Project II

 

Examples

 

Project: Invented Biomorphic shape(s)
Spring, 2007

Materials:
-Sketch pad
-18 x 24 inch paper
-Graphite pencils (4h-2b)

Objective:
Using only cross-contours invent a Biomorphic shape by building or morphing shapes onto each other. This Biomorphic shape should not represent anything specific, but you can use objects as a source to study how forms twist and turn. Focus on building shape onto shape (spheres, cones, and rectangles).

Requirements
-Should not represent anything specific: dragons, demons, etc.
-Demonstrate volume by using cross-contours.
-Exhibit undulations within the forms (convex / concave)
-How does the contour line describe those undulations?
-Use perspective as a reference
-Push the idea as far as you can

Approach:
In your sketchbook, start to draw forms on top of forms while morphing each form together. Make several sketches toward the development of your final drawing. Play with the idea, morph two or more drawings into one… experiment. Use rectangles as a starting point while using perspective as a reference guide throughout the entire process. Slowly start to mold your form into a Biomorphic shape. Push things in and pull things out as if you are a sculptor working with putty. I want the viewer to look up or down your Biomorphic shape (the point of view of a mouse or a helicopter). First establish a horizon line then start building shapes onto shape using one and two point perspective. Draw the shapes as if they are transparent using atmospheric perspective (apply line weight; forms closer to you are darker while lighter forms recede into space). Continue to add forms, and push the drawing into another level.

Grading: Five C’s
Concept:
-Idea development, preparation, how well you use perspective as a reference
Composition
-View of angles, and ability to utilize the drawing format
Craftsmanship
-Line quality, use of media, neatness
Creativity
-Originality, problem solving, point of view
Completion
-Fulfillment of requirements for assignment, completely resolved