This is the sequence I have created after re-evaluating where I want to take my work. I decided to try using pen and ink medium again but attempted to add tone and different in line quality. In the 2nd work I also incorporated tone and continued with the ideas from the previous sequence by including watercolour. In the 3rd work I wanted to replicate the work to create a flowing pattern.
I drew inspiration from a lot of line work on pinterest as well as my previous research and the use of reflecting on my work.
I completed this work after sequence 3. I wanted to start exploring more with paint and line. However after creating this work and not being happy with it I have decided to drop this line of exploration and continue on my previous one. I’m still happy with this work as part of my process but not as a piece I want to create a sequence for.
For this sequence of work I created a grid of illustrations that link together through four A3 pages. I decided to begin adding tone to my work through the use of watercolor and acrylic paints, as well as pen and charcoal. I have taken inspiration from the visual appearance of Ingrid Calame and Julie Mehretu’s work. I have also taken inspiration from various pins on my pinterest page.
In this series of works I have used a figure ground composition to create clear subject matter with a tonal background. I wanted to create a work that was much busier and more layered than the work I have created previously. I feel like this sequence was a turning point in my productivity. I feel more confident in the direction I’m going and the shape my work is taking. As I continue I would like to explore my process more and expand my use of techniques.
At this point I was fairly stuck. I was confused about where I was going and how I was getting there. I felt that I couldn’t take the line work of the previous drawings any further without repeating myself in a way that did not appeal to me. I wanted to keep the same concept in mind but address it in a different way. I spent a while looking and developing my pinterest board and doing passive research. I looked at the work I had created and decided after a critique session that I was overthinking. I decided to stick with line work but develop the idea of jellyfish breaking into crystals.
This work is attempting to illustrate those ideas. I created two separate crystal groups with tentacles emerging in between the crystal. I saw the grid pattern in the way the tentacles overlaid in a pattern. I used a figure ground composition, creating the crystals as the focal piece and the tentacles as the emerging background. Once I finished this drawing I had an interesting critique session that helped point me in the right direction and made me more confident with where I was going. We were told not to worry too much about the concept and focus on the work itself. This cleared a lot up for me as I had become quite caught up in thinking about the concept behind these works.
I created this first sequence as I started to think about grid formations in terms of line quality and detail. A high amount of my research from the grid board consisted of patterns and line details. I wanted to aim to abstract the idea of the jellyfish and create work that focused more on the pattern and feeling rather than subject. I think in these works I have shifted from creating figure ground compositions to all over compositions. These all over compositions are well suited to these works because the image extends beyond the frame. I wanted to create the feeling that there is an expansive image that the viewer is receiving a small sample of. In my opinion the jellyfish concept is a very fragile and fluid form. It represents freedom or the concept of perhaps being free. I wanted to illustrate that through using fluid lines and out of frame composition.
From my ‘Final A3 images’ I chose the image of the jellyfish. From that original image using the additive drawing strategy I have created two works. I have changed the jellyfish to be detailed and bigger than original and created the idea of the jellyfish disintegrating or breaking apart into smaller pieces. In the image on the left I focused more on the interaction between the two jellyfish and the fragments between them.
Both A1 size. Pen medium.
For the two works I created using the subtractive method I simplified the original image in the left hand work, removing the detail of the original image and creating a drawing purely focused on line work. In the work on the right I have kept to simplifying the image by inverting the drawing over a circle. This helped me create a work focused more on negative space rather than positive.
I have used figure ground compositions in all of these works. I found it successful in creating a clear subject focus and a clear path for how the viewer reads the image. I found the additive drawings more successful than the subtractive drawings and am thinking about moving forward with those ideas as I feel I have more to work with. I found the additive more successful because of the extra detailing and more happening throughout the illustration. I found the subtractive drawing a lot more graphic and simple. I feel that if I somehow combined the two ideas from each sequence I could potentially create a new series of interesting works.
These were the images I chose to enlarge to A3 as two of my best ‘drawings’ that I wanted to focus on. I saw these images to both be successful compositionally, with the image on the left having a simple central composition and the image on the right containing a triangle composition with a foreground and background. I found the illustrative style of the work very compelling and felt drawn in by this feature. In my opinion both images have material that can be expanded and drawn on, or combined to create new meaning.
For this series of re-organised images I have taken some of the bottle tops from my previous collection and re-imaged them with illustrations. This takes the bottle caps away from being part of a collection and gives them more context to the social ideas around drinking. I feel as though all the illustrations have a clear composition. With all containing a central element or space. The drawings themselves bring forth the social idea of drinking through the people emerging out of the bottle caps and the various tools associated with drinking, while the top right image appears as if the viewer is looking down on a bottle.
In my opinion these images are all fairly coherent. As an improvement as I move forward i would like to create more dissonance in the illustrations. I also feel that to improve the points I was attempting to convey I will perhaps need clearer and more graphic imagery.
In this sequence I have re-imaged my downloaded collection by combining different tattoos with some illustration. I combined tattoos I thought made interesting new images and patterns that added to the original images. I found the simplicity of the images compelling.
In the image to the right I found the girl conveyed a sense of water so I added water to her hair. I think this gives the image a range of possibilities for the direction it could go. I would be interested to expand the idea of water and people mixing.
In the middle image I collaged a similar pattern behind the already existing image. I found this made the image appear to be a complete work.
In the left image I also added a new pattern behind the existing image. I found this image the least successful because there is a sense of dissonance and a composition that doesn’t quite make sense to me.
Overall I am happy with the series and I feel that from these images I can begin to explore new visual possibilities with the material.
Downloaded Collection: Personal Expression. Charlotte Rawson.
This collection has a visual coherence of being all tattoos of a similar style. They also have a relationship to site as they are all from the tattoo parlor “White Rabbit Ink’. I chose this collection because tattoos appeal to me as a form of self expression. These tattoos I have chosen are all in styles I admire and designs that fit with my interests.
Generated Collection: Histories in a bottle. Charlotte Rawson.
This collection of bottle caps has a visual and conceptual coherence. The visual element is the bottle caps themselves with assorted brands and colours, while the conceptual association is my sentimentality with the bottle caps stories and where they came from. Personally, the conceptual coherence is the strongest link between the collection. I have found the collection is nearly a mental way of categorizing certain things for myself such as places, experiences, and people. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly why I collect them, it just appeals to me for a number of reasons.