Collections: Winged Keys and Final Plans

My collection of brooches has sort of morphed in to keys. I was given a box of decorative keys and buttons and nick-nacks from a friend, and because I was starting to get a little bored of drawing my badges, I had a go at drawing the keys.

After a couple of sketches and doodles, and a chat with tutor and classmates about my work, the idea of combining some elements of my drawings together started to take form. Using my wings from my dragonfly brooch, and my sketches of keys, and some inspiration from Harry Potter, we came up with the idea of illustrating the winged keys from harry potter.

I had a go at drawing some of these keys using one of my favorite drawing mediums, dip pen and ink.

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I think these sketches were quite successful, and am thinking about going on to do some prints of magic winged keys for my final exhibition piece. I think etching or collograph printing may work best for this work, so I can get in the fine detail on the wings and keys. I may also try out doing some using lino cuts too, just to see how they would look.

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I have also made a small pinterest mood board for these keys which you can find here.

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Collections: Artist Research

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Mike Glanville

“Alongside an earlier career in engineering, Mike has had a life long interest and involvement with graphic design, painting, printmaking and illustration, including work for South Hams District Council and the environmental organisation Common Ground. From 1997 to 2013 he ran Press Gang Printmakers the print workshop based at Salcombe Art Club. Based in South Devon Mike is mainly interested in developing a personal vision, with shoreline, Dartmoor and still life as principal motifs. His time is spent mostly with wood engraving. Collaborative work with the Poets and Painters group is becoming increasingly important to his work. In 2012 he designed and published a book: Poets, Painters and Printmakers showing the groups written and visual work to date.” Source.

What interested me in this artist is their beautiful printmaking work. What particularly drew me to Mike Glanville’s print work is his collographs. What I like about them is their range of textures, and that you can get a large amount of detail into them. I also like the atmosphere and feel you can only really get from this technique of printing, its sort of murky, yet still contains beautiful details.

Website here. 

Beyond Measure - Louise Lockhart | Illustration | Design | The Printed Peanut:

Louise Lockheart

“Louise has been drawing ever since she first held a pencil and she is so happy to be doing it for a living now she is a grown up. Based in a small town in England, she takes inspiration from the every day things around her, such as hand painted signs, food packaging and old toys. Her work is colourful, jolly and playful as well as being unusual. She creates her designs by drawing, printing, cutting and finding collage material and textures, then compiles them using a computer. Never one to follow current design trends, her work has a folk art aesthetic and a timeless feel.”

Clients include:
Heal’s, Mini Boden, Flow Magazine, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, The Independent, Anorak Magazine, Positive News, Donna Wilson, Graniph, The Skinny, Design For Today, Cicada Books, Compendium Inc., Little Otsu and Hallmark Cards. Source.

I really love the colours and textures used in this artists work. I like the simple two colour (three if you count white) pallet used and the hand drawn feel to the work. The texture looks like the illustration was possibly printed, maybe using screen print or linocut. Another thing that drew me to Louise Lockhearts work is the simplicity of line and shape used and how effective it is in creating a fun illustration.

Website here.

 

Hay Festival: Mock Banner

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This is my mock put together banner to see what it looks like. I kinda abandoned my first trees cause I wanted to focus more on the birds, and i couldn’t figure out a good composition with my other trees and the birds so I tried out something different and created some tree trunks and branches. To be honest, I’m not sure about the colour choices made, maybe should of went with some more natural browns and greens to go with the natural colour choices of the birds.

Below is the banner without the birds.

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Collections: Research

The first thing I do with any new project is to create a pinterest board, or basically a mood board, of things that might visually relate to the project. I find pinterest a very useful tool for this, but the biggest downside to using an image gathering site like this is that images are sometimes not sourced properly. So sometimes I will find some art I really like, but will have no idea who made it. (On the upside tho, a reverse image search on google usually does the trick.)

You can find my pinterest board for this module here.

Collections: Sketchbook Work Feedback

Up until this point I have mostly been experimenting using different medias, including various pens, pencils and paints. I have been using my collection to base these experimental drawings from, which are mostly just brooches right now.

We had a group tutorial feedback session, filling out feedback forms for each other, noting down what was successful and what needed some work, and possibly what things they could do to improve their work. The feedback I got was:

  • One thing that was said a couple of times is that I needed to do more research, in to collections and artist research too.
  • Another person commented on my watercolor/ink drawings, and suggested that it might be a good idea to scan them in and experiment adding different colors and shapes to them digitally.
  • Create mind maps to help figure out which direction to take my work in.
  • More through annotation to explain my thoughts about my work, and where I am going with it.
  • Continue working on final outcome plan, and to make a note of explaining why I am doing the things I am doing.

I will take all this feedback in to consideration and use it to improve on my project.

Group Project: Exhibition Poster

Last Thursday we as a class were prompted to start thinking about preparing for our exhibition in May for our Collections module. Our tutor gathered some equipment; a large roll of paper, paint brushes, black acrylic and charcoal. After some discussion of what to do we got caught up in somehow illustrating the name of the exhibition “Collections” as a collection, displaying the letters as objects on shelves. Each of us were given a letter or two to illustrate and we mostly just went for it, trying not to worry too much how it turns out.

We had two attempts at the poster, the first was just a rough mock up and the second was an attempt at a completed looking image. Our tutor Nicholas has been kind enough to take pictures of the posters we created and is currently stitching together a rough mock up.

Hay Festival Project: Experiments with Style

After my feedback from Hay Festival people, I decided to experiment a bit further with the style I have been using for some of my drawings. In these images I have used a variety of different materials, but I think the images using pastels have come out best in a way.

I especially like how the bird has come out, this bird was an experiment using feedback from Hay Festival. They liked my birds from before, and also the trees, but felt that stylistically they did not go together. To combat this problem I used the same materials I have been using to create my trees to create my birds too. In this case, the style has been dictated by the materials I’ve used. My next step in this project will be further developing this and creating more images.