In the first part of this assignment we were asked to create a new shape by taking one and taking a chunk out of it with another. Then we were asked to choose one out of the 75 that we had done. Once we chose “the one” we played around with it on a grid to figure out the exact placement that we preferred. Then we used copies of that and played around with them on a grid. I decided on a design that had lots of variety and almost all of the subgroups created different negative and postitive space when I got to the inking. During the critique my piece got an array of reviews. A lot said the focal point was not obvious but most liked that it kept your eye moving. They said my motif was very simple (which it is) but it works because there is so much variety. Some even said it might’ve been interesting to see what could’ve been done with 100 tiles instead of 25. Overall I really enjoyed the project. All of the steps kept me on my toes and guessing what the end result would be. Even though the actual inking was annoying and tedious, I’m pretty pleased with my finished design.
I decided to redesign my curved lines image because I don’t believe the lines show any variety in thickness within one line which didn’t create movement. The new design creates more interesting negative space and the lines now help your eyes move around the page.
These are my final images of the four thumbnails that I liked the best. I picked these because I felt they all had a variety in line size and created interesting negative space as well as movement. Some notes I took away from the critique would first of all be that I failed to follow the directions! They were suppose to be 8×10 and mine were 9×12. It actually makes a huge difference! Also on my curved lines image my lines were not very fluid and a little chunky. There were minor problems as well that I was able to fix such as trimming around the edges and erasing smudges.
I am Mackinley Farmer and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be studying at SCAD. I’m from a small town in North Carolina but moved to New York City after high school for two years to study fashion merchandising. Needless to say, I did not enjoy the fashion world one bit. So now here I am in Savannah eager to study Industrial Design which is my true passion (although I would major in chocolate eating if I could). I am absolutely obsessed with cars, motorcyles, planes, boats, anything with a motor. Yes, I was THAT girl asking for Matchbox cars instead of Barbies. My banjo and my yorkie Sgt. Pepper make me happier than anything. I like to think that if Pepper were human he’d wear a velvet smoking jacket and speak in a British accent. Any James Bond movie would have to be my favorite along with the classic Pride and Prejudice. That just about sums me up. I look forward to seeing you in class!