Thursday, 5 November 2015

What If? Metropolis - OGR


  1. For some reason when I upload this presentation to scribd it changed the majority of my black text to grey. I have been trying to fix this all morning but cannot find a way around this, if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it.

  2. OGR 05/11/2014

    Evening Ian,

    Re. Scribd - did you save your presentation as PDF before uploading to Scribd? Saving out as PDF should mean that Scribd cannot muck about with your formatting.

    Okay - so first things first; your work rate has gone up appreciably - message received! - and that's a very welcome sign that this project is going to play out differently. I do, however, have a note of caution; when it comes to Brancusi it can be very tempting to just 'upscale' his actual artworks and call them 'buildings' - when the more sophisticated approach would be to 'think like Brancusi' in terms of designing buildings from scratch. Obviously, Brancusi was inspired by non-Western art - so carved masks etc - and it might pay you to take a look at what Brancusi was looking at when he made the work he did. If you think about it, there are already existing examples of architecture that are already 'Brancusi-like' - for example:

    I think you need to look at Brancusi's work, and instead of redrawing them (as you've done in your latest thumbnails) think about 'shape extraction' - i.e. look at the shapes the preoccupy his work, and then take them forwards into 'new' Brancusi-inspired designs. You might want to work in either Photoshop, but use the shape tools + skew (under Adjustments) to create clean, sculptural shapes - or alternatively, flex your Illustrator skills; one characteristic of Brancusi's work is the perfect sweeping curves and tidiness of his shapes - this is certainly something you should emulate.