This week’s exercise was all about “line and motion.” In doing some background reading in my “Design Basics” book by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak and Lyric’s book “Art + Quilt,” I learned of some good ways to suggest motion.
- Blurred image-A blurred image is read as an indication of a subject’s movement. This could be done in a photograph by setting a fast shutter speed or in a drawing by using sketchy, incomplete or overlapping lines to define the object. In fabric, quilting stitches that wiggle around and over the edges of a shape can achieve this effect. You might also use some sheer fabrics or paint to blur the edges of a shape.
- Multiple image-When one figure is in an over-lapping sequence of poses, the slight change in each successive position suggests movement taking place.
- Line orientation-Horizontal lines and shapes are calm and still. Vertical elements are strong. Diagonal elements have the most active energy or motion.
For the “Ask Yourself…” portion of the exercise…
- Where do you see the most motion in your creation?
- What kind of a background would add even more motion to this exercise? (I was instructed to use a solid-color fabric.)
The next exercise I'll be attempting is "Motion through Line Direction" on Page 78 in Lyric's book. Again, I'm not sure exactly when I'll be posting because of my Mom's illness, but keep checking back.