Evaluation and reflection against assessment criteria

Evaluation

I revisited Part 2 heavily in the end – going back to the dissolvable film and sought to refine my use and application of it.

I did feel overwhelmed by the amount of paths I could have taken with Part 5. I enjoyed searching for a subject and making up a theme/concept from which to work from. I recognise that this, like most, is paramount to feeling engaged with my work and making outcomes that feel alive.

What went well and less well?

Using yarn wraps has been an eye opener for me and helpful in setting the tone and mood – through colour and textures.  I appreciate the importance of appreciating how I can extract colour from just about anything. I think it is the colour and yarn use that holds the whole collection together. Through selecting yarns and materials that matched my yarn wraps it kept me on some sort of track.

My yarn explorations didn’t go so well. I could have investigated them further.

But I  also noted the importance that even the assignment brief itself warns: to focus on a few things/techniques well.

I did feel overwhelm at times. There seemed to be so many ways and possibilities to go. The feedback from my tutor was helpful and yet I felt like I couldn’t do all the ideas justice in the time I had.

This did mean I stylised early – and I hit a momentary brick wall. My work began to get tentative and lacked the boldness that I know I can achieve when I keep the idea moving with energy. I spent a long time on studying colour palettes and making visual responses. Recording the theme is important but possibly this is also my ‘comfort zone’, which made moving towards initial translations into textiles a bit rocky.

There were many trials and failed experiments and I also felt the pressure of time. I had to come up with something that worked and I felt nothing was working the moment I transitioned from paper to yarns and fabric.

I could have made more in response to the artists I researched. I really wanted to investigate ways to imitate the woven pieces with copper by Reiko Sudo. I was aware that I have never woven anything before and decided at this point not to pursue the technique.

With regards to my strengths on the whole course module, I have shown an understanding for colour.

img_5256

I have developed my own ‘voice’, something that has not only been reaffirmed by tutor feedback, but I myself can see it in my drawings and approach to working. This has been a priority for me as as I am committed to making finding my artistic voice and skill and pursuing a career out of it.

 

I would like to spend more time addressing how my own voice and visual style connects to the work of others. I would like to learn even more about Nuno and Reiko Sudo and the new technologies they employ. I feel I only delved into this lightly in Assignment 4 and 5. Where does my work best lay? I have come to wonder if my practice is not more design concept based than anything else. Having said that, I know that it is vital for me to make work that has meaning and purpose for me. It cannot be merely a play on the formal elements. Or at least making sure that my source of inspiration has enough depth to me. I also wonder if I should focus on composition, concepts and design based work rather than ‘making’?

I would like to explore my painting and drawing and use them more to explore composition, potentially explore design work further. I didn’t appreciate how much I both enjoy the process and also find it vital in the creative process to help me think through and understand a theme. I  wonder if I should focus on composition, concepts, and design based work rather than ‘making’ textile outcomes?

 

Reviewing work against assessment criteria:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skill.

I think my textile work still has a long way to go in showing an understanding and refinement of techniques, however my drawing and visual recording has improved as I have widened my understanding of the purposes to it. I don’t have to finish and complete every drawing, or sample as I see it is part of a wider process.

It is hard to judge if I didn’t employ as many techniques as expected – it is an area that I am still new to. However, I also think the ignorance of many formal and traditional techniques allowed for some creative making and solutions in my outcomes.

I am glad I incorporated some screen printing into my work. Coming from a printmaking background I assumed I would use these techniques more over the course, but I didn’t. I think this is overall good, for it allowed me to concentrate on working with textile materials instead.

Although I don’t ‘create designs’ through preliminary sketches, this happens before, when I am making visual responses to the theme, and after when I am in the making and trialling of textile samples. I feel this way of working is relevant since translating ideas to textile can only happen effectively in the direct use of those materials.

I found I had to work through many ‘failed’ textile samples to get to somewhere near where I wanted to work from. I feel that my ability to decide and select which ideas to move forwards with is good and I can discard trials.

