Monday, March 23, 2015

Create > Portrait Patterning

Create > Portrait Patterning

The visual elements are animated by the principles of design, the creativity of the artist, and other organizational trigger mechanisms.  In other words, the principles of design, creativity and organizational trigger mechanisms help the artist turn dots, squiggles and shapes into organized and meaningful structures and images.


Goal:  Disguise figurative forms using contrasting patterns.

Studio Activity:
Be inspired by the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Borrow design and compositions from historically significant portraits.  Make your own photographic portrait based on your research.  Next, create a composition of shapes from your photo using only contour lines.  Divide the background space and parts of the subject matter into smaller shapes.  Fill up to ninety percent of the shapes with different decorative patterns and textures. Allow some shapes and forms (such as the faces and hands) to remain un-textured and render them accurately. Emphasize decorative pattern as seen in the work of Gustav Klimt.

Trigger Mechanisms: Repeat, Combine, Disguise

Visual Examples: >

Materials: Fabric, paint, pencil, marker, etc..


"A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense." ~ Bruno Munari