Collect, re-assemble and analyse: NEW UPDATE

Another new update for a recently finished project, but I didn;t quite address the changes in what was suggested to me. As a reminder, there were a few, I wouldn’t say issues, but key things that I weren’t particularly fond of for the end object. The first thing was the cover of the book, which held my pencil collection in. The card used was very soft, flimsy and it pretty much fell apart when it came to putting it along with the pages and giving it a butterfly bind. The title on front of it wore out, and it didn’t really help it out in terms of presentation.

To fix this, I found two sheets of hard card, measured them out to the correct size and using the guillotine, I carefully cut it down. From looking at that on it’s own, I knew right away that this was going to help secure the product properly.  While I did find this task to go a head smoothly without any worry, there were a few worries that did come to mind.

  • What if the measurements were wrong?
  • Will it really secure the book and intended bind?

So, before moving on to working out the title and preparing it for the words to be cut out, I tested the bind again. I stood the book up in many positions, and even tested the fold as I opened the book up– Luckily, it was a lot stronger and as one of the tutors suggested in the crit, it did, indeed work.

The title for the book, I did start to think about this a bit, but as the first concept idea for it, by having the words cut out and have the image behind the cover show through was a success in the crit, I decided to keep to cutting the words out AND this time, I reminded myself about being patient and taking my time with it. There were a few problems at first with this method, due to how there was a lack of lighting and space on my desk at the time, but I proceeded with this gradually.

Also, with the use of the butterfly band, it allows the person (reader) to take the book apart and rearange the 4 sets of folded books inside in any way they want to organise it.  Although, next time, I may seperate the pages and make each page seperate so they can re-arrange or change it to their liking.





Collect, analyse & re-assemble (3/?)

Here’s the post as promised. From my feedback with Matthew on how I wanted to lay out all of the work together and start making decisions on to what was going to be the content of the book, I came to the decision that laying them out in a certain way to make each page visually appealing. While this was a way of showing what I had together to show how I’ve analysed, re-assembled and worked with this collection as a whole, from further feedback at the crit; it wasn’t clear as it seemed.

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When going over the content again, I decided to stick with my starting point idea and I think I did take this literally as a starting point at first. I gathered up all of the different pages that had been worked on in grey pencils (HB, sketchpencils etc.) and re-arranged them in away that it shows development of how one would be able to use the pencil (Basic marks–> lines—> patterns—> doodles–> more detailed sketches. ) and I followed this on with the other images I had, like the colouring pencils and the sculptures. In a way, this was my way of catagorising all of the work together and giving them a sense of order. It was pretty effective once I placed everything together and checked over it once more. Doing this took a while, but in the end, it was all worth it. I took my time with doing this, so the outcome was a lot neater than the book I had presented previously.

What I’ve learnt by doing this, is that I need to be patient. I may have a deadline or a time limit to the project, but I can’t do things half-assed. They need to make sense, they need to have order and that overall needs to show. I really want to take this project further, but I may try out another collection in future.

Collect, analyse & re-assemble: Exhibition (2/?)

While there’s a lot of tension in the room, when it comes to presenting the idea or final piece of work for this project, I felt that I should’ve been less nervous as this isn’t the first time that we have to present our ideas to the group. The feedback given was helpful, but admitingly, once I got home I figured that I may of explained my project differently compared to how Ihad explained it on my blog and in my sketchbook notes. I’ve got to be very specific with how I say things, or explain them to others, as they won’t be able to clearly understand what I’m trying to put forward. As of the feedback, I’ve started to re-make the front cover, as this is one of the aspects that let the book down, but looking at the positive side of this book, at least I was able to show to everyone what I had put together, analysed and reassembled as a collection.

