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Ellenor Mererid

Illustration Student

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December 2016

Speed drawing/dating

An activity we did on the last day of term

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At first I really wasn’t looking forward to the whole speed dating activity we were told was going to be happening today, but it wasn’t half as bad as what I had thought it was going to be. It was still nerve wracking talking and interacting with people, but I like drawing portraits so it made it a lot more enjoyable. This is the first time drawing portraits of actual people in my simple sketchy way of drawing. I saw that I could still get a range of different facial features.

They’re all drawn on posted notes with pencil and all took roughly two minutes (it was meant to be just 1 minute each for the two of us to draw the other, but I didn’t want to sit in silence doing nothing, so I would continue drawing)

I hope you all like them 🙂

RISO Printing

Products from a RISO Printing workshop

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(The sketches/thumbnails of potential drawings and the final booklet- Georges work on the left and mine on the right)

First time ever experiencing riso printing, whilst the lesson and the environment on the day was loud and stressful, the riso printing itself was actually a really nice process with some good outcomes and was very interesting. The riso printing is something I would definitely consider doing again and develop further in future projects. It would have been nice to done more, but time was against us, I think my little drawing of a fox could have looked nice. For next time I have to remember to make my lines and drawings darker and more tonal for a better result, as the piece here was too faint and didn’t come out that well, but I liked the design and the amount of detail there.

Made from a mark

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(Portraits in different ways – Me, 2 of Eloise and Sophie)

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(Collage based on one of our drawings – only using basic shapes and then using the collage character in a drawing)

A workshop where we did a lot of quick drawing to try and draw using different techniques.

I enjoyed the workshop, as we got to do a lot of portraits and that I do a lot of portraits, even though I had to draw a self-portrait of myself. I didn’t really learn anything new from it. We had to do a collage for the last part, whilst it turned out fairly okay, I still don’t like making collages.

Journal of a collector

We were given the brief of making and showing a collection of things. I decided to go with a collection of memories and moments in the form of booklets.

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I made two final pieces – one of general memories and one as a sort of travel diary. I generally like how they have turned out, I should have planned the cover of ‘photo memories’ better so the crease wouldn’t have spoilt it, but it does sort of make it look like and old photo album. I was finding it a little difficult to find things to add to them, as I am a private person and there were things I would rather not share with others but if it where a private project for myself I could have added more items to each book.

Whilst I’m happy with the work, I think they could have been better, because I couldn’t decide on one, I had to split my time between the two of them. If I where to do it again, for the ‘Photo Memories’ I would have done more photos and re-make some photos, and for ‘Barcelona – Travel diary’ I would have liked to add more things into it and re-draw some of the drawings – maybe making the booklet a bigger size would have helped and that I am going to make similar travel diaries for other and future trips for myself.

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