You all had a nice week, so I'm your punishment for enjoying yourselves just a bit too much...heeheehee...
Sticks and String (Due December 1, 2007)
This week we're gonna do something a bit weird. We're going to picture sticks in our mind and tie them together. How easy is this gonna be? WBMWAAHAHAHhahahahahahahahaha...
Actually, there's a bit more to it, so here goes...
This is an exercise in composition. It's to prove to you that you can do something very exciting with very little, IF you think about it a bit first.
I want you to pretend you have a bunch of sticks. They don't have to be perfectly straight like wood from the lumber yard, but they should be at least as straight as little tree branches and twigs that look "kinda" straight. Got that? Don't worry about bark and stuff like that--assume the sticks have been crudely shaved by some nice fairy god mother somewhere and you just found them on your doorstep. There can be as many as you want, BUT NO LESS than 20, and they should all be about the same thickness, but can be different lengths.
We are going to tie our sticks together with some string at each connection point (the fairy god mother left you a ball of that, too...) and build...on our paper...a structure of some type that can be as abstract as you want it to be, as long as it looks like it would "work" in real life. That means it would need at least three legs to stand up and be self supporting.
What we're doing is building a sculpture the way a little kid would do one--but only in our minds and then drawing it. It will have depth, so some of the sticks will get smaller as they go to the background, and larger if they come forward. They will throw shadows, so get a very clear idea of where your light source is.
In the areas where there are lots of sticks and string together, the drawing will develop visual mass and volume, even though it's mostly empty space. Where there are fewer sticks, the feeling of "weight" will be a lot less.
Interesting things will happen when the sticks cross each other start and to chop up the white background into little negative spaces of all shapes and sizes.
The trick here is to arrange your imaginary sticks in such a way that somebody will think it's interesting and exciting. It's almost the same as doing an abstract painting with just lines, only these lines are real items that have a real presence in space. It's not important WHAT your final mess of sticks looks like. It IS important how "exciting" and attractive it is...whatever it is...[grin]
If it helps to visualize your "pattern" of sticks, you can pretend you're building a tree house framework, funny skyscrapers built by ants that have suddenly all achieved IQs of 200, a city designed by a mad man, or some kind of apocalyptic tower to fend off flying demons, or something equally dumb, but it doesn't actually have to look like ANYTHING.
Some advice to keep in mind: If you do a pattern with the sticks that gets TOO repetitive, you're going to have a boring drawing, like drawing wallpaper or building a fence. Maybe think in terms of two, three or four groupings of sticks that form neat shapes that are all in turn connected by other sticks like bridges or aerial roads.
If this doesn't make sense or if I've confused anyone, don't be afraid to ask me to explain it better.
BIG NOTE: In about 8 hours, I will be posting a really crude sort of tutorial on composition that could be a big help on this assignment. It will be right down below in a thread labeled REFERENCE & TUTORIALS, so make sure you take look through it before you start this assignment.