I am very happy with the feedback from my Tutor. I am relieved to hear that I’m on the right track regarding the way in which I completed the exercises and research tasks for Part 1. I am hoping that the way in which I show the development of my thought processes within my sketchbooks will improve even more. I am excited about the next part of the course and feel inspired again after receiving such positive and helpful feedback from my Tutor. Thank you!
EXERCISE 1.0: WHAT SORT OF SKETCHBOOK SHOULD YOU USE:
I am glad to hear that the sketchbooks I used for Part 1 of the course, is appropriate. As I started Part 2, I was unsure whether to start new sketchbooks or to continue in the ones I already have. In the end, I decided to continue in those as they are not filled up yet. I hope that it will not be too confusing when it comes to Assessment time.
As I like working on loose sheets of paper, I appreciate the idea provided by my Tutor, to use a simple bulldog clip style collection to include any loose sheets which don’t fit elsewhere.
I have followed my Tutor’s suggestion to try out experimenting more with the ‘foldy’ mini- book. I used it to extend my collages made for last week’s sketchbook circle prompt, ‘Neighbours‘. I experimented with making little ‘foldy’ booklets which unfolds into ‘posters’, for each ‘room/neighbour’. I will try to find ways of incorporating different layouts and types of booklets during the rest of the course.
RESEARCH TASK 1.1: ARTISTS’ SKETCHBOOKS:
I was very excited to read the lovely feedback in this section. As I really enjoyed creating these artists’ sketchbook- inspired illustrations, I am so excited to read such wonderful comments. Thank you! I will try to continue to research a variety of different types of artists and their methods/ styles. I hope I will continue to find inspiration from them.
Thank you for your suggestions on trying a different combination of embroidery fabric, paint and other mark-making tools. I will definitely try it out at some point 🙂
I am not very ‘clued- up’ on blogging or websites, so I probably need to gain a lot more skills in order to do it properly. I had a look at the navigation on my blog regarding the research section. I am not sure what is going wrong as it seems to work on my iPad. I re- arranged some of the drop boxes in order to display it directly once clicking on ‘Part 1’, then clicking on ‘Research Tasks’, then clicking on the different artists. I hope it will work now and that everything is linked up properly. I apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused. I hope that my knowledge of how to use a website or blog will improve in the future. Thank you for informing me about it, so that I can try and make it work properly.
EXERCISE 1.1.: WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SKETCHBOOK?
As I have not really used a sketchbook before, I am happy to hear that I am well on my way to learn to use a sketchbook as both an emotional/ creative outlet as well as a functional tool.
If you enjoyed the representation I made of my relationship with my sketchbook where I used the little photographs of myself, you might enjoy these random doodles by clicking on the links: ‘Chunky but Funky‘ and ‘Future Crazy Plant Lady’.
I did enjoy making that collage as I found it quite therapeutic at times. As I have started Part 2 of the course, I have been using collage as a method in reaction to the weekly sketchbook prompts. I loved using collages to create a more surreal effect. Please click on the following links to see some of my new collages: ‘Dreams‘, ‘Neighbours‘; ‘Bottle‘; ‘Golfball‘. I am finding the process of experimenting with collage like art- & colour therapy.
EXERCISE 1.2: MAKING MISTAKES:
I definitely need to learn to leave my mistakes in my sketchbooks and to use more varied drawing approaches and more interesting mark-making tools.
EXERCISE 1.3: HOW PERSONAL DO YOU WANT YOUR SKETCHBOOK TO BE?
I have enjoyed researching different ways of hiding content in sketchbooks, on Pinterest. There are some interesting and fun ideas. I hope to incorporate it in my work in the future.
I would love to submit my work for assessment. I hope that my work will be able to meet the assessment criteria.
FEEDBACK ON ASSIGNMENT 1: RECORDING AND SHARING YOUR WORK:
Thank you for the positive feedback on my first assignment. The Tutor has provided me with some great suggestions on how to develop my ideas further by experimenting with a bigger variety of media and methods, rather than repeating the same process. I will try to work on that. I do seem to have a habit of repeating myself. With the next assignment I will try to be more experimental in my approach.
SOME POINTERS TO CONSIDER:
I was provided with great pointers from my Tutor:
– ‘Reflect on how you could develop this method of working that you are obviously comfortable with and develop it further.’
– ‘Perhaps you could bring in some elements of collage to add variety to the background images.’
– ‘Think of ways to experiment with the media you have used, look back at the experiments you did on looking at the other artists and imagine ways you could apply them to your work.’
I will be reflecting on these pointers and will try to apply them in my future assignments.
LEARNING LOGS OR BLOGS:
I am glad to read that my learning log is ‘clear and comprehensive‘. I had a look at the drop-down menus on my blog and made some changes. Hopefully it will be working better now.
SUGGESTED VIEWING/ READING:
My Tutor suggested that I have a look at the work of Lynda Barry. I will be having a look at her work over the weekend. Thank you for the suggestion. 🙂
Although I haven’t joined any debates on the OCA Student Site, I do follow a lot of other OCA students on Instagram and we have a look at each others’ posts. It’s great to see what other students are up to and how we all interpret and react to themes/ prompts/ methods differently.
I have not yet taken ‘The Introduction to Studying HE course’ I will try to have a look at it at some point.
POINTERS FOR THE NEXT ASSIGNMENT:
‘The next part of the course focuses on developing a more exploratory relationship with your sketchbook through experimental mark-making, testing your observation skills, develop characters and incorporating narrative into your work. This is an opportunity for you to develop your use of media and experiment with your ideas.’
Wonderful pointers! I am looking forward to Part 2 of the course. Yay!
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)