PART 2 – REFLECTION:

RESEARCH – ARTISTS:

I have thoroughly enjoyed researching all these different artists: Felipe De Castro; Sabine Timm; Vincent Bal; Roy’s People; Tanaka Tatsuya; Christoph Niemann & Saul Steinberg. ; & other artists.

I also had a look at the work of the artist, Lynda Barry as my Tutor suggested. I absolutely love these illustrations by her:

https://pin.it/mynr3udlln3qbe

https://pin.it/wffugnxlocqxn2

https://pin.it/da7toeyw2azu6a

They’re magical! Thank you!

The work of all of these different artists definitely inspired me to think more ‘out of the box’… or more so ‘illuminate the box entirely’. It has made me look at life in a different way, from different angles and perspectives. Thus, giving me a bigger variety of ways to approach themes and materials. It has given me the opportunity to express my creativity more experimentally.

SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE:

For Part 2 of this course, I’ve decided to try creating more surreal collages for my sketchbook circle prompts. Out of all the weekly prompts, I loved creating the collages for the prompts: ‘dreams‘ and ‘neighbours‘ the most. I found that I could really relate to these prompts and creative ideas came to me quite easily. I found that creating collages for the ‘dream’ prompt, felt like art and colour therapy.

MY SKETCHBOOKS:

When I was about to start Part 2 of this course, I wasn’t sure whether to start in new sketchbooks, or to continue in the ones I already have from Part 1. I decided to continue with some of the sketchbooks I have already as they weren’t filled up yet. I hope it will not be too confusing to find the different parts during assessment. I also started & filled one new sketchbook.

MIXED MEDIA:

The exercises from Part 2 of this course made me experiment with a bigger variety of different ways of mark-making. It has definitely broaden my horizons and generated new methods and processes I would never have thought of using in the past. I am hoping to learn to incorporate them more into my future illustrations.

BLOGGING:

I tried to stay more up to date by updating my sketchbook circle prompt illustrations on my blog weekly. I still need to focus on updating my other exercises as soon as I’ve completed them, instead of saving them as drafts to publish later. It’s a working-progress.

GENERAL:

I am excited about the learning journey Part 2 of this course has taken me on.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my illustrations and my creative journey. I’m excited to read your feedback. 🙂

I am looking forward to start Part 3 and to see what I’ll be learning about next.

Yayayayayayay!

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ASSIGNMENT 2.3

INSPIRATION:

I decided to create a character named, Typolina. She has a typewriter head and pear-shaped body type. She was on holiday in South Africa and visited a lot of different places. These illustrations are a visual representation of her journey.

I drew inspiration from my work completed during the previous exercises and incorporated them into these illustrations.

THE PROCESS:

I created the characters’ outfits using African fabric prints that I used in a Exercise 2.5.

My Mom kept one of my dresses from when I was little. The style and fabric inspired the design of my characters’ outfits:

I created the background layouts using collage, incorporating sketches from Exercise 2.0; the concept of using objects from Exercise 2.5, incorporating tickets/ brochures/ etc. which I collected during the recent weeks; as well as a sea shell mandala from a research task.

I decided to create the sun/ moon using screenshots of google maps, showing where each destination is on the map.

I also made the character a little travel journal with photographs; tickets; brochures collected on her trip. I added little notes of ‘diary entries’ made by the character, Typolina.

REFLECTION:

Although I am pleased with the way these illustrations came out, I think I should’ve adjusted the size of the character to fit the background layouts better.

TYPOLINA’S TRAVEL DIARY:

ASSIGNMENT 2.2

THE PROCESS:

As I recently got engaged, I was looking through a wedding magazine and thought it would be fun to use ‘brides’ from the magazine as ‘bodies’ to create ‘typewriter- characters’. Linking the idea to: ‘type’.. ‘you’re my type’; ‘you’re just not my type”.

I decided to use some of the mark-making methods explored in Exercise 2.4 to create background layouts for these ‘typewriter’- characters.

I also used one of the sketches previously drawn (Exercise 2.0) as a background for one of the characters.

I incorporated one of the sea shell mandalas into one of the layouts.

For one of the backgrounds, I tore some of the African fabric printed paper and made a collage of different patterns.

I completed the background layouts using collage. I added some phrases digitally.

REFLECTION:

Out of these background layouts, I liked the one with the sea shell mandala in the background the most. I think it created a cool effect.

