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: 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.

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.

Hay Festival Project: Feedback

Recently we had our client come view our work to see how it was getting along. To accommodate this each of us created a mood board from the work we have created so far. Here is the mood board I created.

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I included a bunch of different type of experimental work on this board, using a wide variety of styles and materials.

The feedback I got from the representatives from Hay was helpful. They really liked the more messy looking tree I created form oil pastels, but didn’t like the trees with straight, angular tree branches (like the one on the very right at the top, nest to the birds) because they looked sort of “bone like”. I can understand where they are coming from, I personally think these are the least effective trees I made from this selection.

They also really liked the birds in the top, but stylistically they did not match the trees, so they suggested I could recreate the birds in a style to match the style of the trees.

Another idea they thought I could look at, since I was interested in drawing birds, is to look at the way trees are used as shelter for the birds. Birds build nests and feed young in trees, their entire lives depend on them. I thought this was an interesting approach to the topic and will have to look further into this idea.