I feel that I have demonstrated a strong visual awareness, in the way I present my ideas (through photography, in my sketchbook and in presentation of drawings and samples). I record visually through a range of mediums and techniques.

The work in my final capsule collection I feel does reflect the qualities of the initial investigation into my theme.

Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

The capsule collection does show some cohesion and I feel that I have presented the idea soundly, using simple white card and basic labelling. The way I chose to record my ideas, and present these through a sketchbook and series of larger scale drawings shows confidence

I wanted to find the line between presenting ‘for assessment’ and having authenticity around the way in which I work. Ultimately I needed to remind myself that the course for me is a way of finding my own voice and confidence in my approach.

Demonstration of creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

The decision to find my own theme was for me a way of stepping further out into developing my voice. I kept an enquiring approach through how I might translate the ideas into textiles – I felt that many ideas didn’t work but I kept on trying and pushing.

I also looked widely for materials, using scraps from another artist’s bin and reusing food bags.

I went off piste when following the project task list. I read through the tasks and got a good sense of what they were requiring from me, but ultimately I chose to use this final assignment to push further and find my own style of working towards creating a capsule collection. By doing so, I felt free to explore in a way that felt right.

In working on textile samples, I think I was creative in my composition and arrangement of materials. By combining fabric and paper in samples shows an experimental approach. I looked to creating pieces which were very mixed media.

Ultimately, this criteria is a hard one to assess for myself – I feel I could have done so much more, but I did what I could in the time I had. I could have experimented with manipulation of fabric and paper even more, I could have investigated different forms of stitching and adding colour to my work through print and dyes. I could have looked to use weave and other processes to mimic some of the NUNO fabrics I found inspiring.

I would happily continue investigating the theme I created “Minerals & Fragments”.

Context – reflection, research, critical thinking.

I think by using my notebook more, it encouraged me to write much more reflectively as I went along. I wrote on bits of paper, or emailed my tutor with a question and I found that. would then write and explain the context in which I was asking.

It has taken me the whole course to find a way of using both an online learning log and paper one most effectively. The online blog allows me to consolidate some of my written thoughts. My notebook shows more critical thinking ‘on the go’.

I found it very helpful to look at more commercial based art. It helped for me to consider creating a capsule collection that could eventually translate into design ideas for  functional use.

It inspired me to use screen print and metallics, and as I worked towards sample 6, to consider composition and collage.

I read a little and kept thinking about the question “what is a surface”.

I have also appreciated the ‘reflective’ part of the creative process more. This has happened particularly in the last assignment whereby I realised that I needed to step back and look at each sample as I came to finishing it to see how best to proceed on to the next. I couldn’t ‘plan’ out the whole collection and had to trust the process much more. That was very scary as I approached the deadline. I understood how thinking critically (and this can also be in dialogue with a friend or tutor), can help remind what the focus of the task is.
Much of my thinking happens through making and through drawing. I found photography a vital tool as evidence of critical thinking. It allows me to stand back, arrange and rearrange the objects, or even the process that I happen to be recording and reconsider my intentions and aims.
Advertisements

Assignment 4: Reflection and Review against Assessment Criteria

Written reflection

I found this assignment the hardest so far. The world of yarns was unknown to me in any depth, although I had spun a bit before. I found the research fascinating although have not written this up. I think one of the blocks I have on the research write ups is to do it with integrity rather than to ‘show’ an assessor that I have done the task. Some of the research I do is thorough, I read around and spent time on the internet clicking through websites and going off -piste. I don’t feel the need at that point to write things down or ‘discuss’ them. I do however need to consider hot to find a way to make this work for me. My instinct is to jot these notes down in a notebook rather than present them in a clear coherent manner on the blog.

I spent a lot of studio time at the start of the project trying to get my head around the making of yarns. I didn’t feel I was doing it right. It wasn’t until delving into knotting techniques in the Re-interpret exercise that I understood the potential more. However I was focussed more on learning the techniques and feel that I didn’t get to really explore the idea of ‘re-interpreting and re-inventing’ to its’ full potential.