ASSIGNMENT 2.1

COLLAGES:

I decided to use some of the photographs from my facial pareidolia collection (from Exercise 2.6) and ‘bodies’ cut out from magazines to develop my characters further. I then created backgrounds for them using a selection of images cut out from magazines. I added some words/ phrases digitally.

REFLECTION:

I think the ‘heater’- character was my favourite 🙂 As well as the “door”- character.

EXERCISE 2.6 PAREIDOLIA

REFLECTION:

Before I started this course, I used to naturally see/ notice faces in objects or different settings from time to time.

Ironically, after I read about this exercise and started looking for them intentionally, I struggled to notice any.

Luckily after a while, I stopped searching for them and started noticing them more naturally again.

It’s been a fun journey!

Reference Links:

https://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-pareidolia-examples/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/pareidolia-everyday-objects/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/pareidolia-illustrations-faces-in-places-keith-larsen/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/pareidolia-trees-look-like-something-else/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/pareidolia-faces-everyday-objects/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://pin.it/vzkco2fcnfklte

https://pin.it/xvretyhjqzro4b

I photographed the following examples of pareidolia I noticed:

Vintage Typewriters:

Vintage cars:

Vintage phones:

Other vintage items:

SURREAL COLLAGES:

Pinterest Reference Links:

https://pin.it/uk76cdxpcov3lg

https://pin.it/qwmm5nnxfp2zdm

When I started Part 2 of this course, I read through all the study material. I was really inspired by reading about the Dada movement and looked at different examples of surreal collages and art on Pinterest. For my weekly sketchbook prompts, I decided to attempt to create surreal collages instead of doodles/ drawn illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of experimenting with this form of art and thought I could include it into Assignment 2.

Here are my completed surreal collages with links to the individual entries (with the thought process for each):

LINK – PHONE:

LINK – DREAMS:

LINK – NEIGHBOURS:

LINK – BOTTLE:

LINK – GOLFBALL:

EXERCISE 2.5: DRAWING WITH OBJECTS

I used the following links as inspiration:

https://www.boredpanda.com/innovative-drawing/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/everyday-objects-turned-into-illustrations-javier-perez/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/drawings-on-pictures-yizhibaoji173/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/i-used-random-objects-found-on-my-desk-to-create-whimsical-illustrations/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/drawings-play-with-environment-lois-low/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/third-part-of-creative-illustrations-by-kristian-mensa/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/illustrations-interacting-everyday-objects-kristian-mensa/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/illustrations-real-objects-kristina-webb/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/i-draw-sketches-with-everyday-objects/

https://www.boredpanda.com/interactive-illustrations-jesuso-ortiz/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/naruto-illustrations-everyday-objects-nguyen-quang-huy/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/i-create-miniature-drawings-using-100-tiny-objects/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/interactive-illustrations-using-everyday-objects-part-5-ali-abd-alrazzaq/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/marvel-world-created-by-me-from-regular-objects/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/everyday-objects-character-art-2-gilbert-legrand/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://pin.it/mcy2bs3hbjdeoh

THE PROCESS:

I took my sketchbook on a ‘journey’, by incorporating sea shells collected along the way and using them to create illustrations.

I looked at the different sea shells and thought of ways to use them in my illustrations. I decided on including them to create the following characters: lion; unicorn; mermaid; girl on swing; fairy; birds; sea urchin character & elephant. I created several illustrations for each character.

I then was inspired by the shapes of some of the sea shells to use them as part of the background layouts for my sea urchins character.

I used photographs I took of African fabric as background layer and arranged white shells as clouds and other sea shells as stars to create day- and night sky.

I arranged blue sea shells to fill an A4 sheet of paper and photographed it, to use as the ocean background.

I crushed some sea urchin shells and arranged it onto an A4 sheet of paper to photograph to use as grass for the background layouts.

I used yellow African fabric and shells to create the sun/ moon.

I then drew the character using a picture of my face and a sea urchin as the body. I drew a house and used red (photographed African fabric) for the roof. I also drew a colourful tree, tent, picnic scene and a boat. I used another object I found at the seaside, as a surfboard for my character.

I put all the different bits together to create fun illustrations. It took a lot of different layers of photographs and adding shells to the next layer, in order to get the desired effect. Unfortunately, the colour faded a bit as it was re-printed with the several different layers of shells.

REFLECTION:

I loved this exercise and spent hours outside collecting sea shells. It was very therapeutic and refreshing spending time by the seaside.

