Butterfly Ideas and Samples..

Hi there! As you will probably know by now, I am currently doing a Zoomorphic project at college, and you will also know that I was doing a self-induced project on the perception of butterflies. Since these projects merged so perfectly together I decided to make them one, hence why the butterfly is my chosen animal in focus for this project.

Left page

These were some quick rough sketches I done using the winged shape of the butterfly, since I was planning to create a ‘butterfly dress’ as a final outcome, I was trying to visualize how the wings would look on the human body. I made some obvious choices like the wings on the woman’s back or the gigantic bow on her head, but then I started to think about the pattern (trousers) and the shape of the wing and the figure, it was fun and interesting to do these because it gave me an idea of a possible design I could use, I also realized that only using the top wing would work as a dress. I used different types of mark making to create different effects, I also used two pens in two different colors so I could add the pattern of the butterfly, I attempted shading and drew the wing twice inverting the colors each time to see how that would change the appearance of the wing.

Right page

These are some small samples I made using different materials, I done this because I wanted to change how we see the butterfly and I wanted to find out what mediums and combinations could achieve that, I used ink, wax, pen, cardboard, fabric, thread, oil pastels, canvas and wire. After using the ink and watching it drip down the page it gave me the idea to slightly alter the shape of the wing, almost like a dripping or bleeding wing, this created more of an eerie look, which is exactly what I wanted, these were all done quite quickly as they were all experimental, but again is was enjoyable to do so as it gave me ideas as to what I could do for the final piece. I also scratched into a few of them and experimented with different tones and textures, I cut some out and left others, as they were to see which was more effective!

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