For this class I needed to prep 8-10 pages with different water down acrylic colours. As we where not set colour is tried to do a lot of different colours with a big range so the colour I chose where.
For this is wanted to try two different type of collaging, where one of them is more perfected than the other. So I started with an object that I could make into a perfected look, this would make it clear what it is but also weird as I prefer a messier look within collaring.
First (perfected piece)…..
This is the object that I wanted to do and see how I could make it into a collage. For the collage I’m going to be using scissors to cut out all the colours and a normal prick stick to glue them on.
I choose this as I feel it could be a simple design and also look like the object when I am done.
So I completely forgot to take photos while doing this but I did take photos of me doing my second collage . I wanted to do a more simple one to start with so I could figure out and get more confident with this way of making art.
I wanted to find better ways to convey shadowing instead of using black. So I thought I could use red for the darker orange and to show the shape of the pumpkin.
I really like this piece and I think it worked well. If i was to develop this piece I would change the black at the shading of the pumpkin on the floor to a blue, this is due to shadowing is normally a little bit more of a blue than a black. Other than this I do really like this piece, after this I wanted to try a more messy look and ripe the paper instead of having control over what shapes I put down. I also wanted to try a harder design so I used a skull and pillow to make a little still-life.
This is the set up for my still life. I really like this as it gives the effect of the skull being within grass and gives a really nice background. I think it works a lot better than having the background of my carpet, and also gives it a more complete look.
This was a lot harder than I though as I find it really hard to see when things on a page start to get busy. It took me a while to do but now I really do like it and I’m happy I challenged myself to do it. It was also was really hard to find ripped bits of paper to fit the shaped I wanted to show.
This is the finished piece of the messier collage. I really like this piece and i think it works well. I wanted to use the black for the very dark shading and also then yellow of the lesser shadowed bits.
I did end up adding some fine liner to be able to just make some more marks and details clear within the skull and the pillow. I really feel this finished the look of the piece and helped to bring it all together.
For this I want to start working with a sketching how I can use and manipulate the background to add more ideas with time and Egyptian religion. I am going to sketch out some ideas and then try to start adding them on. but i also might just experiment with random ideas that I don’t want to use encase they work better.
Things i want to work from:
I want to take inspiration from these because:
I really like the positioning of this one. due to the fact you can not see the middle of the flower making it look more natural instead of being angle and placed.
I liked the idea you can see the middle so it would help to paint/ draw the middle of the flower if i wanted to. it does also look natural as well.
I chose this one as I love how you can see the colours of the petals but it also shows how fragile they are due to how they give the look of nearly being transparent.
This is a beautiful painting from Egyptians of their blue water lotus, I want to try and include this into the painting as this is where it has come from and I think it would be very respectful to add in some type of their style of painting.
Me Doing My Sketches:
These are some photos of me while making the sketch page from the inspiration photos I found online. I used as many different mediums as i have assess to right now (expect paint, as I don’t have any paper that can handle paint)
At first I thought I wasn’t that keen on the style the Egyptian art but now after using different style I do quite like it. Both of the flower style caught my eye. this means I want to experiment with both and see if I can involve both.
The Final Look Of The Sketch page……
This is the final look of the sketch page. this page helped a lot, just to see how each different material would look when using it for the same thing. i do like the black and white drawings but I do feel like it defeats the point in having the blue and yellow symbolism. so I feel its best to stick with a colour approach and also I feel the coloured pencils worked best even though I still really do like the felt pens
the next thing i can do is try and add them to my works within the studio as i want to use the background to influence the position of the flowers and i cant do that by practice. so for now I am going to do what I have done here with some of my other ideas.
For this I want to look both into colour and how we use it to express ourselves, and also start working on ideas I have with this and how I could do them and present them.
This is a mind map I made to show what each colour means both within emotions and also within cancer. I decided to add cancer into this as I am really interested in it( I knew that basically every colours has a connection into caner). I don’t know if I’m going to use the idea of cancer but I do want to look into it for the idea of physical health over time.