I think my strengths here was that I persevered despite some real resistance at the beginning! This has been a huge learning curve, not necessarily in the techniques and creative outcomes but in terms of learning how I go about my own creative practice. The areas where I struggle, the ebbs and flows. Although I feel this assignment isn’t complete,  it has had a strong effect on how I approach my work.

What I feel is incomplete:

My research file – I have not written this up, although I did look into the research point at the start of this assignment, as well as investigate the techniques in Exercise 4.3 and research the yarn constructions in Exercise 4.5 Collage-inspired yarn

I have only just skimmed the surface in the tasks in Project 2:

I could investigate Exercise 4.3 further paying closer attention to the challenge to re-interpret the Rubens’ painting.

I would like to refine techniques that I have begun to explore further and to revisit Exercise 4.4 – Deconstructing colour as yarn. I thought there was more scope than I got to investigate. For instance I could have spent time not only manipulating and  deconstructing the linens but careful taking apart the threads and then plying them with others, or spinning them with wool to mix colours together in a subtle way.

I have not presented my thoughts and outcomes on Exercise 4.5 Collage-inspired yarn although I did work on this I have not written about in my blog as a post. I would like to spend more time research the yarn construction techniques and practice these more.

I have only temporarily presented my work so far in order to send to my tutor. I have done this in a simple A3 sketchbook loosely taping my yarns in the pages. I think my final presentation would look best on some bigger A2 boards so as to give the yarns full room to ‘drop’ down on the page.

 

Reflection on Assessment Criteria

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – I did refine my drop spinning technique and used you tube tutorials to learn macrame and braiding. Some of this criteria and it’s outcomes overlaps how I have responded to the demonstration of creativity.

Many of these skills shown are new to me and lack a refinement.

Quality of outcome – I attempted to ‘match’ yarn designs and concepts not only with colour/texture but also the overall ‘vibe’ of the source material.

I am aware that I didn’t use a sketchbook at all for this assignment! I didn’t visually ‘plan’ my yarn concepts which I have seen other people doing the course work through and show this in their blogs. Did this hinder my conceptualisation of ideas?

I observed myself working intuitively with the materials. A lot of the thinking was happening through my choice of which yarns and materials to select for each task.

Demonstration of creativity – I did get more inventive as I gained confidence in the tasks; for instance using plastics, netting, raffia.

Exercise 4.4 Deconstructing colour as yarn – I ripped organza, found a selection of materials that I felt leant themselves to the colours and lightness of the watercolour inspired palettes. I made decisions and experimented bearing this aesthetic in mind.

I began to experiment with the collage inspired exercise  ‘blindly’ working out how to create some of the effects similar to some of the yarn construction such as slit film yarns.

I could have pushed the boundaries further in Project 2 however I acknowledge that I was concentrating on gaining technical understanding of yarn concepts, of materials and of techniques. This took time and some ideas didn’t get to be investigated.

Having said this, I do feel that my work and making does carry a personal voice. I can see ‘my hand’ in how I approach the exercises. I can see similarities and threads, a sensibility and sense of aesthetic that is running through my assignments.

Context – Using the macrame and braiding I felt were the right selection from my research. I returned to the neutral palette investigations and build on my yarn designs with my newly learnt knotting techniques.

I re-visited my spinning technique (which I had forgotten) through research and practice.

I am learning the importance to see my art practice as cyclical rather than linear. I persisted with certain ideas (again another new lesson learnt) even though at the time I thought it wasn’t working. I have discovered from previous reflection how important it is to persist, especially in times of resistance to certain exercises.

There is still more to be done in finding ways to write up what I am researching and reflecting. I have found using a notebook the best however this is not ideal for assessment purposes.

