These pages have taken many directions. Yet one that I keep coming back to is using the oil paintings of Le Corbusier and Picasso as generators for my Transparent Drawings. Let’s call this painting dimensionalization.
What is painting dimensionalization? All you do is find a painting that interests you. And then you use it for the basic composition of your drawing. And as the title suggests, the goal is to create three dimensional forms based on the typically 2D forms of the painting.
You can dimensionalize in any way you want. You can use more of a perspectival projection. Or you can use any combination of perspective or isometric. Generally you use the painting as a plan, more or less. And then you project up from that any way you want.
The transparency of your drawing allows you to create whole and complete forms. And of course they all overlap. Which is what makes this fun.
I have been including examples of this method sporadically. So I thought it would be fun, if not informative, to pull together into one page multiple examples of painting dimensionalization.
To get this started, the top drawing is one that I did Tuesday morning. It is based on a lithograph by Le Corbusier, shown directly above. The lithograph is titled Danseuse.
I wondered if greater meaning could be derived if a series of these paintings / drawings would be presented at the same time. For it seems to me that our culture puts greater value on a body of work that is focused.
So a side by side comparison of the post a few days ago. This is of Picasso’s painting titled Buffet (Nature morte aux verres et ays cerises).
Somehow, when an artist produces a body of work that is readily identifiable, that is more of a small variation on a broader theme, that body of work is rewarded. When there is a body of work, people seem to understand it more.
Here is another side by side. The Painting Of Inspiration is by Picasso and is titled Leeks Fish Head Skull and Pitcher. Flat painting to three dimensional resolved forms.
Our culture puts value on the establishment of something marginally new, and then the artist generates variations. Think of a Bach theme and variations; the Goldberg Variaions for example. Think of Wright’s Prairie style. Think of Basquiets’ graffitti based paintings. And we put the greatest value on those who drill down into their themes, just as the artists mentioned above did.
Another. Painting by LeCorbusier entitled Bouteilles.
At any rate, I have no idea if the multiple side by side comparisons of Painting Dimensionalization is of any benefit to the dear readers of Transparent Drawing. Setting up multiple comparisons does feel like what I should be doing.
Yet a line that has always been near and dear to my heart is “Say something once, why say it again.” Those of you of a certain age may be able to place the song and the performers.