From the Studio: Update on Pismo Series: end of 2018 wrap up

With 2019 swiftly coming upon us, I thought now would be a good time to review the progress of the Pismo Series and where I see it going in the New Year.

I officially started the Pismo Series on 7 July, 2018 and, since then, the Series has strayed slightly from the original concept but after five months of trial and error, I finally feel as if this Series is not only back on track, but has even more potential that I had initially thought.

A quick review of the original Series:

  • Scope of project: 26 pictures
  • Size of picture: 20 x 20 inches
  • Font: Lucida Sans
  • Size of letter: 12 inches
  • Rule: Whatever is “inside” of the letter, the opposite is to be done on the “outside”

I started with the letter B, and followed the initial “Rules” as best as possible… but then I noticed that the “Rule” made the overall picture look too “busy” and this version was abandoned:

B #1 crop
Pismo 2 (B) version 1

At the beginning of August I moved on to the W and felt that this time I had a better idea of what to expect, so I continued on with the original “Rules” and, again, found myself in the same predicament… and so W was abandoned, although, I will admit to feeling as though this version had more potential than the original B:

W #1 crop
ismo 23 (W) version 1

I then moved on to V, and, for a minute, I had thought that things were working out better… and then things got a little out of hand with the red Sharpie… I really liked the way the overall design came out, so I am going to recreate it as good as possible when this is redone according to the updated “Rules” of the Series… only with a LOT less red:

V #1
Pismo 22 (V) version 1

After the first three unsuccessful pictures, I focused on designing additional letters for the Series and moved on to R, which hung on my studio wall for a couple of months until I started figuring out how to proceed with the series. That is when the gray circles were filled in:

R #1 crop
Pismo 22 (R)

In October I made another attempt to “correct” what wasn’t working and started over with the W and instead of doing the opposite of what was in the letter, I simply let the design lead me. Unfortunately, as much as I was enjoying the overall design,  I started to notice that I was losing the letter and it was getting difficult to determine that it was there at all:

W #2 crop
Pismo 23 (W) version 2

In early November, I tried another B… but didn’t spent as much time on it as I discovered that I was experiencing the same issue I was having with the revised W: I was losing the letter:

B #2 crop
Pismo 2 (B) version 2

At the end of November, I decided to focus on the design of the Series and worked on A, as well as, the third W & B (see below):A #1 crop

For this round of experimentation, the idea is to complete the overall design, but this time, I would block in the design OUTSIDE of the letter and just allow the outline of the design to show within the letter:W #3 crop

I have just started working on this idea on the 3rd B and am hoping that it will allow the letter to remain visible without destroying the overall design:B #3 crop

It is too early to tell if this will be the solution to the issues I have been experiencing, but I feel that this has been the most productive couple of weeks that I have had in a long time and I am just happy to be spending more time in the studio and am looking forward to the first “completed” picture in the Pismo Series!

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