Do you remember the old movie posters that had multiple images that gave you the highlights of the best scenes? I do. They were beautiful! They were called a montage.
The technique of selecting, editing and piecing together separate scenes of a film to form a continuous whole. I often feel one sketch isn’t enough to capture the feeling of a place. This is when I sketch multiple objects on a page. I call this a "Sketch Collage". These sketches tell a bigger story of what I was seeing and experiencing. The very word "collage" means collection or gathering which is perfect for this approach. It’s not to be confused with a literal collage of torn papers assembled on a page and glued down. The challenge is arranging elements in a way that the page has a flow and balance.
Last weekend we visited San Juan Capistrano Mission. The day was warm and sunny, flowers were blooming and butterflies were flitting about. I wanted my “Sketch Collage” of San Juan Capistrano to feel painterly and less like an illustration, so I used pencil. The whites of the paper move the eye into the scene from the edges of the page.
Tips (not rules)*Complete a sketch collage in one sitting or add images to a page over a span of time (a day or a week).
*Don't worry about objects being true to size in relation to each other. The poppies are bigger than the tower.
*Variety of sized objects.
*Have objects such as people, signs, road…pointed into the page. I didn’t follow the rule here and the Butterly is pointing out. It’s okay to change things up!
*Have objects overlap each other.
*Use a border around or a box to tie areas together. See how I put the butterfly in a box and used blue from the sky in the box to tie the upper and lower sections together.
Wherever you are…. be safe, healthy and creative!