Hello world. This week I would like to get into another assignment from my 2D Design class. This course seems to have a lot to do with process and not so much on results. Don’t get me wrong, the compositions need to be well executed, there is just weeks and weeks spent concentrating on the process.
I understand that it is important to know HOW something is done. I just don’t think it’s that important to be able to do something one way. There is clearly a process to everything. You don’t have an easy button for creating a beautiful composition. Everything has steps. Being able to have guidance to improve your weaknesses during some steps is nice. Spending weeks and weeks cutting and pasting and measuring and cutting and pasting and measuring is not inspiring. It’s nice to have options, but it really sucks my creativity and motivation like a universe-size vacuum.
I’m not really a process kinda chick. I like passion and creation and just pure soul pounded into the medium of choice. I like just being able to feel the connection with a work of art. To be in awe by something someone has made. I don’t know what it is, I just adore being lost and captivated by art. Maybe I’m a freak. But hell, I’m an artist, it’s who I am.
Take for example this current project I am developing. We have to cut out things from magazines/newspapers (making sure to keep them abstract and non-recognizable for copyright laws), make black and white copies of them, cut them back out, glue them, make sure it is 6″ or 8″ on two sides, and create a composition that shows volume and mass, has a consistant light source, and has curves that bring the viewer through the work.
What I ended up doing was taking a picture of all the magazine cut outs, putting them on photoshop, and digitally collaging them to form this composition. I made two and the one I selected only uses two images of hair. Simplicity is sometimes necessary. This is just the draft so if my teacher has a fit and doesn’t like that I’ve skipped the gruelling copy, cut, and paste of the actually paper, I can go back and do it later. I’ve been feeling sick and entirely unmotivated so I haven’t felt like spending my money on copies for this thing. Personally, I think I did a pretty good job, but we’ll see how this goes by the time we have to hand in the final composition. Wish me luck.