 

Assignment 3: Reflection and Assessment Criteria

Part 3 had been a whirlwind. As always, I wish I could spend more time than I have on the tasks.  I feel that I am reflecting on this at a point where it is 80% complete. I would like to return and update these reflections once I complete the colour book.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed studying the colour in the Rubens painting. I would have happily spent more time on that, playing around with the different ratios of colour. It had so much depth. The more I looked at it the more I could see different colours and tones that I hadn’t picked out before. I have certainly gained more knowledge on the use and application of gouache and watercolour, the properties of colour mixing.

I have sent my incomplete book to my tutor. Despite picking up the pace a lot more in this assignment, I have still found it very hard to be bold with my selections. Learning how to choose what is priority to get everything done within the time allocated. I felt like I wanted to do more, explore more and play more, particularly with the yarn wraps and the collages.

So I would rather hand in the ‘book’ as is, since I am interested and excited at the prospect of considering presentation and layout. I have learnt that this part can often go unforgotten, and something I am clear and would like to focus on just as much as the making and the researching is how to communicate all that. I want to consider what are the moods of the colours I am presenting and what would suit best. I didn’t want to rush it for the sake of it. I feel there is a lot to learn in this area.

I have found it challenging to pick out my strengths here as I feel it is so unfinished and incomplete. I think some of my collage work has some interesting elements. With almost all of the tasks I found it imperative to try them out a few times. To do more than what is asked for as the first ones are often trials/getting it out of the way so to speak. More confidence is gained by trying this out, knowing that not everything hinges on one idea/experiment being ‘successful’. I am also learning to follow my own interest and voice. For instance although I did paint out some colour ‘swatches’ to use, cut and rip up. I was much more drawn to using found papers, old magazines or old art pieces.

To summarise what I feel is incomplete.

I have not:

  • written up my research on artists (Research Point 1)
  • Made and bound the book
  • Stuck in my work and added labels, considering presentation of themes, aesthetic and layout.

Reflection against assessment criteria

  • Demonstration of technical and visual skills – as I worked with the gouache, my understanding for its’ properties improved. The yarn wraps became less awkward the more I did them. My watercolour work needs some refinement and painting out stripes I realised I left some gaps in-between.
  • Quality of outcome – although there is no finished book I think there are the beginnings of communicating my work with some sense of coherence. There is an emerging format
  • Demonstration of creativity – this is probably strongest with the collages, especially the monochramatic and multi-coloured study. There is something about both that I have found to be my strongest pieces and I look forward to seeing how I can present them as a certain mood.
  • Context- some of this has occurred in the making. I have found making notes the best way rather than only rely on the blog. The blog allows me to summarise, but as I am working and making and experimenting many decisions are being made that are not noted or articulated other than in the way they inform my next decision

Assignment 2: Written Reflection and Review against assessment criteria

I began work on Part 1 18months ago and Part 2 last November so in the first instance I acknowledge that this assignment  has taken me a very long time to complete.

Here is what I have learned over the projects:

  • The importance of tutorials and having a dialogue about my process is of huge importance and heavily influences my work output.
  • I like to go into ideas and processes, exploring materials and techniques with more depth than I had given myself credit for.
  • It’s better to keep turning up and working on tasks, ignoring my inner critic and focussing on what I am doing rather than all the things I know I am not doing!
  • For Part 2, I particularly enjoyed the paper manipulation and sewing into the smaller samples. My interest waned when working on the more composed larger pieces. I think this is due to the pressure on myself that I had to create a focussed almost finished piece. On reflection it would have served me better to take the task less literally and work on however many more developed samples I wanted to. This would have probably kept my interest going. This is why I liked working on the paper manipulation library, the stitched smaller samples and the textile preparatory samples I made for Assignment 2.
  • Drawing and planning ideas out can be done in a variety of ways apart from literally sketching ideas. Using photos, layout and pinning up samples, selecting ones in particular to juxtapose together are also ways of drawing. I discovered taking photos of some of my inboards a good way to show my planning stages. These also influence my watercolour drawings where I make attempts to combine some of my selected images together.
  • I needed to break up the leap from paper to textile even further, spending a long time on playing with textile samples.
  • My understanding of drawing and recording has developed: I find that observing and looking at something, needs practice and for me sustained engagement. My drawings improved the more I got to know my subject (sounds obvious now!).
  • I do spend time thinking about my process and approach to my work and draw on my observations of this.
  • Folding and pleating fabric and making it go where you want it to go is so much harder than it looks!

