Sample your own artwork!Creative project Factory
Letters, words, quotes, numbers, logos, heroes, songs, symbols, codes, ciphers ... Thoughts come, go, mix, like sampling in music, bebop or hip hop. Artists use various sources of inspiration and leave their traces on paper and canvas, but also on refrigerators, clothes, furniture or doors. What inspires you to create your own artwork?
Sample your own artwork—the following instructions will help you!
You will need
- pens or chalk
- acrylic paints and paintbrushes
- oil crayons
- painting surfaces (canvas, old wooden pallets, laths, cardboard boxes, refrigerator :-), clothes …)
Like Jean-Michel Basquiat, go in search of sources of inspiration for your artwork!
What “sources” do you draw from? What songs, lyrics, or people occupy your mind? What food do you like, what cities? What annoys you the most? Why?
What characters or symbols come to mind when you think of certain songs, people, or lyrics? Maybe combine them with words or lines from your favorite song or poem that inspired your artwork?
THINK ABOUT IT
In his work “Untitled” (1983), Jean-Michel Basquiat sometimes crosses out words but still leaves them on the canvas.
What effect does he achieve by doing this?
Now, if you like, transfer your sketch to a large painting.
What will your symbols and codes look best on?
Go in search of different painting surfaces, e.g. boards, canvases, cardboard, scraps of fabric…
How does the effect of your painting change on a different surface? Could your painting also consist of several parts? What are the possibilities?