This whole second section of the course is to do with intimacy. During this course section I learnt how to composition my still life with more meaning. Unlike part 1, Part 2 encourages the use of colour and this was quite exciting. We were allowed to choose our own direction for the final assignment piece. I really struggled with the interior section so decided to stick to my strengths and go back to still life drawing.
Sketchbook Brainstorm page
Sketchbook media practise page.
When deciding what to draw for my final still life I really wanted to do a natural, more classic still life of flowers and put a modern twist on it. but I couldn’t get the idea of using man made objects out of my head.
Most of my sketchbook pages are related to a botanical still life. Sine part two has focused on intimacy I decided to add this theme into my work so automatically thought of a Rose – the ultimate symbol of love.
As I kept thinking out man made objects and how to introduce them into my theme. I decided to do a final piece draft of my husbands gaming console controllers.
A3 mixed media paper Materials: Indian Ink & Prismacolor Pencils
‘xbox widow’ is a common term amongst my friends and peers, it implies that the woman has been left for the gaming obsessions that some people have – however since my husband is a games designer, I knew what I getting myself in for. So I thought about the intimacy and relation this has had on my life and decided to try it.
I sketched the controllers and the with indian ink filled half the page. I wanted to use what I had learnt about negative space and tonal use of colour to depict what I wanted. both sides of the line have the same shape of controller to it – but just with shading the outline almost completely changes to make it more organic. I really enjoyed this piece. I think its bold and dynamic – however I still wanted to use roses as my subject matter.
Hand crafted rose for subject matter.
I decided to introduce my man made opponent by hand crafting a rose from old book pages. (The book had already been destroyed so I was finding a purpose for it). I thought again about Intimacy, and how people escape into an unknown worlds to experience and relate to characters. I loved this rose – but then I was confronted with another problem. I needed to find a way to portray to my viewers that the rose I was using was made from literature. #
Sketchbook media testing
I then had the idea to use the pages from the same book as my background. This helped me use the things I learnt during the mixed media exercises earlier in this section. I also wanted to used red ink so the rose would show the writing through the shape but the ink would just soak through the paper too quickly for me to use water for blending. I then tested oil pastels and coloured pencils with ‘zest-it blender’. The pencil with the blender gave me the best result I was looking for so once I was confident controlling this medium I started on my final piece.
A3 paper, book pages, coloured pencils, ‘zest-it’ blender and white acrylic ink were used to create the above image. After the book pages had dried I sketched and completed the red rose. I had the idea of the rose emerging from the words so I used the white acrylic ink to sponge of the pages and the edges of the rose. I really liked this effect and my intentions were to leave it like that. But from Part 1 I was advised to use my space more effectively this piece just seemed too empty to me.
Final Piece: A3 size, Book page background. Materials: Coloured pencils, ‘zest-it’ blender, white acrylic ink and grey tone Promarker pens.
I only wanted one red rose – but I used the same subject rose in different angles and drew them in with light grey marker pens. This gives the illusion of a bouquet but just the one rose is symbolic.
I love the subtlety of the grey shading on the written paper and the red rose. I am really pleased with the way this piece as turned out. I feel I have been able to involve most of what I learnt in part 2 into this final piece. I found the alcoholic markers blended with the ink really well and so creates an almost painted backdrop for the focus subject rose.