A very quick turnaround on comments on Part one from my tutor, which is very welcome as I dive into Part two.
Overall: ‘worked hard to produce a good range of project exercises, some of which show more potential than your final piece.’ Specific points:
· need to consider shadows, particularly at the base of objects to ground them
· keep varying weight and length of line to keep pieces active
· charcoal is more suited to larger studies in general
· need to consider collage as part of composition, not an afterthought
· (continue to) use sketchbook ‘fully as a place to explore, experiment and take risks using a good range of media.’
· continue to build on learning log (insightful and reflective), keep artists’ biographical information to a minimum.
Suggestions for further research:
· Jenny Saville (use of charcoal in her Mother and Child series)
· Jerwood Drawing prize website for the online catalogue of past exhibitors, which will give a good insight into current concerns in drawing
· Henry Moore drawings (exploration of tone)
· Graham Southerland (range of media – ink, gouache and pastel)
· Kiki Smith (range of techniques, including frottage)
· William Kentridge (charcoal drawings – expressive mark making)
For next assignment: ‘resist the temptation to tighten up too much; use a wide range of materials and drawing techniques. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – important insights and discoveries come about through this process.’
This is a fair and balanced review and I look forward to taking on board the comments and exploring the work of the artists and information suggested. I knew my final piece for Assignment one was weak and muddled, but I learned a lot from doing it which I reflected in my self-assessment. Going forward I will aim to:
· explore more with mark-making and use of media (particularly in sketchbook);
· not get so stressed and tight with the final Assignments and remember to apply learning and plan well (including composition and choice of media);
· enjoy myself.