Friday, January 29, 2010

PATTERN FRENZY

This past month has been quite revealing for me in many ways-- personally and artistically.  Aside from having to deal with external influences...I've found this battle with myself and my own expectations.  Sometimes, after a while, you kind of forget why your expectations are what they are.  I think when that happens it's time to stop a moment and re-evaluate why you chose those expectations.  Are they really because that's what you want to do?  Or is it because all of a sudden you find yourself having to fit that role and succeed?  Maybe the intent was there but it just went in a direction you didn't want it to go?  Tons of possibilities and situations.  In the end... this is the position I'm finding myself in.  In a way it feels like going a step back but I know that it'll be a huge step forward--in the right direction.

That said, in my sketchbook lately, I've been having this urge to make patterns....drawing things over and over again.  It sounds boring, but I found myself having fun with it and really getting interested in this other way of making art.  I think I like it because it can make a message so clear...because it's so redundant.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll snap out of this slumber of pattern frenzy soon...so don't worry about me TOO much.

2 comments:

Christian Castro said...

You'd be surprised how often textile design and illustration overlap. I realized this last summer when I applied for an illustration internship at a textile company (which I didnt get.) What seems like a unproductive pass-time now can probably be a useful exercise in the future.

yuquan said...

i've been doing something similar myself only its more border decoration than patterns. i agree, theres something about drawing things repetitively that makes it really enjoyable. good job Nathalie!!