This exercise was about creating a composition of objects around a theme, in my case I chose “Summertime” and making pictures of it from different angles and in different formats. Then we were asked to sketch the same collection of objects in a different ratio than the one we were looking at, creating more thumbnails and a final visual of our favorite thumbnail.
Also, we were asked to answer the following questions:
• Which viewpoint best fitted the word your objects illustrated? Why was this?
• Which format best illustrated your words?
• Did changing viewpoints make you think differently about your choice of objects and arrangement of them?
My favorite viewpoints were those in which the hat and the sunscreen were closer to the camera. I also like very much looking at the objects directly from above. I think those two objects represented very well the term “summertime”. However, I don't think that changing the viewpoints made me think differently about the objects or arrangement, they did offer more interesting options to illustrate but all in all I felt that my chosen theme was pretty clear.
In my first sketches I decided to use a red crayon instead of a pen, just to invite more creativity to the exercise and to move away from the pressure that sometimes is linked to “paper and pencil”. I also tried to use “weird” formats like the irregular rectangle that the exercise suggested.
Finally, I chose to make my final visual in the landscape format and from a viewpoint where the sun crema and hat were closer to the viewer. This time I did use a pencil like the exercise suggested.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication