Design Foundation Course – Moiré Pattern

The moiré pattern (also called interference pattern) is a flickering human eyes tend to see when two patterns are overlaid at an angle.

Here are some examples:

moire example 1moire example 1.2

Second example:

moire example 2

moire example 2.2

Furthermore we got the task to create 5 moirés ourselves. The required format was 18×18 cm (7×7 inch). Of course we were given some tips again:

  • divide format in halves, quarters etc.
  • use different line thickness and/or space between lines to create a feeling of depth
  • don’t mix up too many different shapes and patterns

Additionally we were shown a little trick in order to draw a “progressive grid”. Here’s the trick which should make clear what “progressive grids” are:

progressive grid trickOh, and if you’re interested in some professional moiré artists look up Bridget Riley 🙂

Preparations for Qualification Test-Composition

The more knowledge you have about art the better your chances are to pass the qualifications. Sounds logical, doesn’t it? It’s not necessary to read tons of books about art history and visit museums every day, but there are some VERY basic things you ought to know.

One of which is composition. Many beginners don’t really pay attention to it and prefer concentrating on sole figure or object drawing. That’s a big mistake! The first thing an artist has to consider when planning his work is the composition of his idea on the format. Only after that does the actual sketching begin. In order to find out which composition works best for your image you should scribble quite a lot and try out different things.

I’ve prepared some very useful information for the readers who’ve never dealt with the topic. There are three basic steps you should follow when preparing the composition:

  1. Divide your format in 4 equal parts.
  2. Place the objects (imagine them or scribble first) and try to keep the empty space equal on the left and right side.
  3. Push objects to the left if right object is bigger and the other way round.

Here are some images which will help you understand what I’m trying to say:

This is the easiest and fundamental knowledge on composition, but it should be enough for the qualification test. Next time I’ll introduce to you a small game in order to train what you just learned and get familiar with it really quickly.

Please do not forget that it couldn’t hurt to know more on any of the preparation topics! I’m giving you the information you really should know in order to raise your success chances 🙂

Collect your artwork

Actually I wanted to upload my own portfolio, but unfortunately I have to wait for a  while until I get a decent camera…I tried out the one I have but the results are unacceptable! So I decided to start a new category 🙂 “Tip of the Week”

It’s really about small but really helpful hints you can apply to your (art) working habits. The information contained in this category is meant for a mixed audience, meaning some tips will be for beginners and some other for more advanced artists. So check it out every time!

And the first tip is: “Collect all your sketches and note the date you draw them on.”

Probably most of you are already doing this and if you’re not START NOW! You can use old sketches and drawings for comparison. That’s the best way to keep record of you actual progress and it is a very powerful motivator, believe me! At the moment I’m working on the human anatomy, so I’m drawing constantly. At times I feel like I’m not getting better at all, I feel like I’ll never be able to draw humans like Bridgeman or Bammes…That’s when I look through some older images, a few months old ones in particular. Every time I end up really surprised. The progress is so evident and that gives me a huge motivation boost! You should try it out, too!

Another reason for keeping your old sketches isn’t that obvious but you can keep it in your mind for the sake of positive attitude: One day you’ll be famous and then you can sell your old drawings for major cash 😀 It’s something real good artists tend to do at times…

Keep going!