#7: Photomontage Creatures

Photomontage is the process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs into a new image. Sometimes the resulting composite image is photographed so that a final image may appear as a seamless photographic print. A similar method, although one that does not use film, is realized today through image-editing software.  source


Gather Materials:

  • an artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • old book
  • scissors
  • printer
  • computer, scanner, image editing software (optional)
  • glue

Today’s Mark Making Exercise

Dadaists and Surrealists loved to use collage techniques to unlock new meaning in the world

Re-assembling Reality

Surrealist Collage

Max Ernst invented this method of pasting together fragments of given or found pictures. By using images that already had a similar ‘look’ (principally engravings illustrating novels, magazines and technical or commercial publications) he was able to create ‘illusionistic’ new pictures—bizarre, fantastic, dream-like, ironic or grotesque.

A Book of Surrealist Games by Alastair Brotchie
  • Take an old book and find line drawings
  • Either photocopy the images or for digital montage, scan them into your image editing software
  • cut the images out and reassemble them 
  • glue them into your sketchbook

Reflections on the Exercise

  • Fun to do but this didn’t really feel like a mark-making exercise as none of the marks are my own
  • Idea! Next time I could do my own drawing in combination with the line drawings – a variation on the exquisite corpse exercise.
Source: This exercise is from A Book of Surrealist Games by Alastair Brotchie

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