EXERCISE 5.0 TAKING STOCK

FOR THIS EXERCISE, I DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING:

1.1 A list of processes which I have connected with that most

1.2 A list of mediums which I have enjoyed working with the most

2.1 Exercises/ research tasks/ assignments which I enjoyed the most

2.2 Exercises/ research tasks/ assignments which I found the most challenging

2.3 A list of aspects of the course which I found the most challenging

3. Words that I most empathise with from the list in the coursework on pg. 163

4. When looking at the list of quotes from section 1 & my original responses to them:

4.1 Have my opinions & thoughts changed about how I keep a sketchbook?

4.2 Which comments do I now most empathise with and why?

4.3 What has been the most surprising changes to my thoughts about sketchbooks?

5. Points to consider from my Tutor Feedback:

5.1 which I have already tried to improve on in following exercises/ research tasks/ assignments

5.2 which I would still like to improve on in following exercises/ research tasks/ assignments

6. After looking through all my previous Reports from my Tutor, I have identified the following:

6.1 exercises & assignments which I would like to return to before the formal assessment

6.2 quotes from the feedback which inspired me the most

6.3 words/ phrases that sums up the goals/ objectives that I would like to focus on

1.1 LIST OF PROCESSES I HAVE CONNECTED WITH THE MOST:

– mark-making

– surreal illustrations

– collage

– pareidolia

– using objects

– doodles

Mark-making:

I have experimented with a lot of mark-making with a variety of different objects/ items. Gradually throughout the course, I have moved from using my mark-making experiments in collages, to learning how to digitally incorporate photographs of my mark-making experiments into my illustrations using Procreate. I have enjoyed using it to add colour & texture to my digital illustrations.

I have experimented using the following for mark-making:

– making dots using earbuds

– using a fork to make prints

– fingerprints

– using different shaped sponges

– blowing watercolour paint using straws

– making splatters of paint using a toothbrush

– using a spatula and acrylic paint to create a rough texture

– making lines using a mascara brush

– printing with teabags

– bubblewrap printing

– leaf printing

– stone printing

– printing with other kitchen utensils

– making bubble pressed pictures by mixing paint & washing up liquid

– printing with paper roll

– fruit & veggie printing

– using stencils

Surreal art:

I loved experimenting with making surreal art using collage while responding to sketchbook circle prompts.

Collage:

Using collage is my favourite process to use when creating an illustration.

Pareidolia:

When looking at Pareidolia, it was fun to incorporating them into illustrations.

Using Objects:

One of the exercises I enjoyed the most, was exploring using objects in illustrations.

I used the following objects in illustrations throughout the course:

– seashells – seashell mandalas; seashells on African fabric

– wooden dolls – fairies/ butterflies

– modelling clay fruit & veggies

– shadows from using objects

– small dinosaur toys

– googly eyes

– using objects as inspiration for different shaped cartoon houses

– memorabilia – tourist tickets; brochures; receipts; paper placemats; napkins

Doodles:

I used doodling as a way to generate new ideas. Doodling comes naturally to me and I find it very relaxing.

1.2 LIST OF MEDIUMS I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE MOST:

– Posca markers

– acrylic paint

– micron pen

2.1 EXERCISES/ RESEARCH TASKS/ ASSIGNMENTS WHICH I ENJOYED THE MOST:

– Research Task 1.1 Artists’ sketchbooks

– Assignment 1 Recording & Sharing your work

– Exercise 2.5 Drawing with objects

– Assignment 2.3 Happy Accident

Exercise 3.5 Free Association

Assignment 3 Illustrative People & Places

Exercise 4.4 Using basic narrative structure

Assignment 4 Building Stories

2.2 EXERCISES/ RESEARCH TASKS/ ASSIGNMENTS WHICH I FOUND THE MOST CHALLENGING:

– Exercise 2.1 – Limited Lines

Exercise 3.2 – Working with external visual stimulus – people

2.3 LIST OF ASPECTS OF THE COURSE WHICH I FOUND THE MOST CHALLENGING:

– drawing people

– drawing in public

– making rough sketches directly into the sketchbook

– typing out reflections

3. WORDS THAT I MOST EMPATHISE WITH FROM THE LIST IN THE COURSEWORK ON PG.163:

1. Imaginative

2. Ideas

3. Expressive

4. Narrative

5. Representational

6. Message

7. Sequential

8. Meaning

9. Place

10. Abstract

If I had to pick 3 words from the above list which I emphasise with, I would choose the following:

– Imaginative

– Ideas

– Expressive

4. I looked at the list of quotes from section 1 and my initial responses to them:

4.1 HAVE YOUR OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS CHANGED ABOUT HOW YOU KEEP A SKETCHBOOK?

Comments which I related to at the start of this course:

“Initially I was daunted but [I am] rapidly becoming more comfortable.” – Katherine Robertson

“It’s a tool that helps me develop observational skills that I am poor at. Sometimes I enjoy filling a sketchbook but other times I much prefer working on paper.” – Lesley Norman

“I take my to be a kind of personal thinking instrument, not in the sense of containing logical arguments, but as a way of playing around with thoughts and images in my head.” – Wallace Fryer –

“My sketchbooks are like repository of ideas, as well as snapshots about my creative journey. They function as a mirror, allowing me to see what I might otherwise just feel.” – Stephanie d’Hubert –

“I consider each sketchbook as artwork of its own, personal, an insight of who I am and what I am.” – RA –

“Since starting this course my relationship with my sketchbook is more exciting, I love spending time with it, adding to it and looking through it on a daily basis, it always makes me happy as it’s who I am creatively.” – Ruth Goodwin –

“My sketchbook is a visual representation of me. They are cumulative record of who I am, what I am thinking and how I am feeling. They explore issues that are relevant to me.” – Emma Powell –

“They are becoming more precious and important for my creative development than before.” – Roger Sidney –

“A necessary evil, I don’t like the constraints of a book. I like folders where I can move things and replace things, let it evolve more.” – Dawn Young”

Comments which I wanted to apply to my sketchbook process in the future:

“The sketchbook as a place for experimenting, to show the process and ideas. A place to experiment and not to feel restricted.” – Alice Powell –

“I use my sketchbook as a regular (it should be daily) tool for thoughts and experiments. I keep it to help remember the ideas and have access to them later.” – David Howard –

“They allow me to record, play and investigate ideas to which I refer back to regularly for inspiration and also to refresh my thinking.” – Maccine Jordaan –

“Can’t live without it. Helps me to relax, organise my thoughts and develop ideas.” – Cal Hoy –

4.2 WHICH COMMENTS DO YOU NOW MOST EMPATHISE WITH AND WHY?

I must say that the quotes which I was drawn to at the beginning of the course and the ones I highlighted which I would like to apply to my sketchbook process in the future, has pretty much stayed the same. The only difference is, that I have now moved over to more of the comments which I wanted to apply in the future. I think I am more comfortable drawing straight into my sketchbook now, than when I started this course. I am not so ‘precious’ over it anymore and I don’t mind making rough sketches or scribbles in it. I now use my sketchbook more as a tool to investigate new processes, brainstorm ideas, consider different options & documenting my thinking & creative processes.

4.3 WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST SURPRISING CHANGES TO YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT SKETCHBOOKS?

I am more relieved, than surprised that I am now more comfortable with making rough sketches in my sketchbooks. I used to love drawing on loose sheets of paper, but now I am comfortable with using both.

5. Notes I made when looking at my Tutor’s feedback from previous assignments:

5.1 POINTS TO CONSIDER FROM MY TUTOR FEEDBACK, WHICH I HAVE ALREADY TRIED TO IMPROVE ON IN FOLLOWING EXERCISES/ RESEARCH TASKS/ ASSIGNMENTS:

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 1.0 – What sort of sketchbook should I use?

“It was good to see you try out the two examples, the foldy and the sketchbook, and that you designed patterned covers for these. Having tried both of these out you may want to experiment with these layouts during the course.

My Response:

I have tried using foldy’ s; zines and other little sketchbooks while working on some of the following exercises/ assignments/ sketchbook circle prompts, of the course. (See: Neighbours; Travelina’s Travel Diary; Dinosaurs)

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Research Task 1.1 – Artists’ sketchbooks

“One other thing I should mention, I did find it quite hard to find all of the entries in the research section. The navigation on the blog didn’t take me in a logical order to each, in fact in the end I used the search box to look up the names of the artists you’d mentioned in order to find everything.

Assignment 1 – Learning Logs/ Blogs

“Your learning log is clear and comprehensive, and your self-reflection is good. Check the links on the drop-down menu’s of your blog though, as not all of them seem to be working.”

My Response:

It took my a long time to get my head around creating a blog and figuring out how to add the menu titles. By the time I completed Assignment 2, I had gain a better understanding of how to do it. Unfortunately, before completing Part 4, I had to upgrade my blog as I’ve used up all the space. After upgrading my wordpress blog, the menu was all muddled up and I had to re-arrange everything again. It was quite the challenge, but I think it more clear now.

