Friday, June 24, 2011

Back to Colorful and Complicated

This is my last assignment for the Composition for Collage course. It's a collage, mostly built around one small picture. The colors here can be a bit overwhelming but after those black and white ones I have made lately, I could not resist using really vivid colors.

There's so much going on in this work. It's like my head at the moment. Ideas after ideas. What I really want to do next is something pretty graphic. Like this one, maybe you recognize that I have used pieces of this in the collage.

This is an old background where I have changed the colors with Photoshop. And it looks very much like Marimekko, so Finnish, I think. My intention is not really imitate anything. I just want to play and doodle and encourage others do the same. Have fun and see what the result will be.

Before my designer studies I always questioned what I created. I thought that studying will teach me question even more. However I work now much more intuitively and freely. And especially recently I have really started to leave behind my inner critic. Life is so full of things, there's room for everybody. Why not draw what comes naturally, and enjoy the process!

My final thought's about the collage course: I really loved it's clear structure (one type of composition each week) and especially the teacher's comments. The teacher, Claudine Hellmuth, commented each work uploaded in the gallery. I think that's exceptional and very educational too!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Creative Dreams

Here's my third completed assignment for the course Composition for Collage. I have decided to call this "Generation Gap".

I love doodling and playing with inks and could not help it here, it almost got out of hand. When my summer vacation starts within a week, I promise, it will totally get loose. I will be doodling and splashing ink all day and night!

I have ordered a new book of collage: Collage Couture. I am so looking forward having this! Based on the reviews and sample pages it will be a good addition to my collection of inspirational books.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Your Style Is My Style

Another home assignment for Composition for Collage course. The idea of trying to use the downloads provided, felt terrible at first. Not my style, period. That's too mildly put. I actually hate most of the pictures I have downloaded. And the recommendations of using the white space - those are the worst.

Last week was pure agony. This week my thoughts have began to change. I actually enjoyed making this collage, with white space and all.

We people truly are quite flexible beings once we get out of the personal fixations. There's so much we can be and so many different things we can create. It would be silly just to draw similar lines or circles day after day. And it is not too adventurous to leave that white space. Sometimes, at least!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Out of The Comfort Zone

I am attending Claudine Hellmuth's online course called Composition for Collage. Here's the first exercise, the theme was asymmetry. I used the images that where downloadable from the classroom.

I am so out of my comfort zone here! Not because of the idea of composition but because of these type of collages are not me at all. But in the end this is exactly why I attend courses once in a while. It is good to get forced to make something different. Hopefully after the weeks of homework I can find something new to add to my own style.