One of her ideas that I find particularly interesting is looking at the sidewalk and imagining the animals you see in the cracks! When I first heard this, I thought, how weird. But, then I started to look at the cracks. I saw elephants, fish, birds... and just like Carla's work, I saw animals that were parts of each!
I started sketching them. I was hooked!
Now, I can't help but see imaginary creatures in water splatters, aged brick, patches of dirt...you name it!
Here is how it works.
|Crack 1 - Running Dog|
Kind of looks like a dog running.
|Crack 2 - Sheep Outline|
|Crack 3 - Sheep|
So, I added some color and made the sheep appear more obvious.
|Crack 3 Outline|
I outlined the shape, choosing to follow some cracks and ignore others. I didn't really see any animal - maybe a trunk in the top left?
|Crack 3 Outline turned 90 degrees|
So, I turned the picture around 90 degrees and immediately saw an animal!
|Crack 3 - Cat|
A furry cat!
I don't usually make my sketches on the computer, on the image. I wanted to demonstrate the process, but check out Carla's website and her books if you want it from the horse's mouth.
The way I usually do it, is I make a quick sketch of the crack in pencil. After I have the item outlined, I go back to it later and try and figure out what animal I see (or at least what parts). Then I color it in, add fur, a tail, hair, trunk, claws, wings, gills, etc.) I'll post my sketches on Monday.