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 2.5 – Drawing with objects

“You clearly enjoyed this exercise from start to finish, and it has resulted in a number of successful images. I’m sure, with your natural affinity with collage, that you will explore more fully as you progress through the course. Your initial research was thorough, which gave you a good grounding to achieve the great final results.”

My Response:

I have enjoyed using objects to create fun illustrations by using collage/ layers in Procreate and would like to continue to do so. (See: wooden doll fairies; wooden doll butterfly/ model clay fruit)

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Assignment 1 – Points to consider

“Reflect on how you could develop this method of working that you are obviously comfortable with and develop it further.”

“Perhaps you could bring in some elements of collage to add variety to the background images.”

“Think of ways to experiment with the media you have used, look back at the experiments you did on looking at other artists and imagine ways you could apply them to your own work”

My Response:

Following my Tutor’s advise, I have tried to bring in some more variety to my illustrations for the rest of the course, by using different ‘layers’ in my collages, and developing it further.

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Part.2 – Overall Comments

“Try to expand more on thoughts and working process in your learning log, and be more thorough in your reflections”

Assignment 2 – Learning Log/ Blogs:

“Your log shows your research very well, but you should include more of your thoughts and working processes and be more comprehensive in your reflection. In some areas, you comment fully on your work and in others you are very brief, so try to be more consistent.”

My Response:

In response to my Tutor’s feedback I have tried to be more consistent in documenting my thought & working processes; as well as being more comprehensive in my reflection. I was relieved to see that I have improved once I read the following feedback from my Tutor regarding my Learning log for Assignment 3: “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.” And Learning log for Assignment 4: “These notes, as the text of your blog, are well written and well considered. You are thinking carefully about how your work is being inspired, and influenced, by a variety of visual practitioners. This is helping to contextualise your work effectively.”

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 2.4 – Drawing with tea bags

“Again, a very good exercise, you have taken a resourceful approach in the collation of materials to work with, and I am glad to read in your notes that you see the potential in using at times unusual tools and drawing mediums. It looked like you really enjoyed this exercise and I would encourage you to continue to experiment”

My Response:

Although I have already experimented with more mark-making tools in Assignment 3 & 4, I would like to further investigate a variety of mark-making tools, to try out printing with objects which I have not experimented with before; as well as trying out using stencils. (See: Fishy characters; Dragon’s fire)

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Research Task 3.0 – Building a toolkit

“It’s natural to pick items for your toolkit that you feel comfortable using but as you observed, its also good to be more adventurous so its’ good to see you adding some coloured pencils, maybe you could add some adventurous papers too.”

My Response:

Following my Tutor’s suggestion, I have tried to include some graph paper in my toolkit, especially when going on sketchbook journeys. My Tutor’s feedback about for Exercise 4.0: “I like the use of graph paper and the combination of image and text, something I can see you using further.” (See: Dinosaurs Museum; Flowers sketchbook circle)

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Research Task 3.4 – Creating your own version of reality

“Using digital ways to draw your artwork can give it 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.”

Assignment 3 – Some points to consider

“I would like to mention again having a look at a more varied line in Procreate. Are there pens or brushes that will give a varied line, not just thick lines and thin lines? It would be a shame to lose the personality in your line drawing.”

My Response:

After reading my Tutor’s suggestion regarding using digital ways to draw, I have tried to experiment with a bigger variety of options from the brush library in Procreate. It was a valuable suggestion which has helped me in all the assignments to follow.

5.2 POINTS TO CONSIDER FROM MY TUTOR’S FEEDBACK, WHICH I WOULD STILL LIKE TO IMPROVE ON IN FOLLOWING EXERCISES/ RESEARCH TASKS/ ASSIGNMENTS:

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Research task 1.1 – Artists’ sketchbooks

“On a technical point, I wondered, if since you had issues with paper tearing when using stitches, whether it might be worth trying some sort of stiff but fine weave embroidery fabric. It might also provide an interesting texture for paint and mark-making.”

My Response:

As inspired by the artist, Frances Pickerings’ sketchbook, I would like to try out using paint on fabric in order to make the fabric more stiff to embroider on. I think I will use Posca paint markers to draw on it and then add more texture with embroidery, as well as adding some beads.

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 2.2 – Investigating a process

“The idea here was to choose a set of materials and investigate the different materials, how they can be used and in which different ways – think about the very diverse ways your two artists use watercolour and you can see where it’s leading. It looks to me as though you have done this to an extent, but you could have probably used more variety in the way you used the set of materials. If you want you can always investigate further.”