It would probably have been better to ‘merge’ the different layers of photographs using procreate on my iPad, instead of printing them, adding more shells/ layers & re-printing them again.

Visiting the fabric shop:

Collecting sea shells:

My doodles using seashells inspired by the work of Steinberg and Nieman:

Lion:

Unicorn:

Mermaid:

Tree:

Fairy:

Birds:

Sea urchin:

Elephant:

My illustrations using seashells and African fabric:

RESEARCH TASK – ROY’S PEOPLE AND TANAKA TATSUYA

I was inspired by these 2 artists that I found on Instagram. They combine miniature people and other objects to create visual art.

Reference Links:

ROY’S PEOPLE:

https://instagram.com/royspeople?igshid=mgag57bsfbay

http://www.royspeople.com/

https://www.artrepublic.com/roy-s-people.html

TANAKA TATSUYA:

https://instagram.com/tanaka_tatsuya?igshid=istw2u4dnoyb

https://www.boredpanda.com/diorama-miniature-calendar-art-every-day-tatsuya-tanaka/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/food-dioramas-miniature-calendar-tanaka-tatsuya/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

DINOSAURS:

Instead of using miniature people, I thought it would be fun to use small dinosaurs.

I decided to spray paint the dinosaurs silver to create a more striking affect. I thought of different scenes I could set up using these small dinosaurs.

I decided on creating scenes using props:

– Birthday – presents

– Christmas – presents

– Carnival – big wheel

– Cycling – tricycle

– Home – house

– Beach – umbrella’s

I used green plants as a base to arrange the dinosaurs on. I then changed the different props to take pictures.

After printing out the pictures, I added different backgrounds or detail, using collage and doodles.

I decided to add some words/ phrases:

– Happy Birthday!

– Roar!

– You are roar-some!

– You are totally Dino-mite!

– Welcome to the prehistoric age. Happy Birthday!

– I give you my whole heart

– Love grows here

– Just married

– Party Time

– Happy Friends

– Surf’s up

– Merry Christmas!

I also made a dinosaur Foldy mini-book for fun 🙂

REFLECTION:

I enjoyed creating these pictures using photographs of arranged objects. I loved the combination of space/ stars backgrounds with the dinosaurs and I think I could have extended that theme.

THE PROCESS:

COMPLETED ILLUSTRATIONS:

DINOSAUR FOLDY MINI-BOOK:

RESEARCH TASK – SABINE TIMM:

According to Sabine Timm’s Instagram page, she uses everyday items/ objects she has collected from the beach, flea markets and other places, to create faces. Her creations are very random, fun and playful.

Reference Links – Sabine Timm:

https://instagram.com/virgin_honey?igshid=t3f0w08em198

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/11/bread-faces-by-sabine-timm/

https://cuteandkids.com/enjoy/museums-art/the-thousand-faces-of-sabine-timm/

Although she creates a lot of faces, she also shares how she uses objects to create interesting combinations, for example:

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diary of a housewife

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carpet

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beach carpet

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organized

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organized

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childhood memories

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coloring the floor #takecarefortheocean

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THE PROCESS:

Although I didn’t copy her examples, I decided to use the seashells I’ve collected from the beach over a couple of weeks.

I thought that it would be fun to try to make mandalas using seashells. I tried out different patterns/ designs. After a couple of efforts, I started enjoying it more and tried to add more detail.

When I uploaded these mandalas, I decided to add some photographs and video’s to show where I’ve been searching for seashells.

Reference Links:

https://pin.it/rhzaptxt2n2osm

REFLECTION:

I have enjoyed spending time outside while looking for seashells. I found that creating mandalas using seashells can be very therapeutic and calming.

I think it would be fun to create mandalas using other objects as well, for example: flowers/ leaves/ sticks; pebbles/ tiny mirrors/ glass beads; etc. I might try it out in the future.

I tried using shells of different sizes and colours. I found that the green, blue, purple and white shells showed the best when using the sand as ‘backdrop’. The other colours kind of blended into the sand and didn’t show that well.

I might be able to use these photographs of the mandalas as background images for some of my other illustrations in the future. It was fun incorporating objects and arranging them to make an image/ creation.

MY MANDALA creations:

SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE: PROMPT – PHONE

I love going to antique shops.. there are always ‘ treasures’ to be discovered.

