Part 1 & Assessment 1 Conclusion

Part 1 & Assessment 1 Conclusion

After reading the assessment criteria again I feel I should go through each section and discuss what I felt to have been my strengths and weaknesses throughout this first assignment.

Demonstration of technical and visual skill – Throughout this first assessment I have tried to stretch my comfort zone and use materials that I have never used before. I enjoyed exploring the new techniques and improving old ones. I believe I have made improvements with charcoal, however I feel that many if not all the mediums I used still need great practice and use to perfect and understand each of their strengths and weaknesses. I have learnt to look at objects differently in my daily life which will help improve my composition.

Whilst researching Redon, I noticed how he was able to seamlessly mix his medias without disrupting from the overall feel of his work. I attempted to capture this in my fragments and gain a fluidity between each medium to help the picture flow.

Quality of Outcome – feel I have struggled with this as I have not always been able to be direct with my communication, yet this first section gives great examples of questions that I should constantly ask myself throughout my work which will help improve, how and what I am trying to say.

Demonstration of creativity – During the exercises I feel I very much stuck to the brief and did what was asked of me. I did not experiment or use my sketchbook as often as I feel I should have. I will hope to use my sketchbook more regularly and be more experimental with ideas so that I can hopefully access more imagination and creativity.

The assignment I let myself have a bit of freedom – the 8 fragments were inspired by Picasso’s cubism movement of giving a new view point of reality. As I split my page I noticed that it gave a shattered glass effect which gives a more impressionist view – although the items represent me there is something slightly distorted as though you can’t quite grasp everything about the artist from the drawing and hopefully want to learn more. As I studied Redon throughout this course I learnt he used symbolism to represent his meanings. I wanted to try and incorporate this into my final piece. I had decided to leave the negative areas blank as I wanted the focus to be on the composition of my objects and as a result the background photo was removed – but the reason I chose 8 sections was to try and symbolize the 8 years that I have been married. To look at this you wouldn’t know but I enjoyed putting this hidden meaning into my creation.

Context Reflection – I have struggled with art terminology when it comes to reflect upon my work. I appreciated the opportunity to research other artists and many techniques. I do feel like my sketchbook this has been very minimal and I need to encourage myself to do more research. I have found the learning log enjoyable as its a good opportunity to reflect upon the work I have done, however I feel that in order to improve this i need to increase the time in which I do my research.

I have relished this first opportunity to ‘dip my toe’ and have gained a greater desire to continue and improve myself.

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Assignment One

Assignment One

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Items chosen to represent me. 

For this assignment we were asked to choose a few items to create an image that represented us. in previous exercises I have looked into the importance of composition and how objects and the proximity of them can create an intimate feeling. As this was a personal project to help introduce who we are I went with a very close picture where items have been cut off and are not fully there. I feel this helps give a sense of connection between these seemingly mismatched objects.

The items I chose and why:

Trainers & Running watch – After having a baby 9 months ago and two children with autism I have recently taken up running. I have been training to hopefully be able to run a marathons to help support organizations and charities who help and encourage children with special needs.

Mannequin – I love dressmaking and try to do it as often as I can.

Crochet hooks – I have been crocheting for several years,I make toys, blankets, bunting and much more for my kids and my many nieces and nephews. I find it very therapeutic and a good stress reliever at the end of a long day.

Complete works of Jane Austin – I adore reading books and immersing myself into the language and society of these classic tales.

Paint brush & Ribbon – To represent my love for all things arts and crafts.

Baby Muslin – As a mother of three I use baby muslins on a daily basis. I have come to learn that they have some many other great uses than just catching and wiping up baby vomit. I am sure I will still be using these long after my children have left home – they are great!!

I normally work in the evening so I used a table lamp to create very defined lighting and shading, I feel this has worked to my advantage as it gives my composition of objects a warm almost friendly glow. (Also by happy accident I noticed I have captured a small image of me on my wedding day in the background, however this is not featured in my drawing I just thought it worked well with this first initial introduction into the assignment)

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A2 Strathmore Tanned paper

Materials used: HB, 3B pencil & Bic Biro pen

I sketched out my composition and then almost like a pizza cutter I sectioned my drawing and began to use different mediums for each section. I had already decided at this point that each opposing section would be in the same medium so I had planned to use at least four different drawing materials. I feel this was risky but I wanted to get the definition between each fragment rather than do each item in a different mediums.

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Materials used: HB & 3B pencils, Bic Biro pen, Indian Ink, dip pen & brush 

and ink wash with prismacolor & white gel pen 

I felt the mannequin section seemed a little to simple in comparison to other sections so I added an ink was to create more mid tones and then used white and black coloured pencils to add in the highlights and low lights. I later felt that it needed a little more depth so added white gel pen which I was happy with as the lines created also gave you a sense of the texture of the mannequin’s material.

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Finished piece – Materials used: 

HB & 3B pencils, Bic Biro pen, Indian Ink, dip pen & brush 

and ink wash with prismacolor & white gel pen 

There were several aspects to which I found difficult, the first obvious struggle I had was the shading of the mannequin as a whole – I really struggled to create the depth the lamp light had created and as a result; the ink fragment especially seems too sketchy and bold at the same time and the eye is immediately drawn to it. I feel I struggled as I tried to shade the mannequin as though I was using pencil which is much more forgiving than ink, I think if I had reduced the size of which I was looking at and used lighter, smoother lines I would have created a more fluid finish, I will remember to reduce my goal in the future when working with this medium. I also struggle to get the flow of the muslin quite right and I hope to concentrate on this create more flowing lines and shades.

Overall I am happy with the other sections, I especially enjoyed to do the biro sections and the second ink wash section and will look to do more like this in the future.