The first assignment for screenprinting class: creating pictograms.
From a technical standpoint it makes a lot of sense. A pictogram is a stylized representation of something, which has meaning through collective consciousness.
🔥 represents “fire.” But, from context, it may mean “burn” (as in, the slang for disrespectful behaviors) or it may mean “on fire” (shorthand for someone performing superbly).
The stylization aspect allows more abstracted imagery, which tends to be more simplified than reality would be. This allows screenprinters to side-step photo emulsion processes (more time-consuming and nuanced) for older stencil-based designs.
I am not particularly fond of pictograms.
So, I started exploring alternatives. And I started doing line art. To be able to make these into stencils, my line art needed to have breaks in them; to be able to imply the figures’ edges. I varied thickness and direction to imply movement and form.