While at the antique shops, I took pictures of vintage phones and thought I could use them in a collage for this prompt.

To me the vintage phones that I’ve photographed, looks like faces, so I used it as an example of pareidolia.

I then thought that it would be fun to choose different ‘wall paper’ to use as background for these characters. While at a fabric shop, I looked for fabric that could possibly work as wall paper designs. I decided on these 4 and took pictures of the fabric.

Then I browsed through magazines to find ‘bodies’ for them. I cut them out and stuck all the pieces together to create collages.

After that, I tried to think of things my characters could possibly say and looked at memes/ jokes online for inspiration. I added speech bubbles. I didn’t like the handwritten text, so re – added it digitally.

REFLECTION:

Out of the 4 collages, I like the green and blue ones the best. I loved the way the 4 different backgrounds worked well when put together.

RESEARCH TASK – FELIPE DE CASTRO

I found this artist on Instagram and loved the way he used daily objects as inspiration for architectural drawings:

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Felipe De Castro reference Links:

https://instagram.com/felipedecastro.arq?igshid=1xzsqwdr4flpz

I decided to follow the example of Felipe De Castro to use the shapes of everyday objects as inspiration to create different shaped cartoon-style houses. I used micron pen and Koi brush markers.

I decided to add a background of sky and black-and white check to create a more surreal effect.

REFLECTION:

I enjoyed looking for different everyday objects, which could be quirky shapes to use to illustrate cartoonish houses. It made me look at daily objects in a different way. I think it could help me to think of new ideas for future illustrations.

MY ILLUSTRATIONS inspired by the work of Felipe De Castro:

RESEARCH TASK – VINCENT BAL

Vincent Bal uses a combination of doodling and shadows from every day objects, to create quirky illustrations:

References – Vincent Bal:

https://instagram.com/vincent_bal?igshid=unh2qkdp55hy

https://www.boredpanda.com/shadow-doodle-vincent-bal/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/filmmaker-turns-into-shadow-doodler/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

I thought that it would be a fun experience to experiment with this method of using shadows from every day objects.

REFLECTION:

Out of all the objects used, I enjoyed working with glass pieces the most. I love the variety of detail in the reflections, created by different pieces.

I explored the different shadows created by a variety of objects. Instead of focusing on an exact theme, I drew inspiration from the shadows created by the objects. Therefore, I ended up with a lot of random doodles.

I think it could be interesting experimenting with objects with more geometric shapes in the future. After experimenting with the process of combining shadows and doodles, I have started looking at objects in a different way.

MY ILLUSTRATIONS Inspired by the work of Vincent Bal:

Shower:

Dance Hall:

Love you to the moon & back:

Caterpillar reading a story to the little worms:

Swing under the tree:

Camels in the desert:

Ghosts:

Swing under the sun:

Reading lamp:

Jellyfish:

Wearing a hat:

Robot:

Lamb:

Face:

Puppy:

SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE: PROMPT – DREAMS

BRAINSTORMING:

Throughout my life, I have always had a lot of nightmares when I sleep. I have a good imagination, but unfortunately it doesn’t rest while I’m sleeping, and sometimes I wake up quite exhausted as my dreams can feel very real.

At first I thought of possibly illustrating the most common dreams that people have in general, for example: teeth falling out; being naked in public; being chased; falling; etc. And the meanings of them. But then I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed making collages of my nightmares.

So for this prompt, I decided to focus more on what I would like my dreams to be like.

We lived in the same house for 20 years and it often features in my dreams. I loved that house: the big front door; the green ivy covering all the walls closing off the garden; the windows in the living room that stretched from floor to ceiling, making you feel like you’re sitting in the garden; the view of the ocean from my bedroom window; being able to hear the sound of the waves crashing at times; coming down the stairs, hearing all the voices in the living room… They were happy memories of when all my siblings and I were all still together.

Although our old house is not featuring in these collages, thinking about it helped to bring back happy memories of when I was younger, living by the seaside; having my own horse and going riding after school and on weekends; going out dancing with my siblings/ friends on a Saturday night.. Although at the time I didn’t realise it, now thinking back… we were so happy and free. Quite fortunate really. If only I knew back then that once it changes, we will never have that again.

I thought about songs that brought back memories from when I was younger, connecting them to things I loved in a dreamy way.

SONGS:

I decided on using the following songs as inspiration for my collages:

– Higher – Creed: I remember being a teenager and dancing to this song. Thinking back, it made me feel so free. I used to love dancing the night away, being twirled on the dance floor.. it felt like flying.. safe knowing your partner will “catch” you again.

– Wild Horses – Natasha Bedingfield: Although I didn’t listen to this song when I was a teenager, listening to it makes me remember the feeling of riding my horse by the seaside… feeling so happy and free, like I was flying.

– The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice: This song makes me think about: how things have changed; how I grew up by the seaside; how I used to be so free; how now as grown ups, I’m feeling like I’m just moving along; how time passes; chances missed; potential love side-stepped; still remembering the way a stranger looked at you like he’s never seen anything more beautiful; youth remembered, but not sustained…

LYRICS:
Higher – Creed
‘When dreaming I’m guided to another world
Time and time again
At sunrise I fight to stay asleep
‘Cause I don’t want to leave the comfort of this place
‘Cause there’s a hunger, a longing to escape
From the life I live when I’m awake
So let’s go there
Let’s make our escape
Come on, let’s go there
Let’s ask can we stay?
Can you take me higher?
To the place where blind men see
Can you take me higher?
To the place with golden streets
Although I would like our world to change
It helps me to appreciate
Those nights and those dreams
But, my friend, I’d sacrifice all those nights
If I could make the Earth and my dreams the same
The only difference is
To let love replace all our hate
So let’s go there
Let’s make our escape
Come on, let’s go there
Let’s ask can we stay?
Can you take me higher?
To the place where blind men see
Can you take me higher?
To the place with golden streets
So let’s go there
So let’s go there
Come on, let’s go there
Let’s ask can we stay?
Up high I feel like I’m alive for the very first time
Set up high I’m strong enough to take these dreams
And make them mine
Set up high I’m strong enough to take these dreams
And make them mine
Can you take me higher?
To the place where blind men see
Can you take me higher?
To the place with golden streets
Can you take me higher?
To the place where blind men see
Can you take me higher?
To the place with golden streets’
(Songwriters: Mark Tremonti / Scott Stapp
Universal Music Publishing Group, Reservoir Media Management Inc)
Wild Horses – Natasha Bedingfield
‘Oh
I feel these four walls closing in
Face up against the glass
Looking at him
Is this my life I’m wondering
It happened so fast
How do I turn this thing around
Is this the bed I chose to make
It’s greener pastures I’m thinking about
Wide open spaces far away
All I want is
The wind in my hair
To face the fear but
Not feel scared
Wild horses
I wanna be like you
Throwing caution to the wind
I’ll run free too
Wish I could recklessly love
Like I’m longing to
I wanna run with the wild horses
Run with the wild horses
Aah yeah
Oh oh
I see the girl I wanna be
Riding bareback
Carefree along the shore
If only that someone was me
Jumping headfirst
Headlong without a thought
To act and damn the consequence
How I wish it could be that easy
But fear surrounds me like a fence
I wanna break free
All I want is
The wind in my hair
To face the fear but
Not feel scared
Oh wild horses
I wanna be like you
Throwing caution to the wind
I’ll run free too
Wish I could recklessly love
Like I’m longing to
I wanna run with the wild horses
Run with the wild horses
Oh
I wanna run too
Oh
Recklessly abandoning myself before you
I wanna open up my heart
Tell him how I feel
Ooh wild horses
I wanna be like you
Throwing caution to the wind
I’ll run free too
Wish I could recklessly love
Like I’m longing to
I wanna run with the wild horses
Run with the wild horses
Run with the wild horses
Oh yeah yeah oh oh
I wanna run with the wild horses
Oh’
(Songwriters: WAYNE WILKINS / NATASHA BEDINGFIELD / ANDREW MARCUS FRAMPTON
Wild Horses lyrics © Emi April Music Inc., Blow The Speakers, EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD, Publisher Unknown, EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC INC OBO EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING, LTD., SONY/ATV SONGS LLC O/B/O BLOW THE SPEAKERS)
The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
‘And so it is just like you said it would be
Life goes easy on me
Most of the time
And so it is the shorter story
No love, no glory
No hero in her sky
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes
And so it is just like you said it should be
We’ll both forget the breeze
Most of the time
And so it is the colder water
The Blower’s daughter
The pupil in denial
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes off you
I can’t take my eyes
Did I say that I loathe you?
Did I say that I want to leave it all behind?
I can’t take my mind off you
I can’t take my mind off you
I can’t take my mind off you
I can’t take my mind off you
I can’t take my mind off you
I can’t take my mind
My mind, my mind
‘Til I find somebody new’
(Songwriters: Damien George Rice
The Blower’s Daughter lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc)

