Off to a great start in 2014 …. the year of the Sketchbook!
When I was three years old, my mother showed me the magic of geometry and the hidden structure of simple forms. She folded a paper napkin four times. With one snip of a scissor she turned the folded napkin into a five pointed star. She sparked my curiosity and fascination with math, shapes and the passion for transforming one shape into another. Over the years I’ve made hundreds of five pointed stars by folding and clipping paper, aluminum foil and fabric. So simple … a five pointed star derived from a pentagram, a basic shape found often in the microcosm and macrocosm of our Universe.
A Golden Mean Caliper can easily be made without the use of a ruler. A perfect pentagram can be drawn from two circles. By following the green lines in the pentagram, the caliper is created. I will post the video on how to construct the pentagram and calipers before I head to California at the end of the month. I’m using the little, clumsy calipers to bring abstract design into the sketchbook drawings of plant studies.
While waiting in a parking lot, I explored the spiral configuration of tree branches, color temperature, value and design. That’s a lot to resolve on one page of a sketchbook. Image how much can be learned by filling an entire sketchbook! I’m determined to complete the last thirty (of the original sixty-six) unfinished sketchbooks on my shelf. Of course, I keep adding new ones that I bind myself. Coptic bound sketchbooks are wonderful to hold and provide a
Constructing three dimensional forms from two dimensional geometric shapes is not only fun, it establishes a strong foundation to understand the building blocks of form in both the natural world and the world of man made structures. The materials used to construct the solids provide excellent subjects to sketch.
Sketchbook drawings: Drawn first with ink using a fountain pen, followed by warm and cool ink washes using refilled Paintastics Brushes by Elmer’s.