The week’s exercise was all about “scale.” I was instructed to “go on a treasure hunt and find an interesting object no larger than my thumbnail.” Well, much to my surprise, I didn’t have many thumbnail-sized objects in my house. I also went outside and looked in my yard and landscaping. I ended up finding more interesting things in the house and drawing them in an 8” X 10” format. I was supposed to “observe the tiny details” of the object. I did find this exercise very interesting. I noticed things that I hadn’t noticed before—and I noticed that most of the objects I found didn’t have very interesting lines. I ended up using a zipper pull on my luggage.
The “Ask Yourself” portion of the exercise…
- Is there anything surprising about this tiny thing that you don’t normally notice? (I hadn’t paid any attention to it at all, so EVERYTHING about it was surprising.)
- How does exaggerating the scale of this subject change its importance? (Of course, when something is enlarged, the importance of the object is increased.)
- Does this subject mean more to you than it did before this exercise? (I realize that by enlarging something, the design of the element becomes much more exciting. This has opened my eyes to other ideas for design elements.)
- What would happen if you portrayed it in other colors? (I think it would be fun to try this in different colors. I actually used the colors of the zipper pull, although I did add a little black.)
- How do you want a viewer to react to your piece? (At this point, I am just excited with what I’M learning with each exercise.)