My strengths are that I do have a strong aesthetic and can create samples and outcomes that show dynamism and delicacy. I do feel that there is energy behind the work I make and was very inspired and excited by the assignment. I recognise the importance of sampling and trying things out.

I certainly felt a frustration that I didn’t have the capacity to address all points, tasks hints and tips (that are in the course booklet) with the depth and focus I would ideally like to give. So much of my learning with this project is getting to know what my capacities are, how to make decisions and selections and where to prioritise my focus. I would like to spend more time further addressing the following:

  • Using a wider range of marks and tools in the same image/drawing sample
  • I also felt that I missed some of the point of the assignment and found myself not being very experimental with different forms of stitch? I think I might have stayed too ‘literal’ in interpreting the pieces as images rather than as textile samples.
  • Spend more time playing with layout and scale
  • Stop and look at what I am doing and ask questions half way, look at the back of the textile piece and be open to searching and experimenting with different stitch techniques – keep looking for different solutions to create textures with stitch
  • Annotating and articulating my reflections and thoughts through writing and the blog
  • Being open to drawing and designing ideas in different ways at the planning stages
  • Reading and looking at more artists, in more depth to gain a deeper understanding and to cultivate a better sense of enquiry and finding way to make links with my own work
  • Folding and pleating fabric and making it go where you want it to go is so much harder than it looks! This is an area I would like to explore and master more.

Review against Assessment Criteria

Demonstration of technical and visual skills

I did employ a variety of drawing techniques in Part 1 and drew on my printmaking knowledge. I was pleased with much of my observational work although recognise now that I could have extended my marks and worked with a wider range of them.  I had only used dissolvable film and discharge liquid once before as a quick experiment so was pleased in how much my technique improved with each use.

I do work naturally and intuitively with my materials and processes and feel like my formal art background helps with the basics of colour, texture, line, composition.

Quality of Outcome:

This is possibly the hardest to evaluate and critique since I feel that the assignment needs further work. However I am pleased with what I have achieved so far. My last very unfinished sample still excites me with where I could take it, and I am pleased that I have had the boldness to value it enough as I could have easily finished it ‘for the sake of finishing it’. I feel this way there is a better chance of creating something of high quality.

What I need to work heavily on is drawing connections and noting my observations as I go in a more obvious way. I do use the blog more that just to log each exercise so I hope that with time I use images of my work and words to connect my thoughts together further. I know this will help me to refine and formulate new ideas.

The way I work is partly due to time constraints and I would rather ‘keep on top of it’ by posting more regularly. The flip side to this is that my posts sometimes lack the depth. They don’t articulate my decisions clearly. The blog behaves more like an online journal of thoughts in which I don’t spend time editing and adding to a post in order to make it ‘readable’ or to make sense?

I would like pin more of my work up and take photos of these. I feel this would be a good way to solve the problem. Then I can show drawings and samples and images which I feel all connect next to each other.

Demonstration of Creativity:

I think I have been up and down with this. Most of my paper samples are nothing groundbreaking and remain relatively simple in concept. My use of base textiles is varied and I think I did explore different possibilities – reaching the conclusion that both velvet and organdie can create soft/gentle/delicate outcomes.

I feel like I could have pushed the materials further, and I think this is one of the reasons why I stalled on my last piece. Trying to find the edge, and to take more risks.

I think some of my personal voice does come through – there is a playful and energised attitude that is beginning to emerge.

