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Ellenor Mererid

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Themed project – Summary

Our theme for this project was ‘Sustainability’ and I chose to follow down the route of environmentalism, because that has been a topic I had been very interested in when I was younger and have recently become deeply interested in it again.

At first I couldn’t decide on what I wanted to do for my final item. I had the idea of a story for the subject beforehand but I didn’t really have much confidence in myself to do it and that a part of me wanted to do more educational things. I made a tester piece of drawing for the educational side, whilst I did like it, I found I had more enthusiasm for the story as I had begun working on concepts and testers.

The first half of the project I worked mainly on building up concepts and doing research on the subject and making dummy books and trying to work out a story. I found this stages really helpful for the process, like sketching out the pages on little dummy books made it easier to visualise the pages and made it less daunting.

Then I started the process of making the pages, I decided to draw them using watercolour, because it’s something I’ve never done before and because I thought that I would most likely be able to finish them off quicker by doing them traditionally than digitally. Once they were done they needed a little bit of digital editing, as some effects would have only looked good when done digitally and there was a need to correct the scans. Initially was going to use the poster design for the cover, to save time but it didn’t really go well with the rest of the book and I decided I was going to make it again, I had left enough breathing space so I had enough time to do it, and I’m glad I did, because that led me on to get ideas for some of the final designs for the remaining illustrations.

Writing the blurb for the little book was a bit difficult to write and trying to make it interesting because I only have a basic idea of the plot. I posted the blurb online to get the feedback from some friends who are writers.

I really like how the overall final product, and I’m glad that I decided to stick with having printer paper for the main body of the work and kept the card for just the cover, it would have become too bulky otherwise. The colours of the printed item is really bright and came out well, the only problem I had was that there was a problem with the printing, everything were aligned properly on the computer but where all slightly off when they came out and they needed to be trimmed down so that there was as little white boarders as possible.

I really like the final product and the whole world building I put into it in the development, that I would really like to carry on with this project in the future.

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Drawing and Mark making – Summary

In this unit we did a lot of drawing and observational drawings, that aimed to push our drawing abilities.

We did large portraits of our class mates to get to know them in the beginning on large A2 piece of paper. This was a good warm up and introduction to the course because I am very fond of portrait drawings, but not so much at that scale or at trying to draw it that quickly or with a model that kept on fidgeting, but it turned out quite well, so that shows I can get used to it in time.

We had a day of drawing gestures, ranging from our own hands in various poses to acting out various scenarios, and then drawing them out largely. I didn’t find drawing the figures and gestures all that difficult, I struggled when it came to drawing them on a larger scale. I just have a preference for smaller more compact spaces, I think I can get more of the pose and feel to it down in faster time, and that the proportions won’t become long and out of proportion.

We were given a verity of different objects to draw and we were set times to draw them, trying to get as much details in the work as possible in a short amount of time, we were also told to draw an object blind, without looking at it or the paper and trying to guess what kind of thing it is just by feeling it. I thought they came out quite well. We were also given a small object and told to make some sketches and a illustration based on the object. I liked the work I produced and I think that the illustration idea I came up with could be developed further.

Value drawings were where we had to draw an image just using the value and shading it, and using no lines to show the shape of the objects.

For the location drawing we went to Farnham museum to draw the various objects, and that it was a lot of fun drawing the various exhibits. There were two explore, find and explore tasks, the first was to find interesting objects on a two hour walk around and then draw them, the second was just to draw things we saw around Farnham and there was a list of things that were suggestions to find. I found the second task more enjoy able, but both I found uncomfortable to do, and found quite stressful, but I like the drawings I drew in the end.

Still life we had more objects to draw, but this time we had more time to draw them and to draw them in great detail. I enjoyed drawing this exercise, although it was a bit difficult to draw because of the place they were placed and trying to get it right, because I had to stand up over them and that made things difficult

.The 10cm square drawing where okay, it could have gone better had I use a different medium, as using pencil at that scale is time consuming and made things difficult.

Drawing to music is something I do regularly myself and so found it fun, but it was too loud and it made me really uncomfortable to work in that situation.

We were given a task to create an editorial illustration to a piece of writing we were given, and treat the task as though it was for a real client, and these two at the top where my final designs. I prefer the one with the girl on it and I think it’s the better of the two I made but I think that the other one would be the one most likely be in the magazine as it was closest to the other illustrations. I really liked this task.

For the full size drawing, we were given a description to make a full size drawing based on the description. Drawing on a large scale has become slightly better, but I could still improve with it. I liked the end result but her arms where a bit off.

Editing the life drawings where difficult because there weren’t many I liked or thought were good enough to submit.

Overall I have really enjoyed the drawing and mark making unit.

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Ideas, Research, and Processes 1 – Summary

Over the period of this unit we have covered quite a few processes of creating art and how to research over the course of several workshops.

We developed how to process and come up with ideas by creating vast mind maps that spiralled to many different directions from a simple and mundane object, and then going into further detail by following a branch off the first brainstorm. Research was then carried out on the whole second brainstorm.  Our original item was a pair of sunglasses and then we had the second brainstorm on the government which lead to me researching renewable energy and pollution. The workshop went well as I was able to get a lot of ideas and source for more research from and seemingly item.

We had a two week brief to create a collage on the topic of urban improvement.  I chose to go with changing a small element of the urban environment, the street lighting, changing them from oranges and yellows to blues, based on a fact I had seen a few years earlier and the positive effects it had on the areas it had been implemented. I don’t think the end result turned out very well and that it could have turned out a lot better. I struggled to get the right images for it or to get it to work, but I did try and make it a bit 3D, or less flat by placing small chunks of cardboard to make certain parts stand out.

There were two weeks of transfer printing, the first one didn’t turn out that well, but the second turned out much better. We think that having a different type of ink of the transfers could have made it work much better or that there could have been something missing to the process. The second method, I would need to remember to keep in mind what parts would be transparent and not have any colour to transfer to the selo tape if I were to do it again in future, as that was the only problem I encountered doing this method, I liked the method of combining the transfer print and the painted back ground.

The rubber stamp and roller printing had very similar processes to them, and that it was an enjoyable process to work with and I really like the outcome of the work, especially the rubber stamping. The only thing that let the work down was my own ability to roll the print with roller, I think it would have turned out much better with someone else rolling it other than myself. I’m considering making my own rubber stamps at some point.

The overall unit went well, some things turning out better than others, and I enjoyed some more than others also. I have learnt new processes and some that I could do more work with later on at some point.

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