Assignment 1 Feedback is a comprehensive look at how I tackled my first assignment. As I work through Assignment 2 I will be attempting to incorporate this feedback in 4 main areas.
- Set my intention for an exercise. Find out where my interest is.
- Use prep sketches to look at how I can use tone, composition, etc. to express this intention
- Analyse what went well and why as well as areas of improvement. Try to take this into the next exercise/assignment.
- Continue research using recommended articles/resources
The feedback points out that I focus on the areas that I think need improvement rather than the areas where I am working well so I’ll round up the areas I’m working well first, then go on to areas I will be focusing on improving.
Areas I am working well
- asking questions as I go on
- good beginnings at experimenting with approaches, media and techniques
- reflecting on observation and acquiring drawing skills
- bringing in personal aims and ideas outside course material
- learning from exercises
- using thumbnail compositions to make quick, informed decisions
- learning about composition from research and practice
- Assignment 1 drawing contained: “some well-observed, sensitive mark-making across the jar and brushes and a subtle and simple approach to the ring and shell.”
- “You have approached the assignment with thought and consideration with regard to choice of media, selection of objects in relation to your research and reflections on vanitas genre and also a personal narrative content.”
- Good use of sketchbook to make prep drawings
- Continue the succinct yet useful notations alongside prep drawings
- Using my blog to reflect on my research
Areas to focus on improving
- regular practice and exploration of techniques
- look at tonal values during preparatory sketches
- attempt to solve problems I find in my work, take that forward into planning work for the next exercise.
- look at what works as well as what doesn’t
- Expand upon sketchbook prep work by setting my own specific aims for the assignment. Draw in series – for example: 6-8 thumbnails to explore composition, tonal values and negative space; 4-6 thumbnails to explore how the object/subject sits or fills the page; 6-8 small loose drawings to explore mark-making qualities in relation to lighting/tonal qualities
- Use the constructively critical way I approach others work in my analysis of my own work. See OCA study guide “Looking at Artists”
- set some intentions and aims for my own work. Ask broad questions about my intentions when beginning a drawing and ask similar questions when looking at others work.
- Harvard reference all research
www.drawingcenter.org Research through current and past exhibitions. Red Drawing Papers no: 128 Cecily Brown’s Rehearsal and Paper : 117 on ‘Small’ are good starting points.
‘FOUND’ Cornelia Parker curated exhibition ( Aug – Sept 2016) at The Foundling Museum.
Pointers for the next assignment
- Reflect and act on the suggestions and recommendations throughout the feedback.
- Set yourself some specific aims to apply to your own drawings.
- Reflect upon both what works / what doesn’t work in equal measure- then set some aims to develop and enhance both aspects.
- Expand upon the preparatory drawings: work across a number of thumbnail sketches to explore tonal values, relationship between object / subject and negative space, mark-making qualities (in addition to composition).
- Suggested reading / viewing (as above) and reflect on these on your blog.