According to my Tutor, “This second part of the course focused on key areas of experimental mark making, working with ‘mistakes’ and develop a series of characters. Overall your response has been very good indeed, and your willingness to try out different ways of working in the research tasks is extremely admiral. You obviously spend a considerable time on this area of the course, and it is proving worthwhile. Try to expand more on thoughts and working process in your learning log, and more thorough reflections.”
I appreciate the lovely and constructive feedback, providing me with details of what I need to improve on. Thank you! 🙂
EXERCISE 2.0 – RAPID SKETCHES:
I should have documented my thoughts better for this exercise. I think I definitely benefited from these rapid sketches exercise, as it took me out of my comfort zone. It was like an ‘icebreaker’ to help me ease into making mistakes in my sketchbook and becoming more comfortable with drawing directly into a sketchbook.
RESEARCH TASK 2.0 – SOPHIE PEANUT:
Yes, I am so happy that I have finally been more comfortable with drawing directly into the sketchbook, instead of on loose sheets of paper. It is a working progress of ‘letting go’ and being more ‘free’ to make mistakes as I go along and develop further. I think Sophie Peanut has some wonderful tips and ideas. 🙂
EXERCISE 2.1 – LIMITED LINE DRAWINGS:
I agree with my Tutor that I could have added more illustrations to this exercise, using a variety of different media or techniques. I could have made it more interesting. I will have a look at the suggested viewing/ reading. 🙂 Maybe it will help me in the future.
RESEARCH TASK 2.1 – LUCY AUSTIN:
Yes, the 2 artists’ contrasting ways of using the same media is very interesting.
EXERCISE 2.2 – INVESTIGATING A PROCESS:
I must admit I was confused about what exactly I was suppose to do for this exercise. Only after reading the feedback from my Tutor, “think about the very diverse ways your two artists use watercolour”, I got a better idea of what I was suppose to do for this exercise. In the future, I need to investigate further to see the variety of ways in which the set of materials could have been used. I need to remember to include detailed documentation of my thoughts and working processes, as well as my reflection.
EXERCISE 2.3 – BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING:
Although I completed this exercise, I could probably have practised using blind contour -or semi-blind contour drawings more often in order to improve my sketching while observing – skills.
EXERCISE 2.4 – DRAWING WITH TEA BAGS:
Yes, I did enjoy exploring the use of these objects for mark-making. It was interesting to see the different marks they made and how they could possibly be used for future illustrations. In hindsight, I should probably have added more detail in the reflection.
RESEARCH TASK 2.2 – CHRISTOPH NIEMANN AND SAUL STEINBERG:
I agree with the Tutor that I should have added more detail and thorough notes on comparing the work of these 2 artists. Although I enjoy researching the work of different artists, I do tend to procrastinate when it comes to typing up my thoughts and remarks about their work. I enjoy the creative process more than the analysing part. I need to focus on trying to improve that in the future.
EXERCISE 2.5 – DRAWING WITH OBJECTS – A JOURNEY SCRAPBOOK:
The Tutor is absolutely right, I really enjoyed this exercise from start to finish. It was so much fun collecting all the seashells and generating new ideas in order to create illustrations using collage as method. This was probably my favourite exercise of the course so far.
EXERCISE 2.6 – PAREIDOLIA:
When completing Part 2 of this course, I did think about drawing some characters based on what I found, as inspired by the work of Larsen and Sutcliffe, but I ran out of time. I had so many ideas that I wanted to try out using objects to create illustrations and not enough time to do it all. In the end, I had to choose and just focus on completing the ones I have already started working on. It would’ve been interesting to see what cartoon-like characters I could’ve come up with inspired by my pareidolia photographs.
I am relieved to hear that if I continue to commit myself to the course, I would likely be successful in the assessment. It is such a relief as when I started this course, I had my doubts whether I was creative enough to succeed. Fingers crossed. 🙂
ASSIGNMENT 2 – HAPPY ACCIDENTS:
I am excited that my Tutor replied that it was an “excellent body of work” for my 2nd assignment. I must say I did really enjoy this assignment. It was a lot of fun trying out so many different ideas and combining some of them at the end. I agree with her that I should have added more documentation of my preparatory work; thought processes and material testing throughout the process. I sometimes get so into an activity that I forget to take pictures from the beginning to the end of a process. I need to remember to try and document my thinking & creating processes more thoroughly for the next assignment.
LEARNING LOG/ BLOGS:
I am happy to hear that the Tutor liked the research tasks containing the work I have done inspired by those artists. I enjoyed the process of creating those illustrations/ images. It was a fun journey exploring so many different ways of using objects in order to create illustrations.
I definitely agree with the Tutor that I need to be more consistent in documenting my thought & working processes and that I need to be more consistent in elaborating in my reflection. I must confess that although I enjoy creating illustrations/ images, I am not that excited about typing up reflections about it. It is definitely an area that I need to improve on.
SUGGESTED VIEWING/ READING:
As suggested by my Tutor, I had a look at the work of Noma Bar in relation to the limited line exercise to see how he uses ‘bold but simple shapes to convey at times complex narratives.”
I love how his designs are so simple, yet so stylish and effective. I will try to work on my limited line drawings. 🙂
POINTERS FOR THE NEXT ASSIGNMENT:
According to my Tutor, “The next part of the course focuses on exploring the idea of drawing in everyday situations and to see this as a way of developing skills of observation and documentation. This is an opportunity for you to build upon the quick drawing exercises but in an external environment.”
Although I am excited to move onto Part 3 of this course, I am very nervous about the next assignment. The process of sketching is not my strong point, especially not sketching people. I was extremely excited about some of the assignments for Part 1 & 2 of this course. It covered a lot of fun areas of development. I loved the way it made me look at life/ objects around me in different ways. It was creatively very inspiring and challenging.
When I had a quick look at the coursework for Part 3, I noticed all the exercises involving sketching people, as well as sketching in public. I must admit I am not as excited to start this part of the course, as I am not good at sketching. Usually I don’t’ like creating images/ illustrations which I don’t enjoy looking at myself, or find visually appealing. Therefore, the next part of the course will be challenging for me in the sense that it might force me out of my comfort zone to try things I don’t necessarily enjoy/ like.
I hope I will not completely fail at the challenge. So far I have received such lovely and helpful feedback and felt inspired. I hope that I will be able to produce work that will be good enough to keep me on track for the next part of the course. After all this excitement and producing time-consuming work for Part 1 & 2, I would be devastated if I was not able to produce work of a reasonable standard for the next part.
From this feedback, I have learnt that although I am on the right track, I need to be more consistent and thorough in documenting my thought- & working processes, and more detailed in reflecting on my learning log.
I think for Part 3, I will try and focus on completing the exercises more thoroughly instead of spending time on creating illustrations for the ‘sketchbook circle’ or work inspired by additional artists I have researched. I think I need to learn to complete those exercises more thoroughly before I go on to spending a lot of time on random additional bits. Although I enjoy creating artist- inspired illustrations/ images, it is very time-consuming and often leaves me with less time to do the exercises properly. Hopefully in the future I will be able to be more thorough in the completion of all the areas.
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)