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Providing evidence of discernment


I have been struggling with the feedback from my tutor, not because of a flaw in it but because all of this “Art Education” is new to me. Having spent most of my career in software engineering and business management I think I have an unusual way (for the art world) of dealing with instructions. I am also quite “process oriented” in how I do things.

Bringing this back to the feedback I’m struggling with, it is this from Assignment 1:

  • Provide evidence of research, discernment, self-evaluation and contextual study in your logbook

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Posted in Art and Artists, Exhibitions & Books, Research & Reflection

Realism and Art

I was recently viewing the work of Jon Hul. He produces pieces of work that are so detailed that they are, in effect, indistinguishable from photographs. Given that, however, can this be considered more valuable than the photograph it was presumably copied from? The artist in question has spent years perfecting his skills to produce such an image. This level of realism, however, could have been produced in a much simpler fashion – by printing the photograph. Continue reading “Realism and Art”

Posted in Exhibitions & Books, Research & Reflection

Kandinsky and Spirituality in Art

I have been reading a paper copy [1] of this work on my tutor’s recommendation, and it is readily available online in electronic form [2]. Although not an easy read it has definitely provided me with a lot of food for thought on aspects of art which I haven’t previously considered. Kandinsky was a prolific artist who lived and worked at the back end of the 19th and early 20th century. This work is a paper that presents his “theory of art” at a point in time. The following outlines my thoughts on the different parts of the work. Continue reading “Kandinsky and Spirituality in Art”

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - Part 3, Notes, Research & Reflection

What is cheating in drawing?

A odd question, but one I need to reflect on after some of my feedback. I have been doing drawings so far on the course with a bit of paper, an eraser (of whatever sort) and something to make a mark. I haven’t been using a ruler, ellipse template, grid, projection box and camera etc.

In my own opinion the output of programs like Prisma are interesting but are clearly not a drawing by me. I think the output of my Digital Art experiments, including the Dragon Triplet are my drawings in my opinion though. Some supporting tools will be a major help in getting accurate ellipses and rendering perspective more fully. So, what is cheating and what isn’t? Continue reading “What is cheating in drawing?”

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Drawing accurate ellipses

In both assignment feedback pieces my tutor has noted “Should XXX be an ellipse?” For example: “Surely if you really looked at the shape of that opening it would be an ellipse shape?” My first thought was yes, and I thought I drew it that way – so I went back for a new look: Continue reading “Drawing accurate ellipses”