I am happy with my Tutor’s feedback. Throughout this course, her feedback has been very positive, supportive and inspiring. I love how she gives me constructive feedback which I can use to improve and challenge myself further. At the beginning of this course, I was not confident about my ability to complete this module successfully. With her help and guidance, I have slowly gained more confidence. Although I personally think I have a lot of areas to improve on, I am excited about the journey and future assignments/ modules.
I love this comment from my Tutor, “I am impressed by the amount of work that you have produced and your ability to play around with image, colour and texture.” When working on new exercises, research tasks and assignments, I sometimes have several ideas, and not enough time to work on all of them. Therefore, I am relieved that I have produced enough work.
I enjoyed experimenting with the combination of images, colour and texture and used ‘layers’ in Procreate in order to create digital ‘collages’. I am glad that I am on the ‘right’ track, as when I start working on a new assignment I always have a bit of doubt at the back of my mind, wondering whether I am on the ‘right’ track.
RESEARCH TASK 3.0: BUILDING A TOOL KIT
I really like my Tutor’s suggestion of using different types of paper. I will definitely try to experiment more with that in the next part of this course.
The idea of using headphones when drawing in public is a great suggestion. Thank you! I will be trying that in the future. 🙂
RESEARCH TASK 3.1: A REPORTAGE CASE STUDY
It is a good idea to think about practical ways that I might be able to learn from the way other artists work. I will try to consider that when I look at a variety of artists in the future.
EXERCISE 3.0: OBSERVATION – TOPOGRAPHY
I agree that my drawings became more relaxed as I continued my journey throughout the Aquarium. Hopefully, I will learn to be more ‘free’ when approaching observational drawing. I think that if Veronica Lawlor were to approach my journey throughout the Aquarium, her sketches would be more ‘relaxed’/ ‘free’ and ‘rough’, focusing on different parts she found important; or parts that could convey a message; or portray movement.
EXERCISE 3.1: UNDERSTANDING VIEWPOINTS
Yes, I love taking photographs. It comes more naturally to me than drawing in public. Hopefully I will be able to find a way to combine the 2 ways in the future and to become just as confident with drawing in public, as I am with taking photographs.
EXERCISE 3.2: WORKING WITH EXTERNAL VISUAL STIMULUS – PEOPLE
I find the feedback from my Tutor for this exercise very helpful, “Remember you’re capturing the moment when drawing people, especially groups of strangers, and only you know exactly what they looked like in the moment. So try not to worry too much about ‘likeness’ and try and capture ‘essence’.”
That is so true! I should really just ‘let go’ and focus on drawing things in my own way, regardless of whether it’s in the same ‘likeness’ of what’s in front of me. I need to remember that next time I need to capture a moment on paper.
RESEARCH TASK 3.2 & 3.3 REPORTING AND DOCUMENTING
Yes, it was very interesting learning about Reportage Illustration and reflecting on what kind of topics I would potentially like to cover if I was a Reportage Illustrator. 🙂
EXERCISE 3.3: ILLUSTRATIVE DRAWINGS
I really value this comment from my Tutor: “You have been really experimental with this set of images. All sorts of interesting combinations of media and materials have been explored. You have taken elements from your sketchbook and combined and interpreted them very well. Great to see you combining your traditional work with digital methods so successfully.”
I enjoyed experimenting with all the different layouts and combinations of photographs; mark-making; doodles and illustrations. It has been a fun learning journey. I am happy to hear that I am doing alright with incorporating my drawings in my digital work. I have just done a short online course on the program, “Procreate” via “Udemy” this year. I have never done any digital drawing work before. It was quite a challenge at first, as it was almost like I had to develop new ‘fine motor skills’ in order to be able to use the iPen on the iPad. Although I do enjoy learning to use the ‘Procreate’ program, I am still quite slow and find it very time-consuming. Hopefully, my skills will improve and I will get faster in time. I did enjoy using my sketchbook as ‘springboard’ to work from, almost like a ‘scrapbook’ to document the way my ideas develop. It was a fun process.
In the feedback, my Tutor asked me to consider how these images could be used back in the environment to mark the space/ locations of the Aquarium itself. I guess I could possibly create a character to be used as the Aquarium’s ‘mascot’. The ‘mascot’ could possibly be used to ask questions along the journey throughout the Aquarium. Colourful posters featuring the mascot could be posted at children’s height. The posters could contain different questions/ challenges/ fun facts applicable to each area of the Aquarium. A matching activity book could be created which children could use to document their journey through the Aquarium: answering questions; responding to challenges; adding notes of fun facts; colouring activities; drawing challenges; etc.
RESEARCH TASK 3.4: CREATING YOUR OWN VERSION OF REALITY
I continue to enjoy looking at the work of different artists. Such a variety of techniques and styles. It is very interesting looking at the way different artists capture the world in the way they experience it.
EXERCISE 3.4: INTERPRETATION AND COMMUNICATION
Lovely feedback from my Tutor and some interesting points to consider:
“Using digital ways to draw your artwork can give a ‘professional’ look as you say, however it can also take away some of the personality of drawn line. Try experimenting with different pens and brushes in the program to see what other effects you can achieve.”
I think that is great advice and it will challenge me to try out different ‘tools’ in Procreate. 🙂 Thank you!
RESEARCH TASK 3.4: VISUAL RESEARCH
EXERCISE 3.5: FREE ASSOCIATION
Yes, I have always enjoyed doodling 🙂
Points to consider from my Tutor:
“Perhaps you could take a different subject/ object to base your doodles on in different sessions, building up a variety of visual imagery.”
I think that is a great idea! I do sometimes find that I can be a bit repetitive in what I draw. I should follow my Tutor’s advice and try to use different subjects/ objects in order to practise doodling/ drawing them in different ways. Once I have tried to draw/ doodle a lot of different subjects/ objects, I could possibly use some of them as inspiration for future characters/ illustrations.
FEEDBACK ON ASSIGNMENT 3: ILLUSTRATIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES
CREATIVE AND ANALYTICAL THINKING, VISUAL AND TECHNICAL SKILLS:
Comments from my Tutor:
“You have successfully produced a very large body of work from the resources you gathered during this part of the course. You approached the assignment in a focussed, creative manner, fully exploring the alternatives of place, content and colour in your images. You have put the elements together creatively, constructing a convincing narrative around the characters.
Your learning log shows your working and thought processes clearly and demonstrates the fun you had throughout the journey, in playing around with the material you had created. In particular your strong use of pattern and background colours and textures is particularly effective.
Your final set of posters which you based on the images also work well and demonstrate a strong sense of humour. All in all, a well presented and successful assignment.”
Thank you for the lovely feedback and the points to consider. I now feel all inspired for the next part of this course. 🙂
I guess I could have tried to put a narrative together to tell a story using my fish- characters. I might look back at them in the future if I need some inspiration for fish- characters in a story.
LEARNING LOG/ BLOGS
RESEARCH AND IDEA DEVELOPMENT, CONTEXT:
Comments from my Tutor:
“Your learning log is well presented, and everything is easy to find, which makes it great to look through.
Your notes, observations and comments are clear and eloquent, and you analyse your process very well and make relevant and appropriate comments.”
Thank you! I am glad that everything is easy to find. I am still trying to figure out the process of blogging and sometimes struggle with different aspects on WordPress. It’s a learning process.
Thank you for the suggested viewing/ reading material and the pointers for the next assignment. 🙂
NAME: Juanita du Toit
STUDENT NUMBER: 522438
COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks
The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)