Brief's key points:
- Begin by drawing a cat or dog
- Draw the animal in a way that makes it ‘real’.
- Do a second drawing using no more than five lines.
- Now make a collage from bits cut from a magazines and printouts.
- Produce a drawn version (not a tracing) of your collage.
- This image can now be incorporated into a bigger image. Use your imagination and introduce at least one other element that introduces a narrative.
The creative process
I chose to work with the cat wich would normally be my second option, since I'm more of a dog preson, but I wanted to experiment. I started by looking as some picture from different angles and in which the cats were in different positions and drawing some realistic versions. Then I went on to create the figures with only five lines.
Once I steped into the creation of the collage, i found myself creating something that looked too obvious to me and a bit boring (first collage with the grass underneath), so I gave it a second chance I tried to think outside of the box for a second version. This is the version that inspired my final drawing which ended up being quite funny but also a bit haughty which is how I see cats.
Final illustration including other elements for narratives purposes
For my final image, I decided to place the cat confortably on a nice chair in a well decorated house with books about art, which can already tell a story like who could be the owner of this character.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication