29th November 2019
To conclude, I have thoroughly enjoyed this project. Before this project I had only created reportage illustration in places such as on the tube. Most of my illustration was based around individual people. This project broadened my horizons and gave me more inspiration. Drawing in public is definitely something that takes practice. Whilst carrying out my illustrations the weather was particularly difficult, I visited Brighton on a rainy windy day. This made me realise quickly that wet materials are not the best for reportage illustration, after I had opened a bottle of ink on Brighton beach and attempted to illustrate the pier. ‘Reportage Illustration: Visual Journalism’ particularly helped me and made me realise the value of reportage illustration. I realised early on that it was a positive thing to create an interpretation of what you are drawing, if it was a replica you wanted to create, then you would take a photograph. Taking a smaller sketchbook out in public helped me as I could hold it easily and create scenes quicker. Inspired by Chloe Regan, I used soft pencils so that I could easily create marks and keep the energy. Looking at Rachel Gannon’s work made me think about perspective, and what sort of story I want to portray with my work. Gannon also uses colour to portray mood and energy in her work, this is something I tried to do in my own practice.
I was pleased with the final piece that I had created. I feel that the way I had collaged my smaller pieces that I had created worked well. As a whole all of the colours were vibrant. I used pencil so that all pieces would feel fluid and create a sense of unity. The feedback I got from my peers was positive, they said that they liked the 3D lido that I had created, the only criticism I had received was that they wished I had made it bigger, as it was the size of my A3 page. Perhaps if I was to create it again I would have made it the size of both A3 pieces together, so A2 not A3. If I was to carry on with this project and add to my work, I would have experimented more with perspective, and perhaps worked on creating finished scenes. To do this I would play more with shadow, and weather to give the viewer more of a sense as to when the drawings were made. Furthermore I would have made more 3D pieces as from the feedback that I received it was one of the most successful parts of my final piece.