Last week I made a trip to the Saint Louis Zoo with the rest of the Communication Design class to get inspired for our next project. Ultimately, I have chosen to map out owls and their behaviors. The project has inspired me to do a 15 to 20 minute penciled sketch of an owl. This is my first attempt, as I have never had any inclination to illustrate any type of bird. Usually with objects with a lot of detail, such as feathers, I tend to avoid them out of fear of failing. To get over one of my fears, and to alleviate the long list of phobias, I dove head first into it. As a first pass, I’m not displeased, but know I have a lot of work ahead of me. However, with the amount of detail owls have, I am a bit weary of the next few weeks.
With that being said, I think to what my professors have drilled into our heads. At the beginning of every critique they ask us what the key principles are in order to communicate a message. One of the biggest things is clarity. Because an image is beautifully crafted, does that solidify its message? Maybe, but detail can become irrelevant if it misses the main point of the message. A clear and concise message is one of the things I will think about as I crack open this project.
Better owls to follow.