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Charley Harper(4 August 1922—10 June 2007)
Charley Harper had an alternative way of looking at nature. His serigraphs are large expanses of rich color which give the viewer a very different perspective on the animal kingdom. A conservationist as well as an artist, Harper revealed the unique aspects of his wildlife subjects through highly stylized geometric reduction. Harper said he is "the only wildlife artist who has never been compared to Audubon," yet his wildlife art is just as instructive—the only difference is that Harper laced his lessons with humor. Harper believed that humor makes it easier to encourage change in our attitudes and awareness of environmental concerns.

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There is a rare and delightful playfulness in Harper's artwork. There is also graphic genius. Harper said, "When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don't see feathers, fur, scapulars, or tail coverts—none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior, and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting: In a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."

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The Project Goal:

To create a graphic illustration of an animal of your choice, from a reference photograph.
WHAT VISUAL INFORMATION IS NECESSARY TO DEFINE THE ANIMAL?

Consider:•Pattern•Repetition•Consistency in shapes and style (UNITY)


•You must also include a bit of environment as a background that is complementary

to your design.

•You do not have to depict the ENTIRE animal, it can be the head or the head and part of the body by zooming into your composition.




Process:

•You MUST create these 5 sketches of different ideas for your chosen animal:
1. Only organic shapes (curved)2. Only geometric shapes (angular/straight)3. Only lines4. Super simplified- very few details, but it still reads as your animal
5. Completely Asymmetrical

EACH sketch should be a different and interesting point of view of the animal (side, front, above, etc.)

And then you will choose one and modify or improve it for final drawing in Illustrator. You will incorporate an environment for the animal as well, that is complementary to the design of the animal.





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