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I was wondering if you might be so kind as to help me. I included a picture of some architecture above a bridge I absolutely love and that holds a lot of meaning to me, but am struggling trying to generate ideas. I'd like to somehow incorporate the curves and lines of the architecture into a triangular shape, and was wondering if you could at all help me with that! Thank you so very much!


Hi Kaitlin,

There is only one way for an artist to generate ideas, and that is to sit down and work on sketches.  Images on the Internet can be helpful in spurring your imagination. You can look at pictures of other gothic designs- everything from paintings to jewelry, these can jumpstart the design process.  Just be aware of copyright restrictions and don't "copy",  use the reference to base your ideas upon and use your creativity to make the design your own.

It may take days, or longer to get things the way you'd like them to be, but there aren't any shortcuts. That's why it's called "artwork", it's not a game.

Good luck with your assignment.



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