A large part of almost any kind of creative work is the practice of it. And as a multimedia artist, sometimes in exercising one creative muscle, others are neglected.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to create a 3D version of a well known organization's logo.
This is a sketch (and the references) I used to create an unusual commissioned project for a customer.
When the inexplicable, seemingly preventable happens, there is a way to respond...
In the midst of a 2+ week studio reorganization, brought on by an inconvenience (read about that here), I found a few conceptual drawings done years ago for paintings I wanted to do. This is not abnormal, and does not mean the ideas were abandoned. Just tabled until the opportunity to jump in head first arises. It's been a practice of mine for years to sketch ideas while they are fresh in mind, even if it could be years before I get to them. No matter. I've trapped them on paper, napkin, scrap, whatever before they escaped. So I have catalogs of unfinished work at the ready. This sketch is one of those. Inspired by my love of libraries and knowledge. But until i can give it the attention it deserves, I won't touch it. I will likely clip it or pin it up somewhere in my work space, in my face until I can't stand the wait anymore. ~
Today I'm working on a commissioned educational display involving a Venn diagram. After I compiled everything I needed to include, inspiration hit, and a clear direction emerged. I did a quick scribbled sketch, to help me work out the general layout. I'm piecing it together now, and will share the finished project later since this jumbled mess is surely only clear to me, lol.
The finished, hand drawn piece, which included dimensional components in clay and felt, and removable velcro elements, for interactive use. The intended audience is a 4th grade class. This project was done within the client's limited window of time and budgetary resources. Given greater resources, I would probably have created a digital design, had it professionally printed, and added the dimensional elements to the print. But it was fun to create!
Scribble figures, shown to me by an art teacher when I was a child, were some of my first methods
of practicing figures and poses. Read more about these here.