another edition of Sketched out Monday. Been busy trying to get caught up the week I've been home then off to Boston.
While I've been home I've had a few projects I've been working on. I was working on the prototype for my Purse'n Place or Thing Workshop in WA this Sept. Then been working on some strange angels. And then getting ready to leave for Boston at Absolutely Everything. But I did manage to get a few sketches in through the week.
In a couple of cases I used sketching to solve some issues I was having with composition.
I'm not going to go into great detail about this one because I have an entire blogpost that relates to a different issue that I want to talk about regarding this piece and the transformations it took. What I will talk about right now is that one again a sketch helped make some decisions. Here's the sketch...bare in mind, that in both cases the sketches were made while the piece was being worked on. They were in progress design tools.
Here's what I ended up with.
A couple of things changed. The frame for one but that wasn't because of the sketch. The main thing the sketch did for me was the grassy area. It was bare down there...and needed something. Originally I had thought of fire...which was how the sketched started...it then evolved into grass. More on this angel in another post.
Purse'n Place or Thing. I was struggling with the sample for the class for some time. It's a class on purse's or satchels that are made of various items. Couldn't quite get it right. For the longest time I referred to the piece as the "!^*&**^%-er!!!". Then I decided to pull out the sketchbook to assist in the matter and finally...I mean...FINALLY the "!^*&**^%-er!!!" started cooperating.
Here's the helping sketch:
May not seem like much but it helped me add some crucial elements.
Now here is the finished piece:
So what the sketch helped me work out was the side attachments. The scroll holders. I knew it needed something but wasn't sure what. I no longer call it the "!^*&**^%-er!!!" It is now called "Dream Keeper". What a difference a scroll makes.
Well I hope you liked the sketchy little journey.
Wait! One More Thing! Not Sketchy but I have you here...so:
URN YOUR KEEP
While I've got you here I should mention a class I'm teaching at only a couple places. Urn Your Keep. Yes that's right a mixed media housing for....er...you...or....er...someone else. I wanted to do a mixed media coffin class, but time wouldn't allow (it's a very practical idea really, you use it a coffee table and then its there when you need it later...very handy)
Here's the sample, Urning Rubber:
Anyway I'm teaching this at Idyllwild in Southern California when I'm there July 8-11.
I'm also teaching it at Valley Ridge as well.
Sure its kind of creepy....but I know you secretly kind of like the idea...don't lie.
ciao for now