For this chapter we had a choice of working with figures or faces and as I'd been particularly inspired by the figures that I'd studied in the Opus Anglicanum study I decided to use the figure to work from.
Also in the notes was a picture of the Blue Nymph by Alice Kettle which you can see on this great blog i've just found here.
When I looked at the image I thought I'd like to do something similar in Photoshop, the relevance of which will be seen at the end of the chapter.
The starting point for our exploration of using the figure as a design source was to develop some quick sketches of people in an open pose, therefore giving a more interesting pattern to the body shape. I decided to use the RHS figure on the top sketch book pages (2/11/1)
The sketch was then minimised to a simple line drawing where the extremities touch the edge of the paper. The lines were then
cut and the the pieces were placed on a contrasting background with a small gap between all the lines.
Gradually pieces were removed from the design to see what effect this had and also how few pieces it needed to keep the essence of the pose still detectable.
In this last one you can see that all traces of the original pose are just about gone.
The next step was to add a colour and texture element to the basic design, keeping the shapes and movement still within the new designs. I really enjoyed this part and was very surprised to see just how much variety I could generate from such a basic set of lines as a starting point.
As I mentioned earlier my final design exploration was done in Photoshop. I was looking for ways of portraying the fluid lines that Alice Kettle achieved with Blue Nymph.
I started with this picture of an embroidered bookbinding worked by a nun in a convent in Suffolk in the 14th century.
After various filters, morphing and air brushing, all of which has been documented, but would be very time consuming to blog, I came up with this result that I was very happy with.