Monday, 7 February 2011

Colour Palette

As part of an exercise we were asked to create a colour palette from one of our own photographs. I chose a photograph of a web I took in Shropshire last year. I used photoshop to pick a palette from this image, and to look at the spectrum of colours in a specific section of the image. The results and my final colour palette can be seen below:

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Creepy Crawlies ...

As my work progresses I find myself again returning to the idea of assembling insects into patterns. Therefore it was necessary to draw more pen drawings suitable for screen and digital development. Some examples are below, I also began to draw bugs and insects as well as spiders, expanding my studies to the creatures which become trapped in webs.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Airy Citadel ...

'It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.' - John Keats

The above quote inspired me down the path of studying spider webs. I wanted to capture the beauty and technical perfection of a web in my visual studies, so I experimented with different media and techniques, including collage, watercolours, biro and cutting. Below are some of my favourite studies:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Pattern concepts

As my drawings developed I began considering my work on screen and how I wanted to involve spiders and webs within my designs. I manipulated an early drawing of a spider on photoshop to create the circular design below. I put this design and some variations onto a craft screen to begin testing printing techniques and possible ideas to be carried forward. I specifically made the screen to assess how the image would appear as a Devore print. As a technique new to me I felt that observing how line qualities worked was essential.