CREATIVE PROMPT BOARD PROJECT 2023
THE CREATIVE PROMPT BOARD PROJECT WAS A COMMUNITY ART DISPLAY INVITING STAFF OF A RIVERFRONT PROPERTY IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE TO PROVIDE CREATIVE PROMPTS.
THERE IS A FUN CHALLENGE THAT COMES WITH SOMEONE ELSE TELLING YOU WHAT TO DRAW. IN WORKING ON COMMISSIONS, I ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS TO GAIN INSIGHT ON WHAT INTERESTS THE PERSON, ART STYLES THEY LIKE, COLOR PREFERENCES, AMONG OTHER THINGS. IN WORKING WITH SIMPLE PROMPTS, IT CHALLENGES ME AS AN ARTIST TO GO IN ANY DIRECTION I WANT. WITH THIS BEING A PROJECT TO DEVELOP SKILLS, IT PROVIDED ME MORE AUTONOMY IN FAILURE WHEN TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. POOLING IDEAS FROM THE COMMUNITY WAS AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE AND IT GAVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO BE PART OF THE ARTWORK THAT THEY SEE EVERYDAY.
As part of my project, I drew out characters requesting artistic prompts. The interesting failure was no one went to the website or emailed me, they talked to me in person about their ideas.
The first prompt I received was for a fairy.
A prompt that was a little out of my comfort zone was to draw a person. I typically refrain from creating caricatures as I see the delicate line between humor and art and offending someone by exaggerated features. With this drawing, I chose to not put it up for public display and gave the drawing to that person.
The prompts given were to draw them an exaggerated nose and a shiny bald spot on their head. I chose to avoid the shiny spot and added a quote as they frequently make jokes in a Russian accent. Again, the delicate balance of humor and art and offending someone was contemplated in why I chose to avoid the bald spot joke.
Some drawings were drawn on printer paper as I ran out of recycled bristol, my preferred drawing paper.
Color theory is my favorite part of creating art and I prefer to work with a cool color scale over warm colors.
Prompts: sled dog, flower, and color theory education.
With the lynx prompt, I tried a different approach where I put the drawing up without color then waited a time before returning to it and coloring it. I am curious to try this approach again.