Its time for a bit of Method Development. Which is like Method Acting but with Games.
During Wassily Kandinsky’s time at the Bauhaus, his friend Paul Klee, advised him to paint glue onto a canvas before spreading sand over it to create interesting textures. Here’s an example of what he ended up with.
Its great to get the hands dirty so I thought I’d give the method a go and see what came out. You can see the resulting concepts further down the page. For this experiment I used:
- lots of cheap paper
- one small bowl
- one hammer (did consider two but went with one)
- some spray based glue
- and some fixative
First the charcoal was ground up in the bowl using the hammer. By using a heavy hammer I could get a combination of fine particles whilst still retain some heavy particles for texture.
Then I sprayed the glue onto some of the cheap paper (why use the expensive stuff when the charcoal texture is what I’m after) and literally threw the ground up charcoal across the prepared paper letting it fall where it may. With my clean hands i started spreading the charcoal across the paper.
With the charcoal down it was a case of getting the hands dirty…
and very softly breathing across the paper until some textures started to appear…
A gentle spray with fixative was used to fix the charcoal in place. The most interesting results were captured using the phone cam. These were then processed and image manipulated to create the results below.
I think it was worth the time to experiment with some hands on techniques if only because it was a lot of fun. But I felt I got a little closer to how the original abstract images were created with raw materials. The resulting images have provided lots of ideas on how to create interesting textured backgrounds for the levels for our new game Abstract No3 – Kandinsky’s Violin. They’ve also provided some inspiration on how the game should sound and what kind of music should be written. We’re getting some great ideas for the audio in the game.
Of course it would have been much easier to use Photoshop filters however its a cold method of creation, by taking this approach happy accidents have created ideas that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
I’m going to run another experiment and introduce colour. In the meantime, here are the processed images. Give them a click to get a larger version and feel what’s there.
Till next post…