I think the main highlights from these past few weeks from the VisCom and introduction to art and design have helped me develop and simplify my usual art skills that suits my illustration course, reason being is that at the beginning of the course I didn’t know what to do for the first introductory unit or where to start, but as the weeks progressed I found myself learning more and more from going to the library and attending my group crits & lectures.
The strengths I have found in the course thus far have been that looking into the library for visual inspiration and primary research via books gave me an idea of how I would represent my work in a different style, maybe do a bit more in-depth research both in and off campus by collecting more conceptual images in high definition which would help with my photography side of illustration, inspired by the VisCom workshops at the start of term. The strengths I believe I need to work on the most is getting more visual illustrations of objects and monuments that inspire me through a series of rough outline sketches & conceptual detailed drawings.
My most favourite aspects of the course from the beginning up to now have been the workshops, group critiques and lectures. Each aspect has given me a new insight to Art & Design and has helped me progress towards my goal in my developing artistic career; For example, the workshops have helped me get to know the facilities and how they work so that I can use them for my up coming projects. The lectures have helped me understand the main university facilities in case I need help or advice about an issue I’m having. Lastly, the group critiques on Tuesday’s from the start of term made me feel very nervous because I’m quite sensitive towards criticism and feedback given because I worry my work isn’t up to standards or requirements from briefs, although with these group crits I have become more confident about standing out of the crowd to present my work and to gain feedback so I can work from in order to help me improve any faults or missing pieces in annotations or research.
Over the course of these past weeks, I have been using my free time and VisCom workshops effectively to produce my final images in this unit. The total estimate of hours I spent a week varied between 7 - 9 hours and I decided to use my free time during the weekends to capture some rough photographs of Luton and of the specific object, aspect and characteristic of the town centre that I found very narrative and inspiring. I think overall I have spent more time creating multimedia pieces of art and just about less time on research. In the next unit I will be concentrating more on research for inspirational ideas and techniques which I can use to help me develop my skills even further by going to the library, museums, around town and in historic buildings to try get some more background information to help support my research.
Lastly, I think that by keeping an online journal it has helped me present my ideas out to the public and to my class as well as gain good & bad critique; such as how the layout looks, how easy it is to view my work and how organised it is as well as the quality of information provided in the annotations describing images / drawings. The only downside to a blog is making it really personal through layouts; Tumblr offers a nice layout feature, but I think the best blog layouts cost too much which is the main reason I created a simple customized layout of my own so that any attention to detail is kept at a minimum.
Week 5 : Drawing Workshop - Foil texture drawing (illustrations)
These are images I took during the drawing workshop (day 1) on how my skills developed during the course of the day; you can tell throughout the images annotated on which image I had developed more with tonal work and an additional feature to detail.
Personally, I liked the way the texture of the foil gives a very strong contrasting effect in the light as well as the dark areas of each crease. Because of this I found drawing the details to be very geometric and symmetrical using lines, dots and cross-hatching methods to bring out the shapes and structure of the foil.
I found that using pen worked very nicely in this exercise because of the fluidity and freedom through the way the pen gives an easy way of blending in lines to create a detailed illustration to the foil.
Week 5 : Drawing workshop - Paper craft to portrait drawing (still life)
This was another part of the tonal sketch exercise of this weeks workshop, the task was to make a 3D paper form to use as a still-life piece to draw, in this case I created a rough paper fan so I could still capture the rough details and edges. Using black and white chalk to define details of the object, I used a technique from my past experiences with the media by gently grazing the entire body of chalk at a 70* angle to give it quite a sharp edge and then blending the chalk outwards to give a sense of shading and light.
Week 5 : Drawing Workshop (Day 1) - The apple
This is a collection of timed still life images I drew of an apple during the first drawing session. I found this drawing exercise very useful in terms of proportion, tonal work and texture. Reason being is that I have always found drawing a detailed object quite hard, usually I start drawing the outline of the item before adding details and shading to the object to give it a 3D form, although it is seen as a more solid 2D sketch rather than a fluid 3D drawing. Using the feedback and techniques given in the tutorial from the beginning of each session, I developed a more easier way to bring out an objects natural form through choosing the light and dark areas first by creating a rough idea of where the shaded areas are by rubbing away the lighter areas from the dark using an eraser.
I found this technique very useful because it really saves time from going straight into drawing the line art before deciding where the actual shades and tones are within the object.
Overall, I will definitely be reviewing this weeks workshop as future reference for future projects and units as well as my personal art throughout my art career.