overall, this assignment was interesting. It was kind of hard to work with india ink and to make it look clean, but I’m happy with my results.