I did find doing this mind map interesting as, it showed how even thought colours can be very different they can also mean the same thing. (e.g. brown and blue can both be seen as loneliness even thought I would never see that in blue).
From this I am going to make lots of different abstract drip works to be able to express different emotions using the mind map, I have just made and then ill use this to see what I like. The last painting I am going to do with be involving loads of different emotions all in one to see how they work all together. I am going to do:
Down to earth, love, loneliness and nothingness
For this I’m am going to do a painting on 7 different A4 sheets to create each emotion ( I will be using my mind map of colours to create each piece). Then I am going to look what I like about them and what I don’t.
I am going to lay a sheet in A4 paper into a box and then poor watered down acrylic onto the paper. Then move the box around to add different textures and effects. ill partly dry it with a hair drier and then move it out to dry more.
Photos of making the pieces…..
My A4 Abstract Art Works For The Experiments…..
These are the final out comes that I have made. I am going to look into the colours and what I like, but I will also look into if I think it conveys the meaning it is ament to and if not what I could do to help that.
Calm (Brown And Green)…..
like: I actually really like this one. I did not think I would due to the colours but I love the way the move together. This was from having the paint really watered down and then tipping the whole box. This meant I had control over the direction of the paint but not over the pattern it would make.
Meaning: This piece is ament to be calming and in a weird way this does make me more calm, as it remind me about nature and being outside. This is a peaceful place for me. I can also see how the colours mixed might not be calming.
Loneliness ( Blues)…..
Like: I really love the patterns on this piece and how they look more water like. I think the colours work very well together and move around each other.
Meaning: the meaning behind these colours is ament to be loneliness and in a way I understand how it can show loneliness but I feel that to make it better I could have made it more simple so it would be more lonely. I feel how busy and the amount of movement within it takes away from the meaning of loneliness
Tranquillity(Brown, Orange and green)…..
like: I am not keen on this one as I feel like the colours are a very weird mix, and I don’t really like the patterns as you can see where I started to move it. This did teach me to use the side of the brush to push and drag the paint around, instead of the end of it to make scratches.
Meaning: I do not think this conveys the idea of being tranquil . I feel if anything it just makes me confessed as the brown colour throws me off and I don’t think this would make people have the thoughts of down to earth and calming feelings. I defiantly don’t think I would use these colours in this way but I do feel I could change it and make it look better with other colours added to it.
like: This really shows how I have used the said of the paintbrush to move the paint around. I feel you can see the anger through these movements and how the red in the background can be shows as normal anger and then the black I have moved on top is the anger that explodes. I feel this shows it very well.
Meaning: I think this piece really shows anger very well, I really love this piece and how I have used the black to show the explosive anger that we show unlike the underlaying anger we can hide (the red)
Nothingness (black and grey and white)…..
like: I really like this piece from both the colours and the marks behind it. i feel with this one I was a lot more expressive and experimental with using the paintbrush to make patterns.
meaning: the point of this painting is to express nothingness. I feel this does have this meaning but also I do feel it doesn’t as there is a lot going on in this piece. i feel it conveys more of being sad. I would not change it thought as i do also think it conveys nothingness,
Joy (Orange And Yellow)…..
like: I don’t like this one as I feel its two simple and for it I could have used the colours a lot more to convey its idea. I defiantly think I could have played more with yellow and making it a lot more happy by having a lot more yellow or a yellow base to make it a much brighter work
Meaning: joy is the meaning behind these colours, I defiantly think I could have used the colours a lot more to show this. I could have use a lot more orange then I have yellow and I feel thing makes the piece a lot more darker than what it should be showing. I think if I had sued a lot more yellow and had a yellow base with orange mixed in then it would be a lot better to the meaning.
down to earth, love, loneliness and nothingness (pink, grey, black, green and blue)…..
like: I think I don’t like this one because for me it is way to messy and I don’t like the colours together. this is just a personal opinion of mine though I do like how some of the colours have made patterns though. i really like the dots of yellow within the green.
meaning: This was ament to show how someone can fill loads of different emotions at once. This piece does have the look of being confusing and a little bit overwhelming with the amount of different colours and this is good as it shows how that person can feel overwhelmed. so for me I like the meaning ad how it shows it but I don’t like the colours put together.
