When creating a space, every element of the design should have more than one use. Keeping this in mind can help bring fluidity and let a person visualize themselves within the space more easily. Giving all the elements within the space multiple-meaning can be an effective way to tell a story with design and to guide people through the structure with ease.
Moving forward with my project, I will apply this principle to every element I have within a drawing. If I can not find more than one reason for the element in question to be in the drawing, I will remove it and try to find something that will hold more meaning to be in its place. Less directly, I will try to apply this to each of my portfolio pieces. If I cannot find multiple reasons for why I enjoy the piece, I will remove it from my portfolio or add something to give it more depth and meaning. Lastly, I will take this strategy into account when looking at my project in its entirety and adjust accordingly.
During the process of evaluating every layer of my project, I will help find or give purpose to many of my art pieces which in turn will help bring me confidence regarding my selection and find the pieces that just don’t cut it.
With any type of visual art, something like the show don’t tell method in writing, is used. Artists have a limited amount of space to tell a story, so the small insignificant things are negated in place of larger more prominent and story driving elements. For example, the light source is assumed because the shading and highlights are what is shown.
While completing my portfolio and answering the application questions I will keep in mind that I should use the viewer’s assumptions to my advantage to give my art more variety and depth. This will also improve my ability to convey a message without explicitly telling the viewer. I can apply this to my art by assuming people will understand the timeline and then focus more on the large, prominent pieces.
Using this lens when choosing what to show and what not to will make my art feel simpler, while still retaining the intended message. My ability to convey a message without shoving it in the viewer’s faces will improve and the overall aesthetic of my art will feel more refreshing.
Restricting what is shown can have more of an impact than showing a lot at once. A small glimpse into the world you are trying to build for the viewer is much more meaningful than showing them everything because this lets their imagination fill in the blanks.
While continuing to work on my art pieces I will give the viewer room to wonder and find their own individual meaning within my art. When planning art pieces, I will deliberately show less with more detail instead of showing lots that lose that detail and depth.
This will help bring the viewer in, keep them, and then stay in their mind after they have moved on to a new piece. Additionally, this will improve the overall aesthetic that my art has and make everything feel more cohesive. I will be able to focus on the detail of a small part instead of needing to draw lots without detail.
Before reading 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School I was quite doubtful that I would find anything of use, but I was happily surprised. I found many more useful tips in addition to the three that I have written about above. If this teaches me one thing it is to not avoid content that doesn’t directly apply to my specific situation.