Today, I am going to talk about another WIP and how my initial design process there was the reverse in many ways of the one I began describing yesterday.
Sometimes, I have an idea in my mind for a long time and I might look for reference photos or inspirations for a while before I even think to start and in this case, I did not even start with a sketch.
The pictures above, (from geograph.org.uk via wiki media/creative commons) were my inspirations for this piece because I wanted waves crashing over rocks.
Instead of sketching, this time I began with the fabric itself.
On my board, this does not look as balanced as it does in the picture. This is an important point. Sometimes, simply putting a frame around your work or cropping it can help to give it substance and depth. See this recent blog here by Diane Perrin-Hock. After looking at the photo, which is a crop of my collage, I opened it in Photoshop Elements (I am not going to go into detail about HOW I did it, only WHAT I did - How is an whole other blog) and decided that the sky needed a bit more room, because I felt there should be splashes of foam up higher. Below, I have extended the sky.
But there is still something missing.
Now, I have a basic diagram of where I want things to go in my piece, so I can take all the fabric off and cut and manipulate it to make the textures I want, and when I put it back, it will probably look a lot closer to the final piece than my original simple collage.
Obviously, the colours I have used in the diagram are only a guide and are more values than actual colours. They are areas where I might put several different pieces of fabric in the appropriate colour/value range.
So this was a different way to design. This way is more hands on and about playing with fabric to get the effects you want - in a general way, which can then be refined later.
Don't forget to play with fabric - It's the best way to understand how it can go together.