I have a lot of ideas but have trouble getting them from my head to the sketching stage. Any suggestions?
when i am first working on an idea, i start with small sketches. sometimes as many as 4 to a regular sheet of paper. just to start working on orientation and composition; to see how things are gonna relate to each other. keeping it small lets me to work thru several variations of the idea quickly. i do very minimal (or no) erasing. just rough sketch to start with.
i also usually make a list at the same time - writing down as much info as i have (sometimes a lot - i almost know what it all looks like.
sometimes just a few words -when i am still working on most of the ideas.)
i also start to pull fabrics that i think will work. and thread/yarn/fiber.............................. they can help solidify the ideas.
as i get a better idea of where it is going - i will sketch bigger - using a whole piece of paper - as it gets closer to an almost finished design idea. if i know where a certain fabric will go - i will glue a small piece to the sketch, or just write in a note. i also write in other notes ; such as methods i want to use; colors and values; meaning of the work and components. all of these help me to get closer to a more final mental picture of what the piece will look like; and that lets me keep getting the sketch closer to the final drawing.
i don't get big with the design until i am pretty close to the final draft - drawing big takes a lot more time, so i wait until i have worked out most of the idea on little sketches, and then start working bigger.
this is just what works for me. i tend to go through lots of paper in the beginning stages - so i save junk mail that has writing on only one side, and use the other side to make my little sketches. then as i get closer to a final sketch, i will draw onto new paper.
i also use lots of tracing paper. if i am starting to work on a bigger size sketch of the work, i don't always have to redraw the whole thing. so if i am working on a dragon, i will draw several different heads - and then keep my favorite. i will do the same thing for the body and then the tail and then the wings........................ i can draw several wings on tracing paper and lay them on top of the head/body and keep redrawing just the wing until it is right. i don't want to have to redraw everything just to change the angle of the wing; or convert from 5 to 4 toes. just redraw that small part and lay it over the existing good parts. and just fold it and tape it into position.
these are just what works for me. i am sure others will have some good working ideas as well. ckquilter
Thanks so much. Can't wait to start. Use of tracing paper willbe so helpful I believe.
what are you working on right now??
the other thing that helps me a lot, when i have sort of an idea, but have not worked out all the details - is find someone to bounce ideas off of.
often, just the act of talking about the idea will help solidify the details and give me a much clearer mental picture of where the quilt is going. and that clear mental picture makes sketching and getting to work much easier .
it does not have to be another artist(although that is nice), it just needs to be someone who will listen, think, and discuss ideas, methods, colors....... with you. i have several quilty friends who will do that with me. getting together for lunch and each of us bringing our ideas along is a funa nd productive way to spend a couple of hours. i bring pictures of anything that helps show the idea, my sketch book, and fabric swatches i have, and we just sit and drink iced tea and talk about ideas. beneficial for both of us.
i always leave with a clearer idea of where the project is headed - and that seems to make the work go real fast.