Merovingian is a departure from the symmetrical mandala format. It’s an experiment in pure mechanical form inspired by nineteenth century lithographs of mining and industrial machinery and printing presses. Depicted in this drawing are wheels, pulleys, gears, bearings and axles, electric motors and cam shafts and a variety of mechanical forms assembled in a random collage. The design for this drawing was spontaneous improvisation. In this type of design, I draw a basic outline and add each detail in a way that strengthens the contrast and focuses the form into a logical assemblage. The overall goal is to create a structure whose individual parts appear to have a functional purpose. The arrangement of the mechanical forms should also fit together to provide form and contrast.
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