© Copyright 2018 Brenda Swenson retains copyrights to all artwork. All images on this site are property of Brenda Swenson and may not be used in any way for commercial, financial or personal without prior written consent. All Rights Reserved for republication (printed and digital) and anything but personal viewing of artworks on this site.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sketch Collage

Stillman & Birn, Beta, Size 8.5 x 5.5 (open flat, 8.5x11inch)
Do you remember the old movie posters that had multiple images that gave you the highlights or teasers to the best scenes in a movie? I do. They were beautiful! They were called a montage. The process or technique of selecting, editing and piecing together separate sections of a film to form a continuous whole. 

Have you ever visited a location, spent a day with friends, went on a trip... and felt one image wasn't enough to tell the "story"? Me too! Many years ago people noticed how I sketched multiple images on a page to tell a story. I started calling them a "Sketch Collage”. But I suppose sketch montage would of worked, too. 

The challenge is arranging elements in a way that the page has a flow and balance. Here's a few tips and ideas to help you.
11 x 10 Sketchbook
*Themes: Travel, garden, cooking, animals, vacation...the list is endless. 

*Complete the sketch collage in one sitting or add images to a page over the span of the trip. 

*Don't worry about objects being true to size in relation to each other.

*Have objects such as people, signs, road…pointed in and not out of the page.

*Overlap objects or scenes.

*Border or boxes help tie images together.

Next time you are looking for a way to tell a bigger story I hope you'll give this technique a try. 
Stillman & Bin Beta 10x8  (open flat, 10x16 inch)

Most of the Sketch Collages I create are in the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. My favorite surface is the Beta, soft cover. I use a variety of sizes.  You can learn about the two types of sketchbooks I use here, Sketchbooks: Size, Paper, Cover & Binding


Happy Sketching!
Brenda

P.S. If you'd like to join me in one of my workshops in 2018 I only have a few spots left. If you've ever dreamed of sketching Tuscany in the Fall I have one spot open. A dream trip!!!  Workshops Here 


6 comments:

  1. A friend, artist and Urban Sketcher (Michele Cooper in Marysville, WA) refers to it as a montage so that's the term I've been using.

    See you in Seattle in August!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They're a wonderful way to tell a bigger story. Looking forward to seeing you again!

      Delete
  2. Love this technique (that I learned from you!) I recently used it on a trip, adding items as we walked and toured around town!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Diane, Glad you've enjoyed using this technique. ~Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have also heard the term, Vignettes, used. This technique is helpful for me when I feel overwhelmed by a scene or page. Just capturing part of something makes it all seem "Doable".

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for the comment. Hope you're feeling better. Sounds like you had a touch of the flu.
      Vignette's are different... Here's a post on them.Copy and paste the link. http://brendaswenson.blogspot.com/search?q=vignette

      Delete