Walking Tour

12th March 2019

Today I went on a walking tour through London with my IVM peers and tutors. The aim for the day was to look at how typography/sculptures are situated in the environment. 

We met at Tottenham Court Road station and walked to St Pancras International. Along the way we visited New London Architecture, the back of The British Museum, Russel Square, Tavistock Square and The British Library. 

New London Architecture:

The New London Model was built by Pipers Model Makers, using laster cutting, hand made elements and 3D printing. Although the model had been temporarily removed, the map itself was quite impressive. It was interesting to see London on a small scale. Furthermore it was interesting to see the blue and green spaces in London. 

Inside the NLA building were also small models of architecture under the exhibition name of ‘Forest Fabrication’. The exhibition features the ‘possibilities of modern timber architecture’. The models themselves were extremely detailed, even having small figures to imply the scale of the building. The models inspired me as they were very intricate and detailed. Even though they were small, the designers carefully planned every detail. 

Russel Square

Here I have tried out a panoramic image at Russel Square. Russel Square is a good place to try something like this due to the nature of the centre, there is a perfect circle in the middle allowing for a easy all the way round photo. I do not think that this has particularly worked, if I entered my sculpture into the photo, I do not think that it would be effective at all. Therefore I think that when I record my sculpture I will have to take photographs all the way around it/and or make a video to portray its 3D quality. 

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The British Library

I particularly liked the typography situated at The British Library. I love how the gate was made out of letters. I feel that it creates a completely different experience when you enter. It makes it hard to not notice, if you did not know where the Library was you would certainly find it even from across the road. It certainly packs a punch. I also liked the Anthony Gormley sculptures situated in the courtyard. The sculptures are named ‘Planets’. The fact that they are high up and essentially put on a plinth portrays the idea that they are high end, as they are out of reach to the public. I also think it’s clever that the ‘planets’ are high up, as if up in space. 

St Pancras International

We walked to St Pancras station. Inside the station there were several sculptures that caught my attention. The first is a statue of Sir John Betjeman by Martin Jennings. Holding on to his hat, it is as if he is looking up at the architecture of the station. I like this sculpture as it is placed on the upper part of the station, and Betjeman’s stance is perfectly in line with looking up at the station. The Meeting Place is a 30ft high bronze statue on the upper level of the station. It was designed by Paul Day. I think personally that the statue is slightly clunky, and I prefer Jennings’ sculpture as it makes sense where it has been placed, it is interacting with the environment, looking at the ceiling and the intricate architecture. Tracy Emin’s I want My Time With You is placed above the Eurostar terminal. Emin claimed that the text is not romantic, but addressed to Europe, portraying her stance on Brexit, aiming for people flocking from Europe to read the message. I personally think this is a clever piece of work as it focuses on political tensions, the placement is clever (it relates heavily to where it is situated). The bright pink lettering stands out against the grey structure of the station and the red brick. 

What have I learnt from todays session?

  • The context of what you are placing is more effective if the context of where you are placing relates.
  • Think about does the sculpture react with the environment? Does it look like it has been chucked there or does it work well?
  • Will it be easy to record?
  • Will the object react well with the environment? (Inside/outside) (Weather proof?)
  • How long is it supposed to last?
  • Scale?
  • Will audiences be able to touch it? Too high to reach? Will it break?

Pin Up and Critique

Friday 7th December

Today we had a final critique based on all of the work we have produced so far on the course. In a way I was looking forward to it as I have not seen much of the work from my peers, and actually hearing the concepts behind their work I knew would be really fun and interesting. 

I was definitely curious as to what other people had come up with. Every presentation that was given was completely unique. It was eye opening to look at how everyone else had interpreted the projects. Some gave a very personal response, some drew from real life experiences and some drew from their imaginations. I found the presentations very thought provoking as it made me think about how I approach my own practice. One particular project I was intrigued by was Daniel’s who took a very personal approach to his work. I found that the outcomes he had ideas for/produced were rich in emotion and unique. I felt that because his work had a very personal input, it was more interesting for it. This is something perhaps I might think about in the future throughout my projects.

It was also beneficial to look at other people’s A3 pages. It acted as inspiration for my own layout of work, and I think that it was something worth observing.

My Presentation and Critique:

For my presentation I pinned up my A3 sheets and brought my two zines with me that I had produced in Everything Is New and Act 3. 

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Act 1,2 & 3 Crit Sheet

I was slightly nervous about presenting as I am not the best at time management (we had only 4 minutes to speak) but I think I got all of my points across within the time. Although it is a hard thing to do, I feel that presenting to an audience is essential as it has made me realise very quickly that I need to be able to sell my work to other people and promote it. I liked the fact that we were made to do this!

