ASSESSMENT SELF-EVALUATION SHEET
|Student Name||Emma Wilson||Student Number||516150|
|Course Unit||Drawing 1||Assessment Event||March 2018|
|Tutor||Cheryl Huntbach||Submission Date||19th January 2018|
|My practice has developed in many ways during Drawing 1. I found one of the most useful areas of development was the practice of reflection on my blog. Learning to reflect on my own work – looking at where something has worked and where it could be better – has been incredibly useful to my development. I am still learning to reflect on other artist’s work – in exhibitions, books and documentaries – especially in the context of my own work. It is definitely an area I wish to build on in future.
As I worked through the course, several areas sprang out for me. The first was my attraction towards hints of the uncanny in art. (Contact sheet 1 & 2). I have looked at artists such as Peter Doig who create atmospheres of unease and mystery. In my own work I identified a small doll in one drawing (No. 1) and put it in my final piece for Assignment 2 (No. 2).
The second area where I found interest was in making a drawing which creates a sense of life – by which I mean using line, composition and tone to create a feeling of energy. This started in drawings of trees (No. 3 & 4) and developed further in life studies where the volume of drawings I made and the chance to experiment with different media meant I produced some strong and vigorous drawings (No. 6 and 7). It was in life drawing that I first started to study the body in movement which I developed in Assignment 4 with an A1 drawing of my son (no 8) and Assignment 5 with another drawing of him poised for movement (no. 10).
While I wasn’t completely happy with Assignment 3, I have submitted it (No. 5) because I learned so much from making it. While I enjoyed making the textures in the foliage and drawing the trees, I felt the overall composition was quite static and the detail over-fussy. This encouraged me to work more loosely and boldly in Assignment 4.
The third area I felt I developed was in my approach to a particular area of interest. An “investigation”. While this is an area where I still have much to learn, I really enjoyed exploring an idea, approaching a subject from different angles and exploring composition and media. I submitted my self-portrait (no. 9) and supporting work because I experimented with a number of approaches based on other artists such as Frank Auerbach and Jenny Saville’s use of reduction in their drawing methods. I drew in a variety of different ways and received useful tutor feedback before producing my final self-portrait which I felt was stronger because of the preliminary work. This was also the case in Assignment 5 (No.10.) “Being a child” where I moved from drawings of a child in a landscape to a child in a room to a cropped image of a child balancing on a sofa. This seemed a satisfying conclusion to my search for a way to represent the movement and the inner world of a child.
I spent some time reflecting on the use of photographs when drawing. Looking at artists such as Elizabeth Peyton was useful to me in this. I am still exploring how to use photographs and video as a source while creating something completely original. I noticed as I progressed that lessons learned in one module fed into work in another. For example, a study of using colour to represent tone in Part 2 fed into a life drawing (No.7) in Part 4.
My tutor’s feedback has been very useful during this process. In particular, she encouraged me to look at what works in my own work and other artists’ work, made useful comments which have helped me work on my composition and reflect on strategies to produce successful work.