EXERCISE 5.3 CONSTRUCTING A VISUAL JOURNAL:

REFLECTION:

For this exercise, I decided to make a complete compilation of my work from the previous exercises; research tasks & assignments. I included exercises & activities which I enjoyed the most & the experiences which were most important to me.

I decided to start my Visual Journal by including the Visual action plan and other images which I created in response to Exercise 5.0 ; Exercise 5.1 & Exercise 5.2.

I then looked at my Visual Action Plan and thought of possible ‘Sections’ for my Visual Journal. Based on my response to the previous exercises, I decided on arranging my work from this course into the following sections: Making a Foldy/ Zine/ Sketchbook; Research Artists’ Sketchbooks; Mark-making; Pareidolia; Using Objects; Surreal Collages; Animation; Doodles. I think most of my work fit within those sections therefore provides a thorough summary of my collections of work done throughout this course.

I thought it would be a good idea to create a Visual Journal which could function as a summary of my work from this course, which I could use in the future to look back at in order to brainstorm & possibly generate new ideas. I decided to use ‘rings’ to bind the card/pages together into a sketchbook, so that I could also eventually add my work from Assignment 5 (once completed) to it, in order to create a complete collection of all my work from this course into 1 sketchbook.

I thought it would be fun to use fabric to wrap around it once it’s completed & wrapping it up with a ribbon to store away for future reference. Luckily, I had some African fabric in the apartment which came in handy for this fun project, which I attached to the sketchbook using a glue gun.

In order to create this sketchbook, I made collections of my work from different Exercises/ Research Tasks/ Assignments/ Sketchbook Circle Prompts, using Procreate. I printed them off and glue & stuck them on coloured card. I added labels by typing them on a ‘grid’ pattern in Procreate and then printing it off; cutting it out & adding it to the different pages in order to arrange it in the sections as mentioned above. I decided to add some of the feedback from my Tutor & some of my Responses to it, as well as paragraphs from my learning log. I used Posca Markers to add some ‘doodles’/ dots around the ‘Doodle’- section pages. I added yellow ‘markers’ to show the different sections, and blue washi tape ‘markers’ to show where I have added new work from Assignment 5 & recent Sketchbook Circle Prompts.

I added small envelopes to the pages, ‘Some of the Exercises & Assignments which I would like to try to return to before Formal Assessment’. I thought it would be a fun way to add these exercises/ assignments by ‘hiding’ them inside the envelopes, as I am not sure whether I will have time to return to them all.

By referring back to the instructions from the coursework for this Exercise, I think that I have responded to the following sentence, “Make sure it feels like your book – a journal that is a snapshot summary of where you are at this stage of the course and where you want to go next in your learning journey.”

I guess I could’ve chosen a more arty & creative way of responding to this exercise, but I thought it would be quite useful to me, to create a reflective Visual Journal as well as a functional tool which I could use in the future.

I DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

– Processes I connected with the most (Exercise 5.0)

– Aspects I found the most challenging (Exercise 5.0)

– Visual representation of exercises; research tasks & assignments which I enjoyed the most (Exercise 5.0)

– List of words from pg.163 in the coursework which I empathised with the most (Exercise 5.0)

– Action Plan for Assignment 5 (Exercise 5.1)

– “Hidden” – Some of the Exercises & Assignments which I would like to try to return to before Formal Assessment (If I have the time) (Exercise 5. 0)

– Visual Action Plan – (General Action Plan) – Most Important & Most enjoyable (Exercise 5.1)

– My Relationship with my sketchbook

– Making Connections (Exercise 5.2)

Examples/ Collections of aspects which I have incorporated in my work throughout this course:

– Making a Foldy/ Zine/ sketchbook

– Research – Artists’ sketchbooks – Adding new work inspired by Sonia Delaunay & Frances Pickering from Assignment 5

– Mark-making – Adding – experimented Mark-making used in Assignment 5

– Pareidolia- Adding – Pareidolia character development used in Assignment 5

– Using Objects – Adding – used lemons in Assignment 5

– Surreal Collages – Adding – Illustrations from January Sketchbook Circle Prompts

– Animation – Adding – Animations from – February Sketchbook Circle Prompts; Using lemons (Objects); Visual Action Plan from Assignment 5

– Doodles – Adding – Fruit & Veggies from Assignment 5 – March Sketchbook Circle Prompts

CREATING MY SKETCHBOOK – USING CARDS; RINGS; FABRIC & RIBBON:

ADDING MARKERS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIND THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS:

PROCESSES WHICH I HAVE CONNECTED WITH THE MOST & ASPECTS OF THE COURSE WHICH I FOUND THE MOST CHALLENGING:

EXERCISES, RESEARCH TASKS & ASSIGNMENTS WHICH I HAVE ENJOYED THE MOST:

WORDS FROM THE LIST ON PG.163 OF THE COURSEWORK, WHICH I EMPATHISED WITH THE MOST

&

ACTION PLAN FOR ASSIGNMENT 5:

SOME OF THE EXERCISES & ASSIGNMENTS WHICH I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO BEFORE FORMAL ASSESSMENT (IF I HAVE TIME):

VISUAL ACTION PLAN – MOST IMPORTANT & MOST ENJOYABLE:

MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SKETCHBOOK

&

MAKING A FOLDY/ ZINE/ SKETCHBOOK:

MAKING CONNECTIONS:

RESEARCH – ARTISTS’ SKETCHBOOKS:

NEW WALL ART DESIGNS – INSPIRED BY SONIA DELAUNAY – FROM ASSIGNMENT 5:

MARK-MAKING:

NEW MARK-MAKING FROM ASSIGNMENT 5:

PAREIDOLIA:

NEW PAREIDOLIA – FROM ASSIGNMENT 5:

USING OBJECTS:

NEW – USING OBJECTS – FROM ASSIGNMENT 5:

SURREAL COLLAGES:

NEW – SURREAL COLLAGES – FROM JANUARY SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE PROMPTS:

NEW – ANIMATION – FROM FEBRUARY SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE PROMPTS:

DOODLES:

NEW – DOODLES – FROM ASSIGNMENT 5 & MARCH SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE PROMPTS:

OTHER DOODLES:

PLEASE NOTE:

I HAVE NOT YET ADDED ALL THE COLLECTIONS FROM ASSIGNMENT 5 TO THIS SUMMARY SKETCHBOOK – I WILL TRY TO ADD THEM BEFORE THE FORMAL ASSESSMENT 🙂

(Due to the Corona- virus lockdown, I have decided it’s best to save the rest of my ink for now, in order to print out my images for the sketchbook I am creating for Assignment 5.)

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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