Edit: The attachment shows the tension lines I was going for.
9 months ago
I really appreciate seeing something with unique shapes, interesting curves and rough edges that isn't perfect. Curious what you think of the almost water drop-like piece in the center or do you not think about things like that too much with pieces like this?
@Trevor What do you mean, what do I think of it? I was just doodling and it happened... I don't fully understand what you're asking.
It seems there are a lot of sharp edges and stylistic swoops, but that part feels a bit softer. Almost more droopy. I don't mean to nitpick, it just stood out to me as a little bit different than the other parts of it. I don't think I could just "doodle" something like this so I like to look at something like this as not only inspiring, but educational. Not that I expect it to be perfect, but I study other people's work (in a sense). I think part of it may also be that it feels like its heavy, hanging downwards or having a gravitational pull as a lot of other parts are flourishing upwards.
@Trevor Ah ok, gotcha. The idea was to create tension with the ampersand. So the glyph itself draws the eye in opposite diagonal strokes: down the foot and down the droopy part in the center.
The flourishes aid in the tension pulling the eye left and right. Overall, I wanted your eye to keep moving over the entire drawing. Here's a diagram that may help. http://i.imgur.com/GUPwO9d.jpg The diagonal lines are in tension with each other, as well as with the lines going left to right.
As for the "doodling", I was referring to my initial sketch with only the ampersand outline and no flourishes; not this final drawing. ;)
That diagram makes so much sense. Thanks for that! I did follow every curve and I think I stopped on the center piece.
It's beautiful, keep up the good work…
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