Before starting Assignment one I carefully spent some time out to reflect on the unit and looking at my work , blog and sketchbook. I also did a brief plan in my sketchbook regarding media , scale etc. I decided as I had not done much with colour in my exercises so I definitely wanted explore fluid media using some colour. I also felt that I wanted to explore some sketches that I did in November at a life drawing event. It was difficult to decide what sketches to develop so I went with the idea of doing two drawings. One a head drawing A3 size and a larger A2 figure drawing this time with my model reclining. I aimed for something different than a traditional portrait instead I was looking for drama and intrigue.
I really felt inspired by the research points and wanted to use ideas from some of the work that I looked at. I was particularly moved and inspired by Louise Bourgeois’s insomnia drawings and I was blown away with the work of Geraldine Swayne. Both artists use their art to explore feminism and what it is like to be female. Bourgeois’s work is about her experiences of being a woman. She reflects on the female life cycle – sexuality, motherhood and ageing. I feel her work is intimate and sensual but also poignant. Swayne also explores issues around being female. Her work appears darker in tone and can be unsettling. I feel she is making comments on society particularly regarding exploitation of women and how women are portrayed . Despite the dark themes I can sense a tenderness in Swayne’s work , I feel she really cares about her sitter’s. For my final project I also wanted to explore elements of feminism- I chose to depict an actor dressed in a theatrical costume. But my sitter is empowered and in control – despite adopting a persona she is not who she appears to be. It is this element of mystery that I wanted to convey. I was not aiming to produce a likeness in the traditional sense I want my drawing to ask questions of the viewer. In a sense my drawing is telling a story. I wanted to say that my drawing is about a particular moment where for a moment an actor becomes a character. I am interested in art that has something to say that has a narrative quality. I like Art that captures a fleeting moment a sense of something happening.
Both my drawings are concerned with the sitter so I didn’t add in the background.
Once I established my subject matter I decided my media. Looking at my earlier work I felt that using a counterpoint dry media added an extra dimension to my drawings. I decided also to start with a monoprint as I was keen to build my drawing in layers. I feel that this added interest and some texture to my drawings. My original drawings were short sketches so I decided to try and keep the immediacy and spontaneous flow of my drawings so apart from adding more to the facial features I kept to the loose drawing style of my original sketches.
I also, on a whim decided to add a small area of collage. I decided that I wanted this to be fairly subtle so used a tiny amount of white tissue paper on the skirt of the larger drawing.
There are elements of my two drawings that I felt didn’t work – some of my drawing is clumsy in places and I am unsure about the posture of the reclining figure. However I do feel that there are elements of the drawings that I do like and I feel that I did achieve most of my aims and objectives. I also feel that I have used my media creatively.
I really enjoyed unit one and found all the exercises really helpful and interesting . This course has offered me plenty of scope and opportunity to learn about drawing. I felt that all the research points were useful to me. I feel as well as developing some skills the course has allowed me to express elements of my creativity.
As a learning curve there was a lot to offer me – I have never used fluid media and dry media together. I liked the way the course offered me the opportunity to work more intuitively and expressively – both things that I feel will help me on my learning path.
Some elements of the exercises I struggled with particularly exercise 1.4 invention and mystery. I struggled with some of the concepts particularly occlusion. I will need to go back and investigate this more fully as I feel I am not yet ready to leave it behind. I do have to push myself – but I am a hard worker and have a determined personality. This is my third level 1 course and in the previous two modules I have had to re-work some of my pieces – but I am always ready for the challenge and feel that errors and mistakes are all part of the learning process.
The research points gave me plenty to reflect on . They were inspiring and I learnt from them. I particularly want to continue to look at Louise Bourgeois. Geraldine Swayne was a real epiphany to me – I was not familiar with her work at all and will definitely follow her up. I am interested in Women artists as in history they have been widely overlooked – but I feel today more women artists are being recognised and I was pleased that we were required to look at women artists.
DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL SKILLS
Following the unit one programme I have experimented and explored using fluid media. I From gathering ideas to explore , developing themes and constructing work. I have used a variety of fluid media and observed outcomes and recorded my experiences. I have demonstrated a range of visual skills in relation to the exercises. I have made decisions regarding use of media, composition, design using a range of skills both visual and cognitive. I have explored a more intrusive method of learning. I have pushed myself and investigated my response to the course.
QUALITY OF OUTCOME
I have followed though all the exercises and research points. I have responded to all the tasks carefully assessing my work against the requirements of the outcomes. I have labelled my work and presented my work in an organised manner on my blog, and my sketchbook. I have recorded my thoughts and methodology. I have delved into my work within the context of learning from it. I have imputed my own ideas and views using a balanced and coherent view. My work is presented to the correct standard.
DEMONSTRATION OF CREATIVITY
though out the unit I have endeavoured to explore elements of my creativity sourcing ideas and looking at way to explore and expand them. I have used a number of difference learning approaches to challenge my creativity including – using my imagination, experimenting with different drawing media, inventing forms and drawings creatively. I have made decisions to develop ideas. I used my sketchbook to source ideas. I have looked at way to develop my personal voice and vision.
I am dyslexic to so I have worked hard to overcome some of the challenges. I have organised ideas , reflections and thoughts in a note book allowing me to form ideas to gather to aid me with the writing process. My online blog although not very sophisticated is up to date and relevant. I have used all the research points in an organised and constructive manner. I use my personal voice in an reflective manner recording and responding and using it as a learning tool. I have spent time assessing my progress and setting myself aims and objectives. I have began to measure my own work against the course criteria.
I have planned some gallery visits for the next couple of months. ( I was due to go on a OCA study visit last week but was unfortunately ill).
I have spend some time reading some of the suggested reading course books. I have also brought a book about Louise Bourgeois’s insomnia drawings as I am keen to discover more from Bourgeois’s drawings.
I feel excited with the direction that the course is taking me so I am looking forward to part 2.