Before I began this chapter I made a small, card viewfinder and used it to look through my photographs and sketchbook. I then chose a range of my findings to make outline drawings from. I was looking for shapes with a reasonable amount of detail, which would look different when rotated - asymmetrical and interesting!
This one is from a gravestone I had photographed. First, I did some tracing, then I made a selection of printing blocks based on my favourite shapes.
The blocks were made from card, string, polystyrene and self-adhesive foam.
This is sheet 1. The black card is A2 and I used five sheets to display the work.
You can see the first shape I chose, on the gravestone.
This picture reminded me of the Victorian, curly feather fans.
Below - Sheet 3 using the gravestone motif.
I did a lot of work with this motif, because I really liked it - but time to move on..........
If you look at the lower half of this motif, it looks like a man with a big nose and his mouth wide open. Or is that just me? It also looks a bit like a jigsaw piece. In fact, the more I look at it..........
I used the picture above/left for this but the colours are so different that it's not immediately obvious.
I decided not to glue this piece all over, as I liked the 3-D result. It reminds me of a circle of people dancing round a Maypole.
Time for another change of shape. I quite liked the little dragon's wing - although it wasn't as exciting as the other shapes I used.
Here are just a few of the results I ended up with after looking at the 'leftovers' picture with a viewfinder. I isolated lots of different shapes, sometimes turning the picture on its side or upside down. This could go on forever!