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Visual Journalism Sketchdump#1

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Visual Journalism Sketchdump#1

Here's a bunch of work done for Visual Journalism, a class where we go out to different places in Baltimore and just draw from observation.

My early work was very much a struggle for me, since I was much more comfortable drawing from imagination then I was drawing from observation. I played around with simplification and color, but I got frustrated and bored. Some of the ways that I was thinking about breaking up space with rectangular shapes carry over to my current work for the class.

I've been taking a different approach for my more recent work. My goals for these spreads were to fill the pages with as much information as possible (get the most out of this expensive moleskin haha) and to pay attention to the overall composition. I'm interested in a geometric breakdown of the page using line and blocks of writing. I think of it like an intuitive puzzle, trying to figure out where to put lines, blocks of text, organic forms and selectively rendered areas. The fun part is that its all from life, and the pages read to me like a collage of memories, thoughts and experiences.

Please forgive the nonsensical formatting of this post... I'm still trying to figure out how this all works and I'm sick of trying to fight with it right now haha.


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