Tool Transformation Project

The goal of this project was to take an ordinary tool and transform it into a place through a series of 7, 12″ by 12″ drawings on bristol. Each drawing was zoomed in 200% from the previous drawing, and it was created with hatching and stippling techniques using a single width pigment pen.

ProfessorChandra CoxClassSophomore Studio, NC StateYear2015

My goal was to create a final environment that made the viewer want to be there. I drew a lot on the experiences I had from childhood vacations to the North Carolina coast; visiting lighthouses, riding around in a boat, climbing on rocks, etc. Another requirement of the project was a final zoom in on something in the final panel, so I imagined an ice cream mountain with tiny hikers inside of the ice cream cart, meant to recall the ice cream scoop from the first panel.

When brainstorming what my transformation would be, I made initial thumbnails, playing with different ideas to simultaneously grasp what the transformation would look like and what the tool would transform into, but not getting too attached to one idea.

I wanted to make sure my series fulfilled the prompt of transforming from a tool into a place, “a place” being the important word. I made a list of all sorts of places that each piece of the tool could possibly transform into.

A lighthouse seemed to naturally spring from the center pivot, so I proceeded to flesh out how it would transition, using photographs I took of the tool I was using as a reference.

At this point all that was left was to carefully sequence the panels. I spent a lot of time comparing each panel back and forth to make sure there were no sudden jumps in pacing from panel to panel.