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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.

Considering the Projects

Project 5.1, Monoprint

Exercise 1: Balance

  • What sort of objects will be worthwhile? I understand “found” materials to refer to pieces not created for art, but might it be worthwhile if they are truly “found”.
  • What is a meaning of “Balance”, and how might a monoprint based on found materials work with it?
  • Need to experiment with the materials, and what different objects produce as an image.

Exercise 2: Transfer method

  • Using the self-portrait you did in 1.3 as a guide, make another version of your drawing using this transfer method
  • Although I will start with the self portrait, as suggested, I’d also like to try other transfer images. This is partially because I don’t like the self portrait.

Exercise 3: Drawing directly onto the plate

  • Experiment with tonal range here
  • Experiment with different tools for drawing on the plate

In these exercises the images are black on white, but other colour combinations would be worth trying. The assignment example drawing includes extra colours, and so this is presumably considered reasonable. How might colour be added in the exercises?

Project 5.2 Narrative

Exercise 1: Storyboarding a day in the life…

  • What should I use as subject?
  • What would I storyboard: a comic strip, graphic novel, animation or film?
  • How might I design the framework? What might work well?
  • How might the individual frames be composed?
  • What viewpoint would be interesting?
  • What text might be worthwhile? Where should it go?
  • How to print or render and present it?

Exercise 2: Photomontage of Figures in a landscape

  • What sort of landscape and figures?
  • Scanning shouldn’t be an issue, but should I just maximise the resolution?
  • How might a narrative be worked into the whole?
  • How large do the figures need to be? How much detail is appropriate?
  • What materials to draw with? Charcoal, graphite or conte?
  • Should I use colour? What about drawing on the image itself? The latter, of course, isn’t following the instructions, but…
  • What image editing software to use?
  • How to print and present the work?
  • What landscape images to use? I have plenty of reference shots that might be useful here.


In all these exercises the first step will be some experimentation with the different techniques, and considering artists that work I each of the different forms. What works? What do I like? What is worth trying? How do the approaches and techniques work?

Monoprint research:


Photo Programs for electronic drawing and Photomontage

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