Collect, analyse & (re)assemble- Part 1

How we organise or do something always has a system to it or we always have a way of doing something, which we don’t pay any heed to. Looking back on this particular subject, I feel quite ecstatic about it, as it can go in many different ways. I can start to put in to consideration of how I’m going to present my collection. I haven’t quite clarified that here, yet, but I shall do so now.

From going over the series of ideas that I mapped out on a brainstorm, I’ve come to the decision of collecting pencils. You can do so much with them, that you don’t even realise. Some may state that they’re only for the use of drawing, but I can tell you that there’s a whole lot more to them than simply that; you can draw, doodle, make many types of marks, model from them, use them to draft, arrange them, catagorise them, build sculptures, use the sharpenings for art and even print the little teeth and scratch marks on to paper. I want to continue with this idea in mind, and focus the subject of pencils on the two words I used in our discussion with Adrian about ideas: ‘Starting point’.  

So, the term ‘starting point’, it could be that I start off with how we started off with pencils as a kid, or the typical functions that we often use them for.  I may present this in a series of different mark making techniques, but I did originally consider this idea and from that, I began collecting many different marks, patterns and textures as references, to help give me an idea of how I can put the pencils to use.

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Simply to give you a quick grasp of what I’ve been working on for the last couple of days, here are some examples of leave rubbings I’ve done with a few of the pencils:

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Something I found particularly fascinating about these tests were the different variations of marks, lines and depth you can obtain, depending on the way you move the pencil,  change the pencil or even the technique in how you press the pencil to the page. I chose to experiment with the leaf rubbings first, as it was a starting point that I remember doing in art classes when I was in year 1 or 2 of Primary school. It was one of the first things we would  do with that tool of trade.

While playing around with these; previously, I went ahead and started to draw anything that came to my mind when it came to pencils. It left me with some new ideas, in how we develop our skills with the medium. We can start off drawing a doodle —> then to a sketch —> and later on a detailed drawing.

Some things I may need to keep in mind:

  • What’s going to be presented in the book?
  • How is the book going to be presented?
  • How will the pencil collection be presented?
  • Photos? drawings?

 

 

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Looking in to abstract and contemporary artists.

I wanted to strengthen my research in to other artists for ‘The soundtrack of our lives.’. Thanks to a book called ‘The best of British contemporary illustration 2008’, I was able to obtain a few that has helped to broaden my ideas for the future, if I ever plan on coming back to this project (which is most likely going to happen).

I had several more that I looked at as well, but I only found them before I found this book and started looking in to contemporary and abstract art.

Jill Calder:

Jill Calder’s been working as an illustrated since 1993; she also deals with digital art and she lectures with the love of drawing, ideas, colour and ink.
She’s worked with numerous amount of clients globally.

There’s many reasons as to why I have chosen to talk about this illustrator; there’s something so vivid, colourful and original about her drawings that she’s produced so far. I was really admiring the bright tones she uses in specific illustrations, they create a gentle touch of emotion to the image that can be seen clearly; the lines used as well help convey that.

Observing closer, I would like us all to focus on the image with the cliff and the rabbit for a second. They’re quite blocked? as in the colours are solid ,but each shade is sharply built in to the picture to create curves, or to help highlight other aspects.

When regarding the progress I’ve made so far,  particularly on the poster tests with the mediums, I start to think of this illustrator, in terms of the lines that she’s used or how the edges of some of the objects in the image have this textured look to it.  I’m starting to believe that depending on the brush strokes used, they can assist the poster with depicting the emotion, for example, fast brush strokes could portray a sharp and edgy sensation?

Becca Thorne: While being another illustrator and also a print maker, Thorne’s illustrations are both bold and graphic.

Some examples of her work can be seen at: http://www.beccathorne.co.uk/Illustration.html

I have thought about using lino as a print method for the making of the poster, but it’s time consuming.

Back to the subject,  I adore the fuzzy lines that are an outcome of this printing method, they appear to be very unsettled.  I must admit that for the same reasons I’ve selected Calder to look at, is the same reason as for why I chose Thorne. She’s able to use colour and make it work well with lines and shape.

Takashi Murakami: Thinking back on Mr. Blue sky and Year 3000, he was the first artist that popped in to mind at the time. He’s a contemporary artist.  During the time I was re listening to these songs specifically, they create these mind-blowing visuals of colour and elongated shapes that emphasise this futuristic vision. I strongly think that Murakami does just this i n his arm work by using a varied use of bold, bright and contrasting colour.

All right. This is the last one, I promise.

Francoise Nielly: An abstract artist this time, and I didn’t find her in the book, but I went out and made a search of ‘Abstract art’, then found her work to which reminded me of another artist who did similar, though I cannot remember their name sadly.

