Monday, 25 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
For this project I have chosen to re-tell the fable 'The Wolf In The Sheeps' Clothing' using the story of Harold Shipman. The moral to the story is that 'appearances can be deceiving' so I think Shipman's story is perfect. I want to keep elements of the original animals, so for example, the elderly ladies will be the sheep. The animals in the fable portray the characters brilliantly...sheep/elderly - innocent, defenceless and the wolf/Shipman - cunning/deadly.
How many Prints did you make this week?
I made a some etchings this week of sheep and elderly people and then combined the two. It seemed to work really well for the sheep as it seems to be a really effective way of creating fur. It also has the potential of making some really dark, sinister work which is good.
How many of these taught you something new?
I have never done etching before so pretty much everything I did was new to me, but I think the main thing I learnt was just how many different types of mark making is possible with it. I felt I was developing with the style quickly, so I'll be ready to do more next week.
How many hours did you spend in the Printmaking Workshop?
I spent about five hours in there.
Competence in practical printmaking techniques - 50-59 - I was a bit reluctant at first, but mainly because I didn't really know what I was doing. Once I started I was fine.
Thoughtful and imaginative use of printmaking -50-59 - Although the images I was printing were the same, I was trying to experiment with negative space and mark making. I feel it was a good basis for next week.
Visual Sensibility; understanding and expressing ideas in images- 40-49 - I don't feel like I did this as well as I could have. I was simply concentrating on actually doing the printing process right. I need to get my confidence up in this first.
Using research to expand knowledge, enrich thinking and affect your work - 60-69 - I feel like I did this really well. I've been reading up a lot on the subject, going through the BBC archive looking at related articles, watching old news footage on it and researching the town it occurred in - Hyde.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Alex Lucas is an amazing artist I found in a magazine. He concentrates on drawing and painting disaster scenes. This is perfect for my project. He takes a strange approach to illustrating these events. He shows the after affect of them (which is quite normal) but they seem empty of people. They seem calm and placid - not what you would imagine!! He uses screen printing and watercolours on book pages. I like using old book pages in my work but I've never seen them like this before!
Some T-Shirt designs already in the shops I've found. It's this kind of illustration I want on my raincoats and T-shirts I'm designing for the Reinventing Illustration project. They have a faded effect on them which I find interesting. I'm aiming to print them so they fade or distort over time. Hopefully I can find a method of printing which doesn't take to water well, so the illustration will be affected.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Trubkovich is a brilliant artist that I recently came across in 'Elephant' magazine. He creates art which visually documents history and the public domain. He records his own footage on a camcorder, then plays it back and paints the outcomes, including the TV disturbance. I find his work incredibly interesting and admire its accuracy. By using the same colours as those found on a television screen and the disturbance, he seems to create a whole new level of mark making for me.
These are photos that I took while watching news videos and uploaded footage on YouTube of the 2004 Tsunami and and the recent Pakistan floods. This is for my current project, 'Reinventing Illustration'. I've recently been watching 'Nature Shock' documentaries and various others about the natural world and natural disasters. I find it amazing how so many of these disasters' causes stem back to human activity. Droughts, floods and imbalances in food chains, to name a few, always seem to be our fault. I now find it difficult to call them natural disasters!