1.2 Skills audit

The purpose of this exercise was to undertake a skills audit to identify what you already know and measure this against your investigation into contemporary practice to identify any gaps in your knowledge that you would like to address.

Key words from the brief:

  • Undertake a skills audit to identify what you already know 

Software audit

Application nameProficiencyShort-term improvements?
Adobe PhotoshopProficientWill consider doing Photoshop Master Class training – don’t feel a lack of knowledge is preventing me from working, but there are features that would make me more efficient
Adobe IllustratorCompetentCurrently doing Illustrator 2021 Master Class on Udemy.
Adobe InDesignAdvanced beginnerThere’s currently no requirement for me to get a better understanding of InDesign although this might change. For example, the visual diary may require more advanced layout
Adobe PremierAdvanced beginnerI have enough understanding to produce video reflections. The area that would improve the outputs is understanding how to balance/normalise audio tracks, although this is currently not a high priority
OmnigraffleAdvanced beginnerThere’s currently no requirement for me to get a better understanding of Omnigraffle.
WordPressCompetentMy current level of understanding is fine to manage my Learning Log. I may need additional training when I come up with more tailored requirements.

Practical skills audit

DescriptionHow would you like to develop these?
Rostrum photographyMUST to a lesson in studio lighting and optimum camera setup. Have already got a quote and need to make time to do the lesson
PhotographyWON’T develop any new skills at this time
EtchingWON’T develop any new skills at this time
Woodcut/linocut printingWON’T develop any new skills at this time
Silkscreen printingWON’T develop any new skills at this time
WatercolourSHOULD to develop my skills. Follow exercises in One Watercolor a day (2013) Veronica Lawlor
GouacheSHOULD to develop my skills.
Spray paintCOULD to develop my skills.
CollageCOULD to develop my skills.
Model makingCOULD to develop my skills.
Video editingWON’T develop any new skills at this time
MaskingWON’T develop any new skills at this time
LayoutSHOULD to develop my skills.

Contemporary practice audit

What aspects of contemporary practice would you like to develop? What skills might you need to achieve this?
Life/figure drawingContinue regular Zoom classes
Portrait drawingContinue regular Zoom classes
ReportageAttend workshops run by current practitioners e.g. How to look online workshop over the final two weekends of January.
Narrative sequenceDevelop skills further in this area through OCA exercises and assignments
Practice researchContinue to incorporate research practice into my ways-of-working
CaricatureContinue to practice this skill. Zoom meetings are an excellent opportunity for this
Identifying themes and subjectsPay attention to what I pay attention to. This is an area I need to work at
Identifying projectsAs above
CollaborationLook for collaboration opportunities – could be developing the pandemic diary idea or finding a writer to work with
Narrative illustrationDevelop skills further in this area through OCA exercises and assignments
Use of colourAdd this to my practice research backlog
Sustaining my practiceKeep conscious of this but this is the subject of the final Level 3 course unit
Visual facilitationKeep exploiting all opportunities that come my way
Marketing myselfKeep conscious of this but this is the subject of the final Level 3 course unit.
Update whoshugh.com with the outputs/design from Assignment 1 Personal statement

Conclusion

What skills do you think you need to develop?

  • Drawing in crowds
  • Using dip pen on location
  • Use of watercolour
  • Use of colour in general

What would you like to do that you’ve not done yet?

  • Applying the visual language I’ve developed for figure drawing to a reportage context
  • There could be an opportunity to combine digital with reportage Ref: the approach taken by Olivier Kulger
  • Revisit relief printing, particularly woodcut
  • Learn how to use rostrum lighting to take good quality photographs of flat artwork
  • Find a way to monetise my drawings
  • Find a substantial project to work on
  • Work hard to identify new themes and subjects