Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sketchbook Challenge Details for February - CLOSE-UP

I'm really excited to do the Sketchbook challenge for February,  Kelli Nina Perkins announced the Theme for February ! Your Sketchbook Challenge for February director says..."are you ready for your close-up?"

Here are some details,getting close-up is about taking a new perspective, finding a different view and appreciating the little things. Here are three ways you can try this.

  • ONE Take a photo or find an image. Now FOCUS on one small area of the image and sketch that. Forget about the big picture, this is the small picture. Do you know the Indian allegory of the three blind men and the elephant? When we focus on one part of the elephant and close our eyes to the rest, the leg becomes a pillar and the tail a rope. Forget what your big picture mind is telling you and see with new eyes.
  • TWO  Find something to ZOOM in on. Go all the way. If you can't see the molecular structure, you're not close enough. That might be an overstatement, but you know what I mean. Get uncomfortably cozy with something and draw what you see. You will have points taken away though if you zoom in on a bee. What is it about bees that people must photograph in macro? Let's have some imagination here and let the bees have their privacy.  
  • THREE Perspectives change when you go from landscape to close-up, so see what happens if you VIEW something from a much closer perspective. How does it feel different when you're viewing it from afar, versus striking distance?
Check out Kelli Nina Perkin's photos below to see the source for her close-ups. She zoomed in on one aspect of each image and found something completely new!

However you do, do, do it, make sure it's CLOSE-UP in February.


Irene said...

I always found this really difficult. Interesting what you came up with.

MarissaDW said...

Irene...I wish I came up with this. It's the Sketchbook Challenge that I joined, announced by Kelli Nina Perkins.