In yesterday’s post I blathered on about how I had redesigned the scroll detail and how it was much better than the original iteration. I went on to post drawings to back up my claims of success. However, Bob Easton called me out on it and explained my shortcomings. Well, at least the ones pertaining to this scroll detail and I very much appreciate that he did.
Too often we simply glad-hand each other. For some, I’m sure that is what they are after. I admit its nice to get an at-a-boy, but we have a huge potential for constructive feedback here on the web. I too, am hesitant to give out constructive criticism. It can be a tricky thing to broach. For the record though, I more than welcome everyone’s opinion. So don’t hold back, just let me have it. Anyway, thanks again to Bob for pushing me to have another go at the scroll detail. My finished project will be much better because of it.
In the first two iterations of this scroll detail admittedly I was trying to draw the scroll through geometric means. Specifically with the use of a compass. While it can be done, the resulting scroll is too, for lack of a better word, clinical. I had developed “tunnel vision” in developing this detail. Focusing on creating the scroll thru rigid mechanical drawing. As Bob pointed out, a pleasing scroll needs to be organic and flowing in its transitions. So, as suggested, I set my compass aside, created a grid matrix and began sketching scrolls freehand. After several attempts I arrived at a scroll that I liked and meets the organic requirement. The latest version shows just how lacking the first two versions actually are and I’m surprised at myself for not seeing the issue before.
Below are versions 1,2 and 3. Night and day difference, IMHO.
I think this latest version will be the final one. Assuming it meets with Bob’s approval of course. LOL. Thanks again Bob! How’d I do on this one?