Thematic Scratchboard / A Shift in Power


This 8.5 x 11 inch scratchboard was stylistically inspired by Peter Kuper and Otto Nuckel. Before the assignment we were given a set of themes, and I chose “A shift in power.” The shift here is meant to represent the principal of bowing to those above you and kicking those beneath you. Imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.



From what I understand, supergraphics are large (billboard sized or bigger) graphics. They’re usually simple, bright, and abstract. Supergraphics can alter how we feel about the size and shape of a space, or be purely decorative. Supergraphics are usually painted on walls, floors, and ceilings, but you could apply them to any large surface.

Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings are a good example.

In this piece, I find the bright, contrasting colors, the composition, and the juxtaposition between diagonal and horizontal lines visually pleasing.

I think it goes to show – and of course, this isn’t the only example – that minimalistic art can be as magnetic as something complex. I often gravitate towards elaborate designs and layouts, but lately, I’ve been trying to keep thoughtful minimalism in mind. Walking the line between “less is more” and “too little” is difficult but worth every moment of consideration. Here’s some more of Sol’s art:


Color and Light

This is a 6 x 9 inch gouache painting on illustration board. We were asked to depict a romantic scene in a 1950’s American illustration style. Color and light were two factors I tried to take into account, so rather than using my go-to night palette (blue) I started with an orange underpainting. I also used touches of reds, yellows, and violets throughout, even in the blue of the night sky. I tried to consider reflection and transparency when I painted the umbrella. Learning about color has been fascinating, and it makes me realize that what I’ve done here has fallen short. The more I learn, the more I see things to improve. Creating an illustration involves limitless considerations, and so much of what we feel is unsayable – depicting something romantic was especially difficult. I don’t know how to do it justice. But seeing what can be improved gives me hope that if I keep studying and learning, one day I’ll be able to.

love - final version