The following two exercises were related, since using the same list of words we were asked to make them into pictures and to create a mood-board based on some of the words from the same list. The words are:
1.Turning words into pictures
For this exercise I chose the words: Kitchen, wild and destruction. Like expected (and it was stated in the exercise” it was harder to work on the adjectives. Most of my mental process was based on remembering. After choosing the words I kept thinking on related items or concepts form the thing I know or i’ve lived.
During the process I encountered myself thinking and making quick research on the topic of actual drawing (since I was making little drawing or sketches). These line of thought took me to:
I didn’t want to deviate from the main goal of the exercise which wasn't the aesthetics of the drawings, but I think these two concepts or ideas are worth looking at later.
To begin with I created the drawing for the following three words in two days in a row, however I’ll keep doing the rest of the words kind of as a morning warm-up practice. I’d like to include more materials as I only used markers and wax crayons.
2. Making a mood-board
Until now, I’m finding this exercise more draining than inspiring. It’s an exercise that for some reason I was delaying and now that I’m at it its taking me too long and im not enjoying the process. Maybe it’s the day or my mood, but I also think it has to do with me stressing about how to make it look good and coherent.
The thing that helped me out to come out with something useful was to look for references of other artists mood-boards and to research some of the terms from the exercise. The ones that catch my attention, were: swatches and marks. It took me to a further research of these terms and the results of learning about "mark-making" was what finally inspired me and led me to a more joyful practice.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication