Portraits of Shape and Form was a seven-day intensive workshop led by SCI-Arc Faculty Ryan Tyler Martinez at the BSSA in Mumbai, India. The workshop focused primarily on teaching students how to digitally model different types of formal and representational motifs with an emphasis on graphic finishes. During the workshop, students designed a digital still life of shape and form which helped position and expand their understanding of building ideas such as surface, texture, volume, flatness, shape, and composition.
In the past, still life has been the classical exercise of form and style that most artists had to perform to build their technical expertise. From the pedagogic discipline that teaches a student how to perfectly represent reality, "still life" has become the ground for critical differentiation of styles and for exploration of new tools. As a timeless instrument, this exercise measures the ability of the young artists against the previous generations of masters and frames their original research.
Similarly, to the Academy of Beaux Arts, this workshop began with a 21st century version of "still life." But this time the study was conducted through the eyes of a graphic artist as opposed to those of a painter, and instead using conventional representational techniques, this class explored the use of Rhino, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Reflecting this shift in current professional and academic discourse, the exercises explored how the use of software redefines the concept of form. Students were encouraged to think in terms of shape and composition, instead of abstraction and disproportion of parts.
Instructor: Ryan Tyler Martinez
Students: Krishna Jani, Shikha Patel, Kshitij Mahashabde, Devangi Kansagra, Saloni Agarwal, Vishal Rohira, Charmil Shah, Geet Sampat, Anuj Modi, Flora Sheth, and Anisha Mehta.