Although, the collection may of been prejected in a different way, which could lead to some confusion of whether or not my book was about the pencil collection, which would have the marks, prints of the markings it makes, the structures (basically, everything you could do and work with from the 200 and something pencils I had), or it’s a collection of marks created by pencils? By looking over the layout of the pages with in the book, I think what may help would be to re-arrange the pages again, so they follow along and link in with one another to show what the collection is about and how it’s been used as a starting point; which was my original intention.  So, it could start of with the lines and patterns created as a starting point by the grey tones pencils; moving in to the coloured ones, then moving on to the marks and shapes of the pencils and following on from there.

As for the photos of the pencils, I’m going to keep the collection of the pencils at the front, then put the photos of the pencil structures at the back to show that they can be handled as models or for sculpturing purposes. It might be a bit of a downfall, but it’s a risk I’m going to try and take, until I figure out how I can work around with this collection. I plan to make another seperate book just with the photos of the pencils as well, as a ‘just in case’ this plan doesn’t work.

Please stay tuned for the next update, as it’s another update to show the making and thought process behind the setting out of the images for the content of the book. Thanks for reading~.

Collect, analyse and re-assemble: Exhibition and critique. (1/?)

Working together as a team, we hosted our very own exhibition in the cafeteria area. Exhibitions aren’t always my cup of tea, when it comes to getting it together, I must admit. While I also did state ‘working together’, I felt that I lacked in that part when figuring out how I could help others, I did however start to consider how my book (and case) for this project could be displayed.

There’s not an awful a lot of space for everyones work to go, if you were to put in to mind that the canteen’s pretty small and there’s a lot of work. We made do with what we had though; baring this in mind, when displaying my book, I found that the book was far too thick and had trouble staying up right on the shelve, that I originally intended to display it on, this led me to believe that I could probably find another place to set it up.

So, there were this pile of boxes in the corner, luckily enough I was able to use one of those and position the book upright. From looking at it, it looked kind of floppy, this may have been due to the think, scrappy piece of card used for the book cover. I may need to keep in mind, that I need to change that because in my opinion, that was one of the only downfalls about my book– The cover. If it was harder card, it may be able to be presented a bit more neatly.  Speaking of the presentation on the box, Sara later suggested moving it to near the window, as its current position was hidden and could easily be missed; I felt this was a good idea. I did try this method first, but I didn’t want the book to be merged with the others on display, although the fact that it’s placed on the orangey-red box makes it stand out.

Looking back at the exhibition presentation so far and seeing how everyone organised their stuff, it shows that some thought and effort had been put in to it.

I had a few notes for myself in future that I may need to think back to in future:

  • How is the display of the object going to be laid out?
  • Where will the object go?
  • Is there any context to the display or object?
  • Will the display help the object?
  • Lighting? shadows?

Collect, analyse & (re)assemble: Development in plan and experiments.

Going over this very quickly, I’ll highlight what my plans are and what exactly it is, that I’m doing for this current project because I don’t think I’ve classified it clearly. While my subject is called ‘Starting point’, it’s a collection of pencils. I would like to think that actually, there’s more than just one collection from simply looking at this one. It’s pretty much a collection with in a collection, with in a collection with in a collection. I thought this collection was going to be very basic, simple, but it turns out it isn’t.

The pencil collection has more to it, than it meets the eye. How it’s collected, the size, the number of bumps, scratches, marks and teeth marks it has, the patterns, its colour, its thickness, its type. I constantly think about how I’m going to portray these traits with in this project to help define what the collection is, or at least summarise it. So, my main focus with it has been it’s use and how they can be catagorised, sorted. When looking back at the term ‘Stating point’, a pencil is always there to take an idea from your mind and link it to paper. You take a concept and put it down, develop and create something new.

I could rant on more about this, but basically, I want to show the start and finish of how a pencil can be used as a collection.

Last time, I put forward my marks research, I was thrilled, but it led me to some new ideas on how I could take it further; in my sketchbook, I simply started to draw down energetic lines with a group of pencils held together. Moving them across the paper, then trying to recreate the patterns I saw from the research.