My Response:

I would like to investigate this further by arranging a ‘still life’ set-up and then using different mediums & processes to create illustrations of it.

Tutor’s Suggestion

Exercise 2.3 – Blind Contour Drawing

“I particularly like your blind contour Frida Kahlo drawings, it might be fun to add some colour in the same way as the artist you referenced in your learning log.”

My Response:

I would like to create some blind contour drawings and then use different mediums to add colour to it.

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 2.6 – Pareidolia

“Some great photo’s, some easier to make out than others! A great collection on Pinterest too, it’s a shame that it didn’t inspire you to draw some characters based on what you found. Have a look at your collection with reference to Larsen and Sutcliffe and see what sketches you could have produced.”

My Response:

Although I used pareidolia to develop my Wasp character in the story, “Super Sally & Dolly Dragon”, I would also like to follow my Tutors’ suggestion to try and draw some of the characters designed using pareidolia. (See: Wicked Wacky Wasp;

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 3.5 – Free Association

“It’s very clear that doodling is a natural outlet for you, although doodling seems an inadequate word for some of the complicated patterns and images. Your sense of pattern and colour are well developed and this is reflected in your illustration work. Perhaps you could take a different subject/ object to base your doodles on in different sessions, building up a variety of visual imagery.”

My Response:

Although I have created doodles in response to the prompts from the Inktober list, I would still like to try using different subjects/ objects to base my doodles on in the future. (See: Inktober; )

6.1 EXERCISES AND ASSIGNMENTS WHICH I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO BEFORE THE FORMAL ASSESSMENT:

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 3.3 – Illustrative drawings

“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 traditional work with digital methods so successfully. You have certainly created a wealth of material to work with. How could these images be used back in the environment to mark the space/ locations of the aquarium itself?”

Assignment 3 – Some points to consider

“You have produced a vast amount of images. Maybe pick a few less and develop each further? Could you have put the narrative together to tell a story or journey?”

Exercise 4.3 – Conversations with pictures – Interpretation

“You have, as you say, naturally added commentary to your images throughout so this was a natural exercise for you. You can build on this skill to create and develop more complex story structures.”

My Response:

I would like to return to Assignments 2 & 3 and to if I can try to use the above advise to develop those illustrations into possible story structures. (See: Assignment 2; Assignment 3)

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Exercise 4.4 – Using basic narrative structure

“You have understood this exercise and produced a variety of outcomes that use narrative in different ways. It was good to read your reflective notes and how you’d enjoyed seeing your images come to life in a narrative way. Perhaps you would enjoy looking into developing them as simple moving images.

My Response:

Although I have been experimenting with turning my illustrations into animations when responding to the February Instagram sketchbook circle prompts, I would like to return to my illustrations from that exercise in order to turn them into animations.

(See: basic narrative structure; )

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Part 4 – Overall Comments:

“Spend more time developing drawings from different viewpoints to create variety.”

Exercise 4.0 – Fill it up FAST!

“Think about using more variety of viewpoints to include close-ups in your sketches and trying different media.”

Assignment 4 – Assessment Potential

“I have mentioned in my feedback using more variety in viewpoint in your images. Work on using different compositions in your images to add interest.

My Response:

I will need more time and practise in order to improve on using a variety of viewpoints and different compositions.

Tutor’s Suggestions:

Assignment 4 – Building Stories

“There is a good change of pace within the narrative, but we still need to see more of a range of viewpoints and compositions.

“You have a tendency to pack too much into images on occasion, which can make them hard to read. This becomes a problem when too much bright colour is added. Sometimes impact is lost simply because there is too much to take in, and it also has the effect of flattening images where a sense of depth might be desirable. Some of the more successful images are those on the blue sky background. It gives your illustrative elements more room to breathe. Try to look at your images from an objective point of view, imagine you are seeing an image for the first time. Can you read it clearly? What is the narrative?”

“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, closeup and composition.”

Be careful not to let colour and pattern overpower the narrative aspect of an image.

My Response:

I would like to follow my Tutors’ advise regarding the pointers she gave me to consider in order to return to this assignment to improve my story, ‘Super Sally & Dolly Dragon’, by reducing the amount of patterns in order to make it more clear & easier to read the image. (See: Super Sally & Dolly Dragon; )

6.2 AFTER GOING THROUGH PREVIOUS TUTOR REPORTS, I WROTE DOWN THE FOLLOWING QUOTES FROM THE FEEDBACK WHICH INSPIRED ME THE MOST:

Tutor’s Feedback:

Part 1:

Research Task 1:1 – Artists’ sketchbook

“You, then looked at the work of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Sonia Delaunay and Frances Pickering. Your work on and inspired by these artists was excellent. You have taken a very thorough approach to the research task and seem naturally inclined to find in each artist, things which inspire and enhance your own creativity. I was particularly impressed with the work you did after looking at Frida Kahlo, and the way you developed your ideas based on her thoughts and her art. It really seems to strike a chord with you. This natural affinity to find inspiration from other artists will be an invaluable way for you to grow artistically.”

