Post 2: October 26, 2012
One of my favorite phases of the design process is drawing. It’s not for everyone. Some great designers don’t draw at all – it’s just not an important part of their process. For me, the drawing is when it is the most exciting. The possibilities are still limitless and not mired in the reality of budget, manpower, and time restrictions.
When I was in graduate school, one of my teachers would always tell me, “You spend too much time on face. Costume sketch is not about face.” Years of drawing costumes have not broken me of this habit. In fact, it’s probably gotten worse. I can spend an hour on a face, not because I want to make flashy drawings, but because it’s the time when I really get to know the character.
If the show has been cast, I poke around on the internet and find pictures of the actors who will be in the show. I try to conceive of their particular bodies within the characters. I think about their gestures and facial expressions, how they might style their hair, how they might walk.
Once we are into the shopping/construction phase I rely heavily on the sketch. Things must happen very quickly and in a discussion with a draper or in a fitting with an actor, I can’t always remember why I made certain aesthetic choices. I can’t always remember what all of the other characters are wearing in a particular scene. I just have to trust that what’s on the page is there for a reason in the larger context of the play, and it usually is. But not all the time, thank God. That would be boring.
Here are some sketches for a production of Midsummer Night’s Dream I’m doing in the Spring that didn’t make the cut:
Post 1: November 10, 2010
Hi there. Welcome to my new and improved website, complete with BLOG!
Now I know what you are thinking. Why on earth would I need a blog? EVERYBODY BLOGS.
I wanted a place to share ideas and info about current and upcoming projects…that didn’t have anything to do with Facebook.
Speaking of current projects, this site has really been a labor of love. A thousand thanks to my friend Eva Potter (a GREAT web and graphic designer here in NYC: www.evapotter.com) for finally taking this show on the road.
One of Eva’s many skills is to take your little germs of ideas and translate them into web magic. I have a moderate (ok, paltry) grasp on HTML. I have been wanting to redo my website for a long time but couldn’t wrap my head around how to “build” a site that could be quickly and easily updated. This site is actually adapted from a WordPress Template called “Art Gallery.” I know! Can you believe it?
Eva created a grid of sizes of images in the template and how they would relate to each other. Anything drawn that you see in the site I did with an old fashioned 3B pencil and our friend Photoshop. With a lot of tweaking, finessing, and a whole lotta coding, it’s finally on its feet.
Here’s a pic of a drawing that didn’t make the final cut:
There are so many of these! Should I add some more? Well, I CAN IF I WANT TO, because now I have a place to do it! Hooray!
OK, time for bed.