RESEARCH TASK 3.5: VISUAL RESEARCH

I read the article by Pam Sky, “Searching for the Green Man: a sketchbook quest”:

https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jill/2014/00000001/00000001/art00009?crawler=true

HOW DOES THE CHARACTER OF THE SKETCHES RELATE TO THE FINAL ILLUSTRATIONS?

According to the article, Pam Smy views her process of observational research as “a way of building a memory bank of information to retrieve from imaginatively later.” She used the sketchbook to document her observational drawings and how it contributed to developing the character. The article provides a wonderful example of how the process of observational drawings can help the illustrator to gain a better understanding and interpretation of how to represent a particular character for a story/ manuscript.

By making observational drawings of the green and leafy area, she develops a character that moves around without being seen by all.. appearing and disappearing.. in between the shadows and the greenery…

ARE THERE ANY TEXTS OR STORIES YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED THAT RELATE TO ANY OF THE DRAWINGS YOU HAVE PRODUCED DURING THIS SECTION OF THE COURSE?

Although I don’t think any of the following stories/ songs directly relate to my drawings, they are all linked to an ‘under-the-sea’; sea animals; ocean; fish- theme:

STORYBOOKS:

Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

Commotion in the Ocean, by Giles Andreae

The Whale and the Snail, by Julia Donaldson

The Bravest Fish, by Matt Buckingham

MOVIES:

– The Little Mermaid

– Finding Nemo

– Finding Dory

– Shark Tale

SONGS:

– Baby Shark

NURSERY RHYME:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I caught a fish alive

REFLECTION:

Throughout Part 3 of this course, I have been gaining a better understanding of how to use the sketchbook and observational drawing on location, in order to get a more holistic understanding of a place/ character. I have learnt that by collecting a combination of photographs; sketches; memorabilia and mark-making ideas, I am able to generate more interesting ideas.

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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