How many of you jewelry-makers, potters, artists, metalsmiths, seamsters, and other artisans out there sketch your work before you start setting up to make it? For those of you who do, does it help? For those of you who don't, why not?
I've tried doing the sketch thing before, but I seem to create just fine without. So far, I haven't really sketched anything out beforehand. With this last piece, I had the specific idea in mind first. It made me wonder if I could be one of those people who do concept sketches.
So, for #2 in my list of challenges, I had a couple ideas and decided to try sketching them. Since I don't have a scanner on hand, I decided to use my laptop pad and deviantArt's new oekaki-like feature, the dA Muro. (Have any of you deviantArt folks tried this yet? It's a lot of fun!) Anyway, here's what I came up with:
Rough, I know! When I work from prompts or themes, the first thing I do is brainstorm by free associating and/or playing word games. This time I just free associated; "a flooded field" conjures up thoughts of glimmering rice paddies. It also brings to mind the way cranberries are harvested---by flooding the field so that the berries float and then scooping and skimming them up off the surface of the water. I don't know which to go with, but I do know that I will probably do a set of earrings this time, since it was a necklace last time.
Anyhow, I would love to hear anyone's thoughts on sketching as part of the creative process. This is all very new to me, and so others' perspectives are most welcome. :)
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