Assignment 1: Relief model

At the start of the semester, we were tasked with drawing grids and shapes over 12 pieces of vellum.

Starting with grid lines such as this, I created shapes by connecting the endpoints of certain lines.

With this process, I would end up with shape clusters such as this. To address their overlap, I decided I would create fainter lines to give of the appearance of depth.

One major problem with these drawings was a lack of control and more importantly, a lack of direction.

After we created these shapes, the assignment then shifted to the creation of a relief model made from basswood sticks.

This was my first attempt;

One clear problem with this iteration was the lack of substance and the overuse of ornamentation. The varying thickness of stripes and interlacing elements don’t really express an idea or discipline.

With this in mind, I stripped the model of it’s unnecessary elements in order to find it’s basic form, and the core of the structures concept.  This concept was narrowed down to “Intersection”, as the drawings in the first part of the assignment focused on the relationship between intersecting shapes.



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