Personal Review of Assignment 2

Assessment criteria points:

  1. Demonstration of technical and visual skills- materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and composition skills (35%)
  2. Quality of outcome- content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas (20%)
  3. Demonstration of creativity- imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice (25%)
  4. Context reflection- research, critical thinking (learning log/essays) (20%)

Overall I think that I have done well in this assignment. My research and development has been strong, and I have really made an effort to show my exploration and experimentation in each of the exercises.

I could have improved on my techniques and design, however I believe that will come with more practice, and I can already see the improvement throughout the exercises I have completed.

Assignment 2

For this assignment, I was able to choose my own source material and media based on the development that I have made throughout the various projects in part two.

I decided first to explore the idea of an interior scene, as I feel that my exploration in this area was successful. I liked the lines made by the fireplace in my living room, and so I decided to create some explorative sketches on this area.

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I first tried a portrait format.

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I felt like there was not enough room for detail in the piece, and I wanted to include colour from the coal bucket. I moved the coal bucket up onto the hearth, and tried a landscape format.

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I was not happy with my first composition, so used the sketch to experiment with the thick 6mm ink dip pen on the burner. I liked the effect of this, and I could see the potential for it to work alongside pencil, so I tried a more compact composition.

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For this piece, I liked the pencil work for the shadowing, however as I was working on it, I thought back to my assignment 1 feedback. In my assignment 1, my piece was too rushed, and I tried to force every technique I had learnt into one piece. As I took a step back, I realised that I was trying to do this again, and it was becoming too busy. I really liked the top left corner, with the contrast between ink and 6B-9B pencils, however I tried to hard to incorporate colour and mark making with biro.

I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate what I wanted my assignment piece to be. I took a look back at my exercises throughout this part, and I chose my favourite two. These were Project 1, Exercise 1 and Project 2, Exercise 4.

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I really liked these two pieces due to the extreme detail I managed to incorporate into exercise 1 with different grades of pencil, and the colour that I put into assignment 4 to accentuate the colour of the subject material.

I decided to use these pieces to create a new composition. This time exploring the idea of fruit again, yet using coloured pencils to gain a good sense of colour and tone.

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I really liked the birdseye view from the previous exercises, and so this helped to inspire my final composition.

My final piece:

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Overall I am really happy with my final piece. I managed to depict colour with an interesting composition, in a simplistic, however unique style. I believe that I gained a lot of mark making skills throughout the assignment, yet I believe that I have improved since the last submission, as I have found a way to show my skills without creating a full and messy composition. If I was to try with assignment again, I would experiment with using red ink instead of pencils, to try and get a more glossy finish to mirror the texture of the fruit.

Exercise 3: Material differences

For this exercise I used my chosen composition from my preliminary exercises to create a finished piece. I chose to incorporate the skills I gained from previous experimentation to create a mixed media piece using ink, pencil and biro.

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Overall I am really happy with the texture and the shadows that I was able to create. I really like the effect of the meticulous biro mark making against the thick brush strokes of the 6mm ink nib.

In terms of my composition, I decided to create a landscape format, with the edges fading off as pencil sketches, and the centre being pulled in my the use of my chosen media. I decided to use a monochrome palette, and I think that this works well for the subject matter of mundane objects.

If I was to make any changes I would put more detail into the guitar, instead of using the ink pen to create shadow on one side. I would also try to include some colour to make it more dynamic and interesting. This however has given me a lot of ideas for what I want to include in my final assignment, and overall I can see the improvements that i’ve made throughout this assignment.s preliminary work.

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Research point: Contemporary artists who focus on domestic interiors

The first artist I found was Joel Sheesley. From 2000-2003 he created a series of interior paintings that I found particularly interesting. A few of these include:

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I really liked the candid approach, and his dulled down colour scheme. The images depict normal and mundane rooms, that in itself makes them so interesting. Its like staring into another way of life, giving a more personal insight into the artists home, and their perception of home life. I also like the style, realism with the mark making still visible. I also like the use of the mirror in the bathroom scene, to accentuate the size and shape of the room, and to give more information on the inhabitants. I also like the idea of adding figures into the at home interior scenes, to add a sense of perspective, and context.

I really like this candid approach, and I will be exploring this in my further experimentation of at home interiors.

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References

Sheesley, J. (2001). Interior with No Autonomy.

Sheesley, J. (2002). After Paradise.

Sheesley, J. (2002). Reflection.

Sheesley, J. (2017). J o e l S h e e s l e y. [online] Joelsheesley.com. Available at: http://www.joelsheesley.com/ [Accessed 2 Jun. 2017].

Exercise 2: Composition- an interior

For this exercise, I used my chosen interior area from exercise 1. This was my corner closet, with  guitar and shoe rack underneath. I had to create 4 sketches, with a range of viewpoints, and paper orientation to try and find a good composition to use as a final piece in exercise 3. I used a range of charcoal pencils, and 6B pencils for the exercise.

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For my first sketch I used a charcoal pencil, with a landscape orientation (bottom right).

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For this viewpoint, I sat on the floor, looking directly at the shoe rack. I really like this sketch, as it looks very compact. I also chose an area that cuts of some of the subject matter, which I think pulls the corner into the centre of the piece.

