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.


My emotional attraction is going at this moment towards:
– Figurative drawing, portraits. It was surely the strongest part in my drawing approach.

Also I think about ‘Outdoor’ as I liked to draw on location – feeling the atmosphere of the location – and at the beginning of part 4 I was rather looking at the figure in open space. But I didn’t realise it at that time.

Q: Can I connect both subjects? But how in a meaningful way?

I liked to work with powder materials, preparing textured and coloured surface where the drawing sits on or is embedded in.

Ideas on material for powder drawing – to experiment:
  • Using gum arabic for powder drawing, e.g. graphite and scalpel for making powder, drawing, scraping, reactivating with water etc.
  • Using bee wax in white spirit to fix powder
Ideas on concept – to reflect and to experiment:
  • Urban reflections
  • Public spaces
  • Faces & environment
Ideas and approaches – to research and experiment

For disguise/distortion => drawing -> covering partly with tissue -> drawing etc.

for atmosphere => partly drawn background and drawing translucent on top (like a acetate photograph)

First and quick research on key concept: disguise and distortion
  • Distortion:
    Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘a lack of proportionality in an image resulting from defects in the optical system’
    Synonyms: deformation, misshaping, squinching
    Related words: defacement, deformity, malformation
    Available from: [accessed 20 Oct 2015]
  • Disguise:
    Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to change the customary dress or appearance of, to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed identity, to obscure the existence or true state or character of
    Synonyms: conceal, camouflage, costume
    Related words: persona, mask, makeup
    Available from: [accessed 20 Oct 2015]

Initial ideas on artists for research: Cindy Sherman, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Lumsden; Disguise: African art (masks): Sandra Perry, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Sam Vernon, Paul Anthony Smith; Distortion: Expressionism and Cubism, Francis Bacon, Jim Shaw, Frank Auerbach, Fritz Scholder, Max Gubler



  2 comments for “Notes for my personal project part 5 – talk with my tutor

  1. December 27, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Hi Stefan, wishing you a merry Christmas. How are you getting on? Sorry to not have been in touch. I am about to start the Assignment 4 drawings. I have found this Part 4 really challenging. I have enjoyed it bit am behind again and had to extend my deadline into the new year.
    Keep in touch and I hope you are enjoying your personal project


    • Stefan
      December 27, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Julie, thanks and wishing you as well merry christmas time. I am also a bit behind (my blog need to get updated as well). Quite challenging but also so exciting. I need to focus more. I know where I want to go, just need to do more drawings and put it in the right context. I will see whether I can keep the deadline Jan 11th. I wish you all the best for your assignment works. So far I’ve seen quite inspiring drawings from you (life drawing). Keep the momentum!

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