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“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds.

There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King


South Africa
Lapsed academic
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Collagiste and designer

Many of my digital collages available as prints, phone and iPad cases, etc, on redbubble.
Commissioned work undertaken if it tickles my fancy!…

Faking it ... again

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 21, 2014, 6:31 AM
So, I set myself a challenge to take a single picture and make a range of digital collages out of it in the style of as many as possible of my fellow (traditional) collagistes on deviantArt. 

Miss Charlotte Cracroft by hogret-stock

It was a surprisingly challenging task - and a real learning curve as I tried to imagine the choices and process of artists whose work is very different from mine. 
Here are the first few hommage pieces, side by side with a collage by the "real" artist.

A la Crussol12 by hogret     Gaining Ground by Crussol12

A la Robert-Alan by hogret      temptation by Robert-Alan

A la Kanchan by hogret     Homage to Klimt by KanchanCollage

Successful?  Or not? 
More to come ..

Anyone like to join me in the challenge?
Pick a source picture or scrap of something.
Choose three of your fellow collagistes.
See what you come up with!

Where have you been and what have you seen?
What have you survived? 
What are you grateful for? 
What are you proud of?

And now.
What adventures await in the year ahead?

Travel hopefully.
Journey joyfully.
Arrive safely.

secrets three by rainbowlullaby     Edge of the map 4 by daegfire     Star Map - ATC by WordsAreMyWeakness

Theatrum Mundi by ArianeJurquet     Picknick Serie X by kaethe     Safe Passage by MistressJane

The Quest by LauraTringaliHolmes     Collage 2012 126 by ArianeJurquet        The Cartographer by hogret

sweaty and nervous by RichardLeach     Chicadee Map by LizCohn     My Map Number Three by vantiani 

  map vs territory 2 by KatDiestel     Daily Journal: The Journey by hogret

lesson part one by PumpkinMelody     hands. by uglyappleblossom

Look Up by pashrash     Belong. by Anesthetic-X

Puzzled by thesoulcanwait      map inside by mellotronscratch     Clumsy Kid 4 by Aminia-Grey
    ATC Guardian Angel the Mother by claudiamm37 Something About Sorrow by MyVictorianSecret     Gabriel by RevolverWinds

A is for Angel by hogret     Burst by LauraTringaliHolmes

The Fragmentation of Iconography by KanchanCollage     the unknown ANgel by steve2727     Life by RichardLeach

   TinCan Angel by hogret       this years angel by steve2727      send me an angel by Robert-Alan

  Angel Figure by hrn   Angelic Garden by randallstuartpeik

haiku 100 by wrzosowata-Iro     Rehearsal Wings by MissAmandaLee     Sweet reverie by ArianeJurquet

Against Willful Rebellion by grayman8     Asking for by kapriize-klusee     My Guardian Angel ATC by LauraTringaliHolmes

Angel by audreysmith          
newspapers collage 2 angel by polpolina     Different World: 1 by Di0tima     The Morning Star by RevolverWinds

The broken Vessel by Momothecat 

Untitled 157 by Crussol12     fish and bird by pollysonic     Angel of Brighton by GeorginaRagazza

The-Art-Of-Collage has been running an interesting challenge:  The Two Piece Exhibition
The rules are simple: you may use whatever support or background you like. But, only two pieces may be glued to that background.  However much of the background remains visible is up to you. Each member may submit up to two pieces to the Two Piece Exhibition.

Apart from causing extreme angst for collagistes (like myself) who battle to restrain themselves and who need to buy glue sticks in bulk (or, if they are digital, need to have at least ten layers in the background before they even start adding semantic elements); the exercise has been an interesting test of composition skills and nerve.  When you only have two elements to place, they have to be placed perfectly.  Most of us do this by trial and error, instinct and intuition, and we kind of know when it "feels right". 

I was curious, however, to test the Rule of Thirds and see how it played out on some of the submissions to the challenge.

The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds is a compositional tool that makes use of the notion that the most interesting compositions are those in which the primary element or the focal point of the composition is off centre.

You can apply this rule by imagining your composition divided into nine equal parts, using a grid of two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines.  The rule states that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or - ideally - at their intersections.  Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.  (Studies have shown that - when viewing images - people's eyes usually most naturally go to one of the intersection points, rather than to the centre of the picture.)

So, in composing a collage, you can think about what the points of interest are in the composition, and then intentionally place these along one of the lines, with a specific focus point at or around one of the four main intersections.

