Sometimes the smallest things can generate an idea (or even ideas -if you're lucky). When I was removing the hooks from the back of The Big Show (you can read about that piece by clicking on this LINK) , seeing the hook just made me think of the eye-hook hanger that would complete the transaction. From there, a whole piece just popped into my head.
I knew if I didn't jot down this fleeting idea quickly it would dissipate just as quickly as it formed. Since I wasn't close to any of my sketchbooks, I just did a quick finger doodle in my 'Notes' app on my phone. Here's that drawing -just enough to remind me of what I was thinking.
Months later I finally got around to tackling that idea. I started with a thumbnail sketch...
...and then I moved on to laying out the piece on a canvas.
Once I had the hooked pieces satisfactorily arranged, I laid down some cardboard so I could draw out the other shapes needed to complete the composition.
Before I cut the shapes out, I write numbers on the various shapes. The numbers on the different sections/shapes are to remind me how thick (layers of cardboard) I want to make each section. Because once these sections are all cut out, they may reside in a plastic grocery bag for quite a while before I get back to working on this piece again. I can't trust in 3 weeks or 3 months that I will remember what I was thinking today.
The basic layout...
...looks similar to the original sketch.
As an added bonus I've included some negative shapes that were generating while cutting out the shapes I wanted. They might spark ideas of their own. Who knows?
Next time we'll look at some other things, or maybe some stuff...