For this exercise, I followed the same route I used previously for my sketches at the Aquarium. This time using the camera on my iPhone as tool, instead of my sketchbook.
The process of taking lots of photographs comes more naturally to me than drawing in a sketchbook in public. I usually take a lot of photographs while travelling. I love taking pictures of nature; animals; cultural places; boats and things with a lot of colours or patterns.
I took a lot of photographs as I walked through the aquarium for the second time. This time using my camera to zoom in and out as a ‘viewfinder’ to focus on looking at the route from a different perspective. I also took a couple of video’s as I find that sometimes, a photograph doesn’t always capture the mesmerising nature/ movement.
As I usually draw using a black pen, I also found it a great tool to capture the variety of colours of the different sea creatures, for future reference. As well as getting an image of the correct shapes/ outlines.
I definitely think using a camera to take photographs is a great way to complement the research process along with sketches made. It adds more detail and colour; and provides more inspiration for the development of an idea or concept for future illustrations.
I think combining the use of a sketchbook and photographs is a great way to maximise the different possibilities for an idea or illustration.
It is a more holistic approach in documenting the process and when applicable I like to combine the following in order to complete my research and visual reference: sketches; photographs; video’s; written notes; tickets/ memorabilia. I think I would like to re-visit some of my sketches after looking at the photographic references, in order to create more colourful images.
I also love the use of collage as method when creating illustrations and find it valuable to have my own photographs saved for future use.
AT THE ENTRANCE:
CYLINDER FISH TANK:
ADDED PHOTOGRAPHS TO SKETCHBOOK:
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)