Composition * Design

The week has been completely awesome for me : we have been taught by "the great" Lawrence Marvit who introduced us to design and composition in visual arts. Here are some of the different assignments we had to explore.

* After tasting a really dark chocolate, our mission was to picture our sensations while eating it only using a line. Very difficult task when you do not dare play with the thickness, the form or the texture of it. I managed to get the closest to what was happening in my body.

* Second approach to the visual translation of our senses, we had to listen to the album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and same exercise : trying to relate the music to something visual only using a line, shapes and three grays. This is so interesting to realize how you can relate everything you feel to a story.

* After a week figuring out how to compose and design a picture properly and with simple shapes, we received an extract from Shakespear’s Hamlet for which we had to create a final picture. We had to considerate all the "rules" composition offers (focal point, pressure, shapes...) to be able to emphasize the mood we wanted the scene to be. The scene takes place on one of the towers of the castle and the dead king ghost is appearing in front of three guards.

This week was very intense and very surprising because I was not expecting how important the composition of a picture could be. Also it has been a pleasure to explore our body and brain to understand that inspiration comes first from our deepest sensations. Now I will think twice before drawing.

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