Although I've been away from it for awhile, this blog originally was intended to follow my learning and design process throughout my education at UNCG. Now, I'm using it as an easy way to get my work out there and let potential investors and superfans get a glimpse at my design process and breadth of knowledge. Of course, I'm always adding new, old, and new/old content so keep checking back!
what: my most successful leaf sketch
where: in the space next to the studio arts building
when: September 14, 2010
why: I choose this sketch because, although not most exact, I felt it worked the best compositionally.
With so many different directions one could go with this project, the hardest part about designing a place for a leaf was picking a concept, sticking to it, and then refining it. My preliminary ideas where taken from places where one might find a leaf, not a place where my leaf belonged specifically. By taking key words and concepts from my original ideas and measurements and shapes from my leaf, I came up with a more abstract vision. The next problems I overcame were the limitations of the paper and the technique I was using to achieve the desired result. After hours of frustration, I realized that I needed to deconstruct my concept further. The resulting piece emphasises the three dimensionality of the holly leaf, while using design elements such as repetition and economy to make the leaf and its place a harmonious whole.
When photographed, the negative spaces and shadows add interest and balance to the composition.