For the teeth marks, logos and any indents on the pencils, I had to experiment with how I was going to make that in to an image. I did start to brood over this idea quite a bit and I wasn’t getting anywhere; they could’ve been photographed and placed together? they could’ve been drawn out? I could’ve even photographed the marks and logos, edited them on Photoshop and then made them in to a screenprint? but my time was running out, I was also at home at the time, so the only thing I tried out was printing them by hand with block printing ink.

The print on the left hand side was one of my favourites, I liked the diamond shaped marks that came out of it. Those marks were made from one of the mechanical pencils I had– the ones with the rubber grips.  Each set’s unique in its own way, there’s a range of different marks, patterns and even when I was rolling one pencil across, they would make this nice, smooth, smudgey mark on the paper.

After, I decided to see how I can try out a 3D aspect, but then again, it would’ve come out 2D once presented on paper, anyhow, I did some testing of this before, but in the library:

If you have noticed, when changing the order of something; it becomes an entirely different thing to look at. The collection itself was organised in to seperate different colours, then changed once again. Then again. From doing this, I learnt that I could take advantage of this and then sepereate  every single pencil and organise them in to categories(As shown in the first photograph).

I continued this experiment at home, but changed it. I tried to build a model, that would involve the collection as a whole:


After speaking to Matthew about my ideas and how I’m putting my book together, I did at one point over the holiday felt that I was taking far too much time with the content and development, than the outcome of the book. However, from the book binding session from the last week of term, it allowed me to experiment with how I can lay out each image with in the book and what bind I can use. I have a vague idea of how I want it, but i’m not sure of what the bind would be called, if I combined two methods of patching the pages together. THIS is what I need to look in to, I also need to remind myself, that if I leave something to the last moment, I’ll end up with a rushed outcome and that’s not good. It’s no good at all.



Collect, analyse & (re)assemble- Artists and designers looked at.

Trying to find artists and/or designers who work with pencils in a more creative, or conceptual way is tough. Even from typing up the words ‘artists who work in pencil’, it brings up pages of life drawings. Not that, that’s such an awful thing. Narrowing my search to ‘mark making artists’, I came across some unusual outcomes, which I didn’t think about before. That just goes to show that there’s always someone who thinks of this object in a different way, or uses them.


Abbey Withington was one of my first finds, while looking for different mark makers. She creates these interesting, colourful patterns made via screenprint. They almost look as if they could of been hand drawn, just from looking at the textured markings. While these appear to be refreshing to look at; how each shape is spaced out appear to have been put in to consideration. Each colour, pattern and shape do not seem to be too repetitive and they seem to work together well. As an illustrator, I may need to bare in mind of this method; making careful decisions on what pattern, mark or how something will look on the pages of the book.

Other than that, observing closer at the marks, the patterns and textured strokes seem to stand out among all of the white space.

Reedy’s Legend of Zelda wood-block prints are what caught my eye. They’re captivating, bold and very detailed. They’re able to capture character among the characters in such a simple way.

I adore the use of thick lines he uses, and the amount of detail that goes in to each print’s astonishing. In terms of this method of production, I plan to use some printing in my tests for the collection as a form of presenting the object. What I mean to state is, the teeth and name etchings and the patterns on the pencils for instance could be printed multiples amounts of times, or could be used to create another piece of imagery with in the book to make it look appealing to those who look at it.

Honestly,  I didn’t ever think you could obtain something like this from just colouring pencils.  Though, this one is most likely not all in pencil, but it’s another nice example of an illustration that uses pencils. This piece was created by Rebecca Green; an American Illustrator, who works with gouache, acrylic, colored pencil, and ink. What I liked about this was how simple and traditional it was.

 By using groups of objects, Federico Uribe gathers them all together and creates sculptures from them; to me, it looks complicated. It may be, if I were to try something similar to this, I might try building the sculpture out on its side instead.