(See: Frida Kahlo; Pablo Picasso; Sonia Delaunay; Frances Pickering)

Assignment 1 – Recording and Sharing your work:

As with the previous exercises, your learning log documents your thoughts and work process very well. Your sketchbook shows a large amount of work, not only on your initial penguin theme, but then following with the llama and mermaid drawings. Your sense of humour certainly shows through in these images, and the idea of the ‘everyday’ has been developed into a very ‘un-everyday’ set of activities.”

(See: Penguins; Llamas; Mermaids)

Part 2:

Exercise 2.5 – Drawing with objects:

“You clearly enjoyed this exercise from start to finish, and it has resulted in a number of successful images. I’m sure, with your natural affinity with collage, that you will explore more fully as you progress through the course. Your initial research was thorough, which gave you a good grounding to achieve the great final results.”

(See: Seashells illustrations)

Assignment 2 – Happy Accidents:

“An excellent body of work for your second assignment, you have channeled the work from the previous exercises into your assignment methodically and effectively. The extent of your character development and use of mock ups to visualise your ideas shows that you are approaching the briefs with professionalism, which is great to see at this early point in the course.”

“Your methodical and focused approach has once again stood you in good streak and it’s great to see how you’ve brought together the different elements from the exercises.”

(See: Pareidolia mock-ups; Pareidolia Brides; Travelina)

Learning Log:

“The research tasks in your learning log contain some excellent pieces, with the work you have done inspired by the artists Vincent Bal, Felipe de Castro, Tanaka Tatsuya and Sabine Timm. Your conscientiousness in experimenting with these ideas will give you inspiration for your own work and is an invaluable part of the way you develop your individual style. Keep it up!”

(See: using objects’ shadows; using objects’ shapes; using dinosaur toys; seashell mandalas)

Part 3:

Overall Comments:

“Overall your response has, as always, been very thorough and experimental. I am impressed by the amount of work that you have produced and your ability to play around with image, colour and texture.”

“Your analytical approach demonstrates a very good understanding of critical judgement about your work and others’ work. This is a valuable asset.”

Assignment 3 – Illustrative people and places

“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 focused, 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 creative, well presented and successful assignment.”

(See: Fishy characters)

Part 4:

Overall Comments:

“Overall your response has been, as usual, exploratory and engaged with the course. You have used a good range of materials, technique and media that include analogue and digital methods. You are developing an individual style and a good sense of narrative. Your learning log shows good reflective notes.”

Assignment 4 – Building Stories

Your starting point drawing research shows evidence of being influenced by the previous exercises so that is a good start to the task and demonstrates embedded learning. You have also shown how your story emerged from your drawings and applied the 8-point arc structure to create the narrative. This is all a very good start to the brief and demonstrates creative and analytical thinking.”

“You have certainly seen the considerable time developing your ideas and drawings and encompassing what you have been creating during this course so far, both in your coursework and personal work. You are developing an original and personal style.

(See: Super Sally & Dolly Dragon)

Learning Log:

“It’s great to see you so involved with the sketchbook circle and other drawing pursuits which are outside the course.” (See: January; February; March; Neighbours; Dreams; Phone; Socks; camping; golfball; bottle; laundry; trees; luggage; flowers; picnic; heart; Inktober )

6.3 AFTER GOING THROUGH PREVIOUS TUTOR REPORTS, I WROTE DOWN THE FOLLOWING WORDS/ PHRASES THAT SUMS UP THE GOALS/ OBJECTIVES THAT I NEED TO FOCUS ON:

Continue to:

– do research using sketchbook & photographic journeys

– experiment with mark-making

– use objects in illustrations

– identify pareidolia

– continue to explore different choices in the brush library in Procreate

– develop skills turning illustrations into animations – narrative structure

– document thought & creative processes

– be consistent in reflection

Remember to:

– experiment with using different mediums/ processes

– use different subjects/ objects as themes for doodling

– practise using a variety of viewpoints & compositions

– look at illustrations objectively regarding colour combinations & overcrowded patterns

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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