Posts Tagged ‘maps’

EXERCISES IN CREATIVITY: COMPLETING ROZ STENDAHL’S INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH

May 3, 2013
RAVENEAU BRIDGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

RAVENEAU BRIDGE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

See my prior posting about “fake journaling” so you can follow the train of thought !

It was a bit like climbing up a hill with bad shoes in the beginning, but eventually a creative flow began after the project got underway. As someone who does not journal in normal life, it was a new experience in all respects. I learned a few things in the process and really would advise anyone up for creative challenge to try a project of this kind.
Roz Stendahl’s site has a wealth of knowledge and encouragement for beginners and experienced journal keepers.

AVIAN MAPPING.  © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

AVIAN MAPPING. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

IN THE WIN/WIN COLUMN:

  • I explored my love of maps and mapmaking by envisioning an imaginary city through the eyes of my main character. I drew some key geographical points over and over from different perspectives, forming a sense of the city in my mind as it all progressed organically. I also found a very interesting book during the project that I am now beginning to read: THE IMAGE OF THE CITY by KEVIN LYNCH. It discusses the basic tools of mental mapmaking.
HUMAN INTERACTION MAPPING © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

HUMAN INTERACTION MAPPING © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

  • My routine changed for the month to allow time to do the project. Re-purposing “ dead time” (  I chose to relinquish 45 minutes of before bed television, get up a bit early, carry a sheet of paper with me in case I had a minute to work…) opened up the space to try something new.
  • I got interested in the idea of a serial visual narrative and started a book of ink renderings tentatively titled *“MEN IN SUITS” while I was doing the mapmaker’s entries for this project. SO, I got MORE PRODUCTIVE and ENERGIZED despite undertaking MORE WORK with less time available to me. I conclude that a creative challenge generates its own fuel and woe to those who avoid one! The challenge is the prize.
  • Roz sent me swag: I got an official commemorative button! It takes me back to the special joy of a GIRL SCOUT BADGE!  It is nice to have a touchstone for completion of any project.
  • Seeing how other participants approached the month is very inspiring.
TINY MAP. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

TINY MAP. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

IN THE “ I WOULD /COULD /SHOULDA COLUMN:

• Next time I will get a commercially bound book with plenty of pages

• Working with a smaller field would have made for entries that could have been briefer and built the narrative more completely. This field was 8.5” x 11” so a spread was 17” wide. Next time I would like to go minimalist and use a small book with compact images and very brief written narrative. Try to keep my sessions down to 15 minutes per entry.

PANORAMA of NETWORK 5.  © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

PANORAMA of NETWORK 5. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

* The book is filled with drawings of MEN IN SUITS. I will accept  the crown for ruling as Master Of The Obvious…

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WHEREVER YOU GO THERE YOU ARE

September 17, 2011

Collage, a little drawing, a little sumi ink… My preferred ink for washes is sumi because you are not dealing with the shiny heinie factor of India Ink. No differences in matte/gloss effect on the paper. Sumi ink does not fight the water, it accepts it completely. India ink is always trying to rebel.

 

copyright Ellen Ward 2011, collage, sumi ink, drawing in non- Moleskine notebook