Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 5

Assignment 5 feedback session

Overall Comments

You have been a thoughtful student and have demonstrated to me that you have the ability undertake a degree level piece of academic research.  Your drawing skills have developed but I think embarking on the degree will really speed that up and help you to commit more time to drawing. Importantly, your understanding of art and its possibilities for you as a maker has really developed. In particular, there is plenty of scope for you to continue to ask questions of drawing as it relates to sculptural practices. Best of luck with your future studies.

Notes by student…

Looking at your self evaluation, your evaluation is being quite hard on yourself. When stating that something is lacking try to concentrate on why, and what might be done about it. You are, however, bringing out learning points and being able to show progress across the course. It seems to me that you are on track to consider the degree, if that is your intention, and you’ve come to the end of this course successfully.

On the difference between the Creative Arts and Fine Arts degrees, the Creative Arts at its best expects you to follow two distinct practices. The interest in the approach comes from how the disciplines combine as you move up the degree.

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

In the sculpture photomontage the drawing was simplified too early. A better approach might have been to start out trying to set up for a drawing of a couple as an observational drawing, and then to simplify afterwards. This was abstracted too soon. It would be interesting, if you were to make this, to go through a process of drawing and maquette making as an iterative process and see how the whole developed.

The package of small drawings was interesting, some of which were the original images for the photomontage and others the Inktober images. The wide beach images (‘Headed to Le Touquet…”) could have been more interesting, whereas the image showing the French food was an interesting angle and caught the visual quality of the food.

The tent scene, from the photomontage, worked well. It is worth considering the idea of presenting separate components of a full scene as elements in an exhibition. There is no reason why a selection of images on a subject couldn’t work as part of a body of work for an exhibition. The figures from the group have work reasonably well, but the use of conte pastels at this scale is difficult to work due to the inherent inaccuracy of placement for the end of the stick. The easiest solution is probably to work on a larger format, but it is also possible to model using a putty rubber or tortillon.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

The challenge of collecting research and visual reference information in OneNote from “Reflections on my sketchbook”. It is considered reasonable to share a PDF export of the material for submission to a tutor or for assessment. If it is impractical, for copyright reasons, to publish all of the information publicly then place the exports on Google drive and direct the tutor or assessor to that. Beware, however, that an assessor will not be marking on volume of downloading but on quality of learning derived from this.

The Krampus (Alpine Christmas demon, scene was interesting in a “Kirsty Whiten” sort of way, as not everyone gets to witness that sort of scene. Between the this image and the French food one they show different approaches for making an interesting drawing.


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis 

When drawing the face, consider carefully the position and orientation of the eye socket, rather than the eyeball, as an approach to construction and consideration. Leave the eyeball until near the end of the drawing. The ridge of bone for the forehead and cheekbone is important, as is the neck connection to the figure and the chin. These are both important considerations, and effect the look of the face. Focus on the muscles and bone rather than features. This has worked well for the orange T-Shirted man for the photomontage image, but isn’t in evidence for the printed self-portrait.

The printing required significant research, and the need for additional time and effort in this area is evident. It might be worth considering either a print course or joining a print facilities group to gain access to a press might be worth considering if this is an area of interest.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis 

When working with OneNote and learning logs, as discussed above, consider providing an export of the learning material. Them, cross reference that in the learning log. (See page XX, of the learning log export available on the g-drive etc.)

With respect to “How Sculptors use Drawing”: That looks good, definitely in right direction. You can improve it by changing phrases like ‘there is more information here’ to something like ‘this article describes Moore’s practice and drawing process’ or whatever- just a mini sentence that covers the crux as it relates to your goals.

Suggested reading/viewing

Consider “Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts” by Graeme Sullivan, ISBN 978-1412974516 to better understand the approach to research within the arts. Alternatively “Handbook of Arts-Based Research” by Patricia Leavy, ISBN 978-1462521951. Consider getting the latest editions as the field is moving quickly, as it is quite a new field.

Artists to consider:

Art and Illustration were discussed, and the background behind the Fine Art negativity towards illustration. This stems from the Abstract Expressionism, with the need for art to challenge and drive for art to be extremely individualistic and challenging to the viewer. This is almost the antithesis is illustration, which is intended to enhance and clarify the overall narrative of a story. Art requires the artist to have something interesting that they want to do with the approaches and techniques.

Pointers for the future

  • I would strongly suggest you make sure that you don’t stop making work when you do the written module of the first year.
  • When considering putting on an exhibition, perhaps for a final year show, consider the possibilities of non-Gallery spaces for showing. This might work better for some work than the “clean white cube” approach of a modern gallery and is considered a legitimate approach.
Tutor name  Emma Drye
Date 10/11/2017

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