Several years ago I found a flattened, old, rusty muffler along the side of the road. Visually it was quite intriguing, so I picked it up and took it to the studio so that its colors, textures, and shapes might possibly serve as some kind of inspiration/springboard into other works.
This past year I decided to inflict
its rich texture-y goodness on my students as an 'object of inspiration'.
But why let them have all of the fun? I'm the one who found it in the first place. So I decided to start making some sketches of my own and see what ideas popped up just from the process/activity of drawing. One of the first things to pique my interest was how the oval openings looked from a raking side view. So I drew some stylized versions of those.
I was also intrigued by the rusty texture and jagged lines formed by the edges.
The ends are also quite nice -kind of reminiscent of 'industrial metallic Ho-Hos'.
A more top down view of the oval openings kind of reminded me off some of my 'traffic/urban landscape' drawings.
Some of the ideas that came out of these two drawings, are about to find there way into a piece I am currently working.
Here's the drawings.
The final result will show up in a (near) future post.