I thought for this prompt I’d use photographs of the sky/ moon/ stars, to create a more dreamy effect.

https://www.diyphotography.net/nasa-makes-entire-media-library-publicly-accessible-copyright-free/

COMPLETED COLLAGES:

Inspired by the song: Wild Horses – Natasha Bedingfield

Inspired by the song: The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

Inspired by the song: Higher – Creed

REFLECTION:

I loved this week’s sketchbook prompt. It felt like art therapy. I loved the combination of colours: different shades of blue & purple 🙂 If only my dreams were really as magical and dreamy as in my collages. Oh well…

SKETCHBOOK CIRCLE: PROMPT – NEIGHBOURS

BRAINSTORMING:

I really enjoyed thinking of different ideas for this prompt 🙂

I had a brainstorming session to think of different kinds of neighbours my friends and I have experienced in the past while living in apartment buildings, for example:

– the noisy ‘giant’ living upstairs, you can hear his every step

– the ridiculously noisy children kicking/ bouncing a ball, jumping around/ screaming/ crying (which is especially annoying if you’ve had a long day as a teacher with noisy children at school)

– the ‘rock star’/ party animal who plays his drums/ loud music till 6am in the morning (and then stops playing music, just when you have to wake up and get ready for work)

– the nosy neighbour who watches when everyone goes in and out of the building/ eavesdropping

– the gossip neighbour who causes drama where there is none

– the diy neighbour who thinks 11pm is a great time to start drilling

– the neighbour who uses a broomstick out of anger and frustration because of the noise, to hit on the ceiling (not that the upstairs neighbour takes any notice of it, lol.)

– the neighbour who only has 2 hours to study, and can’t concentrate because of all the noise, who ends up shouting at the noisy neighbours; etc.

COLLAGES:

I tried to create my own background using ‘Procreate’. At first, I thought I’d use a different colour for each neighbour. After trying it, I decided to go back to using only ‘black and white’ check as it had a more striking effect with all the neighbours having the same background.

I decided to represent my neighbours as different ‘animal’ – characters on human bodies. I thought it created a more fun effect than using human faces. I decided on using the following animals:

– lion Dad and lion cubs playing football inside

– nosy leopard eavesdropping on the next door neighbours

– 2 female hippos gossiping and a baby hippo in the pram

– an elephant doing diy, drilling holes in the wall to hang frames

– a zebra couple dancing to the jukebox tunes

– a baboon trying to sleep, having to cover it’s ears from the drilling noise coming from upstairs

– the panda student trying to study, but being disturbed by all the noise coming from the upstairs neighbours

– the giraffe using the broom to hit the ceiling out of frustration from being fed up with all the noise coming from upstairs

I printed off different pictures to cut, glue and stick to make up each rooms’ decor. I added some speech bubbles and text to some of the rooms/ characters in order to give a better idea of what is going on. Individually, each picture might not make much sense, but all 9 put together, created a fun representation of different neighbours reacting to the noise.

FOLDY – MINI- BOOKS:

After creating these collages, I thought I’d make a ‘foldy’ little booklet for each character/ room.

I started off thinking of different ideas, for example:

– a recipe book for the giraffe, that unfolds into a recipe

– a drawing book for one of the lion cubs, that unfolds into a drawing

– a diy book for the elephant, that unfolds into instructions.. or not. Hehe.

– a study diary for the panda, that unfolds into a weekly study schedule

– a notebook for the rocking leopard, that unfolds into a concert poster

– a party planning notebook for the zebras, that unfolds into a song playlist

– a notebook for the hippo, that unfolds into a shopping list

– a notebook for the baboon, that unfolds into a paper that says ‘I love naps’

– a doodle book for the nosy leopard that unfolds into a drawing of a leopard

Each foldy would unfold into a ‘poster’. I created simple A4 ‘posters’ using ‘procreate’. I then created some patterns on ‘procreate’ to use as ‘book covers’. I started decorating some of them.

At first I thought it would be fun making these, but unfortunately I lost interest and didn’t complete all of them. Maybe if I just stuck to making 1, I would have enjoyed it more.

