PART 3 – REFLECTION

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES YOU OVERCAME WHEN DRAWING IN PUBLIC PLACES?

Although I procrastinated starting to draw on location, I find it a lot easier now than earlier in the course. I still don’t like the idea of people coming over to see what I’m drawing, but hopefully when I’m wearing my sunglasses, they won’t notice that I’m looking at them and drawing them.

HAS DRAWING IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK ALTERED THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT HOW YOU USE PHOTOGRAPHY TO DOCUMENT OR RECORD?

Although I still find that taking a photograph is a faster method to document a scene/ event/ place, I have gained a completely different perspective on Reportage Illustration than I had before. To be honest, I never really gave the concept of Reportage Illustration much thought prior to working on this Assignment.

WHAT MATERIALS SUITED YOU BEST WHEN YOU WERE WORKING ON LOCATION?

Although I added a set of watercolour pencils to my travel kit, I still prefer working with micron pens and Posca paint-markers. I prefer working in a hardcover A4 sketchbook as it has a sense of feeling more sturdy to draw on.

DO YOU SEE YOUR DRAWINGS AS STAND ALONE DRAWINGS OR WOULD YOU PREFER TO DEVELOP THEM IN A STUDIO SITUATION?

I prefer to develop my sketches drawn on location, at home. I prefer to work in a relaxed atmosphere and environment, in the comfort of my own space. Maybe in time my sketching skills will improve, along with my ability to create more effective fast drawings on location.

HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR SKETCHBOOK DRAWINGS TO LEAD TO OTHER IDEAS?

The way I use my sketchbook now, is a lot different from the way I used it when I started this Sketchbook Illustration course. I am now comfortable with drawing straight into the sketchbooks, and using it as a work-in-progress tool to document my thoughts and creative processes. The sketchbook is a great tool to use as reference for future ideas and illustrations. Throughout working on Assignment 3, the ideas kept ‘flowing’ from one sketchbook -& photographic journey to the next, connecting ideas along the way.

DO YOU PREFER WORKING FAST OR SLOW? HOW WILL YOU USE THESE APPROACHES IN FUTURE WORK?

I prefer working fast for rough sketches, but slow when working on illustrations that I want to complete. Working fast, helps me to get ideas down on paper faster, even though it’s messy. When I want to complete an illustration, I prefer working slowly in order to create more neatly represented work.

ARE THERE QUALITIES IN THE WAY YOU DOODLE THAT YOU CAN BRING INTO YOUR IDEAS WITHIN FUTURE WORK?

Yes, I think there are definitely a lot of qualities in the way I doodle that I can incorporate in future ideas. During the process of developing ideas for Assignment 3, I experimented with using some of my doodle patterns as part of my Procreate illustrations. Doodling helps me relax, but also helps me to generate new ideas that I probably would never have thought of using in my illustrations. It is a playful way of self-expression and unconscious creative brainstorming.

RESEARCH – ARTISTS:

For Part 3 of this course, I have looked at a lot of different illustrators, including Reportage illustrators. Although I have not necessarily created work inspired directly by these individual illustrators, they have inspired me to try sketching outside on location. Although it is completely out of my comfort zone, I need to keep trying to overcome feeling so self-conscious about sketching in public. I have learnt a lot about Reportage Illustration and sketching in public by looking at the work of the various artists. They all have their own style and techniques; different ways in which they use colour, shape & lines; as well as using different media to create unique illustrations of the world as seen through their eyes.

SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE:

I created a lot of completed illustrations inspired by the Instagram sketchbook circle prompts during Part 1 & 2 of this course. Although I enjoyed creating surreal collages, it has been very time-consuming, For Part 3 of this course, I have decided to have a break from the sketchbook circle prompts, so that I can focus on trying to complete the exercises more thoroughly. I hope to continue with sketchbook circle prompts at a later time in the course. Once I have managed to find a better way to manage my time in order to complete all the parts of the coursework more thoroughly.

MY SKETCHBOOKS:

I have progressed in being more comfortable with drawing straight into the sketchbooks. During Part 3 of this course, I have drawn most of the illustrations/ doodles directly into the sketchbooks and I am quite happy with the results. Although I have made progress, I still have a long way to go. I hope to get to a point in the future, where I don’t leave the apartment without my sketchbook. I hope that I will get more comfortable with taking my sketchbook out in public whenever I have a short amount of time to spare.

MIXED MEDIA:

During this part of the course, I was inspired to create several mark-making sheets inspired by the variety of bright colours of sea life at the Aquarium, as well as some features at the Hydro Spa. The process of mark-making was a great idea to experiment with different mark-making tools and bright colours to create the illusion of textures and patterns. Working with all the bright colours felt like colour-therapy. I also enjoyed experimenting with incorporating patterns using mark-making in Procreate on my iPad. It was a fun process of experimenting with different patterns and backgrounds, and I loved the outcome of it.

BLOGGING:

Although I am more comfortable with blogging and keeping a learning log now, compared to when I started this course, I still have so much to learn. Even though I have asked for advice on how to add Pinterest pages using ‘widgets’, I have still not managed to figure it out. It seems like the option for ‘widgets’ don’t appear in the same places on the screen as on other peoples’ iPads/ laptops? I apologise for the inconvenience of Pinterest links, but I am still unable to find a solution.

GENERAL:

Although I did not look forward to starting Part 3 of this course, it has been challenging. Although I am still uncomfortable with sketching people in public, at least the ‘ice is broken’ now and I can continue to challenge myself to be less self-conscious about it. I loved the illustrations I created using some of my sketches and photographs as reference. The fishy characters in the Hydro Spa pool was my favourite. Although I felt out of my comfort zone, I have learnt a lot during Part 3 of this course. Thank you!

I am excited, as well as slightly nervous to see what is in Part 4 of the coursework. 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read my learning log entries and looking at my illustrations. 🙂

NAME: Juanita du Toit

STUDENT NUMBER: 522438

COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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