5.2 Making connections

The purpose of this exercise was to select, combine and rework copies of sketches that I liked or felt affinity for based on the objectives in my visual action plan to create groups of connected images.

Key words from the brief:

  • Copy/print off images that you most have an affinity with, from your sketchbooks
  • Lay the action plan and images somewhere that you can look at them altogether
  • Combine selected elements by collaging them together creating new images through, editing, modifying and re-using content
  • Be playful
  • Just collections that mean something to you

Sketchbook review

I reviewed each exercise in my Learning Log and selected digital images that I felt I could work with further. These were then all copied into a single folder and I created contact sheets to enable me to see them all in context.

 

I reviewed these with my action plan. My objectives in the plan were to:

  • Work in sequence;
  • write words;
  • experiment with more media;
  • think more about meaning;
  • use words;
  • combine fast observational drawing and slow studio development;
  • develop better architectural line;
  • combine doodle style alongside observational work; and
  • continue to think through story arc and narrative structure.

My task was to select and rework existing images based on my action plan objectives. I approached the task with an open mind and without preconceptions.

The finished images were created across 2-pages of an A2 sketchbook.

Category 1 – Rapid sketches in narrative sequence

I really enjoyed 4.0 Fill it up fast! and wanted to experiment with combining editorial/information in a narrative sequence.

As well as using images from The Old Operating Theatre, I also used several of the rapid reportage sketches of people made on location in Brick Lane for Assignment 3 – Illustrative people and places.

My method was to select images of interest and then print these at different sizes, adding colour digitally in some cases. Some new elements such as a captions in the footer of the page and speech bubbles were added to the other collaged elements.

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Composite rapid sketches 01
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Composite rapid sketches 02
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Composite rapid sketches 03

Category 2 – Digitally enhanced/altered reportage sketches in sequence

The second group of images were all based around the commuting theme. What interested me was whether I could take A5 and A6 sketches and digitally clean them up, add colour and re-print at A3.

As well as digitally changing the images, I also collaged several together to make new compositions.

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Page 3

Category 3 – Blind contour drawing, doodling, collage and rework

These are probably my favourite set of images because they involved using existing architectural sketches from 3.0 Observation as starting points collaged onto a page. I then using blind contour drawing, doodling and the creative application of paint and acrylic pens to create completely new images.

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Page 1
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Reflections

What went well

  • I covered off all of the objectives within my visual action plan apart from thinking too much about story arc which wasn’t appropriate for this set of images.
  • I think the reuse of rapid drawings from The Old Operating Theatre work well. With some forethought this method and visual style can be effectively reused for a different subject.
  • The incorporation of Brick Lane people sketches into a different context, and the print and collage approach at A2 size worked well.
  • I like the illustrative feel of the reworked A6 sketches reprinted at a much larger size.
  • The blind contour drawing and doodling have potential. There is a spark of something quite distinctive in these drawings that’ I’d like to develop.

What I would do differently/better

  • There was additional material from The Old Theatre that I could have used but I felt I’d explored this visual combination enough and wanted to move on to the next thing.