Tag Archive | op art

26/1: Line drawings

A couple ideas inspired by some of the work on aha pages, an art blog by an artist out of New Orleans.


25/5: Line repetition, day 5

I finally found a way to use a curvy line that I liked, as opposed to just an arc, so there are lots of curves today.

The results of each experiment were a surprise, but the ways that I could control the outcomes became more clear with each drawing. The angles of the original random lines, the size of the sections, where I started filling in each section, all these factors and more affected the final results.

Here’s a group shot of all the sketches that did not get tossed to the cutting room floor. Insane!

25/4: Line repetition, day 4

If you mouse over the images, you might notice they’re numbered. And that some numbers are missing. I included my favorites from each day, but left quite a few out.  And that doesn’t even count the ones I threw out completely! Seriously, my crazy week.

25/3: Line repetition, day 3

The process, like last week, was so different from my usual value-driven work. I found it took me a few warm-up sketches each day to get into it and develop a smooth, confident line.

I had to stay very focused on the task at hand– any distraction, and I’d forget what pattern I had in mind, or a line would veer off course.The most fascinating part for me was how each drawing led to another idea!

25/2: Line repetition, day 2

In this sketch, I varied the line width, as in the last piece from Day 1, except for lines parallel to the edges of the paper, creating a framing effect that allows the center design to stand out on its own.

Here I kept the lines parallel but brought them closer together as I filled in each section.

In this one, lines parallel to the edges are wide apart, while all others are close together.

25/1: Line repetition, day 1

This week’s series was inspired by another drawing class assignment. In the movie of my life, this would be the week viewers begin to question my sanity. I could not stop making these drawings! The top one is the first one with which I felt at all satisfied.

The original assignment starts off with three random lines. Here I experimented with a few more random lines.

This time I tried varying the width between lines, starting out narrow and growing wider toward the opposite end.

24/6: Op art, day 5

Today felt like it finally all came together. The first piece is a combination of the muffin pan pattern and the topographic pattern. The second piece is the final version of many filled-in versions of the topographic piece. I really liked the topo sketch, but felt it needed something more.

An interesting side note to this series is how different the thought process is for creating these drawings than for sketches of real life objects. These drawings relied strongly on logic and order and pattern in such a way that, at times, I thought I might have some sense of the way medieval European monks and nuns used drawing as a type of meditation.