I've wanted to participate since I heard about the project a few years ago, but this is the first year I've committed the time and money to fill a sketchbook. I had to choose a theme, which was difficult considering the many enticing themes to choose from. I ended up with "Mysteries".
I thought profusely about which route I would take with my theme. I had to scrap several grand ideas before I ended up with what I have now. My first take on the theme was to create an entire mystery story surrounding the sketchbook, which would transform into the journal of someone who witnessed some type of crime. As the journalist strove to find out the identity of the criminal, the mystery would be revealed. That's about as far as that idea went.
My second idea was to illustrate mysterious truths about God in the style I began to work in in my post Process Paradox. I really liked this idea, but I realized that with the school year starting I wouldn't have the time to sit down, get out all the materials, and create this type of work. I needed something simpler, something more portable.
I decided to simplify and go with pen and pencil to begin. Here's the first page:
The idea is that this "ribbon" will traverse each page of the sketchbook. What will be at the end? It's a mystery!
It starts really simple. Or does it? I actually put more thought than it appears into this first page. I knew I wanted to start with a ribbon and a question mark. When I sat down to draw said ribbon, I couldn't decide where to place it. Wait! I could use a tool - my trusty Fibonacci caliper - to decide for me! So I did.
You're probably wondering what a Fibonacci caliper is. Here's a picture of mine:
|I got this from Etsy: Fibonacci Caliper|
These numbers are closely related to the Golden Ratio (also pleasing to the eye), which is what my caliper holds. I love that I can simply stretch out the caliper (which is quite fun to play with, by the way!) instead of messing with measurements and equations. See?:
That was easy! I really need to use this more often!
Here's the next two-page spread:
From here it will continue to increase in complexity. I plan to utilize other media as well. I'll keep you posted on how it progresses.
Before I end this post, I want to share some more about the Golden Ratio. You can find so many pieces of classical art that utilize this ratio - dimensions of canvases and the proportions of columns in buildings, to name a few (see this page for some examples). The artists knew just what they were doing when they designed their pieces, including the proportions and dimensions. They purposefully used it in their work.
Now I'll show you two places I've found the Golden Ratio in nature:
|The joints of the finger.|
|The proportion of the height of the leaf...|
|...to the width.|