Practice research backlog

This is not a typical agile backlog although the table does share some of the characteristics. The main function of this backlog is to have a place where problem statements captured during my illustration practice can be captured and tracked, so that the opportunity to learn is not lost.

Backlog of problem statements

RefProblem statement/area of investigationHow is the problem being addressed?Comments
15How do I get more character into my characters?Build this requirement into daily practiceThis question is being answered through the ongoing life/figure drawing classes
16How do I test whether cut-ups or final artwork (e.g. for A strange masquerade) is most successful?
17How would it be using abstraction as part of my visual language?
18How do I pay attention to what I pay attention to?
19How do I use oil pastels as per the Russian illustrator?
20How do I understand the OCA assessment criteria?
21Make figure models from your figure drawings
22Artist review: • Algernon Newton – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_NewtonBritish landscape artist known as the “Canaletto of the canals”
23Artist review: Eddie Campbell – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Campbell
Illustrator of “From Hell”
I’ve bought “From Hell”. Will move this item to closed once I’ve read the book
24Alan Moore – Author of ‘Watchmen’ but especially ‘From Hell’ – Powerful manipulations of timeI’ve bought “From Hell”. Will move this item to closed once I’ve read the book
25Artist review – Charlie Kaufman’s film ‘Anomalisa’ – innovative use of puppetsWill close this once I’ve watched the film
26John Yorke’s talk about narrative dynamics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0UZHUnB5pQWill close this once I’ve watched the video
27Ridley Scott’s interview about thumbnailing/storyboarding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljjlXSGdSYsWill close this once I’ve watched the video
29Working on the substantial content of future critical reviews earlier in the course unit.
Once the topic is know, build the research into the rest of the coursework and use the opportunity to build theoretical and practice research into the coursework.
Will close this once I’ve started work on the substantial content of my next critical review
30Use video for the final reflective evaluation for Visual Exploration (part of the assessment submission).Will close this once I’ve published the final reflective statement video
31KEY QUESTION: How do I use the expressive visual style from my figure drawing in my ‘finished’ OCA work?Close this once I have a satisfactory answer and evidence.
32Use scratchboard using more of a caricature visual styleClose once this activity is complete

Closed items

RefProblem statementHow the item was addressedComments
01How do I draw figures more fluidly?Attendance at Zoom life and figure drawing classes – usually 3-times a week. Using gestural techniques and many short poses.
Evidence here.
02How do I incorporate research into my practice?The process is defined in Practice research approach.
Evidence is this table of closed backlog items including evidence to show how the item was addressed.
03How do I store and catalogue my sketchbooks?I’ve started to add start and end dates as well as what part of the OCA course/unit I’m currently studying in the front cover of all new sketchbooks.
04How do I practice figure drawing under lockdown?Attendance at Zoom life and figure drawing classes – usually 3-times a week.
Evidence here.
05How do I link narrative to Brookwood Cemetery?This topic was substantially covered during Assignment 5 Rethinking and realising
06How do I ensure that lessons learned or new areas of research identified through reflection are acted upon?Capturing lessons into the backlog is part of the definition of done (DOD) for each exercise.
DOD is defined here.
07How do I balance the need to retain control over the desire to lose control?I had a realisation moment during Assignment 3 Movement that experimental processes that man I ‘lose’ control can be used as a means to an end i.e. I can take and use them as much/little as I like. This eureka moment os documented in the Reflection section here.
08How do I take more creative risks and build this into my practice?Capturing creative risks into the backlog is part of the definition of done (DOD) for each exercise.
DOD is defined here.
I would argue that the whole premise of Visual Exploration is to encourage more risk taking. This is a question I will explore in detail in Assignment 6 Critical review
09How do I ensure that tutor feedback feeds back into my research/practice?
10How do I use more automatic/play based processes in my work?Assignment 4 and Assignment 5 in Visual Exploration embedded to use of experimental techniques into my practice.
Creative risk taking which includes using experimental techniques is embedded into the practice research process reference the DOD.
11How do I use the word list process in my future work?Assignment 4 and Assignment 5 in Visual Exploration embedded to use of experimental techniques into my practice.
Creative risk taking which includes using experimental techniques is embedded into the practice research process reference the DOD.
12How can I use the process and rules based approaches from PART 2 Visual approaches in future work?Assignment 4 and Assignment 5 in Visual Exploration embedded to use of experimental techniques into my practice.
Creative risk taking which includes using experimental techniques is embedded into the practice research process reference the DOD.
13How do I use model making as a way to learn more about creating facial expression and caricature?I used clay to model facial expressions which I then used as reference. This process is written up here.
14How do I use models/sets as an approach to create future narrative illustrations?I used models and mini sets as props to create four of the six Assignment 4 illustrations. This is evidenced in the following video.
28Refresh my portfolio website and organise it to be more focusedWill close this once the site has been updatedRefresh after completion of Level 2 complete