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It’s quite interesting to see how just a few mix of blocked in colours is able to bring out so much with in an image. Not only that, but the colours used are able to change the mood of a picture, as well as the brush strokes used.

I may have to consider this further with in my planning. I want to start testing out the kinds of colours I can use to link my emotions to them ( I’m going to use Photoshop for this after the first poster drafts are created), this will allow me to further my practice.

 

 

 

Illustration and drawing books of interest

While researching roughly 3 or 4 weeks ago, I found some very interesting finds in the library.

Some may laugh at me for stating this, but Quentin Blake is one of my most favourite illustrators. His use of bright, vibrant colours to his illustrations to bring out a character or create mood has always been a trait I have admired.

This book starts off giving some examples of his typical illustrations that appear in many children’s books, but later on in the book, it begins to show what other kinds of illustrations he does. Many of them are very abstract and/or figurative. They almost come off as if they have been done by a completely different artist.

As of I, I completely have to agree with The Sunday Times magazine. It’s a brilliant book for references. When I was having some trouble with composition and perspective, I found the book and learned a few things from it. The book gives you little tips and strategies to help improve your drawing skills.

 

I know for a fact I have trouble sometimes with my sketchbook layouts, or planning something out and this book gave me a few ideas on how I can use these sketchbooks of comic artists as influence towards mine.

 

 

Similar to the previous book, but this time it’s with animators books.

Critical Thinking rotation– 1/2

Starting of the week, I was placed in to group B and this was our chance to do some Critical thinking. In my opinion, when approaching this subject, I always make the assumption that critical thinking allows us to ask our selves questions on the things we do or what has been presented. Asking ourselves questions, such as ‘Why’, ‘How’, ‘What’ and ‘When’. It goes much further than this; we have to always consider including the special three W’s and the H words, though, we need to take it to other places. You have to put in a lot of thought in to the production, progress and reflect.

As an illustrator, I often find myself thinking about whether or not does my image strongly reflect what I want to get across or does the stories I write make any sense to other people? what can I do to grasp their attention?

Being given the last task, as I was not in on the Monday of that week; the task was to create two pages for the Zine– The center page and the front page. I also had to select one pillar from the following subjects: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics and Politics.

I was tempted to go with Politics, as my family discuss it quite a bit. I’m usually sat in my chair in the middle of it, just nodding my head and pretending that I understand every single word my sibling and father have to say. Then again, I gave the decision more thought and went with ethics. Ethics usually fit in to morality and what’s right and wrong. I found this amusing because this reminds me of the subject I chose to do for my poster project, so I had some ideas already for what I could do.

What I’ve started to do in my sketchbook is, I’ve begun to break down what Ethics is and what examples could be given from it. I also began to draw quick thumbnail ideas for the front cover, which will be based on the title ‘Thinking it and saying it’. By being playful with the words ‘thinking’ and ‘saying’; the first two images that came to mind were a head and a mouth. The head contains the brain/mind which is thinking so many things, while speech comes out of your mouth.

Another page used for some ideas or quotes I’ve come up with. I wanted to try and narrow my ethic subject to be based on the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’ because I always find that I tend to over worry about things not going the way it should, or that there’s no going back to undo or redo it, but that’s all wrong. There’s always time, there’s always a way of mending your mistakes.

I will discuss this subject further in my next post. That will be posted up tomorrow.

Mark Making– Part 1 (Monday 23rd November 2015)

Mark making has been my favourite rotation so far. I adore drawing, particularly life drawing. Capturing the movements of others during the day, I thought I would work on each drawing with different mediums, such as thick coloured pens, charcoal, ball point pen, pencils and sepia chalks. All in all, I used the thick pens more; I really enjoyed taking advantage of the smooth lines they create and using them to highlight specific parts on the figures which I wanted to stand out.

I always have to try to consider the time limit of how long I need to spend on each drawing, for example; on the first task, where we all went to the hallway to record people’s moving poses, I spent 5 to 10 seconds on getting the figure down. I found it very hard at first to capture the first couple of movements because they were so fast going back and forth. I wanted to try and capture each side that I could see of the body, while it was moving. It would’ve been nice to have got down the whole body on to the paper, but this didn’t happen.

Selecting only a few of the sketches from my A3 sketchbook, I chose the ones which I thought were effective towards the skills I’ve learnt in that first session. They were also the ones which I found were my stronger ones as well because they depict the movement and the body forms I saw.

After finishing, I thought it would of been nice if I were to come back to these in future and perhaps either try these methods:

  • Applying some more pen colours to them.
  • Working in another medium, such as charcoal, coloured inks and water colours to help give more depth to them.
  • Maybe turning these into screen prints?
  • I could take these further by merging them together on one page, or try layering each image?

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