After having my mid module review with Jane before the christmas break I had set myself some goals for the direction in which I wanted my drawing module to take now that I had a substantial amount of drawings from the life module sessions. One of these aims was to develop my drawings further by relating them back to my Studio practice e.g graphic design.
One way in which I thought to do this was to scan my drawings into the computer and edit them using photoshop in different ways.
Really pleased with the way that the above image has turned out. I have simply filtered the scan with a a colour and just by doing his is has already take on a more graphic like quality. I have also cropped the original drawing down so that it shows the part which was most complete as a lot of the original drawing didn’t have shading on. Think this is a really effective way of transforming the original drawing. Now want to try and develop this further and add some pattern or further development to it.
These are again scans which I have filtered with colours. Think these are really effective as well in different colours. Although they look more graphic like you still get the essence of them being drawn with paint because of the quality of line still being visible and I think this is really interesting to see. I think a series of 4 of these in different colours would look like Andy Warhol’s Marilyn series that he created. Might take inspiration from him and see about creating my own version using these drawings as part of my further development.
Really interesting web article I found on an artist that works using tape to create installation art. Links back to the first week of my Drawing Support module where I used electrical tape to draw with. Interesting to see the contrast between the flat drawings that I produced and the way Grzymala has used the tape to be extremely abstract and 3 dimensional.
taken from: www.creativereview.co.uk
During my drawing support module I have been very active in using charcoal as a medium. Originally when I started the module this was a medium which I had hated since GCSE and A-levels because of its fairly uncontrollable nature however this has changed considerably over the course of this module. Because of this I have felt the need to look into artist which have used this them selves whilst drawing and have come across Douglas Fryer.
Douglas Fryer Blog
Really interested in his work especially because of the tonal qualities of it. He seems to work using a lot of tonal contrast and this really makes his work pop and stand out to me. There is a lack of mid tones everything is either very dark or with little shading and this is something that I feel is apparent in my work as well. He also draws in preparations for paintings to allow himself to correctly position and proportionate different subjects and objects first and this relates to the work I do as a graphic designer because I work best when I sketch out my ideas several times first before converting them over to the computer.
Images taken from: www.douglasfryer.blogspot.co.uk
This week there was a chance for some further reflection because of a mid module tutorial. The tutorial really helped me to decided which direction I was going to go with the rest of the remaining weeks on the project. After a talk with Jane I have decided that an ideal direction to go would be to try and further develop the drawings that I have already done. I feel that at this point I have rather a large body of drawings that have fitted with my own brief however it would be nice to try and push these drawings further to see what could be done with them: because I am on a graphic design course I want to try and relate these drawings back to this and so I am thinking of taking them further and developing them on the computer this way I will hopefully develop my skills of transferring drawings in to digital versions.
Another aspect that I need to have a think about is the aspect of research. A lot of my research has been just looking through books at people’s work that I like. However now I want to try and use this research and find connections in my own work to the work of others by using them as inspiration or making comparisons between my work and theirs. I think it would be helpful if my artist research was arranged in my folder so that it was next to the work that it feels most appropriate to.
Both Jane and I also had a discussion about what makes a drawing an illustration, as this was something that I had spoken about within my self-study brief. After discussing it I feel that I have a much clearer idea about what makes an illustration and my understanding is that it is a drawing in context for example: illustration that supports a piece of text. I want to also try to address this in development work of my drawings.
To start the development of my drawings I have decided to photocopy and shrink down some of them. A lot of them are on A1 pieces of paper and are hard to necessarily scan into my computer so shrinking them down will make them a lot easier to work with. I also wanted to see what some of the coloured ones I have done would look like in black and white. Think the below image is especially successful, wasn’t overly impressed with the original coloured pastel drawing however changing it into black and white really brings out the tones that I have created using the colours.
This reminds me slightly of the work by Douglas Fryer who seems to work using a lot of strong and heavy tonal contrast with a very small amount of mid tones evident. This is quite an interesting way of working as well as by working in colour first and then photocopying into black and white you are not clear what the drawing will look like and there is an element of uncertainty in the process.
Really wanted to take this week, as it was an open session to focus on mediums that I hadn’t really had a chance to use yet especially sustained pieces and sharpie markers.
For this I used a sharpie: not entirely happy with this as I feel that the drawings are very out of proportion. These were quick 5-minute sessions and because of that I felt like I rushed the drawings and didn’t pay to much attention to proportions however they were good warm up exercises to get used to the medium.
This was another drawing done with a sharpie; feel like this is a lot more successful than the first drawings, again I have used cross hatching here to try and communicate a sense of tone and I feel that this is really successful. Because of the boldness of the pen mark it could potentially be quite difficult to create tone but the cross-hatching has lent it-self well to this.
Two mediums which I hadn’t really used much were chalk pastels and oil pastels but I wanted to used them in order to add a touch of colour to my work and felt that these would work well with sustained pieces of work. I feel like the chalk pastels on the left were a lot more successful because I was able to control the colour a lot more than with the oil pastels as these tended to build up to much medium too quickly creating a really dark and murky piece of work. Whereas the chalk pastels stayed fairly opaque and allowed me to blend colours together more easily I would definitely used chalk pastel again in my work because I feel that this was a really successful piece but I could still use practice with them.
Got a chance to try out a medium I have never used before which was drawing as well as using different implements and techniques to apply this medium. Was really interesting to see the different effects and quality of line it was able to produce just by changing the way it was applied.
Using sponge- created a really thick and bold line, didn’t practically like this method of applying the drawing ink, as I didn’t feel like I had much control over the application of it. The sponge was also quite saturated and I think that this meant that the texture of the sponge wasn’t present when drawing the line. I think that if I were to use this method again I would blot of the sponge and use it to add tone rather than line and build up the tone more by continually dabbing. Would probably also work well on a more detailed and zoomed in part of the body rather than the whole figure.
Gauze on the end of a stick- this was a much more controllable way of applying the drawing ink as I felt like I was actually able to get more detail from the figure. First image was my first attempt, feel like the image works better towards the bottom of the paper because the ink had been used up and blotted off more. I was able to get some tone from the medium as well because the ink had started to be used up. For the next two I decided to blot of the ink first which I feel has allowed me to get more control over the figure as well as creating tone and shading. The crossing over of the fibers on the material has also acted in a sort of cross hatching way and has allowed me to build up tone.
Edge of cardboard- had slightly more control over this drawing because the edge of the cardboard allowed me to draw in more controlled lines. I do like areas of this drawing but parts of it are out of proportion especially in the top half of the. Was hard to build up and areas of tone using the cardboard as well so I feel that it lacks in this respect.
Using the edge of a straw- this was my most favored method of application. Really felt like I had much more control over the lines that I was drawing but at the same time there was an element of surprise that came from the drips or the flicks of the drawing ink. I was also able to build up tone by continuing to go over the same line more and more. They feel almost wire like and I think they could easily be transferred in to wire models and sculptures.