I am happy to hear that I am slowly developing an ‘individual style and a good sense of narrative‘. I am also relieved to hear that my learning log shows good reflective notes, as it is something I have found challenging in the past.
RESEARCH TASK 4.0: VISUAL DIARIES &
RESEARCH TASK 4.1: TOP TEN VISUAL DIARIES
EXERCISE 4.0: FILL IT UP – FAST!
I agree with my Tutor’s feedback that I could have been more adventurous in using a bigger variety of materials to fill up my sketchbooks. I will try to follow her advise on ‘using more variety of viewpoints to include close-ups’ in my sketches.
EXERCISE 4.1: DESCRIPTION & DEPICTION
To answer my Tutors’ question: ‘Do you think your experiences in the museum and previous exercise in the classroom made you feel more comfortable with the process of this task?‘ I do think these exercises all add together and expands my experience with different aspects of being more free when drawing.
My Tutor mentioned that ‘There is one thing missing in all of these images however, no human figures… Think about how this would have affected both the images and the experience.’ I do struggle with drawing human figures when out sketching. I am usually more naturally drawn to other aspects, like patterns or decor, than drawing people. I guess if I added human figures in my images, there would have been more movement to capture and an interaction with objects. It is definitely something I need to work on.
RESEARCH TASK 4.2: CASE STUDY – BRANDON J WALLACE
I will try to look into researching other film makers/ directors in the future.
EXERCISE 4.2: STORYBOARDING
In hindsight I agree with my Tutor that, ‘a more challenging subject would have given (me) more scope for learning.’ And that ‘it might also have been better to stick to a more limited colour palette to focus more on the compositions.’ Next time, I will choose less colours in order to add a more dramatic effect to the different frames. It might’ve been better to use felt-tip markers in order to add colour, as I think it would’ve been faster and more effective.
RESEARCH TASK 4.3: STORY STRUCTURES
I misunderstood this exercise and thought it would be alright to use my own story to demonstrate the 8-point story structure. Next time, I will try to make sure I read instructions more carefully.
EXERCISE 4.3: CONVERSATIONS WITH PICTURES – INTERPRETATION
Thank you! I will try to focus on developing more complex story structures for my illustrations. Sometimes ‘conversations’ randomly pops up in my head, but I don’t always have the time to write it down or create them into illustrations. I need to make a habit of writing things down on a small notebook or something.
EXERCISE 4.4: USING BASIC NARRATIVE STRUCTURE
You are right, I definitely enjoyed this exercise. I will try to figure out how to turn my illustrations into animations using Procreate. I have never done it before, so it will be a fun challenge. I might experiment with it for some of my Instagram sketchbook circle prompts, by responding with animations.
I value my Tutor’s advice on what I need to improve in order to meet all the assessment criteria. I will try to work on the following suggestions and keep it in mind when I prepare for formal assessment:
‘Using more variety of viewpoint in your images. Work on different compositions in your images to add interest.’
FEEDBACK ON ASSIGNMENT 4: BUILDING STORIES
I am happy with my feedback from my Tutor for Assignment 4. I did spend a lot of time on it and am glad to hear that my work shows ‘embedded learning’ and ‘creative & analytical thinking’ I did try to use the exercises when responding to Assignment 4 and combining different aspects of what I have already learnt throughout the course.
I agree with my Tutor that I have a tendency to pack too much into images. I think I often get over- excited and lose sight of the effect of the illustration as a whole. I also agree that I have a habit of using too much bright colour and patterns. I just seem to be drawn to them. I appreciate her advise and will try to look at my work from a more objective point of view, in the future.
I will keep the following points in mind for future illustrations:
‘Have more areas of subtle colour or simple patterned backgrounds, this will make images easier to read and give them more depth.’
‘Experiment more with viewpoint, close-up and composition.’
‘Be careful not to let colour and pattern overpower the narrative aspect of an image.’
Great advise! Thank you!
I am glad to hear that the way I document my inspiration; ideas and thought processes are effective.
Thank you for acknowledging my involvement with the sketchbook circle. I do enjoy it & it helps me to generate new ideas. It’s a fun process. I just wish more people would join in. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like much of a ‘circle’, when I’m the only one in it. Oh well, it’s still a fun challenge.
SUGGESTED VIEWING/ READING
Thank you, I will have a look into it.
POINTERS FOR THE NEXT ASSIGNMENT
‘This is an opportunity for you to develop lots of alternative ideas in a variety of ways. Remember to explore composition more and bear in mind the readability of your images. You have all the elements in place, so it is now a question of not losing these qualities in your final drawings.’
Thanks again for the helpful advise on how to improve my illustrations in the future. I will try to keep it in mind 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)