Part 4 – Drawing Figure has been a lot of fun. It has got me out and about engaging with a broader artist community had had not perviously known how to connect with. This is due to the life classes and other such art groups I have discover though research as part of the course work. I am very luck to live on the outskirts of London with all of its galleries and artistic activity. During part 4 I feel I have taken full advantage of these opportunities. Some thing I intend to keep up.
Demonstration of technical and visual skills:
Materials – I have yet again used different materials to explore the subject. I haven’t used experimented with grounds for drawing on top of using paint, ink and water colour. I have found charcoals and pencils the most obvious chose for life class with good effect. Especially charcoal with the ability to cover large areas and ease of blending. As my skills improve I would like to take different mediums in to life class such as pastels and paints.
Techniques – I have been taking a fairly broad look at artists techniques during this part of the cores. In particular in my research article on gesture drawing where I was impressed with the wide imaginative range of techniques used. Did these adequately filter in to my own work? I did try a few things out the once. Some thing I should and hope to develop further.
Observational skills – This has been invaluable observational training for hand and eye. Must continue life classes and figure study.
Visual Awareness – Is improving the more I draw form life.
Design and compositional skills – I have tended to focus on the figure and ignore the setting some what. This is mainly down to time restrictions as a large part of the work was done in life class.
As for composition. This has mostly been decided for me by models of people on the street for the ‘moving figure’ etc.
I tend to put the figure central to the page and work out. I did touch on looking at composition in the signet but mostly this section has been about trying to get to grips with form and anatomy for me.
Quality of Outcome:
Content – I could have done more prep work for the form part of the assignment. I am pleased with the quality. Saying that I think I could have done better but its not to bad. I like the line and shape out come. Scope for the future with this one
Application of knowledge – I have done a fair bit of ‘home work’ on this one. what I mean is I’v been hitting the anatomy boos when I get a little spare time. I think this has paid of. Much room for improvement still.
Presentation of work in a coherent manor – Except for my sketch books being a little out of sequence I think its coherent. I will include a list of links to my tutor as I know the blog layout can be confusing.
Discernment – I Think I have shown discernment. This is such a huge and important subject that could easily take a hole course I think. So With so much I wanted to try and learn I had to decide on the most important and relevant avenues to pressure. I think I have done this.
Conceptualisation of thoughts – I had (what I think) where some cool ideas for the assignment. But yet again they didn’t fit in to the tight perimeters. I look forwards to working at a level that gives a little more freedom of idea. I do appreciate the importance of these stage of focusing on drawing skills not so much ideas. I am hoping to find creative solutions for part 5 so I can both follow the line of enquiry I am so keen to explore and keep with in the course specifications.
Communication of ideas – Again I kept up my blog. Working out ideas and researching is all documented here.
Demonstration of Creativity:
Imagination – I could have been more imaginative in my approach to this section. I was focusing on accuracy and leaning the human form. this was my focus. Plenty of time to go wild once the figure is properly understood.
Experimentation – A little bit. Want to get to grips with wet media, water colour, ink and get them to work for me better.
Invention – not really?
Development of personal voice – No, still experimenting. To much to explore to specialise yet.
Reflection – I have done lots of reflection.
Research – I have done lots of research. This has been valuable to my development as an artist.
Critical Thinking – I have made an effort to improve my critical thinking essay skills. Practising in the blog. I have improved the quality of my sources and done a little more back ground research on artist discussed to complement my own opinions.