Art Forms In Nature

Reading List, Visual Research

Throughout my time researching, experimenting and developing ideas for my ping pong paddle, I found myself returning to the illustrations of Ernst Haeckel who very much informs my use of visual language when recording natural forms; through his use of line, shape, tone, pattern and colour. I’ve always been drawn, not just to the depth of detail in his illustrations, but also the organisation of each object within the frame of the page and how they seem to fit like pieces of a jigsaw. ‘Art Forms In Nature’ by Ernst Haeckel, although only containing only black and white images, depicts these qualities beautifully allowing you to interpret his mark making craft as an overall image but also close up without the distraction of colour.

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