The rule of thirds also helps you identify where the "weight" or bulk of your collage is falling, and whether this is proportional or out of balance.

Here's the grid superimposed on some of the submissions.  See what you think!

Make Me Grid by hogret  Wonder Grid by hogret 

Freud Grid by hogret

Crussol Grid by hogret

Show Off Grid by hogret  Holding Her Grid by hogret

Juicin' Grid by hogret  Traveling Grid by hogret

More on The Rule of Thirds:…
More on Focal Point:…

Refusal of the Call

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 20, 2013, 4:15 AM
"Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan.
It's late, I have to get home. I'm in for it as it is."
~ Luke Skywalker, in Star Wars: Episode IV

Last week's journal presented The Call to Adventure the first stage in the Hero's Journey.
The next stage comes when the hero thinks twice about taking on the adventure that is beckoning her forward.
She may have known that something needs to change or that she needs to take action, but then reality hits as she realizes that this endeavour may be more than she wants to take on. That's the point of this stage. Being a hero is hard, and adventures are often supremely unpleasant.

"We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can't see what anybody sees in them...Good morning!...we don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
~ Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Typically the hero makes excuses: "I'm too busy, I've got obligations." Or she may deride the adventure itself - "That's impossible! It's insane!" Or she might insist that she's the wrong person for the job.

If I was to say to you, 'I am a stranger traveling from the east, seeking that which was lost,' what would you say?
Then I would reply, 'I am a stranger traveling from the West, and it is I who you seek.'
Then it is true. You have the sacred mark.
That? No, that got slapped on me when I was in an orphanage in Cairo.
The mark means you're a protector of man, a warrior for God, a Magi.
Sorry, you've got the wrong guy.
~ The Mummy Returns

Of course, the hero really has to accept the call, or otherwise there will be no story. But we must not underestimate the risks. The hero is being asked to face the greatest of all fears, the terrible unknown. The stakes are high, and the hero could lose her fortune, her life, her peace of mind, her one true love. Is it any wonder, then, that heroes flinch away from the invitation?

Hi, Ripley. This is Lieutenant Gorman of the...
SLAM. Burke buzzes again. Talks to the door...
Ripley we have to talk.
They've lost contact with the colony on Acheron.
The door opens. Ripley considers the ramifications of that. She motions them inside.
Burke and Gorman are seated, nursing coffee. Ripley paces, very tense.
No. There's no way!
Hear me out...
I was reamed, steamed and dry-cleaned by you guys...
and now you want me to go back out there? Forget it.
~ Aliens

This is the moment in the Hero's Journey where two paths present themselves to our Hero. She can answer the Call to Adventure, propelling herself into the unknown, or she can ignore it and continue on the predictable path before her. It's a very important moment of the story, the first real test of our Hero. Which will she choose? Most people who are set in their ways don't just drop everything to embrace the possibilities of the unknown. They're either happy with their status quo, or in denial about the need for adventure. Or they're scared, or tired, or overwhelmed, or too modest about their own capacity for heroism.  Perhaps they're just not interested in an adventure, right now.  Or they first need another cup of coffee, or to clear their To Do list, or wash their hair.

Would you be interested in fighting Apollo Creed for the heavyweight championship of the world?
~  Rocky III

So what will you do next time adventure comes knocking on your door?  You are allowed to refuse.  But what will happen to the story, then?

Escape by MWCrane13

Wings - Water by crazy-coconut

Hide in a corner by YaraKlaproos

I Try to Hide by piratedollie

Hide And Seek by oO-Rein-Oo

a big, strange world by marielliott     STRESS by cetrobo


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NettleMoore Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
Wow! Would just like to say...Your work is BEAUTIFUL :3 
Jocelyndk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  New member
Dear Hogret,
My name is Jocelyn, I work for flow magazine ( I would like to ask you something, but I can't find an e-mail address. Could you mail me perhaps?
hogret Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks for making contact!  I have sent you an email.
LizCohn Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
goddess by LizCohn are we thinking alike or what!
hogret Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Gorgeous work liz!
LizCohn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yours are mo bettah, babe! Interesting that we made these about the same time. I wonder what was in the air?
hogret Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Some kind of tattoo love was in the air, that's for sure!
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bluespectralmonkey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
thanks for your nice comment! all my art is made with paper, you should try that sometime ;)
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Oh, I do paper collages too!
Greek-pan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I spent a wonderful time watching your gallery,so i have to thank you.
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