migration story / winter carnations in bloom

The inspiration behind this sketch came from these two images, one from the Harvard Art Museum Bauhaus Painting collection, the other from the Bauhaus Pedagogy photography collection, which piqued my interest in how movement and depth could be created with lines, curves, and gradients. I'm particularly interested in the potential of the circle and its combinations in expressing kinetic direction. Even just experimenting with simple rescaling of the circle, I thought it was fascinating how circular overlaps can emulate a pathway and circular motions easily guide our eyes.

For the sketch itself, I started off with a series of unconnected experiments in drawing and animating shapes following methods in class. The 2nd sketch draws from the generative design study in adding noise to a line rotated in a circle. I added my own variables to play with the shape, contrast, and timing of the generated line flower until I was happy with its texture, which reminded me of carnations. For the 1st sketch, I set the bird flock in motion with a circle grid, demonstrating classic Bauhaus ideas around the energy of simple lines and forms colliding. A simple story of migration emerged, supplemented by enabling click interaction to simulate dark ominous storms passing by the bravely flapping birds.