Next Steps: I am going to do some big scales experiments in the studio with all colours and emotions I feel that day.
Jackson Pollock was an expressionist artists who lived in America. within this movement he worked very closely to abstract. (1912-1956)
These works are very colourful with burst of different vibrant colours. This really gives off the idea of how emotionally he could feel. For example the one of the left could be seen as more happy due to the idea of the yellow being a prime colour within this piece and on the other side you have a more dull and black and white look. This gives me the feeling that he was more natural and now really happy.
These are some of the images that really do inspire me. Within the drawing class, doing the massive paintings (I did a person in black and white) i really likes letting go and wanting to work in a loser style that was also a lot bigger than my comfort zone of A4.
From this i am going to use his style of dripping dragging and splashing paint on to the paper and see what I can make from this. I want to make a lot more than one so i can experiment with them
by painting objects onto them where i think they would fit.
moving the paint to make an image with on it.
using the splatted paint to create an image.
This is some of the things that I want to try out within this part of the project. I want to see what works best and what I like.
Painting task – Only using white or white and any colour except black
For this class I had pre-painted 4 MDF boards (A5) four different colours; black, blue, yellow and red. I did this a week ahead of the class as I had the time.
(I could use what ever colour boards that I wanted)On the first board, the task was to paint a 3D object only using the colour white. The second board, was to use white and any other colours we wanted. But I was not allowed to use black. The third board, I could use any colour I wanted except black, but I could also not use a paint brush. The final board, I could do what ever I wanted.
First Board (Black)…..
This board I had to only use white paint….. I chose to use a deer’s mandible. I wanted to use this object as it had a firm shape and also I had a good idea how to establish some 3D aspect.
How I did it…..
When painting this I started by diluting the white paint with lots of water, so that I could paint a very faint “foundation” for the shape of the jaw bone. From this I slowly added more to start building up a 3D look. This did mean I had to start making up more diluted white paint, but each batch would have less and less water mixed in.
I used the thickest white paint on the areas that either had a highlight or was the closest bit to me. (e.g. the teeth, they are white and some bits that was closest to me so I put a lot of white down)
Second Board (Blue)…..
This board I could use any colours I want but not black. For this I used a bones from a deer. I choose this as it had a lot of big form changes. so I could play with the blue colour behind a lot easier and see if I could add in different levels of shading.
How I did it…..
So I decided to play with the blue colour on the board, to see how well I could use it for shading. I started by using a white paint (no water) and put it onto the board, this lifted up some of the blue paint making the nice light blue that is in the middle of the board.
Then I waited a little bit for it to dry and I decided to go in with more white paint (no water). To make the simple shape of the bone. For the shadowing and darkness of the bone I would just keep moving the white paint around in that area to slowly lift up the blue underneath. I would do this till it was as light or dark as I wanted it.
Third Board (yellow)…..
This board I could use any colour paint I wanted expect black, but I could not use any paint brushes. I used a deer’s bone.
For this painting I used my figure to put the paint onto the board, I would put the paint straight onto my finger and then add it onto the board. I started by loading my finer with white paint and making the shape of the bone. Then I started in with the grey paint and added this to the darker areas of the bones and the lightly shaded places. Then I went in with the very dark brown paint this was placed in the very dark marks on the bones and the dark shading. I also use this colour with some yellow to make the shadow to give the illusion of a shadow.
Fourth Board (red)…..
This board I could do anything I wanted. So I decided to use a rat skull that I have as it wanted to do a simple painting.
