Monday 29th October
Today we completed our first task for Act 1. The whole point of the session was to draw words from our brain subconsciously in order to complete a list. We had 20 minutes to think of 96 words to fill our sheet up with.
The idea of the ‘Extraction Sheet’ was to not think hard about what we were doing, but to literally pull out words to use as a basis for our illustrations. In our briefing for Act 1 we were reminded that as illustrators we can be ‘creatures of habit’. I think that can be an issue with creating outcomes, sometimes I do settle for methods that I know I am good at. The project’s aim is to ‘destabilize’ and ‘untangle the reasons for working in a certain way.’ I definitely feel that this project will help me to engage with new ways of working.
Automatic Writing List:
Here is the list of words that I picked from my brain during the 20 minutes we had to complete the task. I find my words extremely random. I think that some of them link together, like heaven and hell, how and why etc. Some of the words now I think about it came from conversations I’ve had with people, things I have read and said. I found it interesting how the brain stores so much and you can blurt it out on a piece of paper.
After completing the task we were sent off with Task 4. This involved taking the words we had written, and to portray them through an illustration. HOWEVER, we were not interpreting the words literally. Instead I interpreted my words laterally. This meant that I was thinking about the textures, emotions the words provoked, the associations I had with the words etc. I did not draw figuratively, but instead completely in an abstract manner.
I had not done anything like this before, and I was extremely curious as to how my work would turn out. Whilst creating my illustrations I did not plan things out, but worked with the materials I had at the time and worked with a fast pace.
Instructions we had to follow (picking out a few words for each task):
1. Illustrate all the words with 5 letters
2. Illustrate the words with 8 letters
3. Illustrate the words that make you angry or upset
4. Illustrate the words you hate
5. Illustrate the words beginning with K, T or L
6. Illustrate words that you resonate with
7. Illustrate the adjectives (doing words)
8. Illustrate the words that make you think of the colour green, use a
different shade of green for each word
9. Illustrate the words that make you think of home
10. Illustrate the words that are objects
11. Illustrate the words that are surreal
After the first task was set I completed this piece in the library. Going through the task sheet I used felt pens, pencil and fine liners to complete one big collection of illustrations. I am really pleased with this piece as I have never drawn in such an abstract manner. Whilst creating this piece I thought hard about the emotion and images in my head that each word provoked. Thinking about things like texture and mood, I tried to emulate these associations I had through my mark making. Each little doodle was a completely separate word, and I used each mini task within the main task to create the overall image.
After creating this piece I was very intruiged with my own outcomes and I wanted to take them further. Inspired by the zine I made in ‘Everything is New’ I decided to make a small zine using a few of the images I had created.
Nosebleed: This is one of the first images I picked from my A4 piece. I really like this piece as I had fun thinking about how I could portray a nosebleed without literally drawing a nose with blood dripping out of it. Firstly I thought of the colour red, and how when you have a nosebleed it just feels like one big drop of blood coming out of your nose. Yuck! Then I thought about how it feels when you have a nosebleed – I always think it feels like when you dive underwater and don’t hold your nose. That is why I drew little water drops coming off of the larger drop. I used brush pens for this piece and fineliner. After scanning it in I filled in the colours digitally. I like how the red and blue layer to make a purple sort of mix.
Corporate: My next word was ‘corporate’. The word is a word that I absolutely hate, instantly when the word is mentioned my mind completely shuts down and I get bored. Therefore, I thought about how I think boredom looks like. Black and more black with a bit of grey – I thought this emulated something that I didn’t like as these colours can have negative connotations. The little lines inbetween the thick dark shape I thought represented the word ‘linear’ – accociated with my perception of corporate, same old same old and boring.
Silly: The next word I tried to draw was ‘silly’. For some reason I associate the word with something slippery which I drew out. The colours are relatively childish, and remind me of sweets. Again I drew this out by hand and coloured it in digitally. I thought something quite fluid would portray silly well, rather than something rigid. I used fluid marks that flowed to portray the nature of the word.
Delay: Here is my illustration of delay. Whilst drawing I thought about the stress that that word induces. Delay means that things cannot happen when you want them to. Thinking about the emotion that I feel when I think about that word I drew a ‘ball of stress’. The colours purple and black I accosiate with negative things like (perhaps because black and purple are used to portray evil at halloween?). Either way I used dark colours to portray the negative emotion I feel when I am delayed from doing something. Furthermore, the little clusters portray ‘little clusters of stress’.
Frost: My next word was ‘frost’. Whilst drawing this doodle I thought deeply about how frost feels, rather than how it looks. To be more specific, I thought about how when you go outside on a frosty morning, how the cold effects your skin. The red/pink hue that emerges on your hands when you don’t wear gloves. I feel that frost makes your skin feel raw – therefore I used pinks and reds to portray how the cold effects the skin. The shape almost reminds me of a fat thermometer, or a patch that has effected the skin.
Marmalade: I had quite a lot of fun creating this piece. Whilst creating this doodle I thought about the textures of marmalade. For example the yellow and orange strips represent the rind that is left in the jar. The red dots portray the burst of flavour on your taste buds. I thought whilst drawing this how marmalade would look if it was a small creature.
Migraine: This is probably my favourite word. I thought again like when I created the marmalade image how a migraine would look if it was a creature. The pink shape being twisted portrays the brain and the black shape that is wrapped around the pink shape portrays the actual migraine. When I get a migraine it feels like my brain is being twisted by a dark monster. This is what I tried to convey in my drawing. Black was a colour I used as I thought that it has negative connotations and it is a very opaque colour, portrayi ng how strong a migraine feels.
Photos of my mini mag:
As well as making the mag I added my initial illustrations to the other side, so it would fold out into a poster as well as a book.
PDF LINK: minimag
After making my small zine I decided to take these images even further and experiment with a material I have not used before. I used felt and cotton wool to create these. I quite like how they have turned out, baring in mind I have not used felt before/made 3D versions of my illustrations. It is something I think that I would like to experiment further with in the future.