Posted in Art and Artists, Research & Reflection

Net Anthology and Street View

A slight aside, but one of the criteria for the course involves showing an understanding of the contemporary context of Art. To try to help get up to speed on the current art scene I’ve been subscribing to various Art-based newsletters. One of these pointed me to the Net Art Anthology. This lists various art projects on the internet, and has some interesting concepts in the mix.

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Posted in Assignment 1, Assignments, Coursework, Part 1

Assignment 1: Evaluation and Reflection

Reflection and Evaluation

What went well?

I like the image overall, as stated previously. The items have meaning for me, and I am hopeful that at least some element of that shows through. The drawing was well received by my wife, who will have similar associations with the individual objects chosen. She called it “An homage to Greece” which fits my intention fairly well. Continue reading “Assignment 1: Evaluation and Reflection”

Posted in Art and Artists, Research & Reflection

Modern Art Themes…

I’ve been at the Coursera again. This time “Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes” ( The idea is to consider Modern and Contemporary art within the context of its meaning rather than by time and art movement. The themes are: “Places & Spaces”, “Art & Identity”, “Transforming Everyday objects” and “Art & Society”. The main interest lies in their coverage of the context around a number of pieces and the way that they mesh with the theme. Continue reading “Modern Art Themes…”

Posted in Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 5, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS

Assignment 5 Evaluation and Course Reflection

Assignment Suitability for submission

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills

I like the submitted print and narrative images, and am starting to get an idea of how to approach work using the techniques indicated within the course. The quality of the self-portrait indicates how far I have to go in figure drawing, as this is probably the most significant area that needs improvement in the submitted works. I think I have many more hours of observational drawing ahead of me before I fully crack that. (As my tutor put it at one point “I’m still stuck in symbolism.” Clearly demonstrated by the nose in the attempted self-portrait.) Continue reading “Assignment 5 Evaluation and Course Reflection”

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 4, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS, Foundation Drawing - Part 4

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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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”

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 4, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS, Foundation Drawing - Part 4

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”

Posted in Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 2, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS, Notes, Research & Reflection

Reflection on Tutor feedback

On consideration I’ve decided that it is appropriate to reflect on my tutor’s feedback again. This is more for my own thinking than as a response. After my Assignment 2 feedback I realised that I hadn’t understood and/or followed some of his advice. Considering each point explicitly at this point seems worthwhile as a completeness check, and to build a “further work” list. Continue reading “Reflection on Tutor feedback”

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - Part 3

Project 3.2: Apples, Orange and lime

This was created just before I received the Assignment 2 feedback from my tutor. I didn’t get round to writing up my thoughts on it because I had a major reset on the work for Project 3.1. The image was simply posted as a comment on pastel pencils. I touched up the image slightly from when I posted it previously, but it is still basically the same. Continue reading “Project 3.2: Apples, Orange and lime”

Posted in Foundation Drawing, Foundation Drawing - Part 3

Project 3.1: Brief and Research


So what is this one all about? Clearly the first, and most important, point is to demonstrate drawing in perspective for a complex scene. This means creating a “believable sense of structure and form” (from the brief) using perspective as the tool. Continue reading “Project 3.1: Brief and Research”

Posted in Notes, Research & Reflection

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 Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENT 2, Foundation Drawing - ASSIGNMENTS

Assignment 2 feedback

Received feedback for Assignment 2 from my tutor.

Dear David,

Thank you for your second Assignment

Overall Comments

Thank you for taking my advice and keeping to the requirements of the course so that you have submitted only some evidence of the projects as instructed in the coursebook. Continue reading “Assignment 2 feedback”

Posted in Exhibitions & Books

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

This was being exhibited at a local Gallery, so I decided to go along to have a look. The work has been fairly extensively documented, and so I won’t attempt to describe it in detail here. Suffice it to say that there are 6 tapestries and  wealth of background information to view and consider. Continue reading “Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences”

Posted in Art and Artists

Artist: Warwick Goble

That was an odd Journey. I started looking at the Tom Marioni and Rachel Evans in preparation for the second half of Project 0.3. More of that later. Rachael’s work lead me to considering Andrew Goldsworthy, which lead me to the Visual Melt web site. (Hang on I’m getting there.) At the bottom of the Visual Melt pages they include images from other artists, which you can click on to get to more images from the artist. (A dangerous site if you’re short on time.) One Artist that particularly caught my eye was Warwick Goble.

The work

The following seems to be a typical piece of work:

The Star Lovers

The Star Lovers by Grace James, Illustrated by Warwick Goble. URL Viewed 13/06/2016

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