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SIMPLIFYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

V. Ryan 2008-2017

 

Musical instruments are very difficult to draw as they are often complex and detailed. However, it is possible to create a simple, effective symbol that gives the illusion of the real life instrument. Some examples are shown below.

 
The electric guitar below has been converted to a symbol in three stages. Most of the detail is first removed leaving a basic outline. The remaining shapes and forms are further simplified and the colour scheme refined.
What do you think of the final symbol? Is it effective? Could you produce a better symbol?
 
 
 
 
   
What do you think of the final symbol developed from the detailed guitar seen below?
 
 
 
 

Below is an example of the famous Flying V Guitar. This has been used for years by rock stars and groups. The guitar has been simplified to a symbol. Because of its well known shape a simplified version is still easily recognisable.

 

 
   
How effective do you think the transformation from photograph to symbol has been?
 
 
 
 
   

Produce a simple and effective symbol from the photograph of the guitar seen below. You should be able to produce two further stages. Add notes to explain your design.

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