Key words from the brief:
- Remember anything goes in this exercise, you are aiming to make mistakes
- ‘Draw’ what is in front of you – if the implement is unwieldy make an unwieldy ‘drawing’
‘Draw’ what is behind
‘Draw’ what is to the left of you
‘Draw’ what is to the right of you
- Spend a maximum of 5 minutes filling the whole page
- Make a note in your chosen sketchbook about how you felt whilst doing this exercise
- Create 4 small books from these drawings
- Record your 4 mini books in your sketchbook in some way as we will be altering them in the final exercise
- Show your work in progress
I selected four mark making tools and 4 x different media and various colours.
I decided to work at A2 size which would allow me to be more expressive and expansive. The four drawing approaches were:
- Sharpie and Posca marker pens
- Sponge and Indian ink
- Finger painting using Poster Paint
- Roller (used for printmaking), and Poster Paint
I decided to draw each of the four views, front, right, left and behind, with all four drawing methods. I would then have more options to choose from when making the booklets.
My everyday subject was the kitchen; this is the largest room in the house and has a tiled floor which is easy to clean.
I timed each sketch using the stopwatch on my iPhone – all were done in 5-minutes or less, with the sponge and roller prints completing in 3-minutes or less.
In order to create the booklets I selected sketches that had good overall coverage across the page and the ones that had the most interesting (and often boldest) marks.
I made at least one booklet for each drawing approach.
Individual page scans – contact sheets
Each page of each booklet has been scanned at 200 dpi for future reference and possible use.
Contact sheets including file names below:
Can you work in it again with another mark-making implement or colour? Or, do you want to leave it as it is?
- I found the cutting up really interesting because it generated a whole load of new material for future reuse by making me see things in a different way – I guess that was the whole point of the exercise.
- The bold black and white marks work the best, and of those my favourites are the ones made with a roller and poster paint.
- I didn’t want to work back into the booklets with more colour or different media, but I did see potential in working back on top of a couple of the 5-minute sketches using Posca acrylic pens for outlining. I like the results:
Are other ideas sparked from looking at each page? Are you reminded of something else?
- Some of the black and white pages remind of abstract expressionist paintings and have the potential to be reused as the basis for future illustrations.
Which format do you prefer?
- I was working at A2 size for the original rapid sketches and even then the pages of the booklets were all relatively small. I preferred the larger format booklets in either landscape or portrait. The double pages seemed to work the best.
- I don’t really understand the purpose of the pocket booklet although I know this is the subject of the next exercise.
What can I take from this exercise?
- I like the quick and carefree approach to generating surprising ideas quickly.
- I’m interested in exploring how I might use the technique to create story/comic frames quickly. One the challenges for me to date when illustrating narrative sequences is that my drawing style is very time consuming. This technique might be a way to shorten that process whilst giving the illustration a distinctive feel. This is something I’ll probably explore further in Assignment 1.