Tuesday, 19 April 2011


As part of my development process I have looked at various artists and collected images that are releavent to my project in order to gain inspiration and more ideas towards a final piece. I have also consistently made artist responses so that I can take the influence and make it into my own work.
I have worked into various photocopies of my ink compositions by looking at artist images as well as referring back to my work throughout my project.
My ink studies are a combination of my drawings made throughout my project so that my final piece will be a worthy representative of my whole project.
Here is another mix media thumbnail using a combination of drawing, painting and collage.
Here is one of my development thumbnails where I have created a collage as a basis using a found image and one of my ink composition photocopies. I have then worked into the collage using watered down acrylics; colours inspired by an artist image by Jean Michel Basquiat.

appropriation, colour studies

I have created two colour studies; one each from my two set of photographs. In both my colour studies I have explored using thin washes of acrylic paint and practicing the technique of building layer upon layer in order to create a painting that has depth in colour and plenty of tonal contrast.
Here is my double page on appropriation where I have looked at an essay and also found my own images of appropriated art. I have also written my own response on what I have found and learnt about appropriation.


Here are some of my drawings where I have explored a wide range of techniques and medias. Although I produced one academic drawing that is detailed and precise, I have experimented with using looser marks and focusing on other techniques rather than precision. I particularly enjoyed creating the ink drawing as I was put out of my comfort zone and in result, discovered a new style of drawing that is much more loose in style in comparison to my usual drawings.

First set of photos

Here are some of my photos from the British Museum which will build up my project as a source to work from. As I am looking at animals, I wanted to look at variations of sculptures which are diverse in range. Although I struggled with lighting and glass case reflections at times when photographic sculptures, I have managed to get photos that are in focus and they will be a starting point as a first set of photos.

Gallery visit

For one of my gallery pages I visited the British Museum where I created a series of sketches, took my first set of photos and was able to gain great inspiration for the start of my project. All my sketch responses are pencil drawings which have then been worked into with ink to create darker, bolder line and also on a brush to create soft shadows and shading.

Life Drawings

After deciding that I will look at animals for my project and visiting the Wallace collection, I have created two life drawings of my guinea pig in response using a waterbased felt pen and using a wet brush to work into the outline to create shading.

Asociative writing

For my associative writing exercise I used 5 images to work in photoshop to add text on top. All of my images were inspierd by artist images such as Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger. I also created artist responses using collage and also taking a photo to develop ideas further.

Art Manifesto

After learning about manifesto's as part of critical studies and different art movement, I have created my own art manifesto inspired by the stuckists and Bread and Puppet manifesto. My main message that I am trying to portray is that art is not for the elite or limited social groups and that art should not be made for comercial reasons, fame, or money, it is not something that should be mass produced but purely a form self expression that comes from the heart.

Unit 4, Exploration and Discovery

I have made a mind map in relation to the theme exploration and discovery so that I can look back on what ideas link to the words. Creating the mind map will also help me gather ideas and possible pathways for my project.

end of unit 3


The first mockett I made was created by sticking pieces of cartridge paper together to form a simple book which I then drew in an illustrated story that does not use any text. I used a fine liner pen to create the simple illustrations and created a basic picture book.

My second mockett book is made by stitching pieces of cartridge paper together. Although I kept to the same drawing style as my first book, I developed the idea by adding colour as well as minimal text to outline a short story.
For my third mockett, I created a mini pop-up book of Fred acting out a series of expressions. Instead of writing a story, I simply added titles that explained what Fred was doing. I kept this mockett monochrome as I was solely focusing on the pop-up element of creating the book.

I believe that combining all the ideas from my mocketts and making a story book for my final piece would be a strong representative of all the work I have produced as it is playful and transforms simple drawing into art.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Drawing and Painting

Here are some of my drawings and one of my paintings all based on my first set of photographs but exploring different techniques.
My painting is acrylic on top of a pencil sketch. The colours and mark making I have created is inspired by the artist Jean Michel Basquiat who I have looked at previously in this project.
The second image is my 'academic' drawing where I have solely focused on achieving accuracy and precise mark making by spending more time and closely looking at the photograph.
The last image is two continuous line drawings overlayed, the black line is using my left hand and he red, my right. Doing quick exersizes such as this helps to loosen the wrist and mind as you are pushed to draw out of your comfort zone which can often result in better outcomes.

More photos.

For my second set of photos I have looked at one of Shrigleys works as well as being inspired by Gillian Wearing. I created a series of comical flyers inquiring a lost pet. I then pinned these flyers on different trees in the park or roadside which I then photographed.
I decided to create these images as I eanted quite a diverse range of images that were different from my first set of photographs.

Photo manipulation

As part of the photo manipulation exersize, I have worked into two of my owm photo's in the style inspired by Jean Michel Basquiat.
I have scratched and peeled away the surface of the photograph as well as using acrylic paint on top.

Artist response

Top image by David Shrigley, bottom is a quick response that I made on the blackboard using white chalk.

Exersize using the photocopier

Instructions to creating my image (above).
End product of exersize (above).

Further experimentation

Keith Haring working with body paint on Grace Jones.

My response below:

Exploring line on the human body inspired by Keith Haring. I have used masking tape on the legs and have created an abstract skeleton-type illustration on the surface of the skin.

Work head

What goes on in my head when I am thinking about this current art project. My mind can get cluttered so drawing a diagram helps relieve the stress.


Here are some of the photo's that I took of the character which I created named Fred. Fred is made of two pieces of paper cut out glued together with wire on the inside for functioning bendy limbs.
Freds 'look' is inspired by David Shrigley's style of illustration. He is a simple character with a blank face who expresses his emotions through body language.
I set fred up in a series of comical poses in different scenarios. For example in this photo, his nightmare's have come true, scissors chasing him who wants to snip him and shred him into pieces, hence Fred looks frightful.

Richard Long

I then started to explore other artists who look at line in a different form to Shrigley to enrich my source of inspiration. I found an artist called Richard Long who took a series of landscape photographs that have some symbol of line e.g. 'A line made by walking'.
I decided to merge the two artists styles together by working on top of a Richard Long poster of a poem based on line and continuity. I used fine liner and tipex roller to create marks of line and illustrations inspired by Shrigley.

Gallery visit

After visiting the Tate Modern and Britain, I came across a new artist that I had not previously known; David Shrigley. All his drawing were simple line drawingd usually produced with black ink pen or pencil. I then decided that this would be the beginning of my project in terms of having a refined theme of line.
This is one of my gallery sheets from my project, an untitled piece by Shrigley displayed at the Tate Modern.


My project began with the idea of looking at line and how it can create, affect and transform art. To explore this idea I experimented with adding line on top of existing work in order to see how it changes the emotion from the original form to the transformed product using line.
Here is one of my experiments where I have worked with a darker medium (black ink) on top of a pencil life drawing.