glasses | gecko
The point of the exercise is to recognize the importance of drawing as a medium for working out ideas - visualizing forms which, through a process of editing / refining, become more removed from their intial source material. Basically you start out with two objects (I used my glasses and a ceramic gecko) and work on a series of drawings, using formal methods and combining elements to end with a final four.
This is my set:
First 16 quick line drawings of my glasses and then another 16 of a ceramic gecko:
Next, 64 quick drawings based on the original 16 - using the formal methods of exaggerating, distorting, simplifying, enlarging, reducing, repeating, rotating, combining, cross-referencing, and layering. Glasses first, gecko second:
Next use the formal methods again to make a single set of 32 new drawings, combining the glasses and gecko drawings:
Refine again to 16:
This time, paying more attention to layout, negative spaces, blocking out spaces, etc., reduce to 8:
and FINALLY refine and reduce to four final "complete" drawings:
It was really fun watching the transition from those initial simple drawings to the final four. Highly recommended!