Category: Part 3

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 Five – Exercise 4: Statues

Statues: I found some (traditional and modern sculptures) along the waterfront and in some small parks. I cannot say a lot about those, although I felt attracted by certain qualities and surface properties. My first sketches done in pencil, studying part of the statue .. .. in more distance observed in a private garden (behind the fence). Walking further I…

Project Four – Exercise 1: Parallel perspective – an interior view

For this exercise I decided to search for some ‘doorways’ in the town in Switzerland I was visiting. I got attracted by the view inside the train station and a second scene of a tunnel under the railways. Therefore I decided to do my studies here. I checked the drawings later back at home. Eye level: as the ‘doorways’ were a bit un-straight with…

Project Three – Research Point: Viewpoints

For this research I did not know first how to tackle it. I searched through some books form the reading list, searched online and actually got some references during my last museum visit. At the end I choose three examples (one from the course material). I felt attracted by the works of Amy O’Neill and Alain Huck and I was wondering…

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…

Project Two – Research point: landscape in serie

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) ‘Haystacks’ or ‘Wheatstacks’ 1888-1891 in Giverny. The serie is taking the same scene and object to reflect the different light and weather conditions over the time of a day and over different seasons. At his time it was very new and modern to put such a simple object as a haystack as the point of…

Project Two – Research point: Vija Celmins (b.1938)

Vija Celmins is an Latvian-american artist who is devoted to drawing, painting and printmaking. She bases her works significantly on photographs, studying in detail the underlying patterns of the image. Especially her graphic drawing of the galaxy, the desert and the ocean show her intimate approach to texture and patterns. In her earlier work ‘Night Forms‘ in monochrome with bold contrast…

Project Two – Research point: Landscape

Landscape means mainly the depiction of a natural scenery. The depiction of a landscape in art goes back to the hellenistic period around 300 B.C. But only later it became a more selfstanding type of art. Especially the landscape painting from the early flemish masters of the 15th century. One example if the work of Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) of…