PART 4 – REFLECTION:

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT AND ENJOYED MOST FROM THIS PART OF THE COURSE AND WHAT MIGHT YOU USE IN THE NEXT SECTION WHERE YOU WILL CHOOSE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR FINAL ASSIGNMENT?

Although all of these exercises have guided me and helped me to gain more skills and understanding in story building and narrative development, I must admit that I enjoyed creating my own illustrations in story format the most. The illustrations for assignment 4 took a lot of time to complete, a lot of layers, and a lot of ‘staying up till 3am’ procreate sessions. Regardless of all the time it took, I enjoyed creating these colourful illustrations. It was a fun experience. I am not sure what kind of assignment we can choose to do for the final one, but I’m hoping that I can try to illustrate another children’s story.

HOW DID INCLUDING WRITTEN DESCRIPTION ALONGSIDE YOUR DRAWING AFFECT THE WAY YOU WERE ‘CAPTURING’ INFORMATION?

I think these exercises have guided me to incorporate written descriptions/ text more effectively in my illustrations. Filling up empty spaces and adding more substance to an image. The visual image as well as the text work together in order to create a more dynamic affect. I think by practising to be more descriptive when capturing information, I have learnt to be more observant, now noticing details which previously might have gone unnoticed. I am now more likely to notice lots of different aspects of a setting which could be experienced through using ones senses. Adding more detail or interesting aspects to an image/ illustration, than I previously would’ve noticed/ thought of.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE PROCESS OF MOVING FROM DESCRIPTIVE DRAWINGS TOWARDS FICTIONAL NARRATIVES?

I think participating in exercises creating descriptive drawings, have helped me to become more descriptive when working on ideas for fictional narratives. Now when I ‘brainstorm’ ideas for characters/ storylines, I try to just write them down quickly and freely, to be re-considered at a later time. I now try to look at adding more detail after the original brainstorming session, making the settings more holistic and well-rounded, and further developed.

WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH PREVIOUS ILLUSTRATIONS, WHICH OF THE ILLUSTRATORS MENTIONED IN THIS SECTION’S WORK DID YOU HAVE MOST DIALOGUE WITH?

Out of all the illustrators mentioned in this section of the work, I most enjoyed looking at the work by Lynda Barry. It is quite interesting as my Tutor has previously suggested that I look at her work. Although I follow her on Instagram and have looked at her work on Pinterest, I have now had a more thorough look at her work from a ‘visual journal’ perspective. Although I didn’t have the time to create an interesting mixed media visual journal during this part of the course, I would love to experiment with creating a visual journal of my own, which represents my feelings/ ideas and personality.

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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