Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Project 1 Learning Using Art
I would like to spend the first half of this semester learning about Norse Mythology. Norse Mythology falls into the group of Theology. I am a big fan of the fantasy genre in books, movies, comics, and games. Much of modern fantasy is influenced by Norse mythology. I have a tendency toward drawing fantasy art and getting to the core of where fantasy came from will be good for me. In the past I have studied Greek mythology and looked into the Egyptian pantheon. With a Norwegian ancestry, I will be looking into my own cultural past by studying Norse mythology as well.
Norse gods as well as Norse monsters tend to have humanoid forms, making the incorporation of life drawing in these pieces easy. I plan to begin with small sketches based off of the myths and stories I read. It will be important for me to get a feel for the personalities of the different mythological figures. As I go I plan to move into larger scale drawings, possibly up to life size. I feel large drawings would fit with the feel and size of the gods. My mediums of choice are charcoal and pastels, although I may dabble in pen and ink. The research for this project will be done out of the library. I will look for books on Norse Mythology as well as artists who have portrayed mythological figures, preferably Norse.