Go ahead... laugh at my drawing skills! Seriously, I won't be offended... I giggle at them too! Here's the thing- as I had mentioned in my previous post, I'm experiencing some difficulty in the inspiration department as far as assignments go in my Ceramics Class. For our current assignment, we had do something that was (somewhat loosely) based on architecture. It could be based on an actual structure or something from our imagination. I spent the better part of the week with a huge mental block & I just couldn't started. Aaaargh! After much thinking, frustration and wondering if I should just drop the class... inspiration came!
I know this doesn't look much like inspiration... but sometimes it's a good idea to get your thoughts on paper, so I figured I better sketch out a rough draft. My idea was basically to create a sculpture that had some architectural elements, but I wanted to make a piece that expressed how I feel about the destruction of the natural environment and our never ending quest for oil. On one side, I'd have the big city sky scrapers~ representing urban sprawl & "progress," and on the other, melting ice caps & the requisite polar bear clinging to the edge. The hole in the middle was originally going to be oil dripping out of the side of the ice cap, but I changed my mind & decided to make two islands as it were, floating in a sea of oil. So! Today, I had the day off & into the studio I went.
Here's how it went. Rolled out a slab & added the first island.
Added the second "island" of some very non-realistic (let's call them whimsical... or surreal if you will)icebergs.
Addition of the first sky scrapers. Initially, building them was a little tedious, but once I was drawing in the windows, distorting them & adding them to my island, they were quite fun!
The addition of the Polar Bear... close up view. (I have to admit at this point I was thinking of those old Godzilla movies, as it looks like my Polar Bearzilla is climbing over the ice, larger than life w/ his eye on the city!)
Aerial shot above. On the right side, you see part of the second bear I was going to add, but at this point, I was getting hungry & the studio was getting busier (I do better when there are no distractions) and I just couldn't get it right, so I figured it was time to quit for the day.
I've got a lot more work to do. While I'm fairly happy with how it's coming so far... I don't know if I like the separation of the ice cap & the island city. Somehow I've got to tie the two together... or maybe it'll flow together more once it is glazed to look like they are floating in a sea of oil. Hmmmm... it's hard to tell... but it's missing something. We have a "working critique" coming up soon, so perhaps I'll get some helpful input.