Shell-morphed Creature

Prisha Guha
Sophomore, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Medium

Digital painting

Abstract 

In this piece, I created a creature morphed from sea-shell observations in a black-and-white line piece. I used this opportunity to self-direct my butterfly-morphed composition and structural design exploration. I used multiple design elements such as repetition, line, shape, and space to create the morphed creature. I modified the drawings of the shell into a butterfly-like creature, using the design elements to reflect fluidity. I would have further liked to explore using different line weights in creating organic shapes and apply this learned technique in the wing design and overall skeleton of the creature.

In this piece, I created a creature morphed from sea-shell observations in a black-and-white line piece. I illustrated two direct observational drawings of shells that differed only in color scheme. Subsequently, I created a color-coordinated morphed creature in Photoshop as a self-directed project. I used this opportunity to self-direct my butterfly-morphed composition and structural design exploration. I used multiple design elements such as repetition, line, shape, and space to create the morphed creature. I modified the drawings of the shell into a butterfly-like creature, using the design elements to reflect fluidity. I would have further liked to explore using different line weights in creating organic shapes and apply this learned technique in the wing design and overall skeleton of the creature. 

Regarding my interest in movement, I want to study human-to-environment interaction since willow trees sparked my imagination while playing outside as a child. Now, nature influences my sketchbook doodles to depict organic shapes inspired by water, tall grass, trees, and butterflies. Such forms coalesce into visual language when I create 3D works as I hope to create harmony and moments of intricacy. As my creative process incorporates nature, considering the balance between human society and the structural environment for everyday buildings will help guide my decision-making during projects. Intentional design, where I consider community impacts, is what I hope to achieve by actively designing projects such as the morphed butterfly that serves the purpose of social justice and poverty alleviation by creating a positive environment. Additionally, I value human-to-human interaction: notably how people interconnect across different communities, cultures, and regions. I plan to continue advancing optimistic studio culture and collaborating on themes that improve diversity and social justice through design and these will coalesce into achieving an uplifting environment.