Todays Pattern Post explores the different iterations that go into making a pattern. The lower right image is a somewhat finished iteration of the idea. "Art is never finished it just stops at interesting places along the way." A sentimaent spoken by Paul Gardner or Picasso depending on the source and words that I take a lot of comfort in. I can always go back & rework an idea with fresh eyes. Key is remembering to save every version. The pattern started with the drawing on the left. Hope your day is going well. What are you bringing fresh eyes to today?
I spent this past weekend at Creative South. It was awesome talking about art & design all weekend with other people that are passionate about our visual world. These are the 5 things that most stand out from the talks.
1. Dig the Ditch: Do the hard work, it might not be glamourous, but it is productive to not have your field flood.
2. Help your friends: Do NOT allow your mama's pie shop to have an ugly logo, fix that before you do anything else!
3. Prioritize: If you do not have enough time stop watching tv, or playing video games, whatever is taking you away from your work.
4. Value Custom: Anyone can use that font, but not everyone can design that "e" the way you can. Value this & charge accordingly.
5. Do the Work: Be professional, meet your deadlines, care about details. You are your brand.
Here is a link to an article about this concept: http://odewire.com/170441/scientists-investigate-water-memory.html
I have been working on a lot of handwritten pieces recently and this seems to be the capital/lowercase combo that most appeals to me. The choosing is completely arbitrary but is something along the lines of the W. J. T. Mitchell "What do pictures want?" line of inquiry. The Edward Hirsch quote is from a poem he wrote about Agnes Martin, an artist whose work I absolutely adore. Her minimalist approach was absolute: so pared down. She hand-drew all of those grids. As such, I will practice my letters in the hopes that my hand becomes more steady & my eye more refined. What have you been practicing lately?
I can get stuck at my desk. I do my work there: drawing, photoshop, correspondance. The internet & all of it's diversions (YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, NYTimes) are easily accessible on a large screen. And it is comfortable; I control the temperature & the lighting. It is set up to be a highly productive area. But here's the thing. I am much better at making art if I go outside. And deal with the bugs, the crazy temperatures & other people. So that's why yesterday at hour 10 of sitting at my desk working on a project I decided to go get a sandwich from my new favorite sandwich shop (have I mentioned how much I love a good sandwich?) & have dinner watching the sunset. It didn't disappoint. And today I look forward to taking my lunch break swimming laps in the sunshine. What do you do that feeds your work?
As a point of reference I started by drawing over 100 of the individual "cranes." They were an open drawn star that backtracked on itself halfway thru. After finding the right ratio & creating a straight repeating pattern they circled up & became the pinwheel. I hope you enjoy this latest pattern. As usual these are thumbnail images and will enlarge when clicked on.