Project 3 – Narrative

Method: Think of a person for whom you have strong feelings or hold a strong opinion. Find an object or item of clothing that reminds you of that person. Make a piece of artwork that uses the object to provide the imagery but uses the materials to give the viewer a sense of the person. In effect, you’re making a portrait of a person as an item of clothing. You could use your daughter’s first shoes, your mother’s hat. Thinking more widely, you could use a blue tooth device and tie to make a piece of work about bankers or an old school tie wrapped around a silver spoon for our poticial class. Experiment widely and produce as many pices as you need to until you arrive at something which you think fits.

Sketch book ideas: 

I sketched a few ideas and made an percussion instrument out of cardboard and brown paper. All the paper ( music notes, poetry and poems I aged by dyeing with tea. )

Final piece: 


I had many ideas, it would take a lot more planning, time and material to execute it. I wanted to fill up a book with words, poems, poetry, song lyrics, photos…I am pleased with the result, specially because I have managed to dowload the video on youtube for the first time and it gives a bit more of insight to the work. I am looking forward to my hang out video session with my tutor  to hear the comments and what she will say about this project. I also sent the video to the person I made this artwork based on , I hope to have a good feedback as well. It was a very engaging type of work. I think material tells a lot about the subject portrayed. I am enjoying Part 2 mostly for the experience of trying material connect to the subjects itself. It is also my first experience working with 3D art and doing a piece using the subject materials.


Project 2 – Mark-making materials and Research point

Method: Build up a variety of surfaces using whaterver comes to hand that has two differently coloured layers. Make several drawings by scratching through into the second layer. You can use wax and acrylic paint, oil glazes on board, household paint on wood. varnish on metal. Vary the scale of the drawing depending on your support. Choose a subject from your sketchbook or learning log and push through to make complet drawings, not just squares of texture with random marks. That way you will really learn what the materials can do.

Experimenting first: 





Oil Crayon on oil Crayon 


Acrylic on Acetate sheets 


Oil crayon on watercolour 


Acrylic on Acetate sheets and origami paper in the background 


Acrylic on oil crayon 

Reflection :

When I think mark-making one of the artists who comes into my mind is Cy Twombly. He might not have used a variety of tools in different ways or scrapping as it is suggesting in this exercise, but he achieved great final images with very expressive marks. I didn’t have many different surfaces to test or unusual materials. I tried with what I had, mostly drawing, painting medium. I always enjoyed using layers of oil pastel and scratch the layers to mix of uncover the first layer colour. This time I tried watercolour, acrylic and different papers. The most interesting surface I found and it was the best result for this project was : acetate sheets. It is not a very environment friendly material but it gave me the painting and scratching result desired. It was something so new to me, very graphic and surprising. I used couple images from my sketch book and coloured paper in the scratched areas to give forms to the shapes I drew by scratching.


Timelessness by Cy Twombly 

Research Point :

Angela Eames:  British Artist and practising drawer who explores drawing in relation to technology. Angela’s methodology is innovative, approaching materials and virtual outcomes. She experiments using raw data producing intriguing and unfamiliar images or landscapes. I am not using any sort of technology to investigate drawing at the moment, I would like to but I don’t know how, since I don’t have knowledge in softwares that provides that source of material. I still believe that through this module I am working with similar foundation : experimenting, investigating and exploring ways to produce images using a variety of materials, methods and techniques.

Michael Borremans: Belgium contemporary artist whose paintings shows clearly influences and inspiration from artists such : Manet, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya. I personally see great similarity with some of Goya’s paintings as in intensity and explicit in the human psyche relating to darkness and death.  Borremans paintings has this depth of sinister and dark. How he presents his subjects in his paintings is enigmatic. His human figures usually  have a frozen state, incomplete bodies with the absence of limbs.

It triggers strong feelings of human beauty in darkness. There is some things in his paintings that reminds me of Jenny Saville artwork. His forms are impeccable and realistic. He uses video, models  and photos to support his creations. In my opinion there is a certain fascination in many of us in death, sinister and frighten images. I relate the work of Borremans and this project in investigating how to trigger through paintings/drawings, human deepest feelings and in finding a variety of supporting material to achieve a desirable result.

Jim Shaw: American artist and creator of fictional religion called Oism. Shaw’s artwork is a mixture of pop culture, comic books, pulp novels, rock album covers and more. He mixes many materials to create intricate visual imageries. His artwork creates connections between his own psyche and America large political, social and spiritual histories and its conflicting forces. I see the relation of Jim Shaw’s art and this Part 2 as in how endless are the  sources we can use to represent subjects and narratives through our art. In my opinion, Jim Shaw work is a mixture of protesting, confronting and  his own personal feelings against the modern society we live and the culture he lives in.  


Project 1 – Space,depth and volume

Method: Cover a whole sheet of paper with charcoal so that you have a blank black rectangle. Make a drawing form a subject of your choice by drawing into the charcoal using a rubber or selection of rubbers. When you’ve worked into the charcoal for a about an hour using just a rubber, go back to your charcoal and begin to redraw in darker tones using the side off the charcoal.



What was very interesting about this project was the fact that for the first time I was drawing in a way that I had to set up my eyes and brain in observing and giving shape and form to an image the other way round. By starting in a paper covered with charcoal, opening up areas with a rubber to depict what I was seeing gave me a completely different perspective to discover the subject. I am not sure if I gave it the sense of depth but I definitely experiment a new method of drawing that made me see the subject ,by having already a set up background. It is more difficult to work from light to leave shades rather than draw something and observe the shades afterwards.