What I said in my presentation:

Everything Is New:

  1. For this project on Brief Encounters I focused on topics that I found amusing – as a lot of my work revolves around things that make me laugh. 
  2. In the deconstruction workshop I focused on the most striking features of my illustrations, such as the exclamation marks in my typography. I also picked out colours, line-work, shadows and shapes.
  3. When reconstructing the images into a zine based on ‘What Illustration Is To Me’ I focused on the idea that I can find it hard to project my ideas, and create work. I used expletives and question marks to portray this. 

Side Hustle:

  1. My theme for this project is ‘Time,Reportage and Place’.
  2. In this project I am specifically focusing on places that change throughout time (ie. over the years, at different parts of the day etc).
  3. I was particularly inspired by the exhibition ‘London Nights’ which focused on photography in London at night from the early ages of photography up to the present day.
  4. I drew some illustrations on the tube late at night and plan to do further research in order to come up with an outcome.

Act 1,2 & 3:

  1. For Act 1 I focused particularly on going against the way I usually work.
  2. I used a lot of different materials and really enjoyed creating abstract pieces as it is something I had not particularly considered before.
  3. When approaching Act 2 I wanted to create a pack that would completely be random, and make people create art that they may not have done before. Therefore I used marbles and a bag and assigned a task to each marble. (lottery style)
  4. Then when creating my final outcome for Act 3 I was inspired by a quote from Saturday Night Sunday Morning.
  5. It made me think about judgement within art, and how before this project I myself judged abstract art.
  6. Therefore I created a zine based on how abstract art is ripped to shreds. 
  7. *sends around zine*.

Fini!

Questions I received:

Why do you take inspiration from things that amuse you?

I take inspiration from things that amuse me as I like satire and I like art that can provoke an emotion. I feel that laughter is a strong emotion.

You already have a style, do you think for Side Hustle you will make another zine?

I do not particularly think I have a style as I want to explore materials more. However, I think that for my Side Hustle outcome I want to create a narrative book, using a medium such as pencil or watercolour. I do not want to create another mixed media digital zine!

This question made me think deeply about not always creating the same thing! I think that I needed to hear this as I myself did not want to create a zine again!

 

Feedback post-it-notes from my peers:

I received three post-it-notes of feedback from some of my peers. Although I would have liked a bit more feedback as I wrote a post-it-note for every person, the feedback I did get was useful.

‘Clearly have research to back up your work. Considered work in wider context of art.’

I think it will be important for you to experiment with your outcome for side hustle

‘Lovely visuals, maybe need in-depth research for Acts? Love that you mentioned your humour as it makes your work so relatable and sweet well done!’

I definitely think that I need to show my research in my PDF and I 100% plan to experiment with my Side Hustle outcome. I feel that the feedback I received was uplifting and has reminded me of what I need to focus on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Critique

Friday 26th October

Today we looked at what a creative critique is.

Screen Shot 2018-10-26 at 13.15.42 Creating this mind map helped me to portray my idea of creative criticism

Then, we moved onto looking at a piece by daveshigDavid Shrigley is a British visual artist. In groups we had to quickly critique his work. I found his work really interesting and enjoyed critiquing.

 

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We decided on these points whilst critiquing the work:

  • The artwork has a clear concept – Art fills the ‘void’/ creative’s lost souls. Tea is warm, etc.
  • Simple – allows space for satire.
  •  Straight to the point with work. 
  • Not technically good – does it matter?
  • Exclusive to only creative/arts people?

Whilst critiquing we tried to be balanced by picking good and bad points. I think that the work is so simple but effective as it is satirical. It does not need a lot of detail and mark making as I think that it would distract from the message. 

After this we picked an image that was our ‘favourite’ to critique. I originally picked an illustration by M. Sasek. I ended up swapping with someone else as they found my image interesting, however I have decided to freshly critique this piece as I think it will be more of a challenge to critique a piece by one of my favourite illustrators, rather than an illustration by an artist I do not like. 

M Sasek – This Is London:

This is a piece taken from M Sasek’s ‘This Is London’ (1959). Sasek created this book to explain London to an outsider, illustrating it with beautifully rendered pictures of recognizable scenes of London. I chose this particular image from the book because I think it is extremely clever and interesting. Whilst critiquing the artist we were told to make five statements about the piece, being as objective as possible. 

Critique:

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Reconstruction

Friday 19th October

Today we reconstructed our artwork. 

To start off with, we looked at the work that we made last week, (see Deconstruction for more). The whole point of the session was to look what we had produced last week when we dissected our work, and to re-create an image. Deconstructing and reconstructing my work has made me think more about what I am actually creating, what marks I make, my ideas and how a piece is not necessarily finished just because I think it is. 

I looked at my large deconstruction piece and picked out some of the sections I thought were the most interesting and prominent in my work. To do this I cut a square out of a piece of paper and ‘framed’ sections of my work so I could focus on specific aspects. Question marks were a big feature of my work, as I took them from the typography in my whale illustration and repeated them. Whilst reconstructing’we had to think about how to portray a narrative within our work; in particular “What is illustration to me?”

