Project 1 — Initial Sketches
As shown in my photos above, I had a very streamlined process for how I approached this project. I approached each word separately and really tried to honor the individual nature of each word rather than approaching each word as the half of a pair or as it related to other words on the list.
For each word, I started by consulting a few online dictionary definitions of the word to make sure my assumption of what each word meant was in line with the general understanding of the word. Then, I tried to parse those definitions down into a collection of words that were particularly intriguing, impassioned, or visual. Then I did a basic google search of the word and included an extra bit based off of some content I found. For example, when I searched “rigid”, I found a particularly heartbreaking journal entry by a person who believed she had a rigid personality, so I included some quotes from that. To contrast, when I searched “clumsy”, I found the music video for Fergie’s song Clumsy, so I tried to analyze how she used music to convey a feeling of clumsiness. These tasks helped me get into the headspace of what the word means to me and to the general public (according to my limited google-searching vantage point.)
When I began to tackle the actual sketches themselves, I found it useful to write notes next to them to describe some of my thinking. I didn’t want to forget why I thought each illustration demonstrated each word and I wanted to be able to use every thumbnail as a possible jumping off point for further exploration. As you can see, some descriptions are better than others. I wonder if my exploration was limited by my note writing, as it may have kept my thinking too literal to find even more creative depictions. However, I think some of my favorite pieces are my favorites because thinking in terms of words helped me come up with connections I wouldn’t have otherwise found (like the connections between rigidity and war or rhythm and life for example).