I am not as keen on this one as it is too simple, but I do like it as I wanted it to be simple. With this board I want to go over with a thin layer of red to make it hard to see, but the skull would be there.
For this all I did was using a paint brush I added white paint (no water)onto the board and then painted out the shape of the skull and teeth. Then I used a beige in order to give a 3D look and a light shadowing.
For this task I had to pick a few items and place them in a certain way. Then I would have to draw these items, the catch is we would have to draw it once with my right hand (my drawing hand) and then with my left hand (my weak hand).
Left Hand Drawing…..
This was my left handed drawing. This turned out so much better than i thought it would have been. the skull was really good (I didn’t get to do the teeth as i ran out of time) we had about 10-20 minutes to do these.
I chose to do a fallow does skull (deer skull) and a cactus that I have. and i chose these because they are quite different in shape and form so i wanted to try different shapes with my “bad” hand.
Right Hand Drawing…..
This was my right hand drawing, this turn out a lost worse than I thought it did. I know I was more worried about this drawing because I knew this hand should look better than my left. I had also added a rat skull within this piece as I didn’t have time to do this teeth.
Side By Side View…..
These are they both together and really shows how similar both of my hands are when drawing. This really does consider if I am ambidextrous, as both hands are basically the same.
In the start of painting class we did some paintings on boards to see how we could use colours and just to get us painting. This involved the task of finding loads of small objects, and we would paint them onto the board.
Due to having time restriction and not really being able to pick what I wanted to paint on that day, I didn’t really like this task and I found it annoying cause I couldn’t have time or go into detail. But after I decided to just try to have fun with it, instead of making something good.
My First Board (paint an object)…..
This board we could do what ever I wanted (paint what ever item I wanted), as long as we covered the whole board. I had 10-20 mins to paint this board (I cant remember exactly).
How I did it…..
I started by painting a little panda key chain I have. I got this in New York so I decided to paint it, as it mean something to me. For this I painted the shape of the panda, by painting two circles. Then I added in the arms. Once I had done that I started to add in the 3D affect and then the ears, eyes and hat.
I forgot about the time, so by the time I had done the panda the lecturer said there was a couple of minutes left. So I quickly grabbed a note book I own, with a fox on it. I did the background with the colour the note book and then I started to paint on the fox. I really rushed this. I lightly added the different colours of the fox with a rounded make up brush and this really worked well to make a fur like look. At the end, to add everything together, I flicked paint onto the board just to have something that could link it all together. While the class was talking about each piece I also added the chain of the panda.
The Second Board (focus on one bit of an item)…..
This board I had to paint the whole board again but instead i had to focus into one item and a certain bit of the item. This was a fur of the fox on my notepad.
How I did it…..
For this one it was so simple. I used the same paintbrush as before (rounded makeup brush). I started to just paint lightly in the directions of the fur of the fox. i focus on the stomach/tail/foot.
Third Board (no brushes)…..
This board I had to do a painting with no paint brush. I decided to do the fox again and then I just used my finger. This allowed me To load up the paint and started to paint it on to the board.
How I did this…..
For this I used my finger to paint the paint onto the board. I focused on the same part of the fox as I had before, but I also had an idea I wanted to try to add in texture. While in the class I need to go get tissue, so the tissue I found was really thin. This gave me the idea to put it onto the painting to add some texture but also to have a faded effect on the paint. I laid the tissue over the image I just painted and pressed it on, I also ripped some of it to so I could see the painting underneath as well.
Fourth Board (don’t use black paint)…..
This Board I had to paint something without using black paint. so I decided to do my change holder that I got from morocco. even thought it had a black as a main colour.
How I did this…..
I started by figure painting the morocco bag. as the main colour was black I decided to use purple instead. Then I started to add the detailing the best I could with my finger but ended up just dotting it on. Then i went in with the tissue to add the texture of the bag (material). I added two layers and then i wanted to leave it so I didn’t mess it up.