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Part 5 Development areas

Specifically for these projects:

  • Printing, as this is new to me.
    • Research home printing methods, such as Collographs.
  • Drawing figures in various poses, with and without clothes
  • For Narration: Figure drawing can be really hard. If the figure drawing is causing frustration consider approaching it using other forms. Maybe sheep, or other animals. The idea is to experiment with juxtaposition.
  • Consider creative ways of approaching Life Drawing for practicing figure drawing.
  • Presenting narrative in art

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Assignment 4 Feedback

Feedback, written up by myself based on a video session…

Overall Comments

Overall, this part represents good assignment submission, where you have clearly enjoyed yourself and improved you observational drawing. You have clearly engaged with the part and learned a lot about drawing and the use of negative space. The work shows good progress through the exercises and the sketchbook. Continue reading “Assignment 4 Feedback”

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Project 5.2: Photomontage: Painting on the image

IMG_2134 - Chepstow Sunset - Green Gathering Festival - paint on image #2

Used Corel Paint Essentials to do a bit of painting directly onto the image. Although this is off-spec for the brief, I’m expecting to need to do some of this to help blend the drawn figures into the landscape. No real attempt here to make high-quality drawings. More a case of playing with the medium.

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In the Studio: Reflection

What have I learnt?

My tutor (Emma Drye) labelled Jackson Pollock as a “Painter’s painter”, and I think I am beginning to understand this statement. Much of this work is about the act and experience of painting. The observer is expected to understand this – at least to a degree. I was close to the point when I wrote about “Art as Materials Study,” though that is only an element of the overall meaning. Add in a dose of an artist trying to get you to spend a significant amount of time on their work, whether in appreciation or struggle. The observation of this work becomes an experience in itself, and that is beyond the encoding on meaning into the symbolism of a flower. Continue reading “In the Studio: Reflection”

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In the Studio: Yayoi Kusama

“Infinity net painting.” Oil over acrylic works, not the other way round. – Big douse of black, with a bit of colour for interest. Think what to do with edges. Kusama often left them primed. Making the ground very smooth, rather than having brush strokes visible. Allow to dry then sand with 120 grit. Provides a less glossy surface and exposes the weave slightly. Continue reading “In the Studio: Yayoi Kusama”

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In the Studio: Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt worked in Oils, and needed good quality specific paints to achieve the effects he wanted. He produced a very matt quality of paint by withdrawing medium. Impressionists did this by taking paint and putting it on absorbent paper, but Reinhardt mixed prime colours 9Red, green and blue) into larger amount of black to reduce the value and get very deep blacks. He used a small amount of pigment, then 10-25 times as much Mars Black. He dissolved this in a lot of solvent, very thoroughly mixed. This is sealed in a jar and left to settle out, so that most of the binder is in the solvent. The solvent is now decanted. Repeat the medium extraction until the consistency works well. May need 3 repetitions Continue reading “In the Studio: Ad Reinhardt”

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Part 5: Considering the coursework…

Option Selection

I’ve been considering this for a while, and have decided to select the print and narrative options. I quickly eliminated textiles, due to a lack of interest. I selected the print option as quickly, mainly because I like the idea of playing with some nice and messy materials. That left a choice between collage and narrative. I selected the narrative option, as I feel it would be worthwhile developing a stronger sense for narrative in my work, and this might give me some practice in this area. Continue reading “Part 5: Considering the coursework…”

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A trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On my way up the country to a family holiday in Cumbria we stopped off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This was planned as a stop over in the long trip from Kent, but gave me a good opportunity to take in some art along the way. There was a great deal to see, and if you’ve never visited and get the chance plan to spend a while there if you can. The following outline a few highlights of this trip. This write up is bereft of images as I have no idea on the copyright issues of including them. I have, however, included links that are worth following for images and more information. Continue reading “A trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park”

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Part 4 Evaluation

Suitability for submission

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills

The pieces of Project 4.1 and 4.3 have required me to develop a number of new technical skills to produce – especially around line art, production of a wider tonal range and drawing without the use of an eraser. These should be tested quite well in parts 5 if I do the print and narrative options, as I intend. I’m happy with the composition, and that scope that it allowed to demonstrate tonal range in the drawings. I’m also fairly happy with the level of observational skill and interest in the drawings, despite being able to see a number of issues retrospectively. The hands were a particular challenge in Project 4.3. I had to look into anatomy and do plenty of practice to even come up with a passable set of hand images. The feet were slightly less so, but still quite a challenge. Continue reading “Part 4 Evaluation”

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Project 4.3: Evaluation and Reflection

Observation and Construction

In all cases, I’m not totally happy with the images but they are a definite improvement over where I was. In the hands images, for example, I’m not that happy with the fist. I was going for a darker image in the tonal range (which worked), but I’m not as happy with the observation and accuracy of this one. In the touching feet, the background needs a level of work. I might also have put more effort into the rendering of the material of the jeans. For the crossed feet the toe on the right foot (on the left hand side of the image) is a little too bulbous. Similarly the arch of the foot is somewhat off. Continue reading “Project 4.3: Evaluation and Reflection”

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Project 4.2: Evaluation and Reflection

As the purpose of this exercise was to copy another image the 5C’s approach isn’t that enlightening. I will, therefore, concentrate on responding to the questions that the assignment posed instead. Continue reading “Project 4.2: Evaluation and Reflection”