The purpose of this exercise was to create a visual journey containing information from the exercises and activities that I most connected with or were most important combined with the action plan to serve as a reminder of what I’d like to do more of.
Key words from the brief:
- Think about how you might order and compile the work
- The actions could be used as a key to make simple sections
- You may also decide to write out key words, or sentences from your tutor feedback
- A snapshot summary of where you are at this stage of the course and where you want to go next
- Don’t be precious
For me this exercise is the culmination of the previous three exercises:
- 5.0 Taking stock – with an assessment of exercises, processes, materials and tutor comments
- 5.1 Making an action plan visually – containing a list of objectives for future work
- 5.2 Making connections – that develops images based on inputs from the first two exercises
From this I planned the work across 7-images:
|No||Exercise||My memory/comments||Key words||Tutor report/action plan objective|
|1||Making mistakes and cutting up fast||3-minute painting||Experiment with more media|
|2||Investigating a process||Watercolour brushes, layer and masking, marks and textures, collage
Structured testing and experimentation
|3||Observation||Early morning sketching in January
20 x sketches or more
|Objective, reportage, places, people
Work in sequence
|4||Working with external impetus||Single figures, crowds and activities
Commuter sketching. Sitting in the window of the Black Sheep with a black Americano and sketchbook at 7:30am every day
|Reportage, people||combine fast observational drawing and slow studio development|
|5||Blind contour drawings||Sketching passengers on the last train home||Expressive||A way to develop new characters|
|6||Illustrative people and places||Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market – a hive of hipsters||Reportage, fast||Rapid and slower drawing in combination to create a sense of temporality
Another layer of background detail
|7||Building stories||A million people, a long day||Sequential, meaning, Narrative||Bringing lots of smaller sketches into larger, more finished pieces in the studio|
I wanted to experiment and try out new combinations and feature sketches and processes that haven’t been used previously. I didn’t have any preconceptions about how I’d achieve this.
I sketched out some thoughts:
My visual journey
All images were created across two pages of an A2 sketchbook.
What went well
- This was a very enjoyable way of reviewing the whole module and reminding myself of what I’ve achieved and what I need to focus on next.
- I liked working in an A2 sketchbook.