For this exercise I had to find 3 visual references for a tree, a child running and a building. I try and look to my own images before others, so chose an image of my son running on the beach a few weeks ago, his Hobbit House at the bottom of the garden and a stock image of an oak tree in full leaf.
These 3 images had to be copied in black and white and produced in different sizes so I could produce a representational image. Here are my experiments with the images below, with my favourite being at the end, along with answers to the questions given.
The first four arrangements are using different sizes for each image and placing them in different groupings. This is just on a plain square and it feels like each image is floating in thin air. It was difficult to pull the image together like this. So I went on to put some diagonal and horizontal horizon lines in and this helped with some of the images, to ground them and provide a focus.
In putting these horizon lines in, it lead me to think that not all of an image needs to be shown, which is why some of the oak tree is out of frame. I quite liked this discovery.
I then did a playful horizon line, indicating a simplified hill. Again, this really allowed me to play with the images to indicate distance, with the main focus being on the boy in each e.g. how far he had come down the hill in the foreground and how far he has to come down the hill in the background. This was again a really useful exercise.
So I decided to go back to a blank frame and see if I had somehow digested the use of space and how to handle all three images from the experiments above. There is a feeling of an opening space coming into the foreground, even if it isn’t visibly shown.
I have really enjoyed this exercise and it has really helped me realise the importance of placement and scale in an illustration. This would have helped my Assignment 1 collage. I will use this process again in future illustrations especially collages.
Questions about this exercise:
How does the sense of the image and its meaning change when the figure is smaller than the other elements?
The placement and space around the boy indicates where he has been, or where he is going and how that relates to the tree and building. You get a sense of purpose about his movement, where he intends to go. A small boy sized image gives him the whole frame to run around in, whereas a large size image feels like he is just about to exit the frame.
If the elements are at differing angles to each other and at an angle to the frame, what dynamic is suggested?
I did not experiment too much with angles as it felt quite awkward to me with the images chosen. However, you could get a sense of movement and quirkiness with placing the objects at angles to the frame. The oak tree could look like it had fallen over in a storm and the house could look like it was sliding down a hill. It is fun just to play with the boy figure as they often like to see the world in an upside down way.
If all the elements are are completely horizontal and vertical in relation to the frame what dynamic is suggested? What is your opinion about this image and what sensation does it communicate?
The images could look stifled and still placed in this alignment. Safe almost and undynamic. It is a good way to start off as an arrangement but may need improving with angles to bring it alive and also colour. I think adding colour is the next logical step to see how an arrangement hangs together.
Which is your favourite composition? Explain why you feel it is most successful.
The above image I feel works the best (but you might disagree?). The diagonal horizon line helps to provide focus, which is helped by grouping the images together and thinking carefully about the size of each.