Sorry for the late update, but I’m glad I was able to get this project uploaded for you fine folks to see!
Our most recent project in Ms. Waldvogel’s class was to create a shape and put in on an isolated grid. What we had to do first was to draw up thumbnails (about 75 or so) of different shapes that had other shapes “excluded” from them. There are examples in the below images. (Thumbnails below…!)
Next we, had to choose the one motif (shape) we liked the most, and then experiment with placement and orientation, and then make them into cut paper pieces. We had to arrange all of those pieces into a 10×10 square. I choose to have a grid or 1×1 inch squares, just to make the design more interesting and versatile. There are five different variations below.
Then we chose out favorite design (my favorite is #4 right up here), and then created three “inking plans”, with which to create our final inked grid. The three inking plans are below.
I chose the third inking plan (see above) as my favorite of the three, and then transferred the final design onto illustration board.
Above is my final piece. Overall, I’m very pleased with it, and so was the class. There are some minor niggling issues though, like the vertical line that only exists on the right half of the design, but not the left. It leads to the piece being slightly “off” symmetrically. And as always, I suck with india ink, so the craftsmanship could be a little cleaner. But… it is what it is, and that’s ok with me. I hope you all will leave comments and input. It all means a lot to me, and I look forward to viewing your work as well!
– William Ball