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First, I drew a small reconstructed image of myself with typography picked out from the A2 image I produced from last week. I think the typography fitted well within the context of the narrative I was thinking about, I tried to portray the doubts I have as an illustrator and whilst creating work. 

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Next, I went and photocopied my original encounter images, my a2 deconstruction sheet and my mini reconstruction drawing. I photocopied the sheets in all different sizes so that I could work with scale well in my collages. Then I created a folded paper book, and collaged using the media that I had photocopied. I tried to think about the narrative of what I think illustration is, to me it can be confusing and something I do not particularly think about, sometimes it comes naturally. This is what I wanted to portray in my work. After gluing down my pages, I went back and photocopied my work so it was flat, and re folded it. 

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Zine I produced in the workshop:

This is the zine I made in the workshop, which I have scanned in. 

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Mini Comic Book Workshop

Thursday 11th October

Mini Comic Book Workshop: 

After my CTS session I attended a workshop on mini comic books run by Juliet Sugg (my CTS tutor). I thought that it would be really interesting to attend as I love creating silly stories and playing with narrative. After a morning of talking about comics and the benefits of having access to original publications I thought it would be the cherry on the cake. 

When I got there we combined the tables and all sat in a big group. We were given a white paper book already made up. Then, we had to think of a character and create the first page of our comic book. After this, we rotated the comics and the person on our left continued the story. We did this and kept passing round our comics until they were finished.

Here are a few pages that I drew in someone else’s comic: 

 

For my book, I started with a whale and set the scene by placing him in a pub in London with a pint in his hand. I did not expect his story to end up like it did… Benny was sat thinking in the pub about why he didn’t have a girlfriend and how he is bullied by another whale. So he went to China and spent years learning Kung Fu to come back for revengeand he becomes a muscly whale. Although it was because we had run out of time, I like the fact that it ends on a cliffhanger as I think it leaves the audience thinking. 

 

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I really had fun completing this exercise as it was a chance to work with people I had never met, and also expect the unexpected. It showed me how important it is to collaborate with different people, and how listening to other people’s ideas can be beneficial to my own creativity and artwork. 

Deconstruction

Friday 12th October

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Deconstruction

Today we were instructed to deconstruct our four illustrations on an A3 piece of paper. The point of the exercise was to get us to consider the idea that our art is ‘never finished’ and that even after we stop ‘final pieces’ we can still re think our work. Also the exercise’s aim was to make us think about our work and to be able to analyse it. I started looking at my cat drawing, and I drew all of the light brown strokes from my illustration onto the page. I did a similar thing with the whale, taking the dark blue line – work and translating it onto the A3 piece. Sticking to the theme of colour I looked at my typography in my ‘Popcorn’ illustration and took all of the white highlight elements and drew the shapes in green and red. I enjoyed taking elements of my illustrations, such as playing with scale, rotating elements, picking tones and pulling out colour. 

I liked the outcome of my piece as I think that it is vibrant, and chaotic. I enjoyed getting to grips with taking elements from my work such as the white from the text, colours etc. Whilst I was creating this piece I tried not to think too much about the aesthetic, and by taking felt tips I was able to make my work vibrant still. 

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Encounters

Saturday 6th October

On Monday we were set the task of creating 4 images based around the idea of an ‘encounter’. We were set 4 categories, and we had to create an illustration for each. We had to find an encounter from: a UAL library book, real life, social media and a free newspaper/magazine. Then, we had to respond to these encounters by creating 4 illustrations on loose leaf paper. For this task we were able to use whatever medium we wanted. 

Real Life:

I started off looking at a real life encounter. As the encounter couldn’t be further than a mile from LCC I decided to look for my inspiration near the university. I decided to visit the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, and one of the first things I encountered was the smell of popcorn from one of the stands. The first time I went in there it was the first impression I had. Therefore I thought it would be an interesting ‘encounter’ to document. 

To create this I took a photo of the shopping centre, and edited it. I drew out the figure of myself and the typography by hand, filling it in on the computer. 

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A UAL Library Book:

I found a book called Fifties Sourcebook: A Visual Reference To The Style Of A Decade written by Christopher Pearce. I was drawn to the book due to my interest in mid-century design. In the book I found an interesting photograph of bumper cars.

I took the image and edited it, adding in my own illustrations of bumper cars on Photoshop. 

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Social Media (online source):

For my next piece I had to look for an online source. For this I decided to go through a Facebook Messenger chat with one of my friends, in which I found photographs she had sent of her cat. I really liked the photographs she had taken and drew an illustration from it. 

To create this I used watercolour and pen, and then I put the image onto Photoshop. 

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Free Magazine/Newspaper:

My final image was inspired by an article I had found in The Evening Standard about ‘Benny’ the beluga whale that was sighted in the Thames. It reminded me of an article I had read about Benny, but in a satirical way. The Daily Mash described Benny’s annoyance towards how expensive a pint in London was. 

I created a satirical collage using watercolour, felt tips and Photoshop. I think this is my favourite piece that I created as I enjoy creating satirical work. 

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