For my second sketch I chose a portrait orientation, to elongate the lines of the skirting board.

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I used a 6B soft pencil to sketch out this piece, and I adjusted my viewpoint to the corner of the door, to explore the other half of the guitar case. I also added some texture to depict the carpet underneath. I really like the addition of texture, and I feel like the portrait style adds some nice lines. I can also see how this piece would work well with the flat ink texture that I explored in previous exercises.

For my next piece I decided to continue exploring the portrait orientation again.

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This time I took a step back and drew the scene from a difference viewpoint. Drawing the piece further away allowed for more of the corner to be included in the piece, and for there to be more distance from the pieces themselves. I don’t really like how this distance feels with the objects. I think the portraiture style with the view point moved out does not depict the personal items very well.

For my final piece I decided to return to the original viewpoint, with a landscape format.

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I decided to hint at the idea of tone, and I can see how the first drawing in the same format  could work well together.

Overall, I am extremely happy with how my charcoal composition worked, and I think this is the style I will be exploring in exercise 3. I do however like the input from a soft pencil as opposed to charcoal, or including ink that I have experimented with in previous exercises to follow a mixed media approach. I think it was invaluable to experiment with a portrait format, and I will consider using this in my final piece.

Exercise 1: Quick sketches around the house

For this exercise, I had to make quick sketches in the various rooms around my house. I had to create 4 sketches per room, and I decided to start in my bedroom.

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My first viewpoint was of the corner of my room with my TV. I adjusted my viewpoint for each of my four sketches, and I decided to create only simple line drawings. Overall I think that the top right drawing worked well, with a simple outline, and a straight viewpoint. I also tried using ink, however I think that the small nib created a messy finish. Overall, I didn’t like this area, and I wanted to find somewhere more compact.

Next, I turned 90 degrees to look at my closet. I have my guitar propped up underneath my coats, next to my shoe rack. I liked the compact space, and the variation of shapes.

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For this experiment, I decided to use a thicker and flatter 6mm ink nib for the bottom left, that created some really great shapes, and sense of shadows. I really liked the effect of this, and I will be experimenting more with this in future exercises.

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I also decided to use a thinner ink nib to create some detailing on a zoomed in section of the skirting board on the bottom right. I also quite like the pencil line drawing on the top left, as I managed to get a good sense of all the shapes. Overall there are some technical faults in the drawings due to them being sketches, however I really liked the amount of detail that there is in a small area. I also tried to vary my viewpoint of the corner, however I like the effects of sitting on the floor, and looking directly at the guitar case. If I was to explore this corner again, I would try experimenting with different viewpoints, such as a birdseye view.

Next I focused on the small area in my kitchen where I keep my dogs water bowl. The skirting board has a lot of turns and corners, and this contrasted with the round shape of the bowl.

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I started with a simple line drawing, which gave a good sense of space, yet it was too simplistic. I then decided to use a combination of a thin nib and a flatter nib to create more detail.

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Overall I was pleased with how this piece turned out, it is very compact, and almost impressionist in the styling, however I don’t feel like there was enough subject matter to create a finished drawing. I only did two drawings for this small section, so I don’t think there is anywhere else I can go with the material in terms of expanding and improving the piece.

Overall I think that I have done a lot of good exploration, and have managed to observe certain areas to explore further. In further exercises I will be continuing to focus on the corners of each room, and exploring my bedroom further due to the vast amounts of contrasting shapes and subject matter. I will also try out some different viewpoints, to try and create an interesting piece in my further exercises.

Exercise 4: Monochrome

For this exercise I had to use a single colour to depict a still life made of a contrast between natural and man made objects. I decided to use blueberries and a ceramic pot as my mixture of objects, and blue as my colour.

I first tested out my choice of colour, to make sure that it would give me the full range of tones I was looking for. I did this in my sketchbook by using different pressures, watering down the inks, and using different techniques such as dip pens and paintbrushes. Overall I was extremely happy with the results, and so I began my drawing.

First I had to decide on a composition. I played around with having some of the berries outside of the pot, and some from a sideways angle, however to really capture the fruit I decided to do a birds eye view of the pot, to gain a whole view of the blueberries, and the shine of the ceramic on the curved edges of the pot.

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I began by sketching out the design with a 2B pencil. I then layered the different tones of blue, to capture the darker areas between the lower layers, and the shine reflecting from the berries on top. I used a paintbrush to gain the mottled effect that the berries have by mixing the ink with water, and used a dip pen to get the detail on the stems and outlines of each of the berries.

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I am extremely happy with how my final piece looks. I think that I used a great composition, and choice of colour. Being critical, I should have removed my pencil lines (which I will go back and do after the piece has dried) and I could have used more detail in the berries, to distinguish them from the shadows in the gaps. I also think that I was too heavy with the paintbrush, which has removed the really light areas, so in some places the tonal variation is very limited. I believe that I have captured the shadows well, yet there needed to be more of a light contrast (not just on the pot outside).

Overall,  I am pleased with how the monochrome piece transpired, and I would be interested in trying this exercise again with different colours. Moving on from this, I will pay more attention to my composition to make sure that I create more pieces that I am happy with.