Context:

This is still a weak area of mine. Partly to do with the pressure to verbalise, articulate my thoughts and critical thinking. I know I do it, but it’s all in my head and I have not yet found a process or the tools that would work best for me to create a habit of putting it on paper/blog. I have a strong sense that this is very much linked to what I have previously communicated about keeping up a dialogue of my work. Hearing myself speak out loud to someone makes more sense to me. It is then so much easier to put some of these findings into words.

I am also conscious that I am a critical thinker but this has in the past also inhibited me from actually getting any making done, and it is vital to me that I establish  strong art making practice.

 

Consolidating a folio of drawings and a written reflection on Part 1

I chose nine drawings to send to my tutor for ongoing feedback. Five of them were from the work I did in Project 2, drawings of the blankets from the archive. I chose a mixture, ink, drypoint, collage and watercolour/pen ones:

I found drawing the blankets from the archive quite a challenge. Trying to record the textures, patterns on a cloth was hard and required a few different approaches. I learnt that I needed to be a lot more focussed and selective when drawing, as it’s almost impossible to process and respond to all the information I am taking in at once, I found it better to make decisions about my drawing. So some I focussed purely on the marks and patterns I could see. Others I found rearranging the fabric and not having it laid out straight was more interesting compositionally. Translating these marks into collage also required me to think differently. How to portray such fine textures and details? I had never thought of using collage in this way. I’ve only ever thought of in terms of shape and form. I have also turned to colour more, and investigated printmaking a bit.

I selected four from Project 3 looking at my flower studies.

Although I enjoyed collecting and arranging my own sources to record from. I don’t think I pushed myself as much in Project 3: Picking and Portraying. I had lots of initial ideas of really playing around with print, pushing the ideas of composition as suggested in the file, but due to being ‘on/off’ with my study time at present I found it hard to keep up the momentum. I think I played it safe/easy in terms of materials.

I really enjoyed looking at Blackadder and Askey in particular – but wondering how I could bring in some other elements. From the research points, I noticed how often I was drawn to and picked out the elements of composition as well as when artists made a bold visual response.

 

Introductory Assignment: Analysis & Evaluation

When I scanned through the themes initially, I was drawn to Nature’s Larder, but I noticed that this was related to the fact that I love nature and live in a rural place, so the theme itself was all around me. I wanted to challenge myself and thought it would be more exciting and invigorating to look for other possibilities, hence choosing Iced Landscape as a theme.

I was excited to start the assignment, and was surprised how selecting the objects, photographing them and then observing and drawing their qualities engaged me. I thought and reflected on my work a lot, even when days passed without me being able to get on with anything practical due to my other commitments. I did notice that I did not log or write down a lot of the reflective and critical thinking that I was doing, both when actually working on my drawings and when I was thinking about the project. This is something I need to work on!  I think it was partly not having a working system for doing this. I was resistant to writing notes in a sketchbook, and then rewriting these in a blog.

I explored my mark-making techniques, especially when using pencil. I got the idea to put two pencils together from a book on drawing. I found this really helped me to break out of simple line/outline drawing and it created movement in the objects I drew. It also helped to create depth and dimension to my drawings. I think my strengths were in using this particular technique, as well as the ink drawings I made.

My weaknesses where definitely my use of charcoal and pastel, and my lack of written reflection. I also feel that I could have analysed the artists I looked at in more depth. Although I am pleased that by looking at them, they did inform some of my later drawings. By looking at Katie Sollohub and Michael Griffiths’ work with charcoal, I pushed myself to work with it some more, and mixed techniques to create what I thought was a more successful piece that achieved more of the qualities I was trying to achieve. This is a new skill for me; where I have looked to go out of my comfort zone and push a medium further, and create drawings using a mixture of pen, ink and charcoal. I have also learnt how to set up a blog, although need to now fine-tune and develop this further so that it is easy to navigate, and more importantly works for me as a tool with which to reflect on my work.

