For a final project this semester I made a book. My goal was to break some of my patterns in art making. Before I started working on the book, I did a critical analysis of my past artwork and wrote down some themes that I saw. (lack of color, texture, over thinking work, etc.) From there, I wrote myself the following rules that I used to complete this piece. The rules were:
1. Go with the first idea that comes to mind, when working on a page. If a page in a book, an image, a piece of ephemera, etc. strikes inspiration, tear it out and use it. Do not over think your process. Limit editing, go without if possible.
2. Use color. Take out your color wheel and use it to experiment with new color palettes.
3. Work on piece every day.
4. Use characters in different ways.
5. Complete a self portrait before the end of the book.
With those rules in place, I began my book!
cover and binding, love that coptic stitch!
I'll share a few of my favorite pages, there are 36 pages total so I can't share them all
I've noticed quite an obsession with owls these days, in attempts to answer where they all come from I made this page:
My characters. I doodle people on everything!
I think my favorite spread. And yes, that is
"It is only a stuffed man, I will peck his eyes out"
I used a bit of everything in this book- found images, acrylic, watercolor, multiple adhesives, pen, ink, even salt at one point.
I'd love to hear what people think
I'd also love to answer any technical questions that you might have!
Thanks for looking everyone!