If I do make these patterns and mix them with the character imagery as my major point of interest I think that will create the best picture that I am currently capable of. Patterning is something that I do naturally. I simply wasn't aware that I was making patterns until I looked at this student's work.
I was very impressed with the way the image began to develop when I just started thinking of my normal shape making as patterning. It allowed me to think of things purely from a design sense. When I am only concerning myself with shape, scale and color I can create something far more cohesive compositionally and dynamically than when I am attempting to manufacture the proper space.
Yesterday my friend and I loaded up my little S10 with two loads worth of stuff to take to the dump and moved some more stuff into studio. I am finally all moved in. It feels so good to just have a space that is settled. Today I spent a couple hours organizing and then set to work on an old piece that was never very well thought out. I realized that the smoke that I always make is a pattern. Much like in poetry there are styles which are very formulaic and measured in contrast to other styles which are more free form, this pattern is closer to the free form pattern side than the more rigid patterning rules like checker boarding or honeycomb.
Here is an image of the new studio set up. There is a lot of space for books and stacks of sketchbooks and small paper products like circulation cards and index cards. I love it.
I feel a bit more whole. Keep up.