Personal Evaluation for Assignment Five


Demonstration of technical and visual skills:

Materials – I have used a range of material in a range of ways. I explored water colour in more depth as I wanted to as well as using oil pastel pencil, charcoal and conte pencil. I would have liked to have done some dog more considered studies with soft pastel but didn’t get round to it.

Techniques – I tried to step away from the obvious with the techniques used. For instance building up thick dash marks with oil pastel in a sort of pointillist way. Trying lots of new and varied  techniques with water colour in attempts to find different textures. I experimented with collage, not very successfully but sowing the seeds of ideas for further development.

Observational skills – I feel these are improving with practise. I did a sizeable amount of observing form life. Including going to a small holding to draw foul and goats, visiting horses in the field and making many observational drawings of dogs, some quick some more considered.

Visual Awareness –  I am becoming more conscious of what works and what doesn’t. I view my subject armed with far more knowledge than I did  a year ago so know how to depict what I want. My skill level has also improved so I am better and quicker at representing the chosen subject. In this case dogs.

Design and compositional skills – Improving. The final drawing is not such a great example of this. Usually I favour a composition with dog near filling the page. I like this and think it works, the final drawing may yet be cropped.


Quality of Outcome:

Content – Not bad. Much improved looking back on earlier assignments. I’m finally managing to work towards a finished piece instead of wildly trying out lots of different ideas.

Application of knowledge – Now I have more of an idea what media and methods will produce what. It is a natural progression.

Presentation of work in a coherent manor –  Yes, I think I’m getting much better at this. Although I did go off on a wild tangent around exercise 6 and 7 I feel confident I managed to swing it a back to a sensible conclusion for the assignment work.

Discernment – I still go off on tangents now and again but its getting easier to know what will work and what won’t before I begin a piece or project.

Conceptualisation of thoughts – I had hoped to include some of the experiences and textures of the walks I enjoy with the dogs into the studies of the sleeping dog some how. I experiment with this but decided not to use it in the assignment work as a want just an honest portal of a sleeping dog.

Communication of ideas –  I hope that I communicate my ideas well on the blog though picture and word.

Demonstration of Creativity:

Imagination – I hope I have demonstrated some imaginative approaches along with the straight studies. Again please see exercises 6-7 also exercise 1.

Experimentation – Yes, particularly with creating texture with water colour. lots of experimentation work here. However for the angst I deliberately went for a more traditional approach. I have found in the past experimenting on the final piece can be costly. Also I like the honesty you can achieve with representational (figurative) art.

Invention – Again see exercise 6-7 and the work for exercise one. Particularly the cow series where I let rip and just explored some ideas with no limitations, which was liberating.

Development of personal voice – I think I can see a personal voice coming through now. Especially in the assignment work. I hope to continue this into the painting as the oil pastels are painterly already.


Reflection – I have effected on the work I have produced at some length as always. It is helpful in understand what worked and what didn’t.

Research – I would have liked to have done more research. For instance look at some Toulouse lautrec animal gestural drawings,  Gwen John sympathetic cat studies, Rossa bonna’s working horse portrayals and a few current day artists representation of dogs and other animals. Saying that I am pleased with the limited research I have completed. I feel Freud is really relevant to how I wanted the assignment work to turn out. Also the article on Cecil Adlin help me gain a greater understanding for a successfully tonal drawing. The anatomical plates I unearthed are priceless. It’s a shame i didn’t get time to copy some.

Also a shame I ran out of time to make a trip to the Natural History Museum to draw from specimens.

Lastly I would have liked to have taken a whistle stop tour of animal representation through art history starting with cave paintings.. But decided early  on as time was short the practical must come first. I think this was the correct decision.

Critical Thinking –  As always this needs work. I still advent developed a more academic way of writing. Some thing to work on moving forwards.



About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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