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Assignment 5: Discerning decisions on my assignment 5

Based on my tutor’s feedback on my assignment work I understand that I had to be stronger to ‘demonstrate a considered reasoning of the visual path that leads towards a specific outcome’  and not to get stuck eventually in ideas. Therefore I did review my assignment works and pre works with scrutiny and to ensure that I can build on the more…

Assignment 5: Reflection on tutor’s report

After it took over two weeks with Hermes to get my assignment portfolio to my tutor’s place, I was positively surprised that I received his report just 2 days later. I scheduled skype call with him yesterday to clarify some of his comments and to be able to explain some of my thoughts Overall I am pleased with the feedback…

Assignment 5: Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: I worked mainly in dry media and new techiques of collage and dé-collage. I became during my project more aware of visual perception and bodily experience of drawing. Through deeper investigation of my mark making I studies various aspect of ambiguous and simplified marks. With translucent…

Assignment 5: Site sensations and bodily awareness

During the process of reflecting on my own work in part 1 -4, additional contextual researches, and studies on figurative ‘landscapes’ and outdoor / site landscapes I came from initial idea of urban reflection, public space to my final subject: Sensational site experience, re-called sensations and attentive awareness of time and moment My assignment consists of two separate parts: Major drawings/studies…

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: 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…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Self evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and visual skills: Based on received tutor’s feedback I previous assignment I revisited my usage of media and my drawing approach. I limited myself to rather dry media (charcoal, Conté crayon, graphite) and used wet media (ink, paint, watercolor) rather to create distinct atmosphere or to prepare drawing surfaces. To…

Reflection and notes on part 4 – The figure

Revisiting my learnings in preparation for assignment 4 Over the time I worked on part 4 I felt that I took personally a big step forward. Did I learn in previous parts about media and how I could get used to them as well as about basic tools, this part I learned more about my own drawing approach. I think limiting…

Part 4 – Intermediate notes to myself

I feel that part 4 is taken more time, and on the other hand is such a fascinating topic. I think that several contextual researches are now coming together and building up to my approach to drawing. Nevertheless, the human figure and it structure is a complex subject. Quite a lot to learn and to experiment. So far I do…

After assignment 3 – Additional work in series

I am going to do a series of drawings of the sections of the subject of the bridge and architectural features from Ex 2 from project 5 (townscape study in line) as my tutor suggested using pencil, grey marker pens and possibly white ink or gouache. Here I will explore a more abstract approach, the structure, its form and space. To answer the question: Can…

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,…

Reflection on feedback assignment 2

I do thank my tutor greatly for his feedback on my assignment 2. It took quite a while to digest his remarks. Some of them I should not have been surprized of and others that pushed me harder. After some days I can really work on it. I decided to continue with part three, project 1 to get fresh air and…

Part two – Assignment 2: Self Evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills I applied my learnings from the previous exercises for this assignment. Especially the usage of line and tone, color washes, ‘negative’ drawing with frisket pen, collage technique with transfer paper etc. Going through several steps of observation from life animals and their environment, I used my sketches…

Reflection on project 5

Animal drawings gave me a kind of challenge. The last study in exercise 4 brought me closer to my intention with more free gestural and expressive marks. I really like that but I need to study it more. Somehow I feel that I tend towards a more realistic drawing when I focus quite deep on shapes, form and tones.  I was missing a…

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…

Reflection on feedback assignment 1

My tutor suggested helpful ideas to improve my drawing skills as well as my observational and critical reflection abilities. Overall, it was good to see that I am on the right track with specific strenghts on my experimental approach, the usage of my learning log, and my contextual research. Drawing skills: I think here I need to work a bit…

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…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Group of objects

Here I will go deeper into how to recognize basic shapes and fundamental forms. Shapes are not forms, but why the difference? Shapes are flat and lines, mostly outlines are marking boundaries in space. The drawing is typically done on a flat surface, the picture-plane. Through structuring of shapes the perception of forms as three-dimensional can be achieved. Here the…

Visual research: Cy Twombly (1929-2011) ‘Bolsena’

This drawing is made from the ‘Blackboard paintings’ that C Twombly started in 1966. In this drawing it is actually a whiteboard. Compared to the two pieces I looked at before (Da Vinci’s ‘Virgin’ and Kollwitz’s ‘Brot!’) this drawing is completely different. It is not figurative, many different marks. It shows abstract shapes, simple shapes as squares, rectangles, and some…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Brot! (Bread)’

Kathe Kollwitz is mainly known as a printmaker and sculptor, although some of her drawings are demonstrating very well her personal and emotional involvement in the picture making. Her own personal experiences, her engagement with the events and workers around her, and her later involvement in revolutionary themes, are key elements in her work This drawing reminds me a bit…

Visual research: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) ‘Virgin with child and cat’

From the Introduction Course I learned that in order to improve my reflective perception as well as my critically thinking skills, it is advised to do regularly visual and deeper contextual research/analysis. With this drawing from da Vinci I start my journey. The drawing ‘Virgin with child and cat’ was made by Da Vinci’s at the end of his first…

Introduction – Research Trail

As mentioned in the coursework it was encouraged to do the Introduction to HE course. Here I expected to learn more about important concepts and practical techniques. My Starting point: I chose the Documentary film alphabet, from the Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofen. I did not chose a well-established art practitioner at this time. First, I already wanted to see this documentary, and secondly…

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…

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