In our third assignment for Design I we were asked to create a design utilizing the principles of form and repetition on a grid. We were then required to ink the design on a 10 x 10″ illustration board. The frist part of the assignment we were asked to explore creating a motif by drawing one shape and then cutting into that shape with a second one. This is the way were supposed to come up with our individual motifs. Below is my exploration:
The motif I eventually chose is not shown above, but below you can see the motif. I chose a 2 x 2″ box grid and then experimented with different compositional possibilities.
I felt that Design V was my strongest design because it was so graphic. I felt that I utilized my motif well and had achieved the best economy for the design. After choosing our strongest design we were then asked to explore five inking options as seen below:
My two favorite inkings were Design III and Design V. I ultimately chose Design V because it was the most graphic and attention grabbng. I also liked Design III because it seemed like a very Rococoesque design and I really like the feminine nature of it.
It’s difficult to see here, but I could have definitely used another coast of ink, it seemed that no matter how many times I went over certain areas they never got a black as I would have wanted. The ones I enjoyed the most during critic were the compositions that employed the 1″ cell structure and were inked in a complex, but symmetrical design. The simultaneous weakness and strength of my composition are it’s graphic simplicity and bold symmetrical patter. I believe it could be seen as weak because of it’s seeming simplicity, but I think it is an effective and bold composition. There seemed to be a million ways to interpret this assignment and it was so nice to see the varied compositions during class.