On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Two simple blocks,
and a snowman family straight from the sea.
I thought I’d explore a new medium this year. As a first attempt in sculpting with clay, these minimal, tectonic snowmen are a bit unrefined, but are nonetheless good examples of time-tested design principles (or, as Robyn would say, the type only an architect would love):
- Simplicity – using minimum elements to get your idea across often leads to bold and powerful forms.
- A Strong focal point – creates order from chaos.
- Contrast of texture and color – the shiny, glazed orange carrot is much more special due to the contrast between it and the colorless, unglazed head and hat – more so than if everything was glazed.
- Strong proportions. The head is an exact cube and the cylindrical hat fits within an imaginary cube of the same size.
- Breaking from convention. Using a cube-shaped head vs. the expected round causes the observer to think about the object.
- A combination of straight vs. curved forms provides interest.
- When everything is special, nothing is. Color is only used on the carrot. If the hat was glazed black (yes, black is a color), for example, the carrot would have less impact than it currently has (on the other hand, it would look more like a snowman! 😉 ).