Category: Notes

General rough notes.

Notes: Reflection of drawing practice through video-audio recording (M Croft)

I used video-audio recording as a supporting media in reflection and documentation I came across an article of Michael Croft (2016) in the new Drawing journal ‘Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice’. He investigates video-audio recording from a phenomenological approach, using transcripts for reflection and identifies those as part of an embodied articulation. I find beyond recording as an analytical and reflective medium the…

Part 5: Notes – Re-thinking subject and approach

From my sketchbook studies, researches, and experience on site and re-called sensations, I am thinking how to  define closer my subject and drawing approach. I know that I have to focus and come to the point.  I am optimistic that at the end all comes together. However, I have to watch the timeframe for this course. I am collection here some notes. My…

Part 5: Written statement – second attempt V2 – plan for action

Second attempt (18 Dec 2015) (around 500 words) Questions to answer: – Why you chose it, which artists, materials, methods, themes, etc., interest my and why? – Working through this final drawing project, reflect on what you’ve done before and what you’re doing now- – Critically assess your own work and complete a piece of writing. – Showing my ability…

Part 5: Written statement – first attempt V1

Combining figurative art and outdoor elements as an investigation and exploration of spaces, forms, and atmospheres. By using abstract and expressive marks I am looking for creation of a sense of movement and volatility. By restricting myself primary to dry media and powders I will push the limits of what drawing can mean in a strong physical approach. The drawing…

Part 5: Initial ideas to myself – preparation personal project

Looking at: Expressiveness, figure drawing, visual and bodily awareness, ambiguity. Make a mind map. Set my starting point. Figure drawing: an attitude towards expression (Buchman, 2010) Considering my own mental and emotional state before, during and after drawing process My visual awareness: Seeing My bodily awareness: Feeling and moving Music: the qualities of lines, shapes, colors, and relationships (melodic, rhythmic, harmonic)…

Part 5: Self assessment of previous parts

To do: Reviewing assignments and my own reflections Assignment 1 – reflection Assignment 2 – reflection – rework Assignment 3 – reflection Assignment 4 a), b), and c)  – reflection Part One +  Sketchbook, learning log, experimental approach – Reflection on sketchbook studies, engagement with media and surface, observational skills Part Two + Sketchbook, confidence in being experimental, learning log, contextual research – Scaling up, exploring surface an texture, use of color, medium,…

Notes for my personal project part 5 – talk with my tutor

After receiving the feedback from my tutor on assignment 4, we scheduled a Skype call to discuss open questions and possible approaches for my personal project. It lasted around 40 min. It was greatly beneficial to see my tutor and he showed me even some ideas and techniques. Conclusions: My emotional attraction is going at this moment towards: – Figurative drawing,…

Reflection on assignment 4 – tutor feedback

Happiness 🙂 My engagement and enthusiasm during part 4 was recognised as well as my different and more confident drawing approach. I showed a ‘good understanding of material, support, proportions and tone to convey form and space’. My earlier challenges with the chosen support were overcome. Overall my tutor acknowledges that I have the potential to succeed the assessment. I’ve sent…

Reflection on feedback assignment 3

My sketchbooks are continue to be my strength where I am ‘constantly engaged in each of the exercises and projects by first turning to this space, which is allowing you to interrogate your ideas and making this space your own; logging developments for a piece of work, playing with compositions, testing approaches and fusing materials, annotating and contextualizing your works’,…

Part Three – Assignment 3 – Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: Although I had an initial thought about my preferred medium (gouache and charcoal) I did further testing and found ink a better medium for my composition and the atmosphere of the location. I was able to get quite confident with my ink and brush technique. I watched…

Project Three – Composition: Reflection

• How did you simplify and select? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you? – Using hatching technique for more complex structures such as trees – Mapping out main tonal areas and light/shadow contrasts from observation and building up the object from there. Especially for the trees helped this approach. – Application of finer marks,…

Project Three – Notes on composition

Most classical composition rules: – The Golden Ratio (1:1.618..) – a guide that is supposed to bring aesthetic beauty (examples: Da Vinci’s “The Annuciation”): I’ve found a nice and interesting contemporary approach by graphic designers on the Golden Ratio: Belos, Alex (2014) ‘Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio‘ The Guardian 25 Feb 2014. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/gallery/2014/feb/25/golden-meaning-graphic-artists-golden-ratio-pictures (Accessed 2 May 2015). One example: The…

Part Two – Assignment 2 – Rework

This is my reworked assignment piece from part two —— My assignment 2 piece did not impress so much. After reflecting more on my drawing and considering my tutor’s feedback, there were the following issues with it: – Composition and context: distorted relationship and perspective of the main sheep, not convincing visual depth – Color: not clear why I used certain…

Project Five – Visual research and sketchbook studies: Animals

From the previous visual research I took some learnings and experimented in my sketchbook. As the project is about animals I took some animal poses from my sketchbook that I took in the context of exercise 1. In reference to Garrett Phelan on his usage of line drawing together with marker pen. And a combined approach with colored areas in…

Project Four – Exercise 1 & 2 – Review of my work

What aspects of each drawing were successful, and what did you have problems with? I feel I was successful with finding appealing compositions and experimenting with textures and patterns. Also i think I was more successful when I applied broader and free strokes. Trying to be accurate led me sometimes towards an overworked and messy drawing with unpleasant results. More difficult…

Project Three – Review of my work

Reflection: Which drawing media did you find most effective to use for which effects? – Maker pens are good for bright, quick and dense colors. Also for quick color studies, broad strokes. and shading. They are fast drying, but not so easy to blend or mix (Copic markers). Highlights need to be considered form the very beginning (blank areas). – Colored…

Project 2: Self evaluation light and tone

The last two exercises I explored different ways of rendering a three-dimensional perception of form. I learned how important it is to understand correctly the direction of direct and reflected light. Referring to Leonardo da Vinci’s five-value rule helped me to understand the concept deeper. My initial sketches supported my learnings. What I found out is the importance of good observation…

Notes to myself – feedback from my tutor

I asked my tutor for intermediate feedback on my way of handling my learning log (paper and online in parallel). The way I am doing it is appropriate and I will continue that way. I received very constructive feedback that gave me further clarity and focus: – Sketchbooks: include and label to relevant exercise or page (I already uploaded some of my sketchbook…

Course outcome – a note to myself

At the end of this course I will be capable to demonstrate my drawing skills and my perceptive reflection skills. Especially: I can demonstrate my drawing skills in various media I will be able to represent three dimensions by drawing with line, tone and color. I will be able to explain basic rules of linear perspective and other drawing systems…

Getting ready, but before …

Now I received the binder with course materials along with my student card. I am collecting the materials for the Drawing course, my studio is ready to go. But before I really go,  I went through the Introduction to HE course, and now I am working on the small assignment ‘research trail’ to get my skills in reflective writing nicely shaped. The…