REFLECTION:

I think out of all the weekly sketchbook prompts so far, I enjoyed making these collages the most. I think it’s a theme that most people can relate to.

COLLAGES:

FOLDY MINI-BOOKS:

EXERCISE 2.1 LIMITED LINE DRAWINGS

I had a look at the following links:

https://www.boredpanda.com/these-animal-signs-start-life-as-a-simple-line-drawing/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://www.boredpanda.com/cute-simple-line-arts-lim-heng-swee/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://pin.it/a2mmz6cdhcrlkl

Quick studies of simple objects:

I then used the following image to ask other people what they see:

Although they got most of them correct, Nr 1 & 2 seemed to be confusing to others.

I got the following answers:

1. CUPCAKE:

– Umbrella

– Face

– Parrot

– A man sitting down

2. HANDBAG:

– A man lying down

– Table tennis

– A house with a window

REFLECTION:

Although they guessed most of them correctly, the first 2 limited line drawings, did not give them the accurate understanding what the picture represented.

I think the outcome is what I suspected, as I definitely need more practise in this area.

RESEARCH TASK 2.1 LUCY AUSTIN

I had a look at the work of the artist Lucy Austin:

https://instagram.com/lucy.austin.art?igshid=15i5sq6si1u3t

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I had a look at the work of the artist Karen Thomas:

https://instagram.com/karen_thomas_art?igshid=n9fhxfn7yes7

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The last (and first!) time I got to observe a Kingfisher, up close, for a decent length of time was at Dedham Vale last year, purely by chance. It was a couple of months after hearing about – and being tempted by – photography workshops, where a large barrel of water is set up in a particular spot where, every ten or so minutes, a Kingfisher will reliably arrive to dive in. I feel incredibly lucky to have glimpsed one so clearly in the wild. . . . . #art_collective #art_we_inspire #artistic_support #artjourney #artlife #artwork #beinspired #bigmagic #bird #birdart #birdartist #birdbrilliance #colourful #gallery #kingfisher #inspiration #interiorandhome #interiorart #interiordecorating #interiorstyling #wildlifeart #karenthomas #optoutside #painteroflight #painting #passioncolorjoy #kingfishersofinstagram #watercolor_zone #watercolorpainting #watercolourpainting

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Although both of these artists use watercolour predominantly in their work, their style is completely different. The work of Lucy Austin is abstract, using lots of lines, shapes & layers to represent urban landscape. Whereas the work of Karen Thomas is inspired by nature. She produces beautiful watercolour paintings of animals.

The one artist uses watercolour paint to create soft, direct visual representations of her subject. Where the other artist uses the medium to create strong abstract representations of her subject.

Personally, I like the work of Lucy Austin, but would prefer more vibrant and bright colours in her paintings.

RESEARCH TASK 2.2 CHRISTOPH NIEMANN AND SAUL STEINBERG

Reference Links:

Christoph Niemann:

Illustrator Completes His Illustrations With Everyday Objects (61 Pics)

20 Creative Drawings Completed Using Everyday Objects By Christoph Niemann

https://pin.it/3g4pn3r7n2akuc

Saul Steinberg:

https://pin.it/rx3pzw6csdut4v

I noticed the following about the work of Steinberg & Niemann:

It looks like Steinberg often uses limited lines and leaves spaces open to be filled in by the viewers’ imagination. I see the use of simplicity in both artists’ work.

Steinberg often incorporated colourful objects into his black & white illustrations, for example: stamps; postcards; envelopes & flowers.

He also used collage as technique to combine his pen drawings with pictures of objects. I find that his work conveys a lot of meaning to the viewer, compared to Niemann’s work which is less meaningful.

Niemann uses the physical properties of objects and combines them with his drawings to complete his illustrations. Both artists’ work creates a surreal and fun effect.

Some of my illustrations inspired by these 2 artists:

EXERCISE 2.0 RAPID SKETCHES

I had a look at the following links:

https://www.boredpanda.com/speed-drawing-challenge/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://pin.it/4dvrt2eygxdaov

I set up a scene – a still life of easily movable objects. I set the timer to 3, 2 & 1 minute in order to produce the following rapid sketches using marker pen in my sketchbook:

3 minute sketches:

2 minute sketches:

1 minute sketches:

Moving scene:

REFLECTION:

I think this was an interesting exercise which made me focus more on getting the basics on paper as fast as possible, instead of focusing on the detail. Then adding the detail afterwards.