I don’t seem to have the patience to create a sustained drawing, and I would like to hone a way of working that would suit me. I did begin to do this by beginning several drawings at once and having 2 or 3 on rotation. I approached this brief in a very investigative way. This meant that I spent only enough time on each drawing to ‘find’ something, after which I tended to abandon it. The more I drew, the more ideas this process generated, so I tended to work fast to try and keep up! As a consequence, many of my drawings may not appear ‘finished’.

I have also evaluated my work in terms of the assessment criteria below:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills: The more photographs I took, the more confidence I gained in arranging the objects, and considered viewpoints, close ups, texture and composition I pushed the use of. I do feel that I have some skills from my previous artistic knowledge.  I genuinely enjoy drawing and taking photographs and like to create an aesthetic. The quality of my drawings varied. I did find working with charcoal my weak point. I didn’t manage to achieve a depth that I had hoped to achieve. However one of my final drawings, a larger tracing of many of my previous drawings, did begin to create a sense of image and texture. I seemed to concentrate on contrasts and negative and positive spaces, which is possibly why my ink drawings were some of the more successful ones. Two more sustained pieces, one in pencil and the other a combination of media did achieve some of the qualities I had intended to convey: the juxtaposition of hard edges with a softness and fragility that had come out of my original brainstorm of the theme. My grasp of techniques was a little inconsistent, I didn’t always push the boundaries of each medium.
Quality of outcome: I did consider how my work presented itself, both on the blog in terms of arranging my photos and in my drawings. I would have liked to select and refine the work to send in, but I was conscious that the brief required all work to be shown. Since I had worked on a variety of papers, I chose to bring some of my drawings together on pieces of card to create a more coherent way of viewing the work. I think this is important as it allows the work and the drawings to communicate a little my direction and development.

Demonstration of creativity: I did begin to explore further the uses of different papers. I started to develop a personal voice by playing with and tracing my previous drawings again and again, overlapping and combining the drawings bringing them together into one composition. I felt most creative when I combined elements together: joining two pencils together, or tracing different drawings to make new drawings, or mixing media together.

Context: Although I did a lot of thinking, I didn’t evidence this. I don’t know how much of this is directly shown through my drawings. I need to work on my research and reflection and find a way to present and record my ideas. However I am conscious that at least one of my more successful drawings was as a result of having looked at the artists.

 

This is normal

It has been 3 weeks since I enrolled on the course. I got into it right away, set up my blog/profile, read through the first assignment, and then began! With gusto and curiosity!
But then I had a trip away, and other commitments have had to be made priority. Also, although I do like blogging, it feels a little less spontaneous.
When I journal or write notes, I can write as little or as much, no titles needed, no grammar checking, no making sure the entry is organised and tagged and in the right section!
I do know that this is normal, from reading others’ blogs, and from knowing my own working style. It’s easy to let things build up…

Although I feel that I may not have been doing my eight hours a week, in truth I probably have. I spend a lot of time thinking about the work and although I might not frequently write those thoughts down or post more regular entries, I do take down notes and then write them all up into one. My aim is to make an entry once a week, and make it like a ‘weekly check in’.
Where am I at? What have I done? What am I discovering? What do I want to do next?

I have been thinking again about the photos I took. I have lots, but endeavoured to be selective about which ones to post.
It is a challenge to select/edit and highlight but when it has been done ‘right’ it is effective and allows for clear and focussed thinking.
The thing is, now I am worrying that I should put more up, or should have written more reflective analysis on each of them.
Maybe I didn’t post up enough of the ones that didn’t work too well?

What I am pleased about is that I don’t fight my way of working anymore.
For instance, with the drawing part of the introductory assignment, I have noticed that I don’t have the attention span to stick to one drawing for too long. But instead of making all my drawings quick 5-15min sketches, I have decided to keep several drawings on the go, so that I can rotate and move on to the next one when my focus begins to drop.

I will post some photos of work in progress at the end of the weekend.