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Part 2 Feedback and Reflection

In the following extract I’ve retained the relevant feedback for my development and removed content which seems inappropriate to share. Missing content is denoted with “…”. My initial reflection on the feedback follows it.

Overall Comments

In the blog you write about your research method. It would be good to use drawing as the principle research method. When you spend time with a subject and forget about what’s ‘right’ you make some good work. At the moment though, you tend to be hidebound by the discoveries / methods of others. Allow yourself to investigate the media and the subject THROUGH drawing and not through reading about other people’s way of making things. Continue reading “Part 2 Feedback and Reflection”

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Part 2 Submission Notes

Somewhat reworked to reflect Part 2 tutor feedback changes. Little substantial change.


Part 2 has been, to say the least, quite a journey for me – even after adding a month to my intended submission deadline I still haven’t really finished it properly. I’ve only done one initial Monotone Drawing (Part 2, Project 3 Ex4), when I had intended to do a series of them and pick the best. I didn’t manage to get to the experimentation with mixed media (Part 2, Project 3 Ex3) at all – despite plans for a number of things I still wanted to try. In fact, that is a summary of my Part 2: A lot done, but so much more that I wanted to do. I fully intend to “back fill” the missing material, but we will see if the other parts are a packed as Part 2. If so, time might not allow… Continue reading “Part 2 Submission Notes”

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Art being viewed…

One of the influences that I have is a regular supply of images and works from the Internet. Some of these come through Twitter (See, others from new articles and so forth. Most of these will go unrecorded, and float through. Some of these end up referenced in blogs and considered more formally – and a very few will end up printed and considered in my physical sketchbooks. I view and collect far more material, however, than I would ever write up in any formal way. I have, therefore, decided to acknowledge and comment on a small proportion of it. This is, in effect, an electronic extension of my physical sketchbook for recording the art I view and my thoughts on it. Continue reading “Art being viewed…”

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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”

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Project 2: Basic shapes and fundamental form

Reworked following part 2 tutor feedback.

Ex 1: Groups of Objects



  • What subject to choose?
    • The examples imply kitchen and household objects, but that isn’t stated as a requirement. There should be some simple geometric forms and others that are more complex.
    • Despite not requiring household objects they do fit the brief very well, and there is plenty of scope for interest.
    • An alternative might be ceramic materials. Maybe a bag of clay, some glaze buckets and ingredients etc. This could make for an interesting composition. There is then scope to incorporate a concrete floor or the bench behind it.
  • What surface to use?
    • It is stated A2 or A1, but encourages an imaginative use of materials.
    • Might be worth trying some of the paper we use as packing. Quite a robust material and probably suitable for use. In this case it would probably be worth having ripped edges rather than neatly cut to emphasise the “utilitarian” nature of the materials.
    • Similarly I have some yellowed wallpaper off-cut (I think its an underlay) which might make an interesting utilitarian material.
  • How to “loosely describe” the objects? How to achieve representation of “weight, transparency, shine, etc.”? How might the contents help in the depiction of the form?
    • The sample image is a line drawing, but the assignment doesn’t specify that it must be. Definitely could be lines with basic shading etc.
    • In this case I like the start I made in my practice drawing: Light outlines, then darken for the visible lines and lastly a bit of shading and context using a variety of line strengths etc to provide the interest.
    • The answer to the follow-on questions clearly relates to what is being drawn. In the case of a plastic
  • One colour is specified, but not the mark making material. What would fit the subject? What would I like to work with?
    • This partly depends on the material I’m drawing on. If I’m using a utilitarian surface then the mark making material needs to work with that. There
  • What context should the items be placed in? (What sitting on and in the background.)
    • For kitchen items the kitchen itself would make most sense. Possibly the worktop and back wall, for example.
    • For the clay materials the best context is the pottery or glazing/kiln room depending on whether I am drawing the making or firing.

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Considering personal visual language


The course notes make the following observation:

“personal visual language by looking at some images by the following artists from different art historic moments, each working in a very different style, but each very firmly absorbed in the activity of drawing: Leonardo da Vinci, Käthe Kollwitz, Cy Twombly and Jenny Saville.”, Course Notes p13

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