Process Log: Chair
September 9, 2013 Class Time: 8:30 a.m. -10:20 a.m.
Before I came into class today I did a drawing of a chair outside of class using regular printer paper, a pencil, and an eraser. I used my pencil as a way to measure angles and I guesstimated the length and width of the chair. Above is the picture of the chair that I drew.
When I walked into class today there was a brown chair positioned on top of a clear cube in the middle of the room. Each individual student had a different perspective on the chair due to where their easel was positioned in the room. I began first by looking at my blank piece of paper and at the chair that I would try to draw on my paper. I marked my halfway points on my paper and also where my halfway points were on the chair. Oddly enough I spent a lot of time trying to make sure these points and lines were correct because I knew they would be the foundation for my drawing. I also began using my string to try and knock out the key angles of the chair. Above is the chair from the perspective that I was drawing it.
September 11, 2013 Class Time 8:30 a.m. -10:20 a.m.
I have been having trouble with getting the base lines of my drawing. I have gotten some of the key angles but putting these lines and angles together to make a chair has been extremely challenging for me. I can see how using the string correctly could really improve my image but translating the angle I make with the string to an angle on my paper is really frustrating. Above is a picture of how far I had gotten on my chair by the end of this class.
September 15, 2013 Out of Class Time12: 36 p.m. -2:36 p.m.
I came into the studio worried about how I would be able to produce without my teacher’s guidance. With that said, I took caution and spent time going back to the basics of my chair. I fixed a lot of the angles and realigned my seat. Although I did make some changes I got stuck on some angles. Towards the end I began to realize how much of a challenge it was going to be to get the ratios and proportions of my chair exactly right. Overall I was proud of the progress that I made but I felt like the two hours flew by.
September 16, 2013 Class Time 8:30 a.m. -10:20 a.m.
I was confident about the changes that I made over the weekend but unfortunately they were not accurate changes. At first I felt upset that I would have to do a lot of realigning but once I started re-measuring the angles based on my teacher’s guidance my chair really started coming together. By the end of class I had reworked my entire chair and it has really started to mirror the object in front of me. The panorama picture above shows clearly how off my proportions were from what I had done over the weekend.
September 17, 2013 Out of Class Time 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
I came into the studio tonight to make some finishing touches. I am still struggling with the front right chair leg but I did the best that I could and overall I am proud of the piece that I have made. I learned a lot about angles, lines, and how helpful a string really can be when it comes to measuring the two. In the beginning I was worried about how black my paper was because of all of my “learning marks”. Now that I am done with my chair I think the black marks on my page show where I really struggled and I have come to love the mess that I made. The changes, along with my mess thus far can be seen in the image above.
September 18, 2013 Class Time 8:30 a.m. -10:20 a.m.
When we all put our chairs next to each other I saw so many different perspectives along with different struggles. Some people had less of a mess than others but today I learned that having a mess is a good thing. I also realized that each mess on each piece told a different story and I could really appreciate that today during the critique. I really valued everything my classmates said today during our critique because hearing what other people had to say really brought some things to my attention that I would have never thought of before. I know now that next time I should approach my work with confidence and know that struggling will be worth it in the end.