Category Part One: Research & Reflection

Assignment 1: Reflection

Did you do enough preliminary work before starting work on your final pieces? I wasted a lot of time dithering over what to draw and getting hung up on what I had chosen.  I did quite a bit of work before the final piece by doing studies of each object and then experimenting with composition.  […]

Check & Log: Enlarging an image

How successful were you in copying the lines from the smaller squares to the larger squares? I think the transfer of the images was successful.  I was able to transfer the image fairly accurately, I just kept checking where the image lines crossed the grid lines making sure that the points were in a similar […]

Check & log: Using texture

Have you discovered any new ways of using your drawing tools to depict surface and texture? I tried a new technique using an embossing tool but before I settled on using this technique I tried various other tools to try to get an effect I liked.  First I used the end of a pencil.   […]

Reasearch: Max Ernest

Find out about how Max Ernst and others used Frottage.’ Max Ernst 1891-1976, born in Germany was one of the leading surrealists, he had an interest in dream-like imaginary and eccentric imagery.  He discovered the technique of frottage in 1925 which gave him a way to express fantasised visions.  Frottage is a way of copying and […]

Check & Log: Still life

Do you think it is easier to suggest three dimensions on man-made or natural objects?  Try to explain your answer. I don’t think this is an easy question to answer.  It would be easy to say that manmade is easier because the fundamental forms are likely to be based on cubes, spheres, cylinders and cones […]

Check & Log: Reflected light

What are the difficulties in separating cast shadow form reflected light and shade? I didn’t find it particularly difficult to separate the cast shadows from the reflected light and shade once I grasped an understanding of the differences.  My AH HA moment (the green tennis ball reflections, Ex 9: Observing light and shadow) taught me […]

Research point: Patrick Caulfield

Find out about Patrick Caulfield and how he uses positive and negative space, for example in his ‘White Ware’ screen prints.  Make a drawing in a similar style.’ Paul Caulfield was an English painter and printmaker who studied at Chelsea School of Art, London, (1956) and at the Royal College of Art (1960–63). He developed […]