Open Brief

Body Language.

For this open brief i intend to extend our initial ester project, where i will be continuing observational drawing of people/animals and how our bodies communicate how we feel and who we are. This will be a useful exercise to gain knowledge of the human form and proportions, also using colour to help show a more emotive perspective and enhancing more experimentation with inks. I want create an abundance of drawing mostly rough quick sketches then pick out my favourite and developing them more then furthering this by translating them into stitch.

I will be looking at illustrator that involve stitch, one that concentrate on the human form in their work and also the different process of stitch i can use to achieve the outcome i want. One textile artist i really enjoy is Sarah Walton who brings both of these into her work and add a lot of floral detail which is something i want to experiment with to bring colour to my pieces.

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I intend to experiment with my inks further to make bold images also using bold outlines to see what mood this creates and perhaps make my images more stylistic. But focusing on shape and creating these quickly so not to be over thought and i find that ink is very immediate so it will help with this.  I want to then translate these images on to fabric through free hand stitch on the machines and the end result after experimentation would be to make a collection of cushions show casing more of a relaxed body language to promote relaxation and comfort.

The first 3 weeks i will be concentrating on collecting drawing including life drawing just to help inform my image making skills. Then i will translate some of these to stitch and experiment with this to see what outcomes i can create in the forms of trial and error. The last two weeks i will be developing my favourites and create 3-4 cushions.

Constellation: Level 5

The constellation i chose at the beginning off term for my second year was Many Guises of the Absurd, this study group was mainly focused around the theories of the existentialists. It open my eyes to a rang of the human condition and how individuals battle with finding their place in the world. The idea of existentialism is to create a meaning in life, as some see life as just a repetitive struggle of self made tasks and once accomplished you set a new challenge that are even harder to maintain. Many explore what gratification is gained from this and weather it actually gives you a purpose in life. I think one of the main goals is to be apart of a collective and participate in the world around you, but for this to happen theorist suggest that both your facticity and transcendence must be a lined. facticity meaning the things such as your gender and age, but your transcendence is who you are as a person, and how you communicate and interact with your environment. If either one of these are off kilter, this is when a person discovers anxieties and with draw themselves from being active in society as they dont see purpose in their lives.

Although one example of how someone can combat this was by identifying the problem, in this case it was their transcendence as their mind set was that of a girl but had male body, by choosing to elect surgery to merge her transcendence and facticity, it allowed her to become an active part in society again. This is a rear case as many struggle with their transcendence not there facticity and both of these in balance create your own essence. This was something i explored in my essay and they way artist portray essence through portraiture, especially self portraits as i looked at artists such as Egon Schiele, where his style communicates more than just abstraction but the way he felt about himself. I was interested in weather it was possible to show your essence in portraiture as facticity was there but through his style i think he was able to show his battle with his personal transcendence. Therefore as these may have been unbalance perhaps essence was not quite there, but his painting definitely portray the making of this and show the internal emotion. He also applied this when painting many of his subjects as they were normally those close to him so he had a good insight into how they interacted with there environment, which in some ways is more helpful as he can paint them how he perceives them. As no one can know the inner struggles of someones mind but Egon still communicates his subjects essence efficiently through his strong brush strokes. But in a way i think all his painting capture his essence as he is actively applying the paint giving each piece a little bit of himself.

This study group has helped me understand more about the human condition and helped me to bring layers of understanding and perspective in my work, it also helped me communicate in a more emotive way. I’ve used this in some of my most recent editorial projects. One was about veterans playing poker and how they have become over looked as old men, and not the heroes who fought for their countries. I tried to communicate this through the medium of inks mainly using colour and compositions showing them as small figures to create the feeling of being obsolete within a crowd being towered over by the statue of liberty, representing what they fought for.

My other editorial was about how to achieve happiness, as we set out certain narratives that we think will make us happy instead of the day to day interaction. This was very closely linked to my constellation, as again it is about setting goals and reaching them, but even when we do this there is no guarantee for our happiness. I think this article was right to point out that the day to day involvement with the outside world and the people around us is much more important, as it is hard to be happy all the time but concentrating on the things that have a positive and negative affect on you in present and taking action can create happiness for the future. So i made an image that showed a man weighed down by his choices in life, by following the typical narrative of education getting married and being placed in a good job all of which sound perfectly fine for majority but this narrative should contain more individuality to gain your own personal happiness. I did this by continuing in ink and using there vivid colour contrasting against white paper creating a clean, bold image.

I am also linking my dissertation proposal to my field as the topic of Native Americans and tribal culture came from a personal link to my family, as my Nan has always been interested in their memorabilia and is one of the fond childhood memories looking at her decorative plates.I used this connection to bring a broader view on the the project of ‘home truths’ which was a ceramic/illustration based brief. This is when i started my research into the native american culture and became really interested how they were represented in american history, and also how they are still treated as a minority group today. So i created my own plates and wanted to portray a kind of continuum of how their culture is romanticised and used to help profit American society with out any authenticity. I painted loose vivid images of the typical subjects for example, Native on horse back, dancing by a fire and a collection a feathers, i then made these into decals which i transferred to my plates which i had sgraffito some of the awful indecents that had happened during colonisation. Therefore showing the truth in contrast of what one society wants you to see. Through doing this i realised i really enjoy the process and development of ceramics, and to have a finished product at the end is something that has pushed me in my work.

Editorial Brief: Part Two

For part two we were given a lot more freedom to illustrate any kind of editorial work such as portraiture or even horoscopes. I decided to stick to articles as i wanted to become really comfortable with the process of analysing the article and its words. Creating a visual response to some of the language used also helps with decision making by deciding what parts are the most important to convey the message.

I decided to continue working in ink as the boldness of colour is something i want to take further and also how it can limit detail is something i find interesting to work with. I chose an article from WIRED where they questioned happiness and how it can be achieved. As individual tend to set a narrative for themselves to be happy and successful, but a lot of the time we over look our daily experiences which is where happiness should lye. I used the same process of producing multiple images with slight adjustments when i had two solid ideas.

Once i had my final image i cleaned it up on Photoshop, and we were also asked to produce a GIF of our final piece.

 

I chose to do my GIF by rubbing out certain parts of the image then reversing the frames. I think this worked well as i wanted to show the monotonouse strains of daily life and i think the circular motion shows this.

Editorial Brief.

This brief was made to simulate a real life situation of what we might find as an illustrator in the future. This is something i found really helpful as i emerged myself in the process, first of all we were asked to find an article from the New York times i decided to not dwell on this part to much to make the experience as realist as possible. As you would not normally get to chose the article yourself. I chose an article that was about army veterans playing poker together, i felt it had a nice mood about it and had some really nice language that helped me expand visually.

The part of process i really enjoyed is just getting out as many ideas as possible not worrying about the quality of the images, then concentrating on refining the best ideas and producing multiple images with lots variations on composition and colour.

once i decided which image best communicated the article i then replicated it making slight adjustments such as adding more density to the crowd and putting a slight wash behind the characters i wanted t stand out, producing my final image.

playing poker with world war 2 and vietnam

I really wanted colour to be bold as i was using inks which bring really vivid tones of colour and i wanted to show the unity of people. But also how sometimes the older age group can sometimes be over looked even though they are the one that have allowed us to have the lives we do today.  Demonstrating this with the wash behind the veterans being the same colour as the statue of liberty and showing the freedom of the people.

Photoshop Workshop

With Matt Lieghfield he showed us just a snip-it of what we can achieve on Photoshop, he mainly showed us how you can change and manipulate images. One useful skill was how to make an image clearer, and also how to blend images on different layers together just by clicking the blend icon. We were also given a picture of a brick wall and we were then able to distort it which will be a very useful technique for adding perspective to an image.

Creative Conscience: Further Development

After working with what i had done i wanted to demonstrate some simple drawing just to show different ways interacting can help someone. For example just listening to someone can help there state of mind and help them work through problems, also just offering support when needed and picking up on signs when someone is down. Which is normally only possible when face to face and i just  wanted to highlight the importance of this.

I used a mix of fine liner and water colour again using colour to show  negative and positive stimulation as interactions are carried out, i then moved on and used gouache paint to create much more bold imagery. As i was doing this i was thinking about how i could get people to really interact as i was demonstrating with my drawing , i started to think of daily objects that normally get overlooked but are important factors in social interactions and are actually a key part. When someone is down you offer then a warm drink to comfort them, its also a window to be social, going out to get a coffee together and although it seems very little i think these objects are a great use. And i want to use them as a vessel for my work.

Creative Conscience: Exploring Ideas And Material.

To start with i just stated to play with materials as i used multi surface paints to just see what this created i applied this to both paper and acetate using a puppet, this gave me much less control of how the colours merge together and left more to chance which made the image more exciting. The outcome was these interesting cellular images which made me think of connections in the brain, and how i could use this to communicate some kind of stimulation we have when interacting with someone. As i feel like the best way to deal with issues is to talk to someone you trust face to face as its the best way to really distinguish how someones feeling. I think this is sometimes lost with the growth of technology as people dont take the time to really talk to one another instead they use instant messaging where someone could easily hide there true feelings.

 

 

I then started to experiment with some wood burning as i wanted to use natural material to demonstrate our natural need to interact. I also used the multi surface paint to bring in some colour and add another dimension of how we are stimulated by outside sources.