Ever since COVID hit, my home has been my workplace. I no longer have a physical separation of work (the Bukwild studio) and the creative activities I do for fun. Because of this, I am trying to be more intentional about disconnecting from my computer. I’ve recently read quite a bit on the work and principles of Bruno Munari, Karel Martens, and Wucius Wong. Their work has really inspired me to experiment with form as it pertains to shape and colour.
For a few weeks, in my downtime, I created a collage a day using only construction paper.
Below are some scans of my sketchbook plus some of my favourite experiments, annotated.
In this collage, depth is created through diagonal lines. The oldest trick in the book. Lighter and darker colours act as highlights and areas in shadow. This creates an interesting illusion of depth. It isn’t clear if the desired outcome is a shape coming towards or going away from you.
The natural shadows created by the thicker paper in this collage add dimension to the yellow layer. Whereas the orange appears more 3 dimensional due to the intentional offset red.
Perspective is achieved in this collage through the use of gradual spacing and varying line thickness. This creates the illusion of a vanishing point or horizon.
This collage was created using three identical squares cut identically and rotated equal amounts. If relaxing your eyes and focusing on the yellow, the yellow appears to curve slightly.
Within this college, the use of positive and negative space is interesting. I believe different people will see either the green of the construction paper or the neutral of the sketchbook paper moving towards them, off the page.