Thursday, June 18, 2009

Line and Design

[WARNING: This is not a pottery post!]
One of my favorite things to do is take an object or image and turn it into a design by paying attention to line: lines that are visible and lines that are invisible. Invisible lines?! Yes. They are the lines that are not really there but have a strength of presence because your eyes follow them around the composition, they separate shapes or colors, they distinguish shadows, etc. I find a wonderful challenge in figuring out which are those most vital lines and watching the object or image appear with just the suggestion or outline. I think this sort of drawing lends itself well to logos and textiles, two avenues I may pursue on the side in the future. I've been able to do a little bit of it in the past few years. I designed the logo (see image on right) for a local Library Friends group in Reston, VA (FRRL). I also designed the letterhead for the Maryland State's Attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger (image at top left).

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to draw an image for her wedding invitation and program. I was so excited to oblige! She will have delphiniums as her main flower and wanted an image of that flower to continue the theme. I came up with four choices as you can see in the sketches below (sorry they are crooked!).
She chose the one below:It will be interesting to see it printed!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful work, Sarah! As is typical of your creativity...