My blog has had the desired effect of providing a clear, detailed view of my progress. It is reassuring to know that my evaluation of techniques, discussion and personal responses were useful. I will need to critique my outcomes in future as to if I think they were successful or not and how others might perceive them. I will need to think about the scope for using techniques or media in the future.
This course has given me a purpose for viewing exhibitions and my readings and has broadened my perspective in the way I see things and think about ideas.
I did respond to the vocabulary, even bolding them, however I could have responded more frequently and explicitly. My drawing experience is severely limited and is something that I will continue to develop.
I could have experimented more with different marks from each tool but I think I was limited by my lack of confidence and belief that I had to stick closely to the task requirements.
I would definitely like to explore negative mark marking more and the idea of black and white. Experimenting with degrees of black ink wash would develop my knowledge in this technique.
I think the overall composition of my A2 Mark Marking was effective because of the way I used the space, with the marks meandering outward from the central focus. The range of marks and their varying degrees of white provide interest as the eye wanders around the page. The strong black background balances well with the lightness of the white ink and the type of marks. It is reminiscent of a starry sky although that was not necessarily my intent. It would have been useful to do a number of drawings or paintings as preparation for this final piece so that I could explore the different elements more thoroughly beforehand.
The difference between drawing with my left hand versus my right hand was the degree of control I felt. I had to make a conscious effort in the way I held the pencil in my left hand, it didn’t have the muscle memory that my right hand has. I cannot think of when I would use my left hand but expect that as I become more experienced I will find a use for that style of drawing.
I had not really considered using discrete elements of my drawings such as the coils from the zester. It is something that I will now consider. Funnily enough when I revisit the two sets of drawings I prefer the ‘blind’ drawings as the range of marks for the different parts of the object are more interesting than the more complete parts drawn from memory.
I was really conscious of the phrase in the handbook ‘draw what you see, not what you think you see’. Being a novice at drawing I really tried to stick to that, which was frustrating at times because I would have liked to be less restricted. I did receive a lot of pleasure however out of my drawings being accurate to the original items as I believe it is an indication that I do have some drawing skills. I think taking risks in my work will be a goal